Ursulas Higuera Bandita (Higuera Bandido x WoodRose Katrina) from Jo Johnson of JaF Morgan Stock Horses has joined Old Growth Oak Morgans!
I will be breeding Ursula to Badger to double up on WoodRose Katrina‘s bloodlines with the contributing strength of the sirelines of Higuera Bandido and Primavera Valdez. I believe the cross will be stunning! Also down the path for Ursula, I will be breeding her to Vining Lamar and OGO Higuera Rio Bravo. A breeding to Rio will double up on the amazing bloodlines of Higuera Bandido with the combined strengths of the dams, Circle H Merlita and WoodRose Katrina.
Read articles Diane and Missy’s Journey – Part 1 a journal of Gold Star’s foster mare (Ursula) and owner.
Ursulas Higuera Bandita
Countess of Copper
Sun Down Morgan
Mormans Red Lady
Ursulas Higuera Bandita
Higuera Bandido X Woodrose Katrina
Red Chestnut Mare, Foaled 1991
Higuera Bandido, a 1974 chestnut stallion was bred by Elizabeth and Catherine Richards of San Jose, CA. He has sired ( to date) at least twenty nine registered Morgan foals, as well as Morabs, Pintos, and just plain good half Morgans out of non Morgan mares. He is well known for his kind disposition, excellent temperament, and solid conformation all throughout his local California area. Bandido was sired by Celebration , out of Countess of Copper. Celebration was bred by Helen Greenwalt of Pawnee, Illionois. He was a chestnut stallion of renown and great beauty. He had a remarkably smooth topline, great balance of body, and a “look at me” attitude. Celebration was sired by Bonfire and was out of the stunning mare Jubilee Joy. Jubilee Joy was a foundation mare for Stuart Hazard’s Funquest Morgans. Celebration and many of his siblings were well known show horses in their day. It is little wonder Celebration and his son Higuera Bandido are as well regarded as they have been. Celebration represents a blending of Old Midwestern blood, best represented on his pedigree by horses bred by JC Brunk, in addition to bloodstock of the LU Sheep Company, the Hiebert Brothers of Kansas, and even the breeding of Richard Sellman.
Celebration sired thirty nine registered Morgan foals. Bonfire his sire, was bred by the LU Sheep Company , his sire was the very prolific Senator Graham bred by Elmer Brown of Halstead, Kansas. Senator Graham was the sire of one hundred eighteen Morgan foals. Senator Graham was named for the gentleman who helped Ms. Greenwalt recover him from Elmer Brown who had his sire Senator Knox from the US Remount Program. Senator Graham had a varied career during his lifetime. He was a working cowhorse while at the LU Sheep Company, then a many titled Show Horse in his later years. His sire Senator Knox bred by JC Brunk, was a Champion Stallion at the Minnesota and Iowa State Fairs of 1918 before going into the Remount Program where he served from 1924 to 1939. Senator Graham’s blood is found today in a very large portion of the Morgan breed, everywhere from Working Western stock to Show horse stock. His sire Senator Knox was an own son of the famous horse Knox Morgan and out of the equally famous mare Senata. JC Brunk bought Knox Morgan at the St Louis Worlds Fair in 1904 , where he was Grand Champion Morgan Stallion. Mr. Brunk had brought his mare Senata to that same venue, and she went Grand Champion Morgan mare . Senata was the pride and joy of JC Brunk’s program. Senator, her sire carried a tail male line to Woodbury Morgan and the rest being lines to Sherman Morgan through Billy Root, Royal Morgan, and the Batchelder Horse. Knox Morgan was sired by Mountaineer Morgan out of the Augustus Dunlop Mare by Sagadahoc. Knox Morgan typifies Classic Ancient Vermont breeding. Mountaineer Morgan was sired by the Vincent Horse by the Shedd Horse by Vermont Morgan Champion by Sherman Morgan.
The dam of Mountaineer Morgan was the George D. Chandler mare- she goes back to Sherman Morgan in tail mail descent through Black Hawk and Billy Root, while on her dam’s side she goes back to Woodbury Morgan through Gifford and her third dam was by imported Dey of Algiers. The Augustus Dunlop mare also went back to both Sherman and Woodbury, to Sherman through Black Hawk and Rockingham, and to Woodbury through Putnam Morgan and the Partridge Mare by Woodbury. She also has the blood of The Partridge Mare by Sherman.
The dam of Celebration, sire of Higuera Bandido, was Jubilee Joy. Jubilee Joy was sired by Flyhawk out of Sentola – a full sister to Jubilee King. The Flyhawk Sentola cross was considered a Golden Cross producing in addition to Jubilee Joy, Warhawk, Stetson, Sentana, Top Flight, and The Airacobra. All very well known and highly regarded Morgans who have had a wide and deep influence on the breed. Flyhawk was sired by Go Hawk by Sunny Hawk by Morgan Star by Goldfinder going back to Sherman Morgan again primarily through Black Hawk, but also carrying a line to Woodbury through Gifford . Goldfinder carried an American Trotting Registry number and Morgan Star was his only registered Morgan foal. The dam of Morgan Star was Thistle by Star of The West out of Fandango. Star of The West was by Flying Cloud by Black Hawk- another Sherman Morgan line. Star of The West’s dam was Gray Fanny whose dam was a daughter of Black Hawk. The dam of Fandango was Lady Westlake. Both Lady Westlake’s sire and dam were by Black Hawk by Sherman. The story goes that JC Brunk traded a Short Horned Cow ( for which Cotton Hill Farm was very well known) to Mr. Schlotfeldt ( Go Hawk’s breeder) for Go Hawk. Considering the demand for big, black Morgans and all the Sherman ,through Black Hawk, that blood Go Hawk carried, it is little surprise the trade was made. Go Hawk had the Black Hawk to Sherman blood in abundance, not only on his sire line, but through his dam- Bombo. Bombo was by Hawkins by Hercules by Herod- going back to Sherman there, as well as through her paternal grand dam- Gipsey by Brown Flying Cloud. Gipsey brought in a line to Golddust – the very fast trotter who stood in Kentucky and who went back to Woodbury Morgan. But Gipsey also carried lines back to Black Hawk and one to Royal Morgan, another famous Sherman son. along with the equally famous Sherman son- Billy Root. Bombo’s dam was Goldie by Hero of Manilla. Now, Hero of Manilla is Sherman Morgan on his top side, but on his dam’s side he carried Bulrush blood . His dam was Morrill Queen by Winnebago Chief out of Olive by Monagram. Winnebago Chief was a tail male Bulrush horse with more Gifford Morgan than Black Hawk on his dam’s side. Olive , dam of Morrill Queen carried more Bulrush blood and also lines to Sherman through Black Hawk and the Batchelder horse. She also carried a line to Revenge by Justin Morgan. Goldie was the dam of Bombo, she was a crème mare sired by Morgan Paw Paw Chief, a grandson of Revenge by Justin Morgan and out of an Arabian mare. This is Flyhawk’s top male sire line. His dam, Florette was by Allen King who was a full brother to Penrod, sire of Jubilee King. Florette was out of the mare Florence Chandler, a daughter of Knox Morgan and Senata. Both Florette and Florence Chandler were bred by JC Brunk, and were considered to be among his very best broodmares. Florence Chandler died young in a accident, leaving only 2 daughters and one son. Florette’s bloodlines go back to Sherman through Daniel Lambert and Jubilee De Jarnette, with three lines to Woodbury and one to Bulrush through Young Green Mountain on her sire side.
Countess of Copper, dam of Higuera Bandido, was by Kings Ransome out of Princess Sonfield. She has a line to Flyhawk through her sire as Kings Ransome was by Dickies Pride by Flying Jubilee out of Juvina. Juvina brought in the Jubilee King blood and more Knox Morgan through her sire Knox Reade. She also brought in the blood of Charles Reade, who was a triple registered stallion- Morgan, Saddlebred and Trotting Register due to his very fast race time at the trot. Charles Reade was a Sherman bred stallion and appears on both sides of Juvina’s pedigree. Senata is also there on her pedigree and Daniel Lambert via Chetco and Ben Franklin are present. Aside from that line – the very top sire line of the pedigree of Countess of Copper , the bulk of her pedigree is US Government Farm breeding. Kings Ransome’s dam was Gay Jipsey by Gay Mac out of Jipsey Allen by Tehachapi Allen out of Jipsey L by Linsley . Gay Mac by Mansfield out of Dewdrop by General Gates out of Ellen. Ellen going back to Sherman Morgan through Black Hawk and Daniel Lambert. Back to Bulrush Morgan through Young Benedict Morrill, with a line back to Woodbury Morgan through Gifford , his son. Jipsey Allen was by Tehachapi Allen who was by Querido out of Tab. Querido was a full brother to Mansfield. Tab his dam was bred by Richard Sellman of Texas, her sire was Texas Allen , and her dam was Birdie by Major Antoine. Tab was very much part of the heart of the Sellman breeding program.. She went back to Headlight Morgan, often used by Sellman. She carried all three sons of Justin Morgan- Sherman, Woodbury, and Bulrush- with Bulrush being the strongest contributor.
Dawn Mist was the dam of Dickie’s Pride. She was by Fillmore out of Quita. Fillmore was by Mansfield out of Narissa. Narissa was by Troubadour of Willowmoor out of Ellen who was the dam of Dewdrop the dam of Gay Mac. Troubadour of Willowmoor was a son of Troubadour by Jubilee De Jarnette by Daniel Lambert out of the famous Lady De Jarnette. Fanny 2nd, dam of Troubadour of Willowmoor went back to Ethan Allen II, and hence to Black Hawk and Sherman Morgan.
Quita was by Highview King out of Luxury. Highview King was by King De Jarnette by Jubilee King out of Sentola. The dam of King De Jarnette was Deura. Deura was by Senator Knox out of Penala. Senator Knox was by Knox Morgan out of Senata. While Penala was by Penrod ( sire of Jubilee King) out of Galva by Billy Herod out of Chista. Galva’s contribution was mainly that of Sherman Morgan coming through The Billies – Billy Root, Billy Bodette, Ben Franklin and Black Hawk. Luxury , dam of Quita was by Night Tide out of Mallow. Both Quita and Luxury were bred by the LU Sheep Co, of Worland, Wyoming. Night Tide was by Tiffany out of Glenalla. Tiffany was by Mansfield out of Klyona. Night Tide was bred by JC Brunk who traded the stallion Allen King to the US Government Farm in exchange for Tiffany and the mare Juliette. Glenalla was by Allen King ( full brother to Penrod) out of Ruby Reade. Ruby Reade was by Charles Reade out of Ruby who was by Jubilee De Jarnette out of the Chetco daughter Bess Franklin, who took her surname from Chetco’s sire Ben Franklin. Charles Reade was by Woodward’s Ethan Allen out of Princess Dagmar by Daniel Lambert. Woodward’s Ethan Allen was a full brother to Daniel Lambert. So while we call this Government breeding it really in essence is Sherman Morgan breeding, enhanced by General Gates being a tail male Sherman Morgan stallion.
Mallow the dam of Luxury is a slightly different story. She was by Linspar out of Larkspur by Flyhawk. Linspar was by Linsley out of Sparbelle by Sparhawk out of Donbelle. Sparhawk went back to Sherman through Herod and Daniel Lambert via Ben Franklin, he also went back to Woodbury Morgan through Gifford and the mare Cub. He carried in addition the blood of St. L by Rancho by Francois Bourke Horse- who was a Canadian. On his dam’s side Rancho had the blood of The Hawkins Horse by Justin Morgan.
Donbelle, dam of Sparbelle, was considered Ancient Vermont breeding- going back to Sherman through Billy Roberts, Billy Root, Billy Folsum and Royal Morgan via Charlie Watson. Donbelle’s Woodbury Morgan blood was equally impressive and in quantity from Gifford via Vermont Morgan, and Hale’s Green Mountain Morgan. This is Linspar’s side of the pedigree. Mallow brought in Flyhawk – being his granddaughter out of Larkspur . Larkspur’s dam Eula was by Morgan Patch a grandson of Dan Patch. Eula was another LU Sheep Co. bred mare.
Princess Sonfield , the dam of Countess of Copper was sired by Sonfield and out of Princess Sabab. Sonfield was by Mansfield out of Quietude. Quietude was sired by Troubadour of Willowmoor and out of Ruth by Renard. Troubadour of Willowmoor was in turn sired by Troubadour, an own son of Jubilee De Jarnette out of Bird Pepper. Troubadour was bred by CX Larrabee of Home Park, Montana, and was Oregon State Fair Grand Champion Stallion in 1906. His son Troubadour of Willowmoor was purchased and used by the US Government Morgan Farm, where Quietude was foaled. Bird Pepper was sired by Prospect AMHA # 122. Prospect was bred by Dr. E.K. Moody of Eminence, Ky and later owned by C.X. Larrabee. Prospect was sired by Blood Chief by Blood’s Black Hawk, his dam was Susan Jones a pacer by Ashland Chief by Mambrino Chief. Her dam was Kate by Blood’s Black Hawk. Prospect himself was a double registered horse, both in the Morgan and ATR registry. ATR ( American Trotting Registry) by dint of his race time . Bird Pepper’s dam was Lady Blackwood. Lady Blackwood’s sire was Blackwood, a Trotting Registered horse, but her dam was the Morgan mare Lady Harper who was by Boaz out of Wilful. Boaz was by Superb the 16 hand son of Ethan Allen 50, son of Black Hawk by Sherman. Lady Harper’s dam Wilful was by Colonel Moulton , a son of Daniel Lambert out of Jenny sired by The Bigelow Horse by Sherman Black Hawk by Black Hawk by Sherman. Jenny’s dam was the TB mare Magnum Bonum by the stallion Magnum Bonum who was the third of that name going back to Cade by the Godolphin Arabian. No doubt these very early outcrosses to TB and ATR racing bloodlines brought in a great deal of speed at a time when speed in Morgans was highly desired.
Ruth by Reynard, dam of Quietude, was another mare of Ancient Vermont breeding bought by the US Government Farm as a broodmare. Ruth’s pedigree goes back to Sherman Morgan over and over, with a few crosses to Woodbury and one scarce line to him from Morgan Talley Ho , the others being through Gifford Morgan. There are more than a couple of mares on her pedigree given as daughters of Justin Morgan. Reynard was by Billy Roberts out of Roberta by Billy Folsum- both lines going back to Billy Root by Sherman. Reynard’s dam was Topsy by Billy Bodette. Billy Bodette carried back to Sherman though at least two crosses to Royal Morgan, as well as crosses to Billy Root. There is a cross to Woodbury here through Hale’s Green Mountain Morgan by Gifford. Ruth’s dam was Laura Jay and in contrast to Topsy, Laura Jay carried Ethan Allen III as well as a line to Gifford – again through Hale’s Green Mountain Morgan. She also has Roberta behind her and Mountaineer as well. Princess Sonfield’s dam- Princess Sabab was bred by WR Hearst at San Simeon, CA. Her Morgan dam was Princess Allen bred by Roland G. Hill, of CA. Princess Allen was by Querido out of the Sellman bred mare Tab. Querido by Bennington out of Artemsia was US Government Farm bred, and a full brother to Mansfield, Canfield, Ulysses, Redfern and Willys. Tab was by Texas Allen out of Birdie by Major Antoine by Meteor Jr by Meteor by Young Rix a grandson of Black Hawk Morgan. Birdie’s dam was Dolly Bonner by Old Jordan out of the Mark Bonner Mare. Texas Allen, was by Easter Allen Morgan out of Bessie Morgan by Flying Morrill. Easter Allen Morgan was by Headlight Morgan and also out of Bessie Morgan. Tab represents the very heart of the Sellman breeding program, all three major Justin Morgan sons are here . Bulrush being represented by Flying Morrill , Woodbury by Hale’s Green Mountain Morgan and the incomparable Headlight Morgan , Sherman through Billy Root , and Black Hawk.
The Arabian breeding behind Princess Sabab is no less impressive. Sabab her sire is a double grandson of Deyr, a very, early imported stallion direct from the desert, and one of the early Davenport Arabians -which was a small group of horses ( twenty seven) of the highest caste known in the deserts, bought directly from their Bedouin owners, and who were bred only within their own group- with no outcrosses. It is said that Princess Sabab was a magnificent mare, and WR Hearst’s intent in using this line of Arabians may have in part been to strengthen the qualities of endurance and beauty of his Morgans. This is only supposition on my part.
Woodrose Katrina , a bay 1982 mare, was sired by Windswept Imperial out of Tacinca by Rusty out of Winona. Woodrose Katrina was a mare of solid Old California breeding combined with Old Working Western breeding. Her sire Windswept Imperial , a black 1965 stallion was shown Western Pleasure and In-Hand by John Gorman of Garnersville, NV.. Windswept Imperial was sired by California bred, and well known Dapper Dan out of the Antman daughter Little Sweetheart. Dapper Dan , sire of 108 Morgan foals, was a bay stallion , 14.1 hands, and many time show winner. He was sired by Trilson and out of Bess Gates. Bess Gates was by Gay Mac out of Bessie Ro by Querido. Trilson was sired by Katrilan Prince who was bred by the Hearst Sunical Land and Packing Co. of California. Katrilan Prince’s dam was Princess Allan by Querido X Tab. Trilson’s dam was Roseta May by Sonfield out of Roseta Mala. Already we see a pattern emerging- that of the blending of Old California blood with that of Querido of US Government Farm breeding. Katrilan Prince was by Katrilan out of Princess Allan by Querido. Katrilan was by Uhlan by Bennington . Katrilan was bred by WR Hearst of California. His dam was Katrina C by Querido out of the Sellman bred Red Oak daughter-Rokit. Uhlan’s dam was Poinsetta. Poinsetta was by Troubadour of Willowmoor out of Babe by Bob Morgan. Uhlan was US Government Farm bred. Babe by Bob Morgan, on his side of the pedigree goes back to both Sherman and Woodbury. On Babe’s dam’s side – Babe’s dam was the Coe Mare- she goes back to Sherman through Daniel Lambert and via Cobden ( sire of the Coe Mare) she has Red Robin by Justin Morgan as well. Babe also has two lines to Ethan Allen by BlackHawk. This makes Poinsetta , dam of Uhlan especially rich in Sherman blood through Ethan Allen on both sides, as well as Daniel Lambert, and his line to Jubilee De Jarnette – on Troubadour of Willowmoor’s pedigree. Uhlan being by Bennington by General Gates was a tail male Sherman bred horse. Going from the past to the more present, the dam of Katrilan Prince- Princess Allan was by Querido and her dam was the Sellman bred mare Tab . Tab was by Texas Allen out of Birdie by Major Antoine. Texas Allen was by Easter Allen Morgan, a son of Headlight Morgan. Easter Allen’s dam was Bessie Morgan by Flying Morrill. The Morrills went back to Bulrush Morgan. Bessie Morgan’s dam was Sunrise who went back to both Woodbury and to Sherman. Tab’s dam Birdie by Major Antoine was out of Dolly Bonner by Old Jordan who was said to be Morgan. Major Antoine was by Meteor Jr by Meteor. Major Antoine’s dam was Molly Lee by General Lee. On both sides of Major Antoine’s pedigree he goes back over and over to Sherman Morgan through BlackHawk. He did have a couple of lines to Woodbury via Gifford, and one to Brutus by Justin Morgan through his dam Molly Lee. Roseta May was the dam of Trilson. Roseta May was by Sonfield out of Roseta Mala. Roseta May was bred by Roland G. Hill, her dam Roseta Mala was also bred by Hill. Sonfield was sired by Mansfield out of Quietude by Troubadour of Willowmoor. Sonfield was bred by the US Government Farm, and purchased by Roland G. Hill after a purchase by another party fell through. Sonfield was the sire of an astonishing two hundred thirty six registered Morgan foals. Quietude’s dam was Ruth a mare of primarily Sherman blood carrying Billy Root, Billy Bodette, Billy Folsum and Billy Roberts as well as Royal Morgan, The Streeter Horse and Ethan Allen II. She did have lines to Woodbury as well, through Gifford via Hale’s Green Mountain Morgan to Gifford by Woodbury. Roseta May was the dam of thirteen Morgan foals. Her dam, Roseta Mala produced five Morgan foals. Roseta Mala was by Joaquin Morgan. Joaquin Morgan was bred by Elmer Brown of Halstead, Kansas, and sold to Roland G. Hill . He sired thirty three Morgan foals. Joaquin Morgan was by the Sellman bred Romanesque out of Margett L. Romanesque was by Red Oak out of Mariah K. Mariah K was by Headlight Morgan out of Sweet Marie by The Admiral. The Admiral was by Jubilee De Jarnette out of Morrill Queen who carried the Bulrush blood Sellman so often used. The Admiral and his daughters represents ‘core’ Sellman breeding- combining all three major Justin Morgan sons. Margett L was bred by Elmer Brown. Margett L was sired by Linsley out of Donbelle. Linsley was by General Gates out of Sunflower Maid by Headlight Morgan out of Fanny P.
Headlight Morgan went back to Woodbury primarily, with Black Hawk present on a line, and Fanny P by Julian Morgan by Winnebago Chief out of a daughter of Flying Morrill- went back primarily to Bulrush Morgan with fewer lines to Woodbury Morgan and a line to Sherman. Donbelle on the other hand, was of what we call Ancient Vermont breeding and she was about a half and half mix of Woodbury and Sherman Morgan. Donbelle was by Donald out of Belle C Graves. Donald was by Ethan Allen II out of Fanny by Ethan Allen III. Belle C. Graves was by Billy Roberts – who went back to Billy Root by Sherman- out of the Hudson Mare who went back to Sherman top and bottom.
The dam of Roseta Mala was Hemala, who was the dam of seventeen Morgan foals.. Hemala was a Sellman bred mare by Headlight Morgan out of Baby Lu. Baby Lu was pure Sellman being by The Admiral by Jubilee De Jarnette out of Emma Antoine by Major Antoine out of Topsy by Major Gordon. Major Gordon was by Octoroon Jr by Octoroon, by Comet by Chittendon County Morgan by Putnam Morgan by Woodbury Morgan. There is a line to Bulrush Morgan through the Chittendon County Morgan and a line to Chanticleer by Justin Morgan through the Putnam Morgan as well. Topsy was out of an Octoroon daughter. Bess Gates was the dam of Dapper Dan, sire of Windswept Imperial. Bess Gates was by Gay Mac out of Bessie Ro. Bessie Ro was bred by Roland G. Hill. Gay Mac was US Government Farm bred by Mansfield out of Dewdrop. Dewdrop was by General Gates out of Ellen. Ellen was by Rocky Mountain out of the Lamb Mare by Young Benedict Morrill. Young Benedict Morrill was by Benedict Morrill going back to Bulrush through Morrill , by the Jennison Colt by Randolph Morgan by Bulrush, on the dam’s side of the top line of the Lamb Mare’s pedigree there is a daughter of Gifford, so she also had a Woodbury cross. Rocky Mountain, sire of Ellen was by Motion by Daniel Lambert.
Rocky Mountain’s dam was Alice who went back to Sherman through a lesser known son called Fox, who was the sire of Hoagland’s Gray Messenger, grandsire of Alice, and sire of her sire- Young America. Bessie Ro, dam of Bess Gates, was by Querido out of Roboss. Roboss was Sellman bred. Roboss was by Red Oak out of Bossie A.
Red Oak was by General Gates out of Marguerite. Marguerite was by White River Morgan out of the John P. Marsh mare who was by the Crocker Horse who was Sherman bred top and bottom of his pedigree. White River Morgan was by Neshobe who was a Woodbury, through Gifford, Sherman bred stallion. Bossie A , was another pure Sellman mare, being by Major Antoine out of a Major Gordon daughter.
This is the sire side of the pedigree of Windswept Imperial- unusually heavy in Sellman blood which is hard to find today in this concentration.
Little Sweetheart was Windswept Imperial’s dam. Little Sweetheart was sired by Antman and out of Hels Chinquapina. Antman was by Mountcrest Sellman out of Pontez. Pontez was a Morab mare by Antez out of the Morgan mare Pondette. Antez, her sire went back to Deyr, one of the original Arabian imports into this country, a Davenport import, and a very famous , highly regarded stallion. Pontez was bred by WR Hearst of California. Pondette was bred by Roland G. Hill and was sired by Pongee Morgan out of Sellman bred Roda by Red Oak out of Daisy A. Daisy A. was by Major Antoine out of Nellie Gordon by Major Gordon. Pongee Morgan was by Brunk bred Allen King , who was a full brother to Penrod, sire of Jubilee King. Allen King by Allan Franklin out of Black Bess. Allan Franklin by Jasper Franklin by Ben Franklin by Daniel Lambert. Jasper Franklin was out of Twilight, a Daniel Lambert daughter. Strong concentration indeed of Daniel Lambert blood.
Black Bess was Jubilee De Jarnette- more Daniel Lambert blood here, and out of the John Hoover mare who was by Tom Corwin and had the blood of Sherman, Woodbury, and Bulrush through Black Hawk, Gifford Morgan and Morrill. Galva was the dam of Pongee Morgan, she was by Billy Herod out of Chista the Ben Franklin granddaughter who also carried more Sherman through Billy Bodette.
Mountcrest Sellman, sire of Antman, was a very prominent Sellman bred stallion. He was by Joe Bailey out of Kitty E by The Admiral X Puss by Gold Medal out of Mollie Gordon by Major Gordon. Gold Medal was by Meteor Jr out of a mare by General Lee. Gold Medal and Major Antoine were half brothers and more actually since both their dams were by General Lee. Joe Bailey was by Headlight Morgan out of Polly B by The Admiral out of Polly Antoine by Major Antoine. Once again here is Sellman’s classic blending of all three major Justin Morgan sons- Bulrush, Sherman, and Woodbury.
Hels Chinquapina brings in more Bulrush and more Sherman blood being by Sun Down Morgan out of Bubbles by Juzan. The Hels prefix stands for Hugh E. Logan of Glendale, California. Sun Down Morgan was one of the last tail male Bulrush stallion’s in modern times. He was by Raven Chief and out of Texsky. Sun Down Morgan gained prominence in California as a Parade horse, a Stock horse and a Trail horse, owned and ridden by Merle Little , he was widely known and admired. His sire Raven Chief was by Morgan Chief out of the Sellman mare Baby Girl by the Admiral out of Lulu A by Major Antoine- more Bulrush blood indeed as well as more Jubilee De Jarnette. Morgan Chief was by Chief Morgan out of Mr. Parks Mare who was by Flying Morrill- more Bulrush blood. Julian Morgan was the sire of Chief Morgan and his sire Winnebago Chief, like Flying Morrill was a Morrill grandson. Morrill being by The Jennison Colt by Randolph Morgan by Bulrush Morgan. Lady Gipsy was the dam of Julian Morgan , she being by Colby’s Young Green Mountain who was a Woodbury horse on his sire side, but a Bulrush horse on his dam’s side carrying the blood of Morrill. Morgan Chief , who was the sire of Raven Chief, had as his dam Maude Morgan. Maude was also by Julian Morgan out of Bessie Morgan who was by Flying Morrill.
Texsky, dam of Sun Down Morgan, was another Sellman bred mare, she was sired by Texas Allen out of Frisky. Texas Allen was by Easter Allen Morgan by Headlight Morgan out of Bessie Morgan who was the dam of Maude Morgan and also the dam of Texas Allen. In other words Bessie Morgan was the dam of Texas Allen, Easter Allen Morgan and Maude Morgan. Frisky was by Meteor Jr. out of Frisky Jane by Major Gordon. Rather tight breeding here for sure, but that is what made the Sellman program what it was.
Bubbles by Juzan was out of Aleada. Both Juzan and Aleada were by Jubilee King. Juzan being out of Liza Jane by Knox Morgan and Aleada being out of Ruby De Jarnette by Allen King. Again, close breeding, this time going back to Sherman via Daniel Lambert. Ruby De Jarnette brings in the very fast blood of Charles Reade through her dam, Mrs. Lewis. Charles Reade was the superb triple Registered Morgan, and very highly regarded in his day.
Tacinca , dam of Woodrose Katrina was sired by Rusty out of Wenonah. Rusty was bred by Ray Wellbanks of Cayucos, CA. and was later owned by Mary Spenser. He sired twenty two Morgan foals. As his name implies Rusty was not a big time show horse, rather he was a solid working ranch stallion. His blood brings in familiar names however. He was sired by Eprus, bred by The Maxwell Lodge of Lakeside, WA. Rusty was out of Pongata, a Pongee Morgan daughter. Eprus was by Escort, a Vermont bred stallion who was the sire of eighteen foals. Though bred in Vermont by WS Tod ( who lived in NY), Escort went to Spokane, WA. Escort was sired by McMahon Morgan General who was bred by Joseph Battell , Escort’s dam was Viola by General Gates out of Marguerite. McMahon Morgan General was by Scotland out of Beauty. Both Scotland and Beauty were sired by General Gates. Scotland was out of Highland Mary, who was sired by Lambert Chief by Daniel Lambert. The dam of Highland Mary was Jessie Benson, a gray 15 hand mare by Darkey out of Betsey by Weston’s Gray Hawk , son of Rocky Mountain, out of Weston’s Mare by Bulrush Morgan. Darkey was a Black Hawk Morgan grandson out of L. Ray Mare by Andrus Hamiltonian. Lambert Chief’s dam was Milk Maid by Coburn’s American Star who was by Cock of the Rock by Sherman, and out of Judge Fe Sumner Gray Mare by Justin Morgan. Beauty who was the dam of McMahon Morgan General was out of the oddly named mare Coming Trotter who was by Motion by Daniel Lambert . Coming Trotter was out of Fanny Sleight by Ethan Allen by Black Hawk. Ethan Allen was out of Poll by Red Robin by Justin Morgan. Certainly this is intense Sherman /Justin Morgan breeding which has had a lasting influence.
Viola, dam of Escort was out of Marguerite by White River Morgan. White River Morgan went back almost equally to Gifford and to Sherman Morgan on his sire’s side. He went back to Sherman through Black Hawk more heavily on his dam’s side still with a line to Gifford. Marguerite was owned by Joseph Battell and shown to 3rd Premium Aged mares at the 1904 St. Louis World’s Fair. Pomona was the dam of Eprus sire of Rusty. Pomona was US Government Farm bred by Troubadour of Willowmoor out of Helen Gates by General Gates out of Caroline by Daniel Lambert. Caroline carried in addition to the Sherman bloodlines, a line to Morrill who goes to Bulrush Morgan.
Rusty’s dam Pongata was by Pongee Morgan out of Red Oak by General Gates. Pongee Morgan was bred by JC Brunk , he was sired by Allen King, full brother to Penrod- sire of Jubilee King- and out of Galva. Galva was bred by Lloyd Z. Jones of Galva, Illinois, and owned by JC Brunk. She was by Billy Herod who went back to Sherman through Black Hawk at least five times. Galva’s dam was Chista by Chetco by Ben Franklin by Daniel Lambert- more Sherman blood here. Rogata was the dam of Pongata. Rogata was a Sellman bred mare by Red Oak who was by General Gates out of Marguerite . Rogata’s dam was Puss- a classic Sellman bred mare being by Gold Medal out of Mollie Gordon by Major Gordon by Octoroon Jr by Octoroon. Gold Medal by Meteor Jr. by Meteor by Young Rix by Chieften by Black Hawk Morgan. Gold Medal’s dam side went back to General Knox and to Gifford Morgan including a line to Brutus by Justin Morgan. Octoroon went back to Woodbury Morgan and to Bulrush Morgan as well as having a line to the Hawkins Horse by Justin Morgan.
Wenonah was the dam of Tacinca, dam of Woodrose Katrina. Wenonah was bred by Dr. H.F. Spencer of Arroyo Grande, California. She was a red chestnut foaled in 1957. She was the dam of eight Morgan foals. Wenonah was sired by the Mountcrest Sellman son- Redman and she was out of Morman’s Red Lady. Redman was bred by WR Hearst and his dam Red Dot was bred by Roland G. Hill, but despite that Redman was virtually a pure Sellman bred stallion, even though Pongee Morgan , bred by JC Brunk was the sire of Red Dot. A very illustrious combination of breeders, representing some of the best of the best of breeding indeed. Wenonah’s dam Morman’s Red Lady, brought in a variation of bloodlines from what we have seen thus far. Morman’s Red Lady was by Lippitt Morman, thus adding that Ancient Vermont blood to the mix. Lippitt Morman was by Mansfield out of the archetypal Lippitt mare- Lippitt Kate Moro. Lippitt Kate Moro was bred by RL Knight, she was by Moro out of Croyden Mary. This is foundation Lippitt breeding going back to Sherman via Billy Root, Royal Morgan, and Black Hawk, while going back to Bulrush through Morgan One Eye, and back to Woodbury through not only Gifford Morgan, but through General Hibbard. There is also a line to Justin Morgan thorugh Red Robin. Lippitt Kate Moro carried some of the very best breeding known to us as Lippitt breeding. Her son Lippitt Morgan all of 14.3 hands was the first Morgan horse to win the grueling Vermont 100 mile Trail ride in Western tack. And not the lightweight synthetic tack of today !
Red Lady was the dam of Morman’s Red Lady. She was sired by Antman, another son of Mountcrest Sellman, and was out of Red Tawn, bred by Roland G Hill out of one of the Sellman mares he bought at the Sellman Estate sale. That mare was Texanita by Texas Allen out of Anita B. Red Tawn was sired by Querido by Bennington out of Artemsia. Antman by Mountcrest Sellman was out of Pontez bred by WR Hearst. Pontez was half Arabian and out of the Pongee Morgan daughter Pondette. This is very similar to the breeding behind Princess Sabab behind
Higuera Bandido. Texas Allen was Sellman bred , Pongee Morgan was JC Brunk bred. Both are here and both were superior animals who made a significant contribution to Woodrose Katrina being the mare she was.
Ursulas Higuera Bandita has a heritage and inheritance that is very scarce and rather unique- it is extremely rich in the bloodlines of Richard Sellman, and the next generation of his breeding program that became Old California breeding. And after that became Working Western Breeding. It is heritage of doing, using horses who proved themselves over and over on the ranch, on the trail, and in the show ring, though that last was the least of their proving perhaps. This young mare should be a terrific producer of foals with substance, sanity, and intelligence. She and her produce should have staying power and great hearts to go with the inheritance of her pedigree.
Pedigree Analysis by:
Ina M. Ish