Cavendish, by Laura Stillwell Algranti

February 20, 2008

By Laura Stillwell Algranti
[first written for Classic Morgan Admirers, 1996 . It has been updated and revised, Jan. 2005]

Cavendish #10200 was foaled April 20, 1949 in Springfield, Vermont.  His breeder, Frances H. Bryant, was also the breeder of his sire Jubilee’s Courage. Jubilee’s Courage was by the great Jubilee King and out of  Townshend Lass.  Cavendish’s dam was the grand producing mare Paragraph, a daughter of Jubilee King. Since both of Cavendish’s parents were progeny of Jubilee King, Cavendish carried 50% Jubilee King blood. Paragraph’s dam, Nella (another grand broodmare), was sired by Allen King, the full brother to Jubilee King’s sire, Penrod. Nella’s dam, Liza Jane (yet another excellent producer), was by Knox Morgan, also a strong influence behind Jubilee King. Liza Jane’s dam, Double Daisy, also carried the same blood to be found behind Jubilee King. This was solid Brunk breeding of the highest quality.

By breeding Jubilee King to the high percent mare, Townshend Lass (who was by the Lippitt stallion Moro and out of Gladwin who, while not considered to be a Lippitt was of the same old high percent blood as the Lippitts), and then the progeny of that cross back to the strong Brunk mare, Paragraph, Mrs. Bryant was doing the same thing that J. C. Brunk had been doing for decades with his program in Illinois. She was quite literally following in his footsteps–and proven footsteps they were. Jubilee King horses had proven themselves as using horses of sensible temperament and tough ability. The golden stallion Cavendish was to continue this heritage. Cavendish was a golden chestnut, so golden that he was sometimes mistaken for palomino. His mane and tail were light flaxen and he his left hind leg had a white stocking. On April 18, 1950, he was transferred to the ownership of Larry and Eve Oakley, then of Stockton, California. Also purchased at the same time was Jubilee’s Gloria, a full sister to Jubilee’s Courage. Thus was born Caven-Glo Morgans.

Eve was active in the Northern California Horse Club. In the August 1950 issue of The Morgan Horse, she wrote (in club news for the Northern California Horse Club) “… I am so absolutely thrilled with our two Morgan colts [ed. note–at that time, all foals were commonly called colts] which we purchased recently, that I want everyone to know about them. We bought these colts from Mrs. Frances Bryant, of Meeting Waters Farm, Springfield, Vt., through correspondence and pictures. Mrs Bryant gave us detailed descriptions of them as to conformation, color, etc. We bought them sight unseen except by snapshots taken with their winter coats and when we saw them, we found them to be everything she said they were, if anything, they were more beautiful than their description. Their light chestnut coloring and light flaxen manes and tails made them more striking than we had anticipated. You can appreciate how excited I was when I finally received a phone call from Mr. Oakley, who with Mr. Al Hammer, a prominent San Joaquin Valley rancher, and our 10 year old son, made the trip to Vermont to pick these colts up. … It was 2am when I finally saw the lights of our van coming down the road lighting up the entire countryside. That was a most welcome sight after an 8,000 mile trip. My first glimpse of them was the little yearling stud colt, Cavendish. I just saw one eye and a very flaxen forelock over the various articles piled in the center stall of our van. They were finally unloaded and I had my first good look at them. They were a little tired after their journey from practically coast to coast. …”

Cavendish was shown in-hand at many horse shows in Northern California with good success as a yearling and two year old before the Oakleys loaded up their belongings and horses and moved to the Chicago area. There in the midwest, Cavendish learned how to drive and ride. He went on to become a solid driving horse, one photo shows him being driven by children,  in addition to doing well as a parade horse, trail horse, western and english, dressage, and jumping. He also was a good babysitter, staying with the newly weaned foals. Eve continued her activity with local Morgan clubs. She wrote the club news for the Central States club for The Morgan Horse. The following is from the August 1959 issue.  “The big news this month is, of course, the Morgan exhibition presented at the Naperville Saddle Club Show, Naperville, Illinios. … Due to the fact that I was in the ring, and not an onlooker, Miss Dorothy Colburn kindly offered to cover it from her point of view, which follows:  … Since our club slogan is ‘Morgans for pleasure,’ we wished to show what we considered to be the perfect pleasure horse. Versatility in a pleasure horse is, of course, a must. … to show one horse which could do just about anything… We considered carefully all the Morgans in the Club and came to the conclusion that the horse which could do the job best was Cavendish…{mospagebreak}

When the big day arrived, Mrs. Oakley and her lovely golden chestnut stallion covered themselves with glory…  Cavendish came marching into the ring, his coat gleaming in the noontime sun, light mane streaming and his tail carried at its natural jaunty angle, jogged smoothly around, extended to a good road trot, then came pleasantly back to a jog again. He showed a couple of figure 8’s–a large one and a very small one–backed, and turned the cart right on one spot–all with an air of enjoying himself thoroughly. A quick change was made… Within three minutes he was on the track again, this time attired, as was also his rider, for a trail ride in the West, … Cavendish showed a Western jog, smooth as silk and like a little machine, loped both fast and slow, demonstrated his neck-reining ability which is excellent, but was over-shadowed by his next performance–i.e. going through his whole ‘reining’ repertoire without reins–weight signals alone!  After one more change, … performing again, this time both of them impeccably attired for an hour in the park. … transformed the Western rider into an Eastern one … this time he was asked to show three distinct speeds at the trot, to canter collectedly, to gallop on, and to come back to a collected canter. He also showed the crowd his typical Morgan walk. A few elementary dressage movements followed (very neatly done) and then our little Morgan Good Will Ambassador was brought to attention facing the Judge’s stand.”

After many years in the Chicago area, the Oakleys moved back to California. This time they settled in the Los Angeles area. Eve sold many of her Morgans before the move, not being able to ship all of them. Once back in California, Eve continued to show on occasion, although not as heavily as while in the midwest.  Eve believed in using her horses. She used all her horses, stallions and mares. She was active in shows, playdays, demonstrations, and was very active with children, allowing them to use her horses for their club projects. Eve would not use for breeding a horse that did not have the proven sensible temperament, intelligence, and using ability to be a true working horse. A quick look through past issues of The Morgan Horse show many Caven-Glo horses being used by children and adults for many purposes. Just a few of Cavendish’s get include (all with the Caven-Glo prefix): Saquaro, riding; Sunshadow, riding; Sun Sand and High Capri on the 1962 100 mile pleasure trail ride in So. Illinois; Sun Sand in a 1960 Play Day; High Capri at shows; Revenue at showing western pleasure, trail, stock;  Courier, very successful at So. Calif. shows and featured on the cover of Margaret Cabell Self’s book on Morgan horses; Tara, trail and show horse; Legend of Caven-Glo, on competitive trail rides in So. Calif. Others were used as family trail horses and never were shown in the pages of The Morgan Horse.

Most of the Morgans that Eve bred and sold went to families as family using horses. Eve was very particular in selling her horses. She did not sell to just anyone who had the money and wanted one of her horses. If she felt that a person was not the right home for a horse, there was no sale. If she felt that a person and a particular horse would not suit, there was no sale. Eve took the time to get to know the potential buyers and to decide if they would be a good home and if their personality would match that of the horse. Eve knew her horses well and was very honest in assessing their abilities and temperaments.

Because so many Caven-Glo horses went to families who were not interested in breeding, very little of the valuable Caven-Glo blood comes down to today. Cavendish, with his 50% Jubilee King heritage, is a valuable source of Jubilee King. Fortunately a few breeders did use the Caven-Glo horses and there are now a few purposely seeking out and carefully breeding the descendants of Cavendish. Some of these people were fortunate enough to know Eve personally and besides carrying on the bloodlines are also carrying on Eve’s example for honesty and ethics. They too will not breed a horse without knowing its temperament and using ability; they too are careful to whom their horses are sold. There are other breeders with Morgans carrying the Caven-Glo heritage and some of them are coming to appreciate the legecy that Eve has left.

Cavendish proved his temperament and useability, as did his progeny. He is a valuable concentrated source back to Jubilee King.{mospagebreak}

Cavendish had 40 registered progeny. They are:  Tapnor Jingle Bell 011653 (x Cherokee Lady), dam; E & M Shud 16929 (x Miss Belle); E & M Stormy 16082 (x Miss Belle), sire; Fairoak Courage 19818 (x Glenmere Rose); King Jay 24253 (x Betsy Jay); Fairoak Cassandra 018646 (x Tio’s Princess); Richmar’s Cavalier 16785 (x Belle Heather); Richmar’s Pride 15794 (x Belle Heather); Somerset Endeavor 22869 (x  Betsy J); Royal Lancer 17122 (x Amber Allen); Shadowwood’s Duke 17699 (x Mission Belle); Prince Justin 11760 (x King’s Felicity), gelded & went to Texas where he did well at shows & trail rides; Legend of Caven-Glo 12490 (x Jubilee’s Gloria), sire; [the rest of the horses listed all have the Caven-Glo prefix] Ashwin 16130 (x Glenmere Rose), sire; Ballerina 011698 (x Libby Ashmore), dam; Cardinal 15414 (x Poppy Ashmore); Christina 013932 (x C-G Sunseri), dam; Courier 18196 (x Glenmere Rose), well-known show gelding; Fallon (x King’s Felicity); Freya 09198 (x King’s Felicity), dam; High Carpi 11409 (x Spring Hope); HiCommand 11796 (x Spring Hope), sire; Heritage 12904 (x Libby Ashmore), sire; Justa Gem 016753 (x Lippitt Justa Rose); Challenger 22506 (x C-G Pandora), sire; Katrinka 018706 (x L. Justa Rose), dam; Rebel Gold 09521 (x Jubilee’s Gloria), dam; Amanda 022267 (x Avis Ashmore); Cribari 024263 (x Avis Ashmore), dam; Sunshadow (x La Reina), dam; Courage 26880 (x Avis Ashmore); Tara 012921 (x Windom Way), dam; Topaz 021985 (x C-G Pandora), dam; Travelman 18195 (x C-G Sunseri); Rose Marie 018707 (x C-G Lisa), dam; Saquaro 09251 (x La Reina), dam; Chaparral 21759 (x C-G Pandora); Suisuin (x La Reina), dam; Sun Sand (x La Reina).

In 1964, and again in 1965, Elmer and Marian Bente of Bishop, Calif. apparently hauled their mare Miss Belle the 300 miles from eastern California to Eve’s ranch near Los Angeles. The 1965 foal was E & M Stormy who went on to sire quite a few horses in the eastern Sierra region of California. Some of his descendants can be found today.

The Ronald Haywards of South Elgin, Illinois based their breeding program heavily on Eve’s Morgans. They used the stallion Caven-Glo Revenue (Superson x C-G Rebel Gold) and bred their mare, Cherokee Lady to Cavendish, getting Tapnor Jingle Bell in 1961. This bay mare had four produce, including Prince Valiant 17725, a lightly used sire. They also had the mares C-G Ballerina and C-G Rebel Gold. Rebel Gold was dam of Tapnor Shenandoah (several of her produce bred on), Tapnor Shiloh Star (dam), Tapnor Sun Royale, and others. Rebel Gold was dam of C-G Revenue, who sired [all with the Tapnor prefix] Cherry Sun-D, Cash Box, Cricket, Hi De Ho, Top Secret.  Cash Box was bred mostly to Mr. Breezy Cobra and had foals using Breezy’s prefix. Sun-D had six produce including Sun-D Mist, by Prince Valiant. Hi De Ho had five produce, three with the HDH prefix; all but one were colts. Top Secret had seven produce, all with the Southview prefix. Cricket had one daughter, Tapnor Fiddle Deedee who had Tapnor Jubilee, whose sire also had Cavendish, who did breed on in the Midwest.

Caven-Glo Ashwin had only three get, one of whom was Abagail Ash, used as a dam in southern California. Caven-Glo Amanda had three produce with the CSR prefix; CSR Princess Ann had produce of her own. Caven-Glo Christina had seven produce, including Cayuca Irish Lass, Agape King Solomon and Agape Holy Moses. Caven-Glo Cribari had five produce for Katie Black’s Abacus Morgans; one daughter was Abacus Eve Oakley. Caven-Glo Rose Marie had five produce; her son Caven-Glo Damon Sail had one colt. Caven-Glo Suisuin, later renamed Arcuene, had only two produce. One of these was Caven-Glo Si Lovely, later renamed Ardahl. Ardahl had five produce, including three with the El Capitan’s prefix. Caven-Glo Sunshadow had only one foal. Caven-Glo Tara had only two produce.Caven-Glo Heritage had seven get, including Nam-Glo Jubilee who was lightly used at stud.

Caven-Glo HiCommand had only one get, Cavamy, who went on to have eight produce. One of Cavamy’s produce is Cavamy Select Lad (who, despite the name, is a mare); she had many produce including Oak Knoll Major, foundation sire for Brian Childress’s Marle Hill prefix. Caven-Glo Freya had four produce, three with the Montbelle prefix and Freya’s Golden Girl. Golden Girl did well at shows and was used as a broodmare also.   Caven-Glo Saguaro had only two produce but one of these was Royal-Glo (x Emerald’s Aristocrat).

Royal-Glo had all her produce for Ellie Mason’s Marvelous Morgans. They are [all with the Marvelous prefix] Alert, Aristocrat, Archie, Gem, Welcome, Fantasy, Moon-Glo, Treasure, Monarch, and Sir William. Fantasy was retained by Ellie and is dam of Black Magic, Messenger, Mardigras, and Dawn Enchantress. Moon-Glo was also retained and is dam of Scarlet Lady, Ideal’s Lady, Pride, and Mazeltov. Monarch went to Montana where he is sire of many Black Hat prefix Morgans as well as others. Welcome had four produce, including two for Iron Forge. Marvelous Gem was retained by Ellie and was an excellent show horse and sire. He is sire of: [all with the Marvelous prefix] Figure, sire; Gay Prince; Heritage, excellent show horse; Prophecy, dam; Selection, dam; Surprise; Morita, dam; Memory, dam; Comander; Gemini, dam; Legacy, dam. From visiting mares, Gem sired; Miss Ruby Nekomia, El Capitan’s Charmer, El Capitan’s Legend, El Capitan’s Fantasy, Tuxedo Park, El Capitan’s Melody, Dell’s Dream, Phlogiston, Paru’s Dardona Gem, Bellamarmeri Melody, Captain Chip, Dell’s Donmor, Woodburn King, Harisann Moonfire, Fletcher Farm Penny.{mospagebreak}

Legend of Caven-Glo

Cavendish’s son, Legend of Caven-Glo, (out of Jubilee’s Gloria) was well known in California as an excellent trail horse, both for pleasure and in competitive trail events. Legend was a flashy golden chestnut with four white legs, a blaze, and white flaxen mane and tail.  He had three Caven-Glo get:  Laurien; Windom Joy, dam of Robbie Ashbrook and Windom Sweet Sue; and Legendra, dam of Celebrant Jade Sails, Celebrant Sir Arod, Cliffs Murrieta Star, Ran-Cal Francee M, Ran-Cal Tiffany M, Ran-Cal Tommi Trojan, and Ran-Cal Maggi M.Legend was sold to Northern California where he sired: Legend’s High Noon, Delilah Vermont, Perry Vermont Legend, Windy of the Valley, Magic of the Valley, Chances Are, [with the Bear River prefix] Annie, Marysdoll, Penelope, [with the Dunham prefix] Bradstreet, Ledger Entry, Paladin, JK Cosette, Donna Vermont, Lorelei, Ruby Gentry, Kiss Me Kate, Rose Jarnette, Laurellen, Lucky Legend.

Some of these horses were used in breeding, but only two were bred back to the Jubilee King family; these were Delilah Vermont and Dunham Lucky Legend.  Delilah Vermont was out of Dina Vermont, a daughter of Red Vermont, who was of pure Brunk breeding. In the late 1970’s, Shannon and Susan Hanley were searching for mares to complement their Jubilee King grandson, Criterion, at their Quietude Stud. Delilah traveled from California to West Virginia. Her first foal was Quietude Dan Lambert in 1980. Owned by Lisa Welch, Dan was used as a trail horse and parade horse as well as being used at stud. His get include Spirit of Jasmine, Jazzdan’s Celebrity, John D. Lambert, Levi Lambert, DNF Yankee Jubilee, Tess Lambert, Bagheera, Danomy Kent, Danomy Maggie, Dan’s Fire Lad,Llady Jubilee Pearl, Nyoka, Shamokin. Most of his get went to people wanting good family horses, although a few have bred on.Delila Vermont’s next foal was Rocket of Quietude in 1981. Delila was then sold but later returned to Quietude when her owner dispersed his herd. In 1989, she had Quietude Clipper, followed in 1990 by Quietude Jubilee Lambert, who remained at Quietude and has had some foals. Quietude Red Vermont was foaled in 1992 and was sold to Canada where he has been a good sire. Quietude Paris was born in 1994 and was retained by Quietude. Delila Vermont perished in the 1995 Quietude barn fire.

Legend of Caven-Glo’s daughter, Dunham Lucky Legend, is out of Lucky Annie. Lucky Annie is by Easter Vermont (son of Red Vermont) and out of Tubby Vermont, also by Easter Vermont. Joanne Curtis has said that Tubby Vermont was one of the loveliest ever Morgan mares and also has high praise for Lucky Annie and Lucky Legend.  Born in Northern California, Lucky was sold to Dr. Lowell Hughes of Iowa where she had Caduceus Hercules. Sold in foal, she went to Dean and Susie Duckworth’s Deja Vu Morgans. She had Deja Vu Desiree (x Wyoming Flyhawk). Desiree did well in combined driving events in the east. Lucky then had Deja Vu Dorian by Quietude Castile and Deja Vu Dakota by Quietude Concord. Lucky was then leased to Kathy Newcomb of New Jersey and had Blythewood Vermont Legend, sired by the Frances Bryant bred Shane Ashmore. Monty has done well at shows in carriage driving and has sired some very nice get. Lucky was then sold to Dave and Laura Algranti, Sunrise Song Morgans. Lucky traveled back to California and had a nice colt but died in the birthing. SSM Storm Singer is now a beloved back yard trail gelding.
Caven-Glo Ballerina

Cavendish’s daughter, Ballerina, was out of Libby Ashmore (Lippitt Ashmore x Spring Darling). She had eleven produce:  with the Tapnor prefix–Hi De Ho, Mystery, Wing Ding, True Magic, Heather; with the GO prefix–Country Bumpkin, Prankster; with the Quietude prefix–Centurian, Caress, Chantry, Holly. Some of the Tapnor horses were used in breeding. Heather had Radiare Memories who bred on.Sired by Criterion, Caress of Quietude had  produce for The Quietude Stud. Q. Granada was sold to Babs Smith and he has sired some nice progeny.  Quietude Sweet Afton, by Criterion the Younger, was sold to Cathy Falkenstein of California for her breeding program. Quietude Seneca, by Crispin of Quietude, was sold Bob Summerfield of Montana and had his first
foals in 1996. Sired by the Criterion son, Crispin of Quietude, Quietude Chantry had   produce for The Quietude Stud.  Quietude Holly, sired by the Criterion son Courier, had produce for Sunrise Song Morgans, Ransom Hill Morgans, True Unity Morgans and now for Old Growth Oak Morgans. Her gelded son SSM Spirit Seeker is a special horse of the heart for Laura Algranti. Her gelded son SSM Frances Bryant is a trail and driving horse in the southern California mountains. Ransom Hill Captain Red remains entire and is now back east. For True Unity she had some very nice foals. And for Wendy Legate’s Old Growth Oak Morgans she has had a stunning filly, with more foals planned. {mospagebreak}

Caven-Glo Katrinka, Caven-Glo Challenger, Caven-Glo Topaz

These three Cavendish get are now linked, their descendants intertwined together by fate. Katrinka, out of Lippitt Justarose, had only one foal before dying young. This was Caven-Glo Amanda Ash, by Caven-Glo Red Sails. “Mandy” was a lovely correct mare, and an excellent driving and riding horse. She was sold to Natalie Goode to become the foundation mare at Small Town Morgans. Her produce are: 1983, Small Town Sally Ash; 1985, Small Town Ida Ash; 1986, Small Town Welcome; 1987, stillborn colt; 1988, Small Town Fortune; 1990, Small Town Justice; 1991, Small Town Garnet. When Natalie Goode disbanded her ranch, Mandy went to Quietude Stud, where she too died in the 1995 barn fire.

Caven-Glo Challenger was out of Caven-Glo Pandora. He is sire of:  [with Caven-Glo prefix] Kerry On, Tyme On, David Ash, Christopher, On Tyme, Robrita; Abacus Dawn Treader; Morobrook Ethan; Challenger’s Sir Prize; Small Town Sally Ash; [with Quietude prefix] Seashell, Speedwell, Spinnaker, Kit Carson, Sail Away. On Tyme, owned by Larry and Sue Fetters, was their introduction to the Morgan horse; she was a good trail horse. Tyme On, owned by Diane Young, was an excellent competitor in combined driving events and show ring driving classes. Q. Kit Carson was sold to upper Wisconsin and had a limited opportunity at stud; he does have a granddaughter with Time Span Morgans who will be bred. Q. Sail Away is with True Unity Morgans. Small Town Sally Ash was to become one of Natalie Goode’s foundation mares for her Small Town Morgans. In the early 1980’s Eve Oakley sold her last horses. Challenger went to The Quietude Stud. In 1996, April Panagiotaros was able to purchase him and he spent the end of his life with her.

Caven-Glo Topaz, Challenger’s full sister, has five produce: Caven-Glo Top Sail; Canyon of Quietude; Quietude Sheridan; Forest of Quietude (retained by Quietude as stallion); Quietude Wilderness. Canyon of Quietude was purchased by Natalie Goode, California. Later, April Panagiotaros purchased Canyon when Natalie disbanded. He is sire of many good Morgans, including: Small Town Justice, Small Town Garnet (all out of C-G Amanda Ash); Small Town Delphi, Small Town Dublin, Small Town Alert, True Unity Challenger, True Unity Grace (all out of Small Town Sally Ash); Late Night Can-Dee, Cabaline Fiero (both out of Mantic Madina); Small Town Cameo (out of Small Town Ida Ash, Amanda Ash’s daughter); Marvelous Grand Canyon (x Marvelous Gemini); Casa Del Rio Kid, Casa Del Rio Querida (both out of Lucia Judy, who is now owned by April), others with the True Unity prefix, and OGO Flower of Amor.  Small Town Justice, Small Town Dublin, and Small Town Garnet are all owned by Larry and Sue Fetters, California. The two mares have each had one foal. Justice did very well showing at open shows in Southern California in western and hunter both. Small Town Delphi went to Quietude but was lost in the 1995 barn fire. Small Town Alert sired one foal for Diane Young and then was gelded to become a beloved companion for another owner. Casa Del Rio Kid was doing very well as a trail horse when he died and his younger sister, Querida is also a good trail horse; Roberta Robertson was the owner.   Small Town Sally Ash and her daughter, Small Town Ellie Ash (x Marvelous Ideal) went to be the foundation mares for April’s True Unity Morgans. Ellie later went to Tindo Morgans to be dam of some good foals there. April also owned Small Town Welcome (Marvelous Ideal x “Mandy”) and he has proven to be a reliable riding gelding. 

Canyon now resides with Wendy Legate, Old Growth Oak Morgans, where he will have the chance to continue on Cavendish’s legacy. His son, OGO Flower of Amor is with Libby Flower as a future sports horse sire.

The legacy of Cavendish and the Caven-Glo horses is that of a true using horse with a sensible mind. This also was the legacy of Jubilee King. Those who appreciate this legacy will be carrying it forward into this century.