Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Dragonfire Chi Lin Honored in The Morgan Horse Magazine

The Morgan Horse Magazine just published an article about the breed's Blue Hens, and Dragonfire Chi Lin is one of the mares featured. Here's the article...

Dragonfire Chi Lin (Greenmead’s Pioneer x Ramona Fawn)

Dragonfire Chi Lin was foaled in 1978 as one of the first foals produced by the then fledgling, Dragonfire Farm. The mare was a forward, working type horse and was herself a many time Regional winner with her young owner/rider Jennifer Forrest in Hunters, Dressage and Equitation. But where she really made her mark was as a producer of World Champion performance horses for Dragonfire Farm. These foals in turn went on to produce World Champions themselves, carrying on Chi Lin’s legacy.

Chi Lin’s first foal is perhaps her most famous, Dragonfire Kublakhan. By U.C. Viscount, Kublakhan was a dynamic pairing of working lines crossed with show lines. Ridden by Jennifer (Chang) McFall, Kublakhan was a many time World Champion in Dressage, Hunters and Jumpers. He was one of the first Morgans to break into the upper levels of Three Day Eventing, winning over scores of fans as he climbed the ranks all the way to the Advanced Level. He was the USEA Morgan of the Year several times, he was voted the People’s Choice Sport Horse of the Century, and still graces the cover of the “A” Pony Club Manual. At 28 years of age, he is an invaluable part of the Academy @ Dragonfire Lesson Program.

Dragonfire Ladyhawke, a full sibling to Kublakhan, became a World Champion in Dressage with her owner/rider Margaret Cunningham. Interestingly, her only two foals were by Cedar City Penbrook and they both became World Champions. Dragonfire Marley took Oklahoma victory passes in Dressage, Hunter Pleasure, and Jumpers for Dragonfire Farm, while Celeste Aida won in Dressage with Margaret.

Chi Lin’s stallion son, Dragonfire Kirin, is also by Cedar City Penbrook. Campaigned by Jennifer McFall in Sport and Show disciplines alike, Kirin met success in whatever arena he was in. By age 5, he had won multiple World titles, in Dressage and Hunter Pleasure (including the Open) and had competed through Training Level Eventing. As a sire, he has produced much loved performers as RWC Lightyear, and the great producing mare, Dragonfire Nova. Nova’s offspring include Dragonfire Shaolin, a RWC in Park Harness and In Hand, along with back to back victories in Gentlemen’s Am. Pleasure Driving. Dragonfire Nefertiti, who is also out of Nova is a RWC in Hunter Pleasure and a crowd pleaser wherever she goes.

Dragonfire Chi Lin has quietly played an integral part in shaping the standards for today’s Morgan in both Sport and Show. She has had a lasting impact on the breed and continues to do so with the success of her descendants.

Friday, March 25, 2011

Great Rides For Dragonfire at the March Twin Rivers

The March Twin Rivers Winter Horse Trials was a blast for so many reasons. First of all, we had fantastic weather! Generally
speaking, the weather is not a very interesting topic and more of a side note. But, considering the fact that I could get around the farm in a canoe as well as on a horse lately, makes me appreciate that show's sunshine all the more! We also had great students/friends with us, including the MIA old-timer, Katie Klooster. We were further blessed with Earl's parents hosting a fantastic dinner for our clients at their fantastic ho
me on top of the mountain in Atascadero. If we could recreate that weekend a few more times it would certainly get us out of these stormy weather blues.

Earl McFall and In a Dream are well on their way to qualifying for for bigger and better things (like the CIC** at Galway) with a clean run in the Intermediate division. Earl is very happy with Dream Girl's progress, especially in the Dressage ring. They have been working hard on all that annoying-froo-froo-stuff, and it is really starting to sho
w. To watch them go just click on the links below.

Earl also rode Tracy Felt's, Infinite and Merriewold Morgans', Merriewold Hanah. Infinite was bred by Dragonfire and is the first Morgan/TB cross produce
d at the farm. We couldn't be more proud of this ambassador for our breeding program as he is as consistent as he is athletic. In his second Training outing, he placed at the top again, this time in fourth place. Hanah shows her Morgan flair for style over a fence at the Novice level and finished in seventh in great form.

Katie Klooster escaped from the lab at UC Davis and competed with her own EMR Windchester (another Morgan Horse) after a four year hiatus. They didn't look like they had any time off at all, and tore up the Novice track...with only a few, tiny, itsy bitsy speed-faults to show for it. Even with a speeding ticket, they were good for fourth place after their very solid rides in Dressage and Stadium. We had another fourth place fini
sher in Christina Underwood and The Dark Knight in Beginner Novice. After a stock tie incident in the Dressage that will remain a secret ;-), Christina had one of the most forward stadium rounds she has ever produced. After that clear in the stadium ring, and a bit of luck across country, she added yet another ribbon to her growing collection.

High Times had a very positive outing in the Preliminary division with two clean goes in both the stadium and the cross country phases with Jennifer McFall riding. This young star certainly has an exciting career ahead of him.

Earl McFall and Infinite

Katie Klooster and EMR Windchester

Earl McFall and In A Dream

Christina Underwood and The Dark Knight

Jennifer McFall and High Times sponsored by CWD Saddles

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Dragonfire Fourth Dimension

Dragonfire Fourth Dimension

Are you looking to WOW the crowds in Oklahoma this year in the Hunter Pleasure division??? Are you in search of that perfect equine partner that combines beauty, athletic prowess AND a trainable attitude? Look no further, "Demi" is your dream horse.

This mare has it all, including the bloodlines of champions. By the sensational producer, Minion Millennium, Demi is a paternal sister to World Champions in Park, Hunter Pleasure (including our own Dragonfire Timeless), In Hand, and Western Pleasure. Her dam, Dragonfire Nova is by World Champion Dragonfire Kirin. Nova is also the dam of Oklahoma winners Dragonfire Shaolin (Park Harness, In Hand, and Pleasure Driving) and also the stunning Dragonfire Nefertiti (Hunter Pleasure).

Click here to see an updated video!!


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