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.

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