Welcome to the News section of our website! East of Equinox Farm is proud of the accomplishments of our horses and the horses we have sold or helped produce for others. Please check this section often for updates about the farm and the horses.
Issues 'N Anwers breaks into the Top 5 at NYMHS Auction
The winning bid for Issues 'N Answers at the NYSMHS Stallion Service Auction was in the top 5 of all the stallions offered. Congratulations to Jane Thompson on her purchase of his service!
Congratulations to Emma vonBallmoos on her World Championship!
We are so proud of Emma and the fact that it was all accomplished on The Wizard, a Courage of Equinox son!
Other Oklahoma City Morgan World Championship News!
We are equally as proud of the other "Equinox Morgans" that were winners in OKC, including Equinox Premonition winning in Hunter Pleasure, and Equinox Beau Dandy winning two championships in Carriage Driving. Beau Dandy showed his verstility by also garnering a top ribbon in the Western Dressage division.
Other top ribbon getters in a wide array of disciplines included Equinox Elitist, Equinox Fear This, Equinox Attache, Equinox Midnight Rider, Equinox Courage Underfire, and Equinox Bossanova! These "Equinox Morgans" competed in both Junior Exhibitor and Senior divisions of Carriage Driving, Classic Pleasure, Western Pleasure, Western Dressage, Hunter Pleasure, Park Harness, Park Saddle, Equitation, and even Trail Finals. Many other fine Morgans sired by Equinox Stallions competed and in all "Equinox Morgans" won 41 ribbons in the World's largest and most prestigious Morgan Horse Show!
Announcing the Arrival of Our New Granddaughter!
We are very proud to announce the birth of Brooke Alexis Beattie, beautiful daughter of Matthew and Amanda. Photo by Celia Kelly.
Equinox Attache tops HyLee Sale
Equinox Attache and Terry Rutledge
Congratulations to Susan Walker and Terry Rutledge of TRSW Morgans on the success of Equinox Attache (White Rocks Caliopy x Charlestown Madonna), a 7 year old bay stallion who was purchased from East of Equinox Farm as a yearling. Terry and Susan have successfully campaigned Attache over the past several years, and have now topped the HyLee Sale in Michigan on October 29th. Attache garnered a price more than twice that of the second highest selling horse. Also congratulations to new owner Gwen Nieman of Oklahoma City, and best wishes for continued success with this proven Park Saddle Champion. Equinox Attache is also a proven sire.
More new Additions!
The Beattie family is proud to introduce two new members, twins Aiden and Evan Cassan. This brings the total count up to four boys! See earlier stories below for information on the other brothers. Photo by Celia Kelly.
East of Equinox Farm Wins Another Hall of Fame Award
We at East of Equinox Farm are honored to have been recently named to the New England Morgan Horse Association Hall of Fame at their Annual Convention. The award recognizes over 50 years of contributions by the farm to the Morgan Horse and achievements in the Morgan industry here in New England. We would like to thank them for this recognition and are humbled by the award. The American Morgan Horse Association inducted East of Equinox Farm into their Breeder's Hall of Fame in 2005.
Equinox Stallions Top the Sire Ratings
USEF has announced the leading sires for all breeds and disciplines for 2009. Sitting at the top as the Leading Driving Sire for all breeds is the 32 year old Lippitt Equinox Beaubrook. In second place in the driving division is Courage of Equinox. These two Morgan stallions outperformed all stallions from all breeds to capture the two top spots in the division.
In the Morgan Sire Rating, after topping the division in 2008, Courage of Equinox sits in second for 2009. Equinox Beaubook finished in 14th place in this division. Other stallions on the Leading Morgan sire list from the Equinox stallion stable are Nemours Port Royal in 20th, and White Rocks Caliopy in 46th.
Once again Issues 'N Answers appears on the Saddle Horse Report Sire Rating. "Andrew" is a perrenial top 10 on the Sire Ratings.
Courage To Lead is #1
The Courage of Equinox Daughter "Courage To Lead" has achieved the highest individual honor given by the USEF. She has been named USEF Horse of the Year for 2010! This is an amazing achievement for the 12 year old Morgan mare. She has had an amazing career in the driving discipline culminating in many national and international awards in 2009. Congratulations on your dominating season. A video of her 2009 highlights can be seen by by clicking on the link below or by pasting the URL below it into your browser:
Courage of Equinox Is #1 Sire Again! (January '09)
USEF has named Courage of Equinox #1 Leading Morgan Sire of 2008. This title is awarded to the sire whose offspring earned the most points in USEF competition each year. 2008 represents the third time that Courage has won the award since his death in 2001. Courage of Equinox is the Morgan breed's most prolific sire of all time, and topped several Sire Ratings during his long breeding carreer. We are very proud that he continues to win these awards posthumously. We are also proud to report that our 31 year old Lippitt stallion, Equinox Beaubrook, is 19th on the list for 2008!
East of Equinox Farm Celebrates 50th Anniversary (November '08)
On November 29, 2008 East of Equinox Farm held a party to celebrate it's 50th Anniversary, and the 1st full year of Fairview Stable. About 300 people attended from all across the country to enjoy the catered event that included live music, great food and drink, horse demonstrations, and good conversation.
A portion of the indoor arena was converted into a ballroom with a stage
The other end of the arena was used for demonstrations
Vermont's Governor Jim Douglas spoke to the attendees about the importance of Morgans in the fabric of Vermont
A portion of the Beattie family that was in attendance
The success of the party is largely attributable to the hard work of Jennifer Beattie shown here with grandson Chase
Another New Arrival (November '08)
On November 2, 2008 Megan Beattie Cassan and her husband Damion welcomed their second child, Owen Hawkins Cassan into the world!
Owen Hawkins Cassan and older brother Chase
Equinox Challenge Daughters Dominate (September '08)
The two weanling fillies Equinox Premonition (Equinox Challenge x Equinox Cartier) and Equinox Scandalous (Equinox Challenge x Lies and Innuendos) went Champion and Reserve Champion in the 2008 New York Morgan Breeders Sweepstakes. It was the first time that the top two places went to offspring of the same sire from the same farm in the 20 year + history of the sweepstakes. Twenty five weanlings competed for the prize money. One by one the top ten were eliminated from the ring leaving the two East of Equinox entries, shown by Ivan Beattie and Jaisen vonBallmoos, facing each other in center ring. It was a very exciting and lucrative night for the Beattie family taking home the payback for the top two placings!
Equinox Premonition and Equinox Scandalous
Fairview Stable Arrives at East of Equinox Farm! (August '07)
We are very excited to announce the arrival of Jaisen and Meghan von Ballmoos at East of Equinox Farm! Jaisen and Meghan are now offering lessons and training under the Fairview Stable banner here in our new facility. (Please see more information on the facility below.) Jaisen has trained and presented many World Champion Morgans and riders over the years and is also a highly regarded Morgan horse show judge. Fairview Stable offers lessons and training in all disciplines with an emphasis on preparing both horse and rider (or driver) as a team. Please feel free to contact the farm for information and rates.
Jaisen von Ballmoos has trained many World Champions. We are excited to have him training here under the Fairview Stable banner!
New Arrival at East of Equinox (February 07)
Facilities and Services Expansion at East of Equinox
of Equinox Honored with Top AMHA Award
East of Equinox Farm of Manchester Center, Vermont, recently was inducted into the American Morgan Horse Association's (AMHA) Breeder's Hall of Fame at its annual convention, held in Lexington, Kentucky. This award is given to a breeder who has produced Morgans that have had a significant impact on the breed.
Continuing a dynasty birthed by Orrin and Phyllis Beattie, East of Equinox thrives today under the direction of their son, Ivan. Ivan and his siblings were raised on East of Equinox and remain actively involved with Morgans, as is Phyllis, who continues as a partner on the farm.
To date, nearly 400 Morgans have been registered with the Equinox prefix, carrying the name to all corners of the United States, as well as Canada, England, Sweden, Germany, Holland, and Australia. Equinox stallions were among the first to stand at stud in Europe via frozen semen and Courage Of Equinox produced the very first Morgan foal conceived by frozen semen in England. Courage Of Equinox is officially the breed's most prolific sire, having produced more registered offspring than any other stallion in the history of the breed. Currently, East of Equinox Farm is home to a herd of 75 Morgans, comprised of broodmares, breeding stallions, and young stock.
The farm continues to play a significant role in both the local and national community as Ivan dedicates a significant amount of energy to several equine organizations. A past president of the Vermont Morgan Horse Association and past director of the New England Morgan Horse Association, Ivan has served on a number of committees and boards dedicated to the horse industry. Possessing an appreciation for civic duties, Ivan is chairman of TD Banknorth Vermont, the Manchester Selectboard, and Manchester Water Board, all the while working tirelessly to carry on the East of Equinox legacy.
Founded in 1909, AMHA is a non-profit organization serving more than 50,000 Morgan horse owners, breeders, exhibitors, and enthusiasts throughout the United States. AMHA serves as a parent organization to more than 90 recognized Morgan horse clubs and national service organizations. It also provides an important link to foreign Morgan horse registries and clubs.
information on America's original horse breed, contact the American
Morgan Horse Association Inc. ©, 122 Bostwick Road, Shelburne,
Vermont 05482; (802) 985-4944, www.morganhorse.com
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