At Merriewold Morgans we considered ourselves very fortunate to have known this lovely mare. She was not only a talented, beautiful and gentle individual but also a wonderful mother who gave us so many extraordinary foals.
During her life Majesty had three owners:
The Rohrs who bred her and took her to a world championship.
UVM Morgan Horse Farm, where she produced five foals including her most famous, Farah.
And finally, Merriewold Morgans, she lived at Saralin and produced six foals including Diplomat and JS Bach.
Majesty was born in 1987 at Majesty Morgans to Bill and Linda Rohr.Â Â Below are some of the photos and memories Linda Rohr sent to be included in this tribute.
MAJESTY MY FAIR LADYÂ
Majesty My Fair Lady lived up to her name in all regards. Like Eliza Doolittle, she went from a romping flower girl in the pasture to a high society Morgan show horse in a matter of months. We owned her sire, Arrow Hill Adonis, and her dam, Townsend Tamara, both of whom were stabled with Bob Kellert when he was in Santa Paula, CA.
She spent her yearling year with us in El Cajon, CA.Â Â I remember her as a very shy, timid little filly, running away and not wanting to be caught.Â She always had skin problems as a youngster mostly due to living in the pasture. When it came time to treat the problem, and to have her body clipped, it was at that moment that she learned that humans were not that scary.Â
From that day forward, the transformation began. She was transported to Mitchell Clark Stables in Del Mar, CA and became the training project of apprentice, Philip Jackson. Philip turned her into a Princess and a â€œLadyâ€ of high society. Her chestnut hair became shiny and beautiful and she began to bloom.Â
Her athletic ability was inherited from her sire, Arrow Hill Adonis, and as she matured, she became his spitting image, of course not as bold, but very classy and majestic!Â She loved to be driven. The minute she was hooked up to the pleasure cart, one could see in her eyes that work was to be done.Â
And so, she continued to work and went on to win her debut in the 2-year-old pleasure driving division culminating in winning the 1989 World Champion 2-year-old Pleasure Driving Futurity Championship.Â Â
There were so many entries, it was an honor to have been chosen from such a large field. She stood graciously for the win and photo shoot, and trotted a proud victory pass out from the coliseum.
“Lady” continued her winning ways in both Pleasure Driving and English Pleasure, ending her career after spending a successful year showing under Peggy Alderman.Â A decision was made to close Majesty Morgans, and in so doing Majesty My Fair Lady was donated to The Vermont Morgan Horse Farmâ€™s breeding program, and from that time forward until her demise, she became an important mare leaving behind a legacy of beautiful, athletic, and talented offspring.
“Lady” thank you for the gift that you gave to the Rohr Family and for all whose lives you have touched. You are a very special mare and you will be missed!
With fond memories,
She truly was a magnificent mare. Her legacy will live on!!!!
After her World Champion win with the Rohrâ€™s, Majesty was given to UVM Morgan Horse Farm to begin her career as a broodmare.Â She had five foals while she was there.Â Steve Davis remembers her well and here is his contribution to her Tribute:
I, too, am sorry to hear of Â “Lady’s” passing.Â As you know, she made a significant contribution to the UVM program, producing five quality foals, from 1994-1998.Â Â
As you may also remember, I am personally involved with the Morgans at UVM on a daily basis.Â I recall Lady as a kind, easy to manage individual – good ‘mother’ to her foals, and a sociable herd-mate in our broodmare band.
In a broader appraisal, when mated to UVM Stallions, her offspring exhibited tractable, trainable dispositions and above average athletic ability.Â Â
Probably her most versatile UVM product is UVM Glimmer, purchased by the Molin family in Delaware.Â The UVM Dexter daughter continues a remarkable sport career as a youth/adult mount on a local to national level.Â UVM Farrah, full sibling to your Merriewold Bella was perhaps the most ‘glamorous’ product for UVM.
In the end, however, my esteem for Majesty My Fair Lady is told by the lessons her offspring have taught those in the UVM sphere.
The image of UVM Chance with an apprentice intern up, tells a universal tale.
To paraphrase the venerable Horse Master, Colonel Alois Podhajsky, “…’my horses my teachers’ – thank you Lady, your lessons have been many.”
All the best wishes to you and all at Merriewold
Sincerely,Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Steve Davis (for all at UVM MHF)
Â In the summer of 1998 Jackie Brittain and I went on one of our â€œMorganâ€ trips to Vermont and surrounding areas. One of the farms we visited was UVM Morgan Horse farm and that is where we found Majesty.Â She was lovely, and when we saw the quality of her foals we knew she was a superior mare. We purchased her in foal and sent her to Florida.
We had about 6 months to get to know Majesty and loved every minute. Then Majesty went to Kentucky to live with our other broodmares at Saralin with Sally Longenecker. Sally probably knew her better than anyone and has many memories of Majesty, here are just a few:
Â Majesty My Fair Lady was a lovely chestnut mare, inside joke!!!Â Â (Diana always insisted she was brown) She lived a large part of her life here at Saralin under my care. She was a gentle mare with great dignity and that wonderful user friendly Morgan mind.
Although not overly gregarious, she was pleasant to all her pasture mates. The only time I saw her with an unpleasant expression was when we were teasing her and she was, to the best of her ability, telling us she was not ready.
The only area where she was a bit contrary was when it came to foaling. She did not want an audience. She went to extraordinary lengths through the years to avoid having me present at the birth Such as… rubbing out foal alerts, foaling early with no udder, foaling mid day out doors, foaling five minutes after a barn check… Oh I could go on.
She will be remembered through her wonderful foals but we will miss her anyway.
As Majesty had her Merriewold foals and Jackie Brittain handled, started and trained them, she noticed that they had a number of wonderful qualities in common, a sense of self worth and dignity, a willing and trusting nature, and a friendly attitude all given to them by their mother, Majesty.
Majesty My Fair Lady , 1987-2012
Majesty was truly our ” Blue Hen Mare”. She put all of the special qualities into her foals that set the â€œMorganâ€ breed standards apart from other breeds. The best quality of her foals is their trainability. They all performed in many disciplines and excelled.
Majestyâ€™s last foal named Merriewold Kandie is my personal favorite of any of the horses bred at Merriewold. â€œKandieâ€ has that inner spirit you can feel when you ride her and she connects with you completely. It is a very special bond few horses allow their rider to feel.
I am honored to have had Majestyâ€™s offspring to raise and enjoy.
Majesty My Fair Lady , 1987-2012
Majesty My Fair Lady produced six foals for Merriewold: Bella, Diplomat, Flaire Lady, Gaysha, JS Bach, and Kandie. Each one is an outstanding individual and we are extremely proud of all of them. I knew Majesty best through her babies and our visits to Saralin. This last photo sums up how I feel about her.Â Â I will really miss her and am so glad we have her wonderful offspring to remind us of her.
Majesty was a very special Mare. She was a star in the Show arena, an exceptional Mom, had a gentle demeanor and was loved by all.
Â To see more photos of Majesty please visitâ€¦ Majestyâ€™s Info page and photo album
Majestyâ€™s Merriewold Foals:
Merriewold Flaire Lady
Merriewold JS Bach