We Ride Sport and Trail Magazine November 2018 - Page 41

his name was formally chosen for the family of horses and the Club that supports them.

In the early 1970’s a number of Vermonters gathered together in an attempt to preserve the wonderful, prepotent icon of the past. After months of meetings, discussions and painstaking pedigree research, twenty-five horses were identified as being as close as possible to the original Old Vermont Morgan Horse. The horses chosen had a minimum number of known out crosses to other breeds in the 19th century, and no out crosses to any other breed in the 20th century. All were registered Morgans with close crosses to Peters' Ethan Allen 2d 406, the “cornerstone” stallion of the Lippitt Morgan, and had produced one or more lines of descent that is present in today's Lippitt population. These were then entitled the Foundation Stock.

Today’s Lippitt Morgan is the visible descendant of the Morgan horses that fought our wars, cleared our land, plowed our fields, herded our cattle, carried us westward and drove us to church on Sunday. They have the highest percentage of original blood available today and possess the type and qualities of the original Justin Morgan horse. They are known for their versatility, willingness to please, pleasant disposition, Morgan type, and presence. They are enjoyed by all family members for trail riding, jumping, pleasure driving, dressage, gymkhana, mounted shooting, combined driving, and therapeutic riding, just to name a few! Lippitts are typically bay, black, brown or chestnut in color and range in size from 13.1h to 15.2h.

Today, it is estimated that there are fewer than 2000 living Lippitt Morgans, many of which are no longer breeding or producing to carry on the bloodlines. They are considered to be endangered by The Equus Survival Trust and The Livestock Conservancy.

For more information on these incredible horses, please visit www.LippittClub.net

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