Cloister Morgan Farm:
I first caught the morgan virus when I was 14 (some 25 years ago). I was born and bred around horses,
my parents used to show Welsh Section B ponies and Welsh Section C & D Cobs. My first experience of
competing was at the age of 3. At 14 years old I first met Eileen & Debby Clarke of Cloister Morgans.
They were so impressed with how I handled their yearling colt Cloister Royal Charter that they invited me
to help them with their Stallion Monnington Anthem at the 3 Counties Show, his first class under saddle.
The rest they say is history. With Eileen and Debby I got to meet and work many wonderful Morgans, Monnington
Anthem, Trijas Tunetime (who was used for theraputic riding), Trijas Adona, Rohan Foxy Princess, Cloister Royal
Charter, Cloister Choirboy and Cloister Psalm. Over many years we competed in both Morgan Classes and Open shows.
Choirboy left lots of people saying "who's that horse" as he didn't come out into the Morgan world until he was 6.
Unfortunately Choirboy died at the age of 9 as a result of an unfortunate injury and poor veterinary care.
We were devastated, Eileen & Debby bought BFM Bartholomew, a yearling colt (Willowater Cheeroke x Hartlands Defiance)
and I searched high and low to find a mare to lease to breed to Debby’s Monnington Anthem (who was now at stud in Kent).
Eventually I found a mare Landside Minuet (Arduns Neva x Landside Mr Promise). In exchange for breaking her in,
I would get to lease her and have the foal. At 5 Lucie was very opionated, unfortunately she did not find Anthem
to her liking and preferred my Welsh Cob Stallion, Garmon Flyer, who incidentally I used to FEI Trials Drive.
I then purchased Lucie and decided to compete her. Lucie & I spent many weekends travelling to shows and training.
In 1997 I won the Most Stylish British Rider and was short listed for the British Saddleseat Equitation Team.
The highlight of our season was in 1997 when she won the Mares in Hand, Maiden Pleasure Saddle and I won the
Amateur Saddle Seat Equitation at the BMHS European Championship Show. In 1999 Lucie had an injury which resulted
in 6 months box rest and 6 months ridden rest. During this time I competed Bart in open dressage events.
He find the Morgan showing a little stressful and prefers the quieter environment of dressage.
In 2002 we were given the opportunity to breed Lucie to Sioux’s Boogie Knights at Parkfield Stables.
In August 2003 she gave us our lovely Cloister Caradog – Max and in the following November I also had my
lovely son Gethin Huw.
Max was very gently shown and educated during the next few years, concentrating on his in hand and lunge work.
Here in Anglesey we have a lot of local shows which put on Foreign Breed Classes which Max has won every one except
for one when his Dam Lucie won. These classes usually have many entries and include Friesians, Warmbloods and
Quarter horses. I like my morgans to multitask and have found that they can turn to any job.
In 2005 Pete Berry of PJB Morgans approached me to use Max on one of his mares Monnington Miracle, however by 2006,
it was now too include Stockton Mildryth. Pete bred Max’s half sister PJB Blame it On the Boogie, and PJB Hello
Dolly, and PJB Ruby Tuesday. Whilst we dreamt of first Morgan foals, Pete also asked me to ride his PJB Blame it
on the Boogie at her first shows. A picture of me riding her at Tatton Park with the Deer is the month of February
in this years AMHA Calendar. Pete’s mares duly produced two foals, a filly and colt. PJB Menna and PJB Taliesin.
In 2007 Natasha & Spencer Davis’ Mattany May I Boogie came to us as a 3yr old. My son Gethin loves to handle and
ride her and he calls her his ginger babe.
For 2008 we have great hopes. I am standing Max for 6 mares this season. We are in the process of developing
our land to put up a block of 6 stables so that we can put up more guest horses and maybe in time I will be able
to work less and train horses more. Max’s ridden work is coming on well and I can’t wait to take him out under
saddle. I hope to have a few show rides on Pete & Natasha’s horses and would love to bring out a Morgan Side Saddle.
I hope to compete at the Western Region Show in May. The judge is Jane Blue who the AMHA has just announced
is going to judge at the World Championship in Oklahoma this year