Morgan Horses Exported

Morgan horses exported, the extent of which was not generally appreciated in the early 1900’s, was happening due to the great popularity of horses having Morgan bloodlines. Among the first to go abroad was the Morgan horse named Shepherd F. Knapp. He was so highly thought of by foreigners that his bloodline was incorporated in that of the English Hackney and French Coach horses with the bloodline of Justin Morgan in their veins. 

Mr. Burdett-Coutts of London, the pioneer horse breeder on a large scale of the English Hackney, said of Shepherd F. Knapp, that he was “unsurpassed for pace and action.” The Morgans have been exported to Cuba, South America, Mexico, England and France and within a few years the United States government has purchased several stallions for use in the Philippines.

It is noticeable that the Germans, who buy many American bred trotters, usually select those with Morgan bloodlines, for the reason that they insist on having only handsome, good gaited trotters: the simple fact that a horse is fast does not answer their purpose: he must be attractive in appearance and valuable for other purposes than racing, and in the Morgans or horses having Morgan blood, they find the qualities they seek.

It is said that the Austrian government offered the owner of Col. Kuser, 2:11 1/4, (a direct descendant of Justin Morgan in the male line) $10,000 for the service of the horse for one year, which shows the value placed on the blood in Europe. His daughter, Belle Kuser, 2:08, bred in this country recently won the kronen summer prize at Vienna, and his sire, Stranger, a son of the Morgan horse, Gen. Washington, was thought so highly that he also was purchased by foreigners and taken to Europe. It is quite remarkable the preference the Germans seem to give the descendants of Gen. Washington.

Another son of his, Prose, is owned in Germany and was the most successful sire of 1904 in that country. Prose is not only a descendant of Justin Morgan through Gen. Washington, but his second dam is by the Morgan horse, Flying Cloud.

Diamant, a grandson of Gen. Washington, was the sire of the Derby winner in Germany in 1904. Alamito, 2:10 1/2 is another grandson of his that has been exported to that country.

Among other descendants of his that have been taken by European buyers are the full brothers, Nominator, 2:17 1/2 and Nominee, 2:17 1/4. The latter has acquired a reputation in Russia.

Independence is another German stallion of note that has Morgan blood, his dam being sired by the Morgan horse, Tom Howard, by BlacK Hawk, and Que Allen, 2:08, the mile champion of Europe, has for his second dam the Morgan mare, Chestnut Girl, by Black Hawk Morgan. Black Hawk McGregor, 2:28, inbred to the Morgans on his dam’s side, is another handsome horse purchased in this country and taken to Germany.

To this list of American horses in Europe having Morgan blood can be added the well known stallions, Sunrise Patchen, 2:19 1/4, dam by Winthrop Morrill, Jr.; Callisto, 2:26 1/2, dam by Daniel Lambert; Bellair, 2:28, dam by Daniel Lambert, and Earnie S., 28201, by Charles Caffrey, son of Gen. Knox.

With these great stallions it will not take European breeders long to establish a family or breed of trotters that will excel the average American trotter in beauty and conformation, if not in speed.

A well known German writer on equine subjects tells the horse breeders of his country that they must stop breeding for speed alone. This advice is not needed as much by Germans as by Americans, as the former have proved by their selections in this country and unless the American breeder of the trotting horse pays more attention to the qualities desired in a carriage and pleasure horse than he has in the past it will not be many years before we will be importing the descendants of the American trotter horse from Europe for carriage use.