The naming of our farm was born in our roots. We were originally born in England amidst the “downs” or rolling hills. Near the “downs” is a British racetrack named “Upson Downs” that was not far from Mike’s parents home. Then there is a famous British novel by the same name. One of our favorite activities is driving our horses among the small hills to build up endurance. It all came together in “Upson Downs Morgans”
Our first Morgan and the love of our daughter’s life, KM Betsy’s Surprise, opened the door to many years of enjoyment with our Morgan family. They grew up together doing and winning everything imaginable. Her heart never said no…just let’s try it. We were hooked on the beauty, temperament and versatility of Morgans.
Our Morgan family has grown over the years, though our goals have very much remained the same. We still value versatility, beauty, a good temperament, conformation, kindness and a big heart.
We remain a family operation raising about 2 foals per year so that we can concentrate on each foal’s education and ability. We believe foundation training is such an integral part of setting the stage for later training and in making a foal easy to handle, loving, respectful and mannerly. You will always find our horses lined up at the gate with a “take me first” attitude. They love to work and we love working with them, which garners a life-long attitude of partnership and trust.
As my daughter enjoyed showing and my husband and I have enjoyed combined driving, we diversified our breeding program to produce the athleticism we desired and the elegance required of today's show horses. Some of our favorite crosses have married the sane minds and athleticism with the elegance of the pretty heads and clean necks.
Mike is a Professor at the University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine. He received his DVM from Edinburgh, Scotland and his PhD in epidemiology from University of California at Davis. He has specialized in innovative methods for the control of ticks and tick bone diseases with research projects in Africa, Asia and the Caribbean as well as in the US. He enjoys being involved in the operations of the farm and health needs of the horses.
Karen is a pediatric occupational therapist and enjoys being involved with the breeding and training aspects of the horses. For the past two terms she has served as Vice President of the Rainbow Morgan Horse Association, co-chairs the American Morgan Horse Association Breeders Committee and sits on the board of the Elysian Fields Retirement Home for Morgans as well as the Fund Raising Committee. She has published articles in both regional and national publications involving Morgan promotion.
Our Former senior stallion UDM Gold Mine was such a cross as is his son. UDM Fortune In Gold. They have the wonderful temperament and athleticism of their western working heritage, size from the government-bred relatives, the presence of Noble Command and the balance of UVM Flash. We love the beauty of the Upwey Ben Don heads and wide set eyes, the poll of Waseeka's In Command, the athleticism of Green Meads Adonis and the curviness of Gay Dancer. While breeding is not an exact science, it helps when you stack the deck with ancestors that are admired in their own right.
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