Introducing the original U.S. Cavalry Morgan horse!
Knight's Historic Sire Line - A Tradition of Consistent Type
La Cheval Knight Royale (UVM Abington x UVM Kassandra) , black Morgan stallion
Knight was bred to preserve, in high percentage, the most influential bloodlines in the Morgan breed today. He descends from a wealth of old government (US Cavalry) breeding from the US Government Morgan Horse Farm's Remount Station (1907 to 1951). He echoes the characteristics of the US Cavalry stock - a steady intelligence founded on boldness, soundness, willingness, and proven athletic ability. Knight is a fine tribute to his historic and legendary heritage and a magnificent specimen of today's Morgan Horse.
Knight is a sire line descendent of Black Hawk through the government foundation stallion, General Gates 666, (15% AGR) on the top and the dam's sire line on the bottom of his pedigree, in addition to many notable and historic sons and daughters across multiple lines. His tail-female line traces to the government foundation mare, Gertrude, (11.16% AGR) who also traced to Black Hawk on the top and bottom of her pedigree. Knight's carefully planned linebred pedigree makes him a high percentage descendent of Justin Morgan 1 through his most famous grandson, Black Hawk.
His government-bred blood percentages are as follows:
His sire, UVM Abington, represents the legacy of the four-time World
Champion, UVM Promise, sire of 216 foals, who descended from the highly regarded government stallions, Tutor and Stanfield. Knight is grandson to the Grand National Champion, UVM Tennyson, dual performance / in-hand champion and sire of the Grand Champions UVM Opportunity and Cum Laude Nell. Knight carries 3 crosses in 5 generations to UVM Watchman (x Petalbrook Sigmalect), sire of several top level show horses, among other prolific Morgans in and out of the show and sport horse arenas.
This DNA color tested heterozygous black colt is expected to mature to 15.1H to 15.2H. He stands 15H as a 3-yr old.
We invite you to follow his progress as he goes into training and his first foal arrives in July 2021! He will stand live cover to a limited number of approved mares in 2021.
Historic note: When the US Cavalry was phased out for the preferred tanks and armored vehicles, ownership of the remaining government-bred Morgans was transferred to five universities, including the University of Vermont Morgan Horse Farm (UVM prefix).
The highly desired and historic Remount program produced functional cavalry mounts that underwent rigorous testing so only the most superior stock was used to preserve and improve the breed's finest attributes. Knight is rich in the blood of many notable government-bred Morgans descending from the foundation stallion, General Gates (1894). It is quite remarkable that Knight's sireline to this foundation stallion has been maintained in the breed for more than 100 years. Knight is also an amazing 13 generations from the breed's founding stallion, Justin Morgan (1789). To learn more about the government-bred Morgan family, click here.
To read more about Black Hawk, grandson to Justin Morgan 1, click here.
In the words of the Honorable George B. Loring who knew him well, "It can truly be said of Black Hawks that they always improved the quality of the horse wherever they were introduced."