Introducing the original U.S. Cavalry Morgan horse!

Color tested heterozygous black and just under 15.1h as a 4-yr old.
Color tested heterozygous black and just under 15.1h as a 4-yr old.

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La Cheval Knight Royale

(UVM Abington x UVM Kassandra), black Morgan stallion

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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 sireline (tail-male) descendent of Black Hawk through the government foundation stallion, General Gates 666, 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 pedigree makes him a high percentage descendent of Justin Morgan 1 through his most famous grandson, Black Hawk.  

His late 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. UVM Watchman (x Petalbrook Sigmalect), was sire of several top level show horses, among other prolific Morgans in and out of the show and sport horse arenas.


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.

Formed under the Quartermaster of the US Army, the US Remount Service (US Cavalry) had military planners that were committed to establishing a national stable of military horses that were superior in intelligence, strength, stamina and soundness than those of any other nation. Genetically strong to the foundation horses of this prestigious program (later placed under the direction of the University of Vermont), it's amazing that Knight passes to his foals the sire line on top to the program's foundation Morgan stallion, General Gates. Remarkably, Knight's tail-female line also traces to General Gates back through the foundation mare, Gertrude. General Gates foaled in 1894 and died in 1920 and Knight is a high percentage descendent!