The History of MelRich Farm

MelRich Farm is a twenty-acre property located just outside of Louisville, Kentucky, within the boundaries of Jefferson County. The serene, partially wooded acreage is bordered on the south side by Floyd's Fork Creek. We purchased the property in 1988 with the short term goal of developing it into a suitable residence for ourselves and our first two horses, a Tennessee Walker and an Arabian cross. Our later long-term goal was to develop our place into a viable Morgan Horse enterprise. As our home state of Kentucky is known for its beautiful horses, horse-loving population and horse-friendly terrain, we felt that it would be an ideal setting for a Morgan Horse farm. Although not as numerous in Kentucky as Arabians, Thoroughbreds, or Quarter Horses, the Morgan breed has a very definite presence in the state.

MelRich Farm began as a plot of undeveloped, somewhat neglected land, which had been subdivided from a cattle farm. We were initially attracted to the property because of its varying landscape of pastures, woods, hills and a small pond. Although the acreage had only one rough building and was enclosed with wood rail and wire fencing, we could both envision its potential. We purchased a mobile home as a temporary residence and moved it to our property immediately so we could live on the farm while concentrating on making improvements. We replaced fencing, remodeled the barn and built a run-in shed and an outdoor training arena. We built our dream home in 1997. This contemporary structure, which blends in very nicely with the environment, had long been visualized by Richard and finally designed on paper by Nick, the architect brother of Melinda.

We both knew, before buying our farm, that we wanted to be involved with horses in some capacity, but were undecided about our breed focus. We both owned horses, which we trail rode and boarded at a local stable. For quite some time we had admired Morgan Horses for their intelligence, willing disposition, temperament, versatility, spirit, historical significance, and of course, for their unparalleled beauty. One day, while observing the daily Parade of Breeds at the Kentucky Horse Park, we were both quite taken with a graceful, gorgeous seal brown Morgan Horse. Simultaneously we decided "that's our breed!" Subsequently, in 1989, at the Justin Morgan 200th birthday celebration at the Kentucky Horse Park, we were introduced to another wonderful representative of the Morgan breed: Burr Oak April Love. Melinda was thrilled to sit on a Morgan for the first time when she had her picture taken on April. Later she and Richard met a magnificent Morgan stallion named Maxis Halftime Brave (Thunder) at an area county fair horse show. Just recently Melinda finally realized her dream of riding Thunder, now a gelding retired from the show ring.

After much research and several visits to area Morgan farms, we purchased our first Morgan Horse in March of 1994: Syndicat Executive (Hardy), a chestnut gelding with Old Government bloodlines. Hardy became Melinda's personal riding horse and close friend. Melinda showed Hardy in area shows, trail rode him and just enjoyed the special bond they shared. Later that year we purchased RLY Kamela, our foundation broodmare. She produced our first foal, Melrich Gusty Winds, in 1997 (aka "GUS").

The MelRich Farm Morgan family currently consists of three lovely broodmares: RLY Kamela, Espe's Amika Kulega and RRMF Double Delight: a handsome black stallion, Melrich Gusty Winds; and eight Morgans we have bred. Our most recent arrival is Rachel, born to Scarlet in April, is named after the famous Kentucky Oaks winner.

Other members of our farm family include two young Golden Retrievers (Clinton and Carter) and two indoor/outdoor working cats ( Rick and Jack) and two newbie in-door characters named Rook and Katie.

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