ABOUT BROOKRIDGE MORGANS
Brookridge Morgans began as a
childhood dream of mine. Like many young girls, I collected model
horses; one of my first was the Breyer black Morgan, which my grandmother gave me. Involvement
in the model horse hobby eventually led to the real thing- first
with a friend's Morgans, and later with the purchase of my Morgan
mare Reminiscing in 1984.
The Brookridge ideal is the Morgan of classic "old type". This curvy,
full-bodied, pretty headed, unmistakably Morgan
horse is reflected in my
equine sculpture and, hopefully, in the Morgans that I breed. I appreciate the older Morgan bloodlines of all families.
My training philosophy uses positive
reinforcement, which results in horses with incredibly willing and
cheerful attitudes. The Brookridge Morgans live outside, as
barefoot and in the company of
I am deeply involved with colorful Morgans and enjoy
researching and writing about bloodlines related to the various colors
present in our breed. My articles have appeared in The Morgan Horse
magazine, Simply Morgan,
Classic Morgan Admirers, the Rainbow Morgan Horse Association
Newsletter, Just About Horses, and many other equine publications over the years.
Many of my articles for The Morgan Horse magazine can be found here
(scroll down to the bottom). I maintain two educational websites about color in the Morgan breed: Morgan Colors and
Morgans Project. I've enjoyed editing the
Rainbow Morgan Horse
Association newsletter since 1996, and also served as editor of the Georgia Morgan Horse Club newsletter. My
other passion is
creating eye-catching equine advertising and website design.
My husband Jim built much of our farm himself, including our lovely
barn. Our extended family includes
the new owners of
horses we've owned and/or bred,
and our canine companions
Nellie, and Sophie.
Sit back and relax as you explore our website. I love to take pictures, so there is a lot to
Even better, come see our Morgans in person.
We welcome your visit, and so will the horses. Give us a call or
email today! -Laura Behning
June 19, 2016- I had a delightful visit this AM with my friends Rhonda Evans and Cassidy Sutherland. Cassidy brought her darling 8 month old son Evan (Rhonda's grandson) to see the horses. I had not met Evan yet since Cassidy lives in the Nashville area now, so this was a real treat. Cassidy was one of our boarders and a riding student of mine back when we managed Shadowrock Farm in Lithonia (1987-1997), and has continued to ride here over the many years (20-some) that I have known her. She also was THE BEST farm sitter until she had to move to Nashville, LOL!
Evan was a happy boy with all the horses, dogs and flowers around to look at! He did sit up on Pat, and next time, when he is a little older, he can go for a proper ride. Cassidy wrote on her Facebook page, "I've been taking lessons on Pat for many years now, and while
he's retired, he's still up for teaching a second generation the joys of horses." More pictures from the day can be found on Patented's page.
May 29, 2016-
Do you remember when you were a 12 year old, horse-crazy but horse-less girl? When you would do anything to just be around them- grooming,
mucking stalls, just stroking those soft velvety noses? One of my friends from the online game Howrse was in Jasper GA for a graduation this
weekend and she wanted to bring her family to meet our Morgans. I love sharing about the breed, and they are their own best ambassadors, so of
course I said yes! I mean, how awkward can it be to meet someone you've never met before, only "talked" to online a few times via a game?
No worries at all- we had a great time! Mary Frances and her daughter Phoebe (12) and son Peter (15) were a delight. Those are two of the most
kind, polite, caring kids we have ever met. Mary Frances, ya done good. Jim and I were suitably impressed. Also impressive was Phoebe's
horseback riding skills. I have never seen Rosie look better, and both horse and rider were beaming. We went out to dinner at the Mystic Grill
(of Vampire Diaries fame) afterwards, sitting outside on the rooftop, in the beautiful evening weather, enjoying good food and chatter. The family lives in
the D.C. area so it might be awhile before they get back this way, but we are already looking forward to it!
May 6, 2016- Sara Amerman, who now owns our 2015 filly Fantastical, and her friend Pam Gipson came down from TN to watch the Dixie Cup Show. Pam took this picture of
Sara's ride on Avondale Sweet Rosie after the show, on a visit back on the farm. It was great to hang out with you ladies- let's all show at Dixie Cup next year!
Although Morgan owner/breeder Rory McGoff has lived less than 40 minutes from me for the last few years, we had never met, only exchanged emails.
I can always count on Lucy Ray to drag me out of my hermit status! She invited me and Rory to lunch (they had gone trail riding that AM) and afterwards
we headed back to Brookridge so Rory could finally meet my little herdlet. Great conversation ensued and if Jim and I hadn't had a dinner planned
with his cycling team that evening, I think we'd still be talking :-) Thanks for taking
pictures, Lucy! Rory is moving to Michigan - Georgia's loss
is Michigan's gain- you're getting a great Morgan person and great Morgan horses!
June 25, 2015
Jim and Laura Behning
75 Glass Spring Rd.
Covington, GA 30014
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