(Postively's Pride x Positively Charmed)
2021 smoky black filly (Ee aa nd2/nd2 Cr/N)

(pictured at 10 months old, June 2022)

Sometimes miracles really do happen. And so it was that in 2020, after 3 years trying with 3 different stallions, our smoky black silver mare Positively Charmed (Charli) finally had a foal. That is a story unto itself and can be found on Ariel's page. As we were in the process of weaning Ari in September of 2021, Charli came into heat and I figured why not try her one more time with our 32 year old stallion Positively's Pride? We covered her twice that cycle and would you believe it? Pregnant! And here we are, a bit early (day 328), a smoky black filly.

Leelee's nickname has a story. She's a filLY, from two PositiveLYs, same sound just different spelling- and Lee is a family name that I never got to pass on. She is so friendly and from Day One would walk right up to anyone for scritchies. She has no problem with being hosed off (her dam is a real "water baby" and it looks as though Leelee has inherited this trait), having her feet trimmed, being groomed and led. Leelee is a bit of an "old soul"- calm and confident for her young age. She is not overly reactive to new sights or sounds- be sure to watch the video of her first tractor encounter below!

Leelee has some wonderful old bloodlines on both sides of her pedigree. Flyhawk, Old Midwest, Lambert, Funquest and Upwey Ben Don breeding show up on her sire's side. Her dam's breeding features similar Old Midwest/Sweet's lines, Broadwall Brigadier, many generations of Kennebec breeding from the respected sport Morgan program of Margaret Gardiner, and such famous Western Working Family stallions as Classy Boy, Californio and H-Ken.

Leelee is now owned by Jennifer Poulin-Novaria, who also owns her maternal half sister from our program, Conjured (aka Ariel). I am really looking forward to seeing what the future has in store for Jen, Leelee and Ari!

Positively's Pride

Positively Monongahela
Buddington Lovely
Early M Dawn WVM Phoenix
Brigadoon's Cameo

Positively Charmed

Gone Gold Adiel's Casino Gold
Kennebec Topaz
Foxton Frosty Dawn Foxton Society Beau
Foxton Smokey Dawn
You can view Leelee's complete pedigree here.
It includes pictures of many of her ancestors.

Leelee on her first trip outside, just a few hours old

Leelee, 3 days old, meets the tractor

More photos of Leelee
(click on a thumbnail to enlarge)

8/4/21- About 7 AM. Up on her feet for the first time.

Leelee found the milk bar! I spared you all the birthing pictures, they were not very ... um... neat. Please forgive the hanging placenta here (it is tied up with baling twine to keep Charli from stepping on it, while the gentle traction from its weight helps to remove the rest that is still inside her uterus).

Proud mama and sweet baby.

August 4, 2021- Leelee's first excursion outside. Check out that sliding stop! At a little over 14 hours old she passed her first life hurdle- the Well Baby Check and the IGG- with flying colors. Leelee was a ROCK STAR for the vet and her tech, calmly accepting being cradled for her exam and blood draw- she didn't move a muscle which made all of us very happy.

August 6, 2021- Thunder is fascinated by two day old Leelee. I expected him to act silly when he saw her cavorting around, but he has been very calm. Of course Kyrie is right there with him. She is very maternal. Leelee will be her charge at weaning time, as Thunder will be off to training for driving soon.

Leelee's eyes are blue, just as her dam's were at this age. It's a good indicator that she is carrying a cream gene, ie: she's a smoky black. Her eyes will slowly darken to brown- unfortunately, as the blue is really neat!

More 48 hour old pictures.

August 7, 2021- Three days old. Leelee met her first tree, and the tractor (see video above). She and Charli moved to a slightly bigger paddock today.

August 12, 2021- Leelee is 10 days old today.

August 18, 2021- The Thunder-Leelee love affair continues!

August 18, 2021- Two weeks old.

August 25, 2021- Three weeks old. It's so hot, they don't want to move out of the shade, but I bribed Charli with some alfalfa ;-) and got the nice picture with the house in the background.

September 3, 2021- Four weeks old- one month old tomorrow. She has grown a lot in one month! Mama feeds her well!

This head shot made me laugh- her little upright forelock/mane tufts remind me of one of those troll dolls (dating myself here!)

September 6, 2021- Leelee got a visitor today! Trish Albert stopped by after her AM bike ride.

Trish took a couple pictures of me and my cute lil critter too! Thanks for the visit, Trish!

9/18/21-Leelee and the big ball. Charli, who generally is afraid of nothing, was NOT having anything to do with that ball. Leelee on the other hand...

The Leelee and Thunder love affair continues.

Leelee is now about 6 weeks old.

October 2, 2021 was the 33rd Annual Southern Model Horse Convention, which we host each year (except 2020 due to Covid- this year, all attending were vaccinated) on the first Saturday in October. Leelee got a lot of attention from attendees! Here she is with Lesli Kathman, who found Leelee's itchy spot.

(L-R) With Johanna McClanahan and Lesli Kathman; Christina Riley; and Jenny McClanahan.

Marcy Myers captured this shot of me with my little friend. Thanks Marcy!

Katherine Bone and Kaylee Wood giving Leelee more attention. Leelee was like a sponge, so happy to have attention all day!

Former neighbor Elizabeth Warren had not met Leelee yet, so SouthCon provided the perfect "excuse" for a visit!

10/10/21- Long time friend Cassidy Sutherland, her Mom Rhonda, Cass's son Evan and niece Laurel visited today to meet Leelee (who was a hit!)

October 27, 2021- A little family picture. Charli and Leelee with Charli's grand dam Topaz and aunt Coral (add a great to those two for relation to Leelee) on the other side of the fence.

November 2, 2021- Leelee meeting Kyrie for the first time. She marched right up and introduced herself! Kyrie will be Leelee's weaning companion so it was time to get them acquainted. The second picture was taken a short while later.

Same day as above. Leelee is now three months old.

December 5, 2021- Leelee is now a fuzzy four month old.

December 24, 2021- Those cute faces are saying "FEEEEEED US!". Just like a Morgan!

December 24, 2021- I interrupted Leelee's lunch to get a Christmas picture of her. The first one is the out take, the second is her "official" one :-)

December 26, 2021- A warm December day brought my friend Doreene and her husband Dale over for a visit.

December 31, 2021- The horses and I had a fun New Year's Eve visit from Mary Kay Longacre (from Indiana) and her friend Stacey (from Woodstock, GA, last picture). Leelee got a lot of attention, and so did Topaz and Rosie, who Mary Kay knew from when the mares were on lease at mutual friend Char Cook's. The horses were all wet from several days of rain but fortunately we stayed dry over the duration of the visit! Thank you, Mary Kay and Stacey, for stopping by!

January 4, 2022- Leelee is now five months old.

January 11, 2022- A cold afternoon, but with a nice visit by Sherri Larson Farmer, who is a past owner of our Morgan stallion Positively's Pride. She hadn't seen the old man since just after his arrival here in 2018, and she wanted to spend some time with her old friend and his new daughter, Leelee.

January 24, 2022-After some really cold and wet weather (we did get some snow but it did not stick) the horses have really been enjoying the sunshine. This morning Leelee took full advantage of their lunch time pile of hay and laid down in it to eat. Leelee is almost six months old now!

February 21, 2022- Weaning time is fast approaching. We've been having warm, dry weather, perfect for this stressful task that I dread with each foal. Today was Leelee's introduction to the tarp. Surprisingly, she was quite wary, and only got so far as to put one front foot on it.

March 1, 2022- Weaning has commenced. Leelee is handling it quite well. A few days after these pictures were taken, Charli came in heat and was quite emotional, pacing the fence and calling for three days. Leelee stuck with her friend Kyrie and maintained her composure through it all.

March 25, 2021- Today I had a great visit with Jodi Hanger Thorpe and her three kids. Jodi's husband is taking a class in Atlanta, so the family turned it into a road trip. Jodi, her Mom and sister breed Morgans at their Moonridge Morgans in Preston, ID. As always the Morgans loved having visitors, but your roving reporter was too busy yakking to take as many pictures as she should have. Leelee was her usual love sponge self. Thank you so much Jodi for a very fun visit!

May 5, 2022- Leelee is 9 months old today. She is looking more grown up than the roly poly foal of just a few months ago. I wrestle daily with the idea of keeping her. I know it is better for her to go somewhere she will be used, and she has several potential good homes waiting. But for now, I have put that decision off. I will enjoy her awhile longer.

May 23, 2022- We finally had rain this AM. We've been in a drought with no rain for several weeks, maybe even a month, and things are pretty crispy. Fingers crossed we get more rain this week, which they are predicting but doesn't always seem to manifest. I looked out to check on the horses a bit ago and saw three black mares lined up in the pasture. L-R they are WAR Adikyrie (Adiel's Stetson x WAR Valkyrie), 2002 black Morgan mare; Avondale Sweet Rosie- in her fly mask - (Darkhawk of Hideaway x Avondale Berne's Hope), 1994 black Morgan mare, and Leelee aka Doubly Positive (Positively's Pride x Positively Charmed), 2021 smoky black Morgan filly. It makes me chuckle to realize that on a farm that supposedly breeds colorful Morgans, 5 of our 8 residents are black. Ok, that's cheating a bit, since Charli is smoky black silver and Leelee is smoky black, so they have a couple color genes between them!

June 19, 2022- Leelee at 10 months old. I would never think this was actually genetically a black (smoky black) horse; her red tones are not the result of sunbleaching, as she lives in the barn during the day. When she was born she was VERY black, but she has looked dark bay this year.

Sometimes I am struck by how much Leelee resembles my late Willy Remember Me (f. 1986). "Mimi" was the first Morgan I ever bred and I miss her terribly. I have always wished I had more descendants from her and her dam, my first Morgan, Reminiscing (f. 1980). Alas, this line has died out in my breeding program, one of my biggest regrets.

August 4, 2022- Leelee is officially a year old!

October 2, 2022- While it is always bittersweet to see a youngster you've carefully raised and loved leave the farm, it makes the transition so much easier when you know they're going to capable hands. So when Jennifer Poulin-Novaria expressed an early interest in Leelee, I knew it would be a great new home for her- Jen already has Leelee's half sister Conjured (Ariel), and loves her. So it is also a great honor that Jen wanted another from my little breeding program. I hemmed and hawed about parting with Leelee for the better part of a year; meanwhile Jen waited patiently for me to decide. In the end, with foals hopefully on the way for 2023 and stall/pasture space limited, I asked Jen if she was still interested, and that was that. This morning Jen, her brother Bill and Bill's daughter Morgan arrived. Leelee got her first ever trailer loading lesson which took about two hours- letting her self-load, on and off, on and off, until she was completely at ease with the process. And finally we closed the trailer doors on a very calm Leelee. Off she headed, not even a whinny from her or the other horses, which I was glad about as that is always heart wrenching. THANK YOU Jen - I look forward to future adventures with you, Leelee and Ari!

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