Journey of Pride

The first family pictures of Gary included his Father holding him on Old Glory Bee to holding on the Farmal tractor at less than 7 days old. Then there was Sunny born on same day and year as Gary. The one picture of Gary’s brother holding him on Sunny with the ASB mare in the back were common type photos. Then the pictures of the two white TWH the dam standing on a stump behind her filly with my brother sitting on Little Glory Bee. Horses were some fun memories. Sunny bred all our TWH and ASB mares to produce black and sorrel foals starting in the late 40’s and on for close to 20 years.

Gary, Bubby, Sunny
Gray Mares

We purchased our first Morgan in 1986 who had a perfect trot and smooth rack—Chandel Laurel.

Chandel Laurel filly gaited and rack

Mary Mels Maestro

We searched for “Naturally Gaited Morgans”. A friend who owned Rockies identified Western breeders who bred only for Gaited Morgans. A trip was made to Wyoming in 2000 and our first Gaited Morgan stallion, Mary Mels Maestro, and mare were purchased. These Gaited Morgans did naturally what our mare did only under the perfect conditions. The following years meant more purchases and our first foals.

Buddy a Gaited Morgan Stallion

Milestones in Gaited Morgans

filly wins first Gaited Morgan class

Friends of Sound Horses, FOSH, President and Head of the Independent Judges Association, IJA, asked Gary to write the judging rules to be used for Gaited Morgan classes at FOSH Shows. This was finished in 2005 and Jellico Farms participated in the 2006 World Championships of FOSH in Lexington, VA.

In 2006, Jellico Farms was asked to demonstrate Gaited Morgans under saddle and in hand at the AMHA Convention and participated in KYOVA Morgan show included Gaited Morgan classes with five participants.
Jellico Farms registered Gaited Morgans with three Mountain Associations and attended eight shows in 2008. The young stallion with only 45 days of training at the beginning of the 2008 season competed in five and over stallions and was always placed in the top five, and finished fifth at the World Championship against 18 other horses.

Silvershoe Sundance first show

What is SynchroGait Gene A DNA test? How can you use to learn about Gaited Morgans different gaits? The test enables planned breedings project odds foals with AA, CA or CC. This is explained in greater detail in following article SynchroGait Reseach

SynchroGait Gene A

Jellico was asked to send DNA samples to participate in a study by Capilets from Sweden to develop a gene A test. This test became available to the public in 2014. In November 2014, Gary appeared before the Quarterly AMHA Board of Directors meeting and presented a request to include the SynchroGaited Gene A test and to register the results in the horse’s record. The AMHA Board then gave final approval in February 2015 at the AMHA Convention. Test requests are submitted to the AMHA Registrar for testing through UC Davis. The test would find one of three results:  AA – Homozygous for gait; CA – Heterzygous for gait; or CC – walk/trot/canter. The following document was use and presented to the AMHA BOD SynchroGait Gene A another reference is UC Davis VGL


There were no USEF Gaited Morgan classes, so Gary submitted a proposal and class rules for inclusion of Gaited Morgans. The USEF Morgan Committee reviewed this at the 2017 AMHA Convention and agreed to have the proposal go through the various stages required by USEF with final decision in January 2018. The first classes were available in December 2018.

“Old Soldiers never die — they just fade away”

“Old Pilots never die, they just go to a higher plane.”