Feb 2010 Update: Brogan was hunted this season with Lynnhaven Hounds, whipped, and used as a 2nd and 3rd flight guest horse. Reliable is his middle name. Exciting News...Brogan was requested by Virginia Equine Extravaganza president, Vicki O'Hara to perform in the first ever East Coast Trainers Challenge Alumnae Presentation. Brogan will be reunited with his original trainer Kenny Harlow and given the chance to demonstrate his unflappable nature and verstility again before a live audience. He is getting to be quite the celebrity horse...on television, and 2 live audience performances. He will also perform in the American Warmblood Parade of Breeds... so get your tickets early and come support this hometown horsie celeb..
July 2009 Update: Brogan has just returned from one year of training with Jessie Clise in Montana. During his stay, he completed the 2nd year curriculum for the La Sense Natural Horsemanship program at the La Sense Ranch in Montana. La Sense is the sanctioned training method for the AQHA and Brogan mastered the following skills while there:
October 2009 Update:
Following a year of schooling by the VSH riders, Brogan has moved on to a Dressage Barn in Montana where he is honing his dressage skills awaiting consignment sale. Brogan has also benefited from the "La Sense" natural horsemanship training method which he is receiving training as part of a natural horsemanship course at the University of Montana, Dillon. Brogan's class will be featured on RFD TV this Thursday October 2, channel 379 on Direct TV, contact Liz for times and/or a recording of this show.
Brogan now performs elementary dressage movements such as travers, shoulder-in, side pass, turn on the forehand and turn on the haunches. He will hunt for the first time with Red Rock Hunt in 2 weeks. He is available for sale and can be shipped anywhere in the US.
Here is a recent video of Brogan:
October 2007 Update:
Brogan was recently a participant in the East Coast Trainers Challenge at the 2007 Virginia Equine Extravaganza where he was trained using Natural Horsemanship methods by Nationally renowned trainer, Kenny Harlow in three one hour sessions.
Kenny had many positive comments that he made to the live audience regarding Brogan. Among them were:
This is just a really nice colt, he was a little bit fearfull on the left side when we started, but once we got past that he did everything that I asked of him. He is really willing and bold and has really nice gaits.
Kenny was riding Brogan within the first 1/2hour and cantering him outside of the round pen halfway through the third session. At one point, Kenny and trainer Ed Dabney (riding Brogan's brother Flash) jokingly "raced" from one end of the arena to the other. Both horses cantered the arena several times during the final session, passing distractions from traffic, pedestrians, and the wind flapping the plastic banners tethered to the sides of the arena.
During the grand finale, Brogan sat quietly while Kenny roped a plastic steer from his back, walked right up to local bounty hunter Ken Davis holding three rambunctious dogs on a leash (ignored the dogs and touched Kens face with his nose), walked over a tarp (leaned down and picked the tarp up in his mouth), walked over poles, through a hay bale aisleway, and walked over a narrow bridge...
Brogan was ridden the day after the Extravaganza at home in the arena and on the trail. He led and followed, was bold and unflustered by Buzz our terrier running up from behind his legs, a barking Rotweiler, some barking Fox Hounds and a UPS truck.
We received positive comments on these 3 geldings from everyone involved in the Extravaganza and were asked to supply the horses for the 2008 Challenge to be held in October.
Dec 17, 2007 Update: Brogan is currently receiving 45 days professional training at a well known trainer's facility near Tryon NC. As expected he is receiving rave reviews. His brother Aramis, also at the trainer's is currently being evaluated by a well known dressage trainer as a Grand Prix prospect.. Brogan and Aramis both are shining examples of what we strive for in the selection of our horses as well as the results of raising and training every step of the way, by professionals... Brogan is pretty close to a perfect horse... This is the type of horse from which we gain our reputation... In Brogan's case, we started with an exceptional horse and we tried our best to do everything the right way...
This easygoing Clydesdale cross gelding comes from our signature line. The sire is a 16.2H TB/Paint that throws size, color, temperament and athletic ability. The dams are 17-18H Clydesdales. To date we have received positive feedback from every single customer on each of these that we have sold.
Brogan is one of 2 bays that were the pick of the male crop of 26. He was standing 15.3HH as of July, 2007, 16H when he left for training in Dec. We expect him to finish 17+HH.
These horses are siblings to Tannin who is one year their elder and currently standing 17H. See
Brogan has a superior temperament to all of his siblings so far. He is very similar to Tannin in that respect. He is very light on his feet and athletic. A quality gelding that will excel in a variety of disciplines - stadium jumping, cross country, dressage, hunter, staff/MFH horse prospect (foxhunter). THIS IS A SUPER UNFLAPPABLE PLEASANT AGREABLE HIGHLY TRAINABLE GELDING WITH AN INCREDIBLE MIND..AND A TON OF HEART... He's currently being leased out by a Dressage Barn in Montana, but available for purchase.