Watch for the Thornapple Farms Three-Breed Sport-bred Stock Sale !
This Year's Sale Again Includes A Few Of Our Best Individuals!

Never before offered, our foundation stock of Morgan Horse and Kerry Bog Pony bloodlines is now available to the sport enthusiast. We also have a small number of Connemara Ponies available for your consideration. Whether your interests are riding or driving, these individuals are bred to excel in competetion while retaining the even temperament needed in a solid family horse or pony.

  Shown above, our first Kerry Bog foal for 2010,
filly TAF Crystal Moon
Sire: The Bog Prince (Flashy Fox x Birch Bog Lady)
Dam: Moneen Steffy Dunn (The Spotted Badger x Bog Path)

Learn about our Morgan horses and our Irish breeds.
Our Kerry Bog herd is the largest in North America.
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NEWS ! Congratulations to June Houston, Silvery Moon Stables of Harbor Springs, MI, on the purchase of registered Kerry Bog Pony mare TAF Dixie Mayre (The Spotted Badger x Fox's Lick) from Linda C. Ashar, Thornapple Farms of Vermilion, OH, August 14, 2010.

June is establishing a KBP breeding program in Michigan, and Dixie has the status of the first KBP in the great State of Michigan! Dixie's sire is the imported breed foundation stallion, The Spotted Badger, Reserve Heritage Pony Champion at the Equus Survival Trust National Show in the U.S. Her dam, Fox's Lick, is also an Irish import and a daughter of foundation Irish bloodstock. Both are part of Thornapple Farms' bloodstock breeding program.

Welcome to Thornapple Farms, LLC, home of Thornapple Morgans and our Irish Sport Breeds, including the rare Kerry Bog Ponies. Our farm enjoys 90 secluded acres of farm fields and woodland in Vermilion, Ohio. On Ohio's north coast along Lake Erie, Vermilion is an old Great Lakes fishing village of the Western Reserve, set at the mouth of the Vermilion River (from the name given the river by native Indians, for the red earth of its banks).
Thornapple Farms bears the name of the large stand of trees surrounding the house and barns. Our thornapples, it seems, are a subspecies of the Hawthorne, a relative of the rose family and said to bring good luck growing by a barn. You can see our trees in spring bloom and other scenes from the farm on our About the Farm page.

We are proud of our fine Morgans, our rare Irish Kerry Bog Ponies, and our Connemara Pony bloodstock. The hallmarks of our Morgan breeding program are horses of fine disposition, athletic ability, versatility, and Lippitt and Old Government bloodlines. These horses are exceptional in the show ring, on the hunt course, in harness, or on the endurance trail. Their best and lasting trait, however, is loyalty, as in the kind of friend who will do anything for you, no questions asked. Our 2003 filly, T-A-Mora Clair Delight, has been nominated for the Morgan World Futurity. Watch for her in the show ring.

In 2003 Thornapple Farms imported the first breeding herd of six Kerry Bog Ponies in the United States. There are fewer than 200 of these ponies in the world. They spring from ancient blood that has endured against the odds in the mists of Ireland. These ponies are strong, athletic, gentle, and wise -- and look very much like mini-Morgans! Our first Kerry bog foals were born here in 2004. Our first arrival, TAF Miss Ruby Peat, was born May 10, 2004. She is the first Kerry Bog Pony bred and foaled in the United States! TAF Foxy Peat is a striking dark bay filly, born July 7, 2004 to Old Peat and Kerry Rose.

Also imported from Ireland is our fine Connemara Pony broodmare, Maumturk Heather. Called "Silky," she is sired by one of the leading stallions in Ireland, the late Abbeyleix Owen. Her half-siblings are reigning Grand Champions in Ireland and Australia. On April 27, 2004, Silky presented us with an outstanding colt. Please visit our Irish Imports page to see our new boy -- THF Liam Aodh Owain -- sired by the fine American Connemara stallion, Tre Awain Dobh McDuff.

Mike and Linda Ashar
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