About Us

A breeding farm is an expression of the values and lifestyles of the owners, and how this is all integrated into their family, friends and home. We are no exception.

Jack, John, Elizabeth and Nadette Stang

The idea of breeding Morgans with sport as a focus, started with Jack many years ago. Visiting farms such as Funquest, Teton, Greentree, Mortana, and Rogue Hill, he looked for a stallion prospect to promote in dressage. As fate would have it, he never did buy a stallion—but he did acquire a wife (Nadette) who was just as enthusiastic about horses as he was. We made a good pair, as in addition to both being horse-crazy, our backgrounds were very complementary: Jack’s in agriculture and Nadette’s in Animal Science.

Eventually, we bought our foundation broodmare from Jean Sauer (Rogue Hill Morgans)–Rogue’s Midnight Melody (Flight Commander X Rogue’s Theme Song). A year or so later came our first foal with our farm prefix, Gladheart Linhawk (Funquest Diviner X Rogue’s Midnight Melody). Our daughter, Elizabeth, also was born the same year as Linhawk (her brother, John, had preceded her by a couple of years). So, with our first foal and a good start on some farm help, Gladheart Farm had begun.

While our son’s interests aren’t specifically horse-related (he is an olympic-style weightlifter–but that does tend to be useful when we need to move hay), our daughter was bitten by the horse-bug early on and rides her mare, Gladheart Lyric, in dressage and out on the trail when she isn’t at school. Both John and Elizabeth enjoy living on a farm and are an important part of what we do, and are particularly good with the foals which they look forward to each year.

Meghan Hendrix

Meghan came into our farm family almost ten years ago, just looking for a horse or two to play with (we had a few hanging around for her to try). Almost a decade later, we aren’t sure how we could manage without her. Meghan is our “go-to” person to help start youngsters under-saddle or to get the babies going out on the trail or to their first show or clinic.

Not only does Meghan help us with our horses, a few years ago she decided that it was time for her to officially own one as well. We could not have imagined a better partner for Gladheart Charbonneau, a black gelding we bred by Whippoorwill Aristocrat out of our own Gladheart Sonata (who is, BTW, promised to Meghan if we ever retire Sonata as a broodmare). Watching Meghan and “Bo” progress has been a definite treat!

Kateri Grismer

Kateri is the latest addition to the Gladheart Farm family and we are just thrilled to have her on board.  Relocated here to attend school at Oregon State from California, she brings a wealth of experience and has been a great help starting both Gladheart Jory and Gladheart Siletz.  Always ready with a big smile and a great story or two, Kateri is a joy to work with and we feel fortunate to have her helping us, and hope to have her around for a long time.

Kimberlee Barker/KB Dressage

It takes special skill and showmanship to successfully promote a “non-traditional” dressage breed such as Morgans in the world of open dressage competition, and we have been very fortunate in finding someone who believes in our program and our horses. Our trainer, USDF Silver Medalist Kimberlee Barker, has done an outstanding job with our horses, especially making sure they get noticed both in open dressage competition and in other venues such as Expositions, demonstrations and clinics. She recently has started competing in Working Equitation as well with our stallion and was the 2019 Morgan WE United High Point their first year out. With her skill, we have been able to promote both our own horses and our breed. We value her as a trainer, partner and, most importantly, a good friend.

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