As a youngster,
Wendy Mauer was infatuated with horses. At an early age she was
riding and at the age of 9 her first horse was a grade that looked
like a Morgan / Draft cross. From picture books Wendy felt her ideal
horse was either an Andalusion or Morgan.
In 1980, almost
a year after marrying Tim Inch, Wendy was looking for her PERFECT
HORSE. She had decided on a Morgan as she felt that was the more
practical choice as she liked to do everything, not just one thing.
Wendy's Dressage Coach Joe Thauer had just returned from a show
in Kingston where he claimed to have seen her PERFECT HORSE, a Morgan
stallion who was showing Park "and looked like a Lippizzaner".
When Tim and
Wendy decided to go and see the 4 year old stallion Adanac's
Balios (Green Meads Rebel x Fanchon River), it was only natural
that they take Grandpa Inch with them. Tim had spent summers as
a boy grooming Grandpa Inchs Standardbreds at the track. They also
decided to take a horse trailer. The couple didn't want to appear
too eager, but neither did they want to repeat the 4 hour ride if
they decided to buy him! Wendy says "As "Buddy"
came off the trailer he was proud, well mannered and tractable.
He was beautiful and I knew I had to have him. I thought 'This is
my PERFECT HORSE' ". Wendy tried him under saddle and Grandpa
Inch agreed he was a fine horse. Hours later the Murrays' had sold
a horse and Buddy was on his way to his new home.
newly married couple were living in St. Thomas so Buddy
was boarded in nearby Port Stanley. Wendy started him in Dressage
and trail rode him, initially with Endurance Riding in mind.
However, working full time as an R.N. was not conducive to the
long hours required for Endurance training. Wendy showed Buddy
on the Open Dressage circuit beginning in the Spring of 1981
and has was always in the ribbons. Also in 1981, the Inchs'
moved south of St. Thomas to a 3 acre farm where they build
a barn, paddock and outdoor Dressage ring.
In 1982 Tim
and Wendy leased Burnt Mtn. Bridge (Green Mtn T-Bird x Ledgemere
Impression), in foal to Ironbrook Sunhawk (The Airocobra
x Devan Neva), from Bruce Murray. The resulting filly, Aphrodites
Charm, is presently Tim's carriage horse and has produced several
lovely foals. Bridget was returned in foal to Buddy
with a colt, Northline Rainbird who remains a stud with the
in open Dressage from 1981-1989 where he was 1989 Trillium Champion
Medium I. In 1985 is was Bruce Murray who convinced the Inchs' to
try the Morgan shows. Grandpa Inch was on hand to show the couple
how to hitch the horse to the cart and off they went! Buddy
went on to have a winning show career at the Ontario Morgan Horse
Championship Classic between 1985-1989.
In 1985 Wendy
was sick and bedridden for 4 months, eventually taking 1 1/2 years
to fully recuperate. Buddy had a cyst removed from his back
and looked to be healing well. He ended up with blood poisoning
and a fever of 105 degrees. As Wendy recalls "that Easter
weekend-end in '85 was so frightening; he almost died".
Luckily Buddy recuperated with not ill effects.
In 1987, fate
intervened in the form of Grandpa Inchs' old farm coming up for
sale. Tim and Wendy relocated to the 68 acres farm, complete with
horse barn and warm up track. The farm name was Sunny Acres, so
the Inchs' became Sunny Acres Morgans with Samor as a prefix.
During all of
this time, Wendy had been researching bloodlines in the Morgan breed.
She decided to focus on the Ben Don, Ulendon, Old
Government and some Lippit lines that had the temperament,
type, conformation and versatility required to produce a sport horse
Morgan. After a two year broodmare search, 1986 Wendy was as Jim
Browns' Pennsylvania where she saw a beautiful weanling filly, JPSJP
Lignite Lace (Vigilmore Cavalier x Midge of Lazy Acres) and
fell in love. "Tim was quite surprised when I returned home
with a weanling instead of a broodmare!" Wendy recalls
"Lacey" had turned into quite the Hunter and Western
Pleasure show horse and is presently enjoying her first year as
In 1988 following
another two year search, 4 year old Windward's Indigo (Braecroft
Flicker x Homeward Impression), a brown mare from New Jersey joined
the Sunny Acre broodmare band. This was also the year that Tim and
Wendy became involved in Carriage Driving with Buddy. Also
in 1988 the Inchs' joined forces with the Thomas family and Henry
TenPas to put together a highly successful Morgan demonstration
at the Royal Winter Fair. They repeated this demo in 1989.
In 1989 Wendy
leased MCH Cheryl Lyn in hope of crossing with Buddy
to produce a Dressage gelding, which is exactly how Samor's Rio
Grand came to be. Rio has done very well in this first year
on the Open Dressage circuit. Also in 1990, the Inchs' bought 15
year old Joli Ms Jubilee (Saddleback Sonalect x Skyloft Desiree)
from Ron& Carman Mcnulty in Sumicaro Stables in Ontario.
Since 1992 Wendy
has been teaching and training Dressage in their 60' x 105' indoor
arena. In 1993 the Inchs' host their first wildly successful Open
Barn. Literally hundreds of equine enthusiasts have since marveled
at the talent and versatility of the Morgan horses of Sunny Acres.
Last year Tim
spent the winter building a combined driving vehicle as that is
a new area of interest for both Tim and Wendy. Wendy is presently
Zone Vice-Director of the Canadian Morgan Horse Association. The
Inchs' continue to breed the popular family style Morgan with the
type and temperament of the original Justin Morgan horse. Their
promotion of the breed and friendly, knowledgeable ways have introduced
many new people to the Morgan Horse.
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