since she was five years old, Susan Dracy-Nerland wanted a horse. In 1957, Susan purchased a five year old Morgan mare with
the money she made from sewing doll clothes and delivering newspapers.
In 1958 “Beauty” had a foal and R’surene
Morgan Farm was born. Throughout the years the R’surene prefix (a combination of the first names of Art, Sue, and
Irene Dracy) became known as producing quality breeding stock and as a top stallion station. Before the introduction
of A.I. one had to travel to a breeding farm/stallion station in order to get a mare bred. R’surene Morgan Farm became
the hub in the North Central area standing stallions with well-known Eastern bloodlines which had been imported by the Nerland
family from top breeding farms such as Rapidan River Farm (Virginia) and UVM. Today,
the descendents of these influential stallions can be seen on the pedigrees of horses throughout the Midwest.
From 1979-1988, the farm
placed full page ads in the breed magazine. As a result, the R’surene horses primarily became major contributors to
already existing breeding programs. In 1986 an R’surene stallion could be found heading breeding farms in many of the
continental states and in three Canadian provinces.
In 1998, R’surene Morgan Farm began showing the farm’s horses under the Walnut Hill Equestrian
Centre banner. R’surene Orion won three world championships and R’surene Titania won a top
four proving that an R’surene Morgan was more than just a pedigree. Rapidan Gallahad (farm breeding stallion) won or
placed in numerous in hand championships both on the East Coast and the Grand National.
In 2008 the farm took a new direction with the
purchase of the Black River sport horse stallion Ken-Mar Winston. Winston is a coal black stallion containing
the close up blood of Fleetwing, Trophy, and Deerfield Challenger. When bred to our mares carrying the well-recognized lines
of Waseeka Nocturne, Noble Flaire, UVM Flash, Waer’s Playboy, Chasley Superman, Figure's Defender, Jubilee King,
Red Vermont, Congo and Micky Finn, he has produced a consistant product. The get are large, with beautiful heads,
long hinged necks, exceptional hocks, intelligence, and a willingness to please.