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 R’surene horses and throughout the Midwest.
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, combined with the famous
Morgan work ethic; all the traits needed for "sport horse" events and what we love about the Morgan.