Truhaven Ranch is named in honor of the horse having a lasting effect on all of our lives, Skym’s Truhaven Kelly, a Morgan stallion purchased/rescued at age 3 in 1978. At the time, his body score was only 2, his owner was in ill health and unable to feed and care for him properly.
Kelly was used for many years as a breeding stallion as well as competing in various disciplines. As a stallion, Kelly produced many half bred Morgans; many of those owners went on to purchase purebreds Morgans. During this time period, Candy (Phillips) Flemming showed Kelly at her first North Star Morgan Show as well as showing heavily on the open circuit, where Kelly won in Halter, English Pleasure (both Saddle Seat and Hunt Seat), Western Pleasure, Reining, Driving and Games. He was also used by Clay Flemming for endurance racing and competitive trail riding. After being gelded age 13, Colleen Flemming showed him in 4-H, with several Top 10 placings at the State 4-H Show. Kelly also worked with a teammate in the 70’s and early 80’s to haul out the manure from our Dairy operation in the winter months as well as giving hay and sleigh rides to countless people.
The mid to late 80’s found Kelly and family at The Minnesota Horse and Hunt Club where he gave single and double sleigh rides in the winter, then became Colleen’s hunter horse for the summer. Colleen and Kelly garnered top 10’s at Morgan Grand Nationals in Hunter Pleasure and Working Hunter over Fences as well as Reserve Champion AHMA Medal over Fences. During this time, he also started being the mount used by Clay and Conrad for Jesse James Gang Re-enactments at Northfield, MN and in various parades. Clay and Colleen also used him for eventing. Kelly loved the cross country courses and did dressage with his usual grace and determination.
The 90’s saw Kelly being used as a school horse. He showed many young people how it was done, taking some of them to open hunter competitions and some to Morgan Nationals. Conrad and Clay continued to use him for James Gang events.
Kelly retired to the hills at Clay’s place in Wykoff, MN where he passed away in 2006 at the age of 30.
In 2010 we decided to file for non-profit status as we opened our doors to young, trainable, rescued equines. We offer education in all areas of equine ownership.
Our goal is to find these equines permanent homes with knowledgeable people.
We pride ourselves on being a multi-faceted facility offering a range of amenities and activities with
emphasis on expanding people’s knowledge of the full potential of their horse.