Moreland Farm is a full service Morgan horse farm located in West Brookfield, Massachusetts. Established in the late 70s by Tim and Jane Morrell, the stable continues to produce Champion Morgan horses and riders each year on a national level.
Timothy Morrell was born in June of 1951 and grew up in the hills of Vermont, in a small town near Brattleboro named Dummerston. There, his mother, Mary Lou and the rest of his family raised Morgan horses under the farm name Tamarlei. Tim began training at an early age and it was apparent that he had a knack for breaking young horses and creating a good solid foundation in a show horse. He continued and also discovered a love for shoeing horses. From the 60s to the 70s he trained his family's horses, such as Morgan stallion Emerald's Cochise as well as some clients' horses and left home to work in a few different privately owned barns where he did well bringing horses to shows and making a name for himself. In the late 70s, he met Jane Needham and they married and trained at Crosswind Farm together and had some wonderful Champions such as Green Meads Big Ben and Gaitwood's Muren. The couple soon moved to Rutland, MA where Moreland Farm began.
Jane Morrell was born in August of 1949 in Holden, Massachusetts. Her mother, Phyllis, owned a boarding stable (Hubbard Lane Farm) where the primary breed was Morgan. Jane's first horse, after having a pony and riding other people's horses, was Bayfield's Bonnie Lass, a stubborn mare that taught Jane how to really ride and reap the benefits of an amazing equine/human relationship. She and Bonnie won at the "National" in different divisions but really stepped ahead in the Trotting Race, which the pair won several times. After the years of Bonnie's success, training horses began appearing to Jane and she started her journey as a trainer and instructor.
Moreland Farm remained in Rutland, MA through 1998. In the two decades that is was there, Tim and Jane had a daughter named Melissa and raised several wonderful horses such as Moreland Marquis and Moreland War Dance. Some very successful clients' horses were the amazing Paramount's Mariner, the sporty Wisperwin Pattistar, Pleasure superstar Cromwell Symphony and Park Saddle Ladies World Champion BEF Cece, to name just a few.... In these early years, Saddleseat was the main discipline, with Park and Pleasure horses mostly coming from Moreland's program. Occasionally a beautifully turned out Western Horse would emerge, such as Winfield's Gunsmoke, a multi-titled gelding trained by Jane to perfection.
Meanwhile, daughter, Melissa Morrell had began riding at a very early age and showed several different Morgans throughout her junior exhibitor career, including Verney Ranger, W Hayden MacDougall, Alexander the Prince, and Shad-o-val Trumpeter. Early on the focus was Saddleseat, but after Melissa became a professional horse trainer in 1998, there began a trend toward an increase in Morgan Hunter Pleasure to add to the mix. Champions trained by Melissa include Hylee's Dann Osgood, SBS Powerplay, Can't You See MEM GCH, MEM Main Street and more recently Miles Of Fortune GCH,
The farm moved to West Brookfield in 2002 after a few years renting out a local barn while the Morrells built the amazing current facility which boasts 33 stalls with 10x12 and 12x12 dimensions, an indoor arena (160 x 80) and a larger outside ring. There are bountiful pastures and miles of trails on this 145 acre property. Riders can take lessons in various disciplines including Saddleseat, Performance Driving, Western, Hunt Seat, Carriage Driving and Basics. There is something for everyone and years of experience and wisdom to do teach it well.