SAX Gold Dust Lineage - Morab stallion of SAX Morabs in Kentucky

Our stallion SAX Gold Dust is by MEMC Tequila Cuervo and out of SX Starfix, with lines to *Serafix and working Western champions.


Lineage of SAX Gold Dust

Morgan-Arabian breeding is not new to the United States of America. It has been accomplished since the early 1800s and has now created great public interest. SAX Gold Dust inherits a pedigree that goes back to Justin Morgan on the Morgan side and to the desert for his Arabian history.

Morgan Lineage

Gold Dust’s Morgan lineage traces back to Justin Morgan through one of his best know sons; Sherman Morgan (#5) foaled in 1808. From Sherman, the Morgan lines go to Black Hawk, Ethan Allen and Daniel Lambert.

Black Hawk (#20) was about 15 hands and was well known for his trotting speeds, as were most of the horses in this line. He had a chiseled head with bright eyes and nostrils that could flare to allow a man to fit his hands through when distended. The shoulders were deep and his muscling superb.

Ethan Allen (#50) was exceptional at the track. As a World Champion his lightening speed at the trot was balanced and beautiful. Ethan Allen’s male progeny included, Honest Allen, Denning Allen and General Gates who sired Bennington. SAX Gold Dust has in his Morgan male line at least 11 crosses to General Gates, the government bred Morgan that stamped his image as a sire of the United States Morgan Horse Farm and developed the Government lines.

A step back in time, Gold Dust is related to another famous son of Justin Morgan known as Woodbury Morgan (#7). Woodbury was regarded as the ‘show horse’ of the famous sons of Justin Morgan. A dark chestnut himself, he was bold and fiery in nature. A grandson of Woodbury was Vermont Morgan (#69). This is early nineteenth century and the Morgan breed was king of the road and the race track. Coming upon the scene was a new ‘trotter’, later to be named the Standardbred, which was heralded in by a stallion named Messenger (imported from England in 1788). The larger and faster Messenger blooded horses, such as his great grandson, Hambletonian, the American Standardbred foundation sire, were taking on the trotting scene by the mid 1800’s. The trotting fame of the Morgans was slowly being etched away. But…there was yet to be a ‘Morgan’ to challenge the track.

Vermont Morgan (#69) was bred to a daughter of the chestnut Arabian stallion Zilcaadi. Zilcaadi was a gift of the Sultan of Morocco to the U.S. Consul, Mr. Rhind, who imported him.

It was 1855, near Louisville, Kentucky, the product of the mating of Vermont Morgan #69 and the Zilcaddi daughter, had resulted in a foal that was remarked as being ‘pure gold in color’. This beautiful stallion of the 19th Century, stood 16 hands and weighed 1275 pounds. Quoting from the The Complete Morgan Horse, (taken from the Morgan Register #1), “Goldust was a most beautiful horse, and one of the very great sires of the country. In getting extreme speed he outranks Hambeltonian […]”. Golddust is also famed for winning a matched race, best of 3 of 5 heats, against Iron Duke in 1861 for a purse of $10,000. His trotting fame earned him a place in the U.S. Trotting Association and a long list of renowned trotting progeny.

The blood of this well-known ‘Morgan’, Golddust, (the first recorded Arabian to Morgan breeding) is passed down through one of his son’s Indicator and particularly through his female tail line of Nellie, a direct descendent of Golddust. Nellie was bred to Captain Jack, the Herod Morgan line (Sherman Black Hawk), to produce the stallion Winterset. Winterset was line bred to produce Herod Panic. Herod Panic was bred to a daughter of Winterset (Cardinal) to produce Will Rogers. Will Rogers produced Red Correll who produced Blackwood Correll who has Red Correll on his dam side (grandsire). It is the Blackwood Correll lines, sire and dam sides that are heavy in repeated names of notable Morgan stallions such as, Winterset, Linsley and General Gates. Through the Winterset stallion alone, there are at least 15+ crosses to the first recorded Morab, Golddust. This profound Morgan ancestry in addition to the strong gene pool of chestnut/palomino color, gave rise to the cremelo Morgan stallion MEMC Tequila Cuervo, SAX Gold Dust’s sire.

Arabian Lineage

The Arabian side of SAX Gold Dust’s lineage is founded in a double line back to *Serafix. The infamous chestnut stallion,*Serafix, represents the superb Crabbet breeding of the late Wilfrid and Lady Ann Blunt. The Blunts started importing Arabians in 1878 and founded the Crabbet Stud of Sussex, England. They purchased the desert Arabian mare Rodania in 1881. This mare foaled Rose of Sharon in 1885, a mare of high quality with phenomenal influence in the Blunt’s breeding program. Rose of Sharon breeding is present in one of the Blunts great stallions, Indian Gold and a mare Sharfina. The Blunts bred Indian Gold to Sharfina to capture the bloodline of this great mare to produce a mare named, Serafina.

In 1891, the Blunts purchased the Egyptian stud Mesaoud (foaled 1887) bred by Ali Pasha Sherif, to become one of their foundation stallions. A descendant of Mesaoud was a stallion named, Raktha, who also had the blood of Skowronek, one of the Blunt’s best known Crabbet Stud stallions. Skowronek was a son of Ibrahim, who originated from the Arabian Desert. It is this stallion, Ibrahim, that has placed great emphasis on the word Arabian in the United States.

The breeding of Raktha and Serafina produced a stallion foaled in 1949 stated as the color of new copper or burnished gold. *Serafix, was one of the finest sons of this particular cross. John Rogers, an American who worked for ARAMCO (American-Arabian oil concern during the 1940’s), began his Arabian ownership with Saudi Arabian imported mares in 1949. Rogers was well traveled and had visited the Blunt Stud. The article, Serafix… A Last Tribute, cited that the young *Serafix was regarded, by John Rogers, “as the most perfectly balanced horse of any breed he had ever had the privilege to study…” This stallion had already won championships as a yearling and as a two year old in England. The Blunts reluctantly sold *Serafix to Mr. Rogers after a long course of negotiations.

*Serafix, was imported to America in 1954 at the age of 5 to the Rogers Arabian Stud of Walnut Creek, California. *Serafix was shown on the west coast and was an unbeaten champion. He earned Grand Champion and Champion Stallion at Pomona in 1957 and 1958. Mr. Rogers did not show *Serafix after 1958 but relied on his line to be carried by his progeny. Mr. Rogers carefully controlled his breeding program and strictly bred for correct conformation and athletic ability. The fact that his breeding program produced winners in the show ring was just a bonus per the article All-Time Great Breeder: John Rogers. Mr. Rogers found a nick with Farana granddaughters and many of these offspring went on to be Halter Champions. The quality of this superior stallion in conjunction with the select breeding program of Mr. Rogers was exemplified in 1962 when 4 of his mares and one of his sons each won a Top Ten, thus taking one quarter of the 20 Top Ten Ribbons at the Estes Park Show. *Serafix sired 47% champions and deserved the title of the Leading Sire of Champions in Arabian history.

*Serafix was bred to the mare, Cobah, who foaled on July 11, 1973 the 6th and last filly foal of this cross. SX La Quinta, a bay, was born just 12 days after *Serafix died. SX La Quinta went on to be the 1976 U.S. Reserve National Champion mare at 36 months of age. John Rogers’ wisdom in breeding *Serafix to aristocrats, as defined in the article The Aristocrat of Breeding Philosophies or The Philosophy of Breeding Aristocrats, as a mare who has produced 4 champions, was represented in his “golden cross” of *Serafix on a Natez daughter, Neecheza. This ‘golden cross’ produced the bay multi-junior Champion Stallion at Halter, SX Staleys Gemini. The culmination of Arabian heritage, exemplified by the bright chestnut stallion *Serafix, was doubled in the breeding of SX Staleys Gemini to SX La Quinta which produced SX Starfix, SAX Gold Dust’s dam.

A shy one hundred and fifty years later, near Louisville, Kentucky, the product of the mating of Tequila Cuervo and Starfix resulted in a foal that is of “pure gold in color”.

SerAfiX Gold Dust, a Morab of the 21st Century, is destined to carry on the blend of the Arabian heritage and the Morgan ancestry.

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  1. Herrick, Jeanne M. 1995, The Complete Morgan Horse, (Chapter 3, pages 88-90). First Ditton Printing.
  2. Serafix…a last tribute. 1973, September. Arabian Horse World, 99.
  3. Magid, Arlen. 1981, May. All–Time Great Breeder: John Rogers, Leading American Broodmare Importer and Breeder. Arabian Horse Times, 56.
  4. Nehring, James A. 1987, August. The Aristocrat of Breeding Philosophies or The Philosophy of Breeding Aristocrats, Arabian Visions.
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