SUSAN AND RICH HAYS NARRATIVE
This is the Springdale Morgan Horse Farm established in 1980. Richard and Susan Hays purchased the farm in 1978. Susan’s parents, Dalton and Elsbeth Holt love of horses inspired the development of this horse farm and they bought the farm’s first Registered Morgan horse in 1980. That horse set the foundation for this nationally recognized registered Morgan Horse Farm.
Over the past decades, nearly 50 magnificent Morgan foals have been born on this farm. All of the foals are registered with the HA-HO prefix. Morgan horses have prefixes for their registered names with the American Morgan Horse Association. Richard and Susan derived their prefix taking HA from Hays and HO from Susan maiden name Holt. All These HA-HO horses have been shown on the local, regional and national levels of competition for decades.
The Hays’s daughter, Sheri Howe, and their son, Michael Hays, grew up with these magnificent animals and have been riding since they were two years old. Sheri is now the farm’s trainer and manager. Michael continues to love horses with his own farm nearby. This love of the Morgan horse continues with Hays’s grandchildren now showing these wonderful animals. Beyond the huge interest in showing horses this farm raises horses to sell. At its peak, the farm would annually sell four or five colts either at shows or when buyers came to the farm.
The Hays’s chose the “Carpenter’s Wheel” as their barn quilt square design because of its vibrant colors and as a tribute to Susan’s father Dalton who is an avid woodworker. Shelly Bray, Susan’s sister painted the cherished quilt square.