One of the wonderful things about horses as a hobby is that it can be enjoyed for a lifetime and is something that an entire family can share. We are lucky enough to have been able to turn our childhood passions into our careers.
Recent honors include THE GOLDEN REINS Award from the American Morgan Horse Association for our more than 30 years of the highest quality training, showing and promoting Morgan Horses, and being the subject of a feature article in The International Morgan Connection, an international publication about the Morgan Horse.
Brad's family has owned and bred Morgan horses since the 1950's in Stonington, Connecticut. As a walk-trotter and junior exhibitor he was instructed by Adeliade Connelly - whose other students included Tom Caisse. Brad then went on to show with and work for Jim Borden, enjoying much success with his lovely mare UC Eva in harness, under saddle and in hand. From there Brad went on to work for Mike Goebig as an assistant trainer for 3 years and fine tuned his abilities.
Ann's family's involvement in Morgan horses began in 1962 when her Uncle John Hoitsma bought a Morgan as an anniversary present for Anita. John and Anita then started Bridle Vale Farm and hired Barbara Irvine as trainer and instructor. The solid foundation that Barbara helped to establish led to Ann's success in saddle seat, hunt seat and western seat equitation. Ann continues to use and teach these fundamentals today. Ann was lucky enough as a junior exhibitor to take lessons from and attend clinics by such notables as Joe Vanorio, Marilyn Childs, George Morris, and Hugh Wiley.
In 1976, Brad accepted a training position at Bridle Vale Farm. As the saying goes, the rest is history! Brad and Ann married and started their own training business, Scussell Stable in 1977. Shortly thereafter we relocated to Windover Farm in Virginia and handled many training horses and stood stallions of note, including Beamington and UVM Sinbad. In 1984, we moved to our current location in Hunterdon County, NJ. And now we have "bought the farm" and renamed the business "Scussell Farm".