Mountain Creek Moriesian and Morgan farm is in the highly productive Upper Kiewa Valley, alongside the Kiewa River and under the shadow of Mt Bogong, Victoria's highest mountain. The owners Ross Gigliotti and Leonie Kable have just under 200 acres, and raise quality horses and vealers.
Their first Part Bred Morgan was a filly born in 1997, Mountain Creek Whisper, by Wawayanda Watch Out, out of a stock horse mare. She now lives in Queensland. Since then they have been hooked on the Morgan Horse and particularly the Moriesian, which is a cross of Morgan and Friesian. Their first Moriesian hit the ground in 2002, MCM Master Perry. He is a fine example of this wonderful cross. Since then another 35 Moriesians have been born at MCM. A total of 40 Pure Bred Morgans have been born since MCM stud was commenced in 1997, also 14 Part Bred Morgans and 25 Pure and Part Bred Friesians.
They use the prefix MCM with all of the Moriesian, Friesian Warmblood and Part Bred Morgan registrations, and the prefix Mountain Crk with the Pure Morgan registrations.
Mountain Creek's Broodmare band consists of nine Pure Bred Morgans, two Friesian Warmbloods, and six up-and-coming young fillies. They have two Pure Bred Morgan Stallions – Red Bluff Mesmeric and Mt Tawonga Tarraji, both are out of Mt Tawonga Miss Mary. There is also some frozen semen from three American based Pure Bred Morgan Stallions, PT Cruiser, MEMC Tequila Cuervo, and Ragtime Oro Blanco.
Red Bluff Mesmeric’s semen has also been frozen. MCM also has a Pure Bred Friesian stallion – Ietsje from MCM, a homebred boy whom is crossing extremely well with the Morgan mares.
They generally breed six to eight mares per breeding season. These foals can be spoken for at birth. They will all have basic education and are ready for their new homes usually at around 12 months old. Leonie won't let them go until she feels that they are ready to face the outside world.
Currently Mountain Creek Moresians don't stand their Stallions to the public for a few reasons: firstly, for the responsibility of outside mares; also, they are rather busy during Spring and Early Summer as they are hay and silage contractors, so you could say the Mountain Creek Moriesian team are making hay whilst the sun shines.