Jim McCusker, Barn Manager
David and Marianne McLeod, owners
Marianne and Whisper sharing a moment.
Colonel Morris and Scalawag
Pinchona is one of Alabama's oldest Dressage and boarding stables established by Colonel Howard J. Morris, Jr. Colonel had a distinguished career in the horse world. He served on the board of directors of the American Horse Shows Association. He was a founding director of the United States Training Association and a board member of the American Dressage Institute and president of the United States Pony Clubs and started Pinchona Pony Club. His serious interest in Dressage dated back to 1937. He trained all of his horses.
He and his stallion "Midnight" were invited to join the squad preparing for the 1952 Olympic Games. Military service prevented him from joining the team training sessions. His love of the sport and teaching were evident in every aspect of his life. "Royal Tiger," an Anglo Arabian was his last stallion that he rode. He trained horses and gave lessons until his death at age 92. Prior to his death, the Montgomery Area Dressage and Combined Training Association awarded him a lifetime Membership for his contribution to the sport. For those of us that knew and loved him, the memories of Colonel Morris sitting in his golf cart under the large pecan tree adjacent to the dressage arena with a dalmatian at his side still brings a smile. Colonel would watch the student and then say, "ride in," which meant he had pointers to improve the ride.
The current owners David and Marianne McLeod purchased the farm in 2003. Marianne had boarded her horse Ali, a half-arabian and quarter horse beginning in 1979. Ali was her first horse that she brought to the farm from California. He lived to be 33 years old and is buried at Pinchona. Marianne and Ali were a team and spent many hours riding on the farm. Some of her favorite memories are of Colonel riding next to her on Tiger. Colonel wore his binoculars and would point out the variety of birds they encountered along the way.
Pinchona is Marianne's spiritual place and when Sue, Colonel's wife, announced that she was selling the farm Marianne and David purchased it. David Jr. and Jim McCusker, Marianne's brother live on the farm as well. This team is dedicated to providing the horse and rider with a safe, secure, and professionally managed barn. Pinchona welcomes all disciplines of riding and has the same philosophy as Colonel, "Welcome to Pinchona the gate is always open."