In 1970, Herb Kohler and Mark Staehnke attended a sale in Cox’s Creek, Kentucky. A 13-year-old Morgan stallion, named Vigilmarch, was led to the ring where the auctioneer’s attempts to get an opening bid worthy of this horse were futile. Eventually, meager bids started coming in until a new voice was heard. Herb had entered the race. When Mark asked “Do you have any idea what you’re doing? Do you know what owning a Morgan stallion like that means?” Mr. Kohler responded, “No, but I love that horse”.  Little did he realize at the time that the future of Kohler Stables Morgan Horse Breeder program would be shaped for years to come with the legacy of this legendary sire.

With Vigilmarch as the cornerstone of the Kohler breeding program and the guidance of talented trainers Mark Staehnke, J.T. Brown, Owen Haley, and Thomas L. Caisse the HVK prefix quickly became a presence in the Morgan horse industry. Vigilmarch produced some of the most gifted and brilliant Morgan show horses to ever enter the ring, consistently performing time after time. As a foundation stock, his sons and daughters are legendary.

In 1976, Tom Caisse received an invitation which would change his career and have a profound impact on the entire Morgan horse industry. The combination of Herb Kohler’s intuition and eye for quality with Tom’s master horsemanship created the legacy of Kohler Stables that endures today.

Tom Caisse with Noble Flaire

In 1984, a weanling colt named Noble Flaire was acquired from Bob and Judy Whitney, the second and only other Morgan stallion ever purchased by Herb Kohler. By the time he retired from the show ring in 1991, Noble Flaire had earned an unprecedented four Park Harness World Championships and two Stallion In-Hand World Championships.

While Noble Flaire broke new ground with his exciting show career, his enormous impact on the Morgan Horse industry continued well beyond the ring with record-setting offspring such as HVK Bell Flaire, HVK Courageous Flaire and HVK Vibrance, to name just a few.

With the retirement of Tom Caisse in 2013 as Manager/Trainer, he continued mentoring his successor, Shirley O’Gorman until his passing in 2018. Her knowledge, horsemanship, and passion for the Morgan Horse are evident as she continues to Live the Legacy here at Kohler Stables.

Kohler Stables

1140 Lower Falls Road, Kohler, WI 53044