Saturday, September 19, 2020

Dressage at Devon Virtual Show Schedule, Silent Auction, Virtual Vendor Fair and More!

September 22-27,2020

September 17, 2020 (Devon, PA) The show will go on - virtually!

Show Schedule
The 2020 virtual show schedule will mimic the in-person show, using past videos plus new interviews from top competitors such as George Williams and featuring the best of the best in the breed and performance divisions.
Visit for George's take on Dressage at Devon.

Tuesday & Wednesday, September 22-23 - Watch the foals and young horses shown in hand PLUS view the USDF training program on handling horses. Can you pick out the current (and future) superstars?

Thursday – The performance show begins with a 4,5 & 6 year-old young horse tests in the virtual Dixon Oval.

Friday – Replay of the 2019 FEI Prix St Georges for Amateurs CDIAm.

Saturday – Replay of the 2019 GP Special CDI3*. Then, on Saturday night at 7 pm, watch Dressage through the Years with approximately 10 exciting rides, including George Williams’ memorable ride on Rocher from 2005, hosted live by JJ Tate.

Sunday – Replay of the 2019 FEI Young Rider GP 16-25.

Links will be posted on social media and

Dressage at Devon Virtual Vendor Fair

Each year, the Fall Festival adds to the experience of Dressage at Devon. Spectators, volunteers and competitors can always find something for themselves, family, friends or, of course, their horse. From tack to clothing, shopping at DAD has always been a big hit. This year, of course is different.

The virtual Fall Festival features some of our favorite vendors including Malvern Saddlery, ShowChic, Dark Horse Chocolates, Equestrian Specialties, Caracol, Equs Courture, Deer Valley Danes, Der Dau, and SnugPups -- each featuring new products and new fashions.
Plus, 15% of all your purchases will go toward helping our non-profit show continue for another 45 years.

Please and support our show.

Virtual Silent Auction September 18 - September 25

Put in your bid for:

Judging from Anne Moss and Debbie Rodriguez

Lessons from:

Dr Cesar Parra
Felicitas von Neumann
Michael Bragdell
Jessica Fay
Jacqueline Brooks
Robert Dover
Kimberly Herslow
Lauren Sprieser
Robert Dover
Kimberly Herslow
Sahar Daniel Hirosh
Sara Spofford
Pierre St. Jacques
George Williams
Anne Gribbons
JJ Tate

Fantastic breeding opportunities from Hilltop Farm and Iron Spring Farm

Additional services and items are also available. Visit and click on Silent Auction. Bidding will begin on Friday, September 18 and close Friday, September 25.

For questions, contact

Last Call for Dressage at Devon Virtual Breyer Horse Show
(for kids only!)

All entry forms must be completed to be accepted and must include the child's name, age, date of birth, valid email address and the signature of the parent. Completed entry forms must be submitted by email no later than midnight on September 21 and all photos must be received by September 22.

For more information on the 2020 virtual show, visit

Thursday, September 17, 2020

HorseMagazine: Apache and Grandson About You

Borgmann youngsters. photo.

Christopher Hector of The Horse Magazine has recently published two articles of interest to breeders. The focus is again on a breeder who does not follow trends, but makes his own breeding decisions based on what makes sense to him. Stephan Borgmann and his father, Norbert, are featured. They bred the 4-year-old stallion About You, who sold for 1,650,000 Euros in August at the Borgmann Auction. About You is by AC-DC, a stallion the Borgmanns also bred, and out of Evita, again bred by the Borgmanns. 

The family’s 25-strong broodmare band is the secret ingredient of their success. Some of the maternal lines have been with the family for ten generations. Stephan Borgmann explains, “After such a long time you know exactly what you’ve got and what characteristics and qualities are passed on. I am not thinking like a lot of breeders today, only to the modern stallion star of this year, and next year we have the next star stallion… I know my mares for ten generations and I know what stallions I need for those mares.”
Both articles are about the Borgmanns and their breeding program and their choices:

The first focuses on Apache, the controversial stallion who is the grandsire of About You. Apache is by UB40, a stallion who stood at Iron Spring Farm and was influential in American breeding, by Olivi. His dam is a descendent of Roemer, another very influential stallion in American breeding.

Click the above links to read more!

Tuesday, September 15, 2020

KER: Nutritional Antioxidants and the Late-Pregnant Mare


The metabolic demands of reproduction, specifically late gestation, parturition, and lactation, may trigger an upswing in oxidative stress in mares.

“Oxidative stress signifies an imbalance between the normal production of oxidative products within a body and the ability of the body to neutralize those agents and repair the damage caused by them,” said Catherine Whitehouse, M.S., a nutrition advisor with Kentucky Equine Research. ...

Read the full article: click here.

theHorse: Changing Trends in Equine Reproduction

A year ago, ran an article that tabulates some of the new developments and trends in equine breeding. 
"Current horse breeding trends are characterized by a decline in mares bred and a new focus on well-being of established pregnancies, as well as enhanced genetic selection related to the health and future performance of foals."
It covers new ways to monitor healthy pregnancy, improved genetic selection, and the huge advances in assisted reproduction.

Thursday, September 10, 2020

HorseMagazine: Breeding for Sport, Not Fashion

Jens and his wife, Susanne at their stallion show – photo Kiki Beelitz

If you could be a fly on the wall and listen to frank conversations between European breeders, would you do it? That's often what an article by Chris Hector of reads like. Breeders are nothing if not opinionated - and Chris asks the questions that bring out the most interesting opinions and viewpoints.

Most recent is "Breeding for Sport - Not Fashion - with Jens Meyer." Jens Meyer is a dressage breeder whose goal is to breed for Grand Prix performance potential. He says, "I was always very traditional, Hanoverian...," but today he is looking more toward the Dutch. In the interview he goes into his reasons. 

Damsey, one of the discoveries of Jens Meyer, is owned by Leatherdale Farms, Minnesota. 
Photo: Claes Jakobsson/FEI

Leatherdale Farm stallions on, all standing in the US:

E.H. Herzensdieb
Tambour x Tivano
Trakehner Licensing Champion in Germany and Proven Dressage Competitor & Sire.


Flemmingh x Inselfürst

Oldenburg Licensing Champion in Germany, Exciting Young Sire awarded 1c Premium

First Dance

Florestan I x Donnerhall/Old.

Classic Florestan I/Donnerhall Bloodlines, Proven Dressage Competitor & Sire.


His Highness x Rotspon

Sought after His Highness & Rotspon Bloodlines; Proven Dressage Competitor & Sire.

Wednesday, September 9, 2020

Leatherdale Farms Sponsors AHS's Yearling and Two-Year-Old Futurity

Lexington, KY. - Sept. 2, 2020 - Leatherdale Farms is proud to partner with the American Hanoverian Society to sponsor prize money for their 8th Annual AHS Yearling and Two-Year-Old Futurity during their inspection tour! Dedicated to providing breeders world-class Hanoverian stallions with both classic and modern bloodlines, Leatherdale Farms is passionate about high-quality sport horses in the United States. 

"The American Hanoverian Society is thrilled to have Leatherdale Farms sponsor the 8th Annual Nationwide AHS Futurity and we are grateful for Louise [Leatherdale]'s generous support of the Hanoverian/Rhineland horse," said Edgar Schutte, the President of the American Hanoverian Society. "Our futurity has become very popular with our members. With uncertainty about many things due to COVID-19, the AHS is fortunately able to be one of the few registries conducting inspections. It is magnificent to continue to offer this prize money to the top 5 placings nationwide. Leatherdale Farms generous sponsorship will be appreciated by many."

Founded by Schutte in 2012, the AHS Yearling and Two-Year-Old Futurity is judged using a scale from 1-10 with three categories: Conformation/Type, Movement, Foundation/Legs. 

With a total of $3,000 available, participants of AHS's Futurity classes will have the opportunity to win prize money in each of the divisions offered. If interested in participating, the inspection tour schedule for the remainder of the year is located below and check here for the most up to date details. COVID-19 precautions will be implemented at each host site with masks and social distancing required at each event. Please contact the individual host site as they may implement further safety procedures. 

For more information on this year's inspection tour, please click here or call call the AHS office at 859-255-4141.

For more information on the AHS or to learn more about Hanoverian horses in North America, please visit their website.  

To learn more about Leatherdale Farms, click here.

To learn about the Leatherdale stallions at stud, click each link:

E.H. Herzensdieb

Tambour x Tivano

Trakehner Licensing Champion in Germany and Proven Dressage Competitor & Sire.


Flemmingh x Inselfürst

Oldenburg Licensing Champion in Germany, Exciting Young Sire awarded 1c Premium

First Dance

Florestan I x Donnerhall/Old.

Classic Florestan I/Donnerhall Bloodlines, Proven Dressage Competitor & Sire.


His Highness x Rotspon

Sought after His Highness & Rotspon Bloodlines; Proven Dressage Competitor & Sire.

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Tuesday, September 8, 2020

COTH: Fracking Linked to Dysphagia in Foals

Good reporting from the Chronicle.

The Chronicle of the Horse September 7 & 14 issue has an article that is pretty scary for its implications for human as well as equine health. It discusses a case where the controversial practice of mining by fracking is implicated in dysphagia in foals.

A breeding farm in Pennsylvania had over half its foals born with dysphagia, where the foal is unable to nurse and swallow properly. Dysphagia is normally extremely rare, and yet, from 2014 to 2016, 17 of the farm's 28 foals were born with it.

After careful research into possible causes, it was determined that nearby fracking was causing very high levels of PAHs (Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons) in the two wells used to provide the horses' water on the farm. They were almost certainly the cause of the dysphagia in the foals.

Read the full article in the Chronicle here.