Friday, January 17, 2020

World Breeding News for Sport Horses January Edition Posted

World Breeding News for Sport Horses has just posted their January 2020 issue, with articles on the Holsteiner, the breeding of Fischerchipmunk, year-end auction high prices, and the show-jumping Horse of the Year Igor.

Of special interest to North American breeders is a lovely tribute to Carthago Sun I (Carthago x Schampus xx/Landgraf I), who passed away in late 2019. He was born in 1996, and stood with Joe and Edda Selinger at J.E.S. Breeding Farm in Alberta.


WBNSH article about Carthago Sun I online

World Breeding News for Sport Horses

January issue of WBNSH

Subscribe to WBNSH memorial for Carthago Sun I

Foundation Friday: Argentinus

Here is the next installment of Warmblood Stallions of North America’s Foundation Friday.  Every other Friday we will be featuring a foundation sire - one who has been influential in the development of warmblood breeds. We pull from the incredible archive of The Horse Magazine, published by Chris Hector of Australia. Thank you, Chris, for permission to draw on your expertise!


17 hands
Breeder: Jacob Buether

Argentinus is the most influential son of the Hanoverian stallion Argentan I. Argentinus’ dam is by Duden II, who was highly esteemed as a producer of top quality performance horses and wonderful broodmares.

By 1996, Argentinus was the youngest millionaire among Germany’s top sires and he remained a top sire right up until his death in 2007. A successful advanced level jumper himself, Argentinus produced both jumping and dressage competitors and stallions. His progeny include over 20 approved stallions...

In the survey of the world’s top 75 jumping sires that appears in Monneron 2007-2008, Argentinus is ranked 16th in the world, with 15 among CSI winners. Argentinus was the Hanoverian Stallion of the Year 2005, and the 2015 Stallion Yearbook takes an extra page to detail his career....

To read the entire article, with pedigree, details of Argentinus' sons and daughters, on the Horse Magazine website, click here.

There are a few of stallion descendants of Argentinus in North America. Click on the following links to read about each of the ones on

Saturday, December 21, 2019

Philanthropic support gives Leatherdale Equine Center new standing CT and NICU

I missed this news from August, 2019. Rock on Louise Leatherdale!

Fairbanks, one of Louise Leatherdale's stallions. 

August 20, 2019 — The University of Minnesota College of Veterinary Medicine’s (CVM) Leatherdale Equine Center (LEC) has recently acquired a new equine standing computed tomography (CT) and neonatal intensive care unit (NICU). These new additions, made possible by a generous gift from Louise Leatherdale, will elevate the level of care offered by LEC on multiple levels.
The standing CT, called Equina and developed by Asto CT, has already increased LEC’s imaging capabilities significantly. With the new CT, CVM veterinarians can quickly identify injuries to the head, neck, and legs without putting their patients through the stress of anesthesia. In addition to diagnosing head, neck and limb injuries, the CT can be used for full-body imaging of sedated foals and ponies to provide a three-dimensional perspective of areas such as the spine and pelvis. The CVM’s Equina is only the second up-and-running installation of the tool in the world.
“Having a standing CT allows us to more thoroughly image areas of the horse that we could only previously do with them under anesthesia,” says Troy Trumble, DVM, PhD, associate professor in the Department of Veterinary Population Medicine. “For our clients, this technology will allow us to definitively diagnose lesions of the lower leg and head that we could not diagnose in the past, such as stress fractures. In addition, it allows us to develop better treatment strategies and prognoses since we will know the exact location and extent of injury better, allowing us to develop better surgical plans, especially for lower leg fractures or head and teeth issues, where the exact configuration or extent of injury is hard to define on traditional x-rays.”
The new NICU, which was also included in Leatherdale’s gift, will allow CVM veterinarians to better offer around-the-clock care to sick and injured newborn foals. The unit is set up with a large mare stall and a smaller, padded stall for the foal. The two stalls are connected, with a sliding divider in place for use when the mare and foal need to be separated.
The standing CT and NICU are now currently available for patient use.

Leatherdale Farms stallions on include:


First Dance


E.H. Herzensdieb

Thursday, December 19, 2019

Shine Breeding Special!

Shine - the Ultimate Hunter stallion!

Book a breeding to Shine before the New Year - save $500 and pay no booking fee! Only $1000! Includes Live Foal Guarantee.

Shine is the ultimate combination of temperament, conformation, ability and beauty. He had a long and successful career. He was imported in 2000 from Germany where he competed in dressage. Upon entering the U.S. he was introduced to the Hunter ring where he excelled, with many regional, state, and national championships.

Shine passes along his spectacular brain and temperament, as well as his head and neck. Many of his offspring have been started by amateurs. His offspring continue to win in the Hunter Breeding arena and the show ring!

Featuring: Luminous, 2-year-old mare by Shine, out of Clara K/Calico/Cassini I. 3rd place at Sallie B Wheeler West Coast 2019, High Point Oldenburg. Owned by Kristina Novak, bred by Olde Oaks Farm, Inc.

Luminous, 2-year-old mare by Shine.

To send a message to Vicki Hunton to book your breeding, click here.

The Horse: Warning Signs in Neonatal Foals

No one wants to think about what could go wrong with newborn foals, but a breeder is better off aware and prepared to recognize the possibilities. An article on The from 2007 describes several potential issues to watch out for.
The title is Neonatal Nuances, and it covers:

  • Constipation
  • Failure of Passive Transfer
  • Septicemia
  • Umbilical Infection
  • Ruptured Bladder
  • Dummy Foal
  • Neonatal Isoerythrolysis
  • Angular Limb Deformities
  • Premature Foal

Winter study time! Click here to read.

Wednesday, December 18, 2019

In Memoriam: Carthago Sun I

We are sad to announce the passing of Carthago Sun I, who has been a part of Warmblood Stallions of North America's print magazine and also online for many years. He died in November of this year. No frozen semen is available, but his Stallion Profile will remain on as a memorial. Our condolences to his people.

Carthago Sun I (Sunny for short) was Champion of the first CWHBA Stallion Performance Test in 2000. His pedigree combines the proven Holsteiner performance bloodlines of Capitol / Cor de la Bryere / Landgraf I. Sunny placed in 1.30 m classes at Spruce Meadows and Rocky Mountain Show Jumping.

Carthago Sun will live on in his offspring.

PROGENY: Cera 99 and Cita 2000 (dam COLIBRI by Caletto I) were both Champions of their respective Performance Field Tests in 2002 and 2003. CITA was sold and exported to Germany, where she became one of the top 5 & 6 year-old jumpers. Full-brother CONDOR II has been successfully jumping 1.45 m courses at Spruce Meadows. Patagonia by YAVARI XX out of Pandora's Charm (Carthago Sun I x Caletto I) was declared Western Champion of 4-year-old jumpers in the Jump Canada Finals in August 2009.

CATALINE (Carthago Sun I x Power/Pilot) and her junior rider Tayah Sobie have been highly successful in winning 1.20/1.30 m classes at Spruce Meadows and Thermal consistently since 2013.

Taya and Cataline won the Joe Selinger Memorial Cup at St. George's Derby Day on July 14, 2016. A feat she repeated on July 20, 2017!

P-CALIDA by Calido (half-sister to Sunny), was sent to Germany for training. She excelled in 1.35 m Grands Prix under a junior rider and successfully continues her jumping career in Florida, USA.

Their dam DAVOS is a product of the Magens family's Stamm (stem) 8769, known as the 'BUEHNE-STAMM'. Her dam Talenta is full-sister to Suehne who produced COME ON by Cantus(Princess Haja), FLEUR by Romino (MichaelWhitaker) and NOBLESS M (Pius Schwizer).

The new kids on the block by Carthago Sun I are: J.E.S. QUITO (born 2007) out of Quinta by QUINAR - numerous placings in Grands Prix, 5th place $35k Apollo Jets GP in Gulfport, MS 2016; COOKACHOO, born 2010 (bred by St.George's Stables, Calgary) - 3rd place 5yo, qualified for the Western Young Jumper Championships; J.E.S. CIBELLE, born 2011 (full-sister to CERA 99 and CITA 2000) - Champion in the 1.0m jumpers at her first horse show in Scottsdale, AZ as a 4yo 2015. Clear and blue ribbon winner in her first two 5-year-old young jumper championship qualifying classes in Gulfport, MS 2016. Latest: CIBELLE won the 6 yo YJC qualifier at Hippico Santa Fe on August 4, 2017! Quito, Cookachoo and Cibelle are ridden by Nicki Wilcox of Parker, Colorado, USA. CLASSIC (3 days older than Cibelle) won the 1.20 m Derby at Rocky Mountain Show Jumping's Classic II, Calgary August 2017.

Click here to visit Carthago Sun's memorial page.

Read the tribute to Carthago Sun in Breeding News for Sport Horses here.

Tuesday, December 17, 2019

Sir Sinclair #1 Dressage Sire for an Extraordinary Fifth Consecutive Year

Iron Spring Farm Stallions Ranked 1, 2, 3 Among Nearly 800 USEF Dressage Sires

Sir Sinclair, Keur, #1 USEF Dressage Sire 2015-2019
Photo credit: Terri Miller

Coatesville, PA--- Iron Spring Farm's Sir Sinclair, Keur, was the United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) #1 Sire of Dressage Horses for an extraordinary fifth consecutive year (2015-2019). Sir's offspring earned more than 9,800 points in dressage competitions throughout the year, more than 4,000 points ahead of the second place stallion, Contango, Preferent, who also stood at Iron Spring. Sir's impressive achievement was made possible by 74 point-earning sons and daughters, including 23 offspring competing at FEI, with six at Grand Prix. Rounding out the remarkable year for the Iron Spring stallions, UB40, Keur, finished third among nearly 800 ranked dressage sires in 2019.

From Grand Prix to Training Level, Sir's superstar offspring brought home big scores at the big shows.
Dee Clair ridden by Anna Marek
Photo credit: Susan J. Stickle
Dee Clair was named Reserve National Grand Prix Champion at the US Festival of Champions with rider Anna Marek. The pair were also competitive in the CDI3* Grand Prix classes during the Adequan Global Dressage Festival, with scores as high as 71.6500%. Dee Clair is owned by Diane Morrison and was bred by Dr. Ruth Sorensen.

Caymus continued his successful FEI career with many wins at Intermediate II, including the GAIG/USDF Region 3 Championship. The bay gelding, bred and owned by Beth Godwin, also made his Grand Prix debut with rider Jodie Kelly. The pair earned a 70% in their inaugural Grand Prix class.

Audi was the GAIG/USDF Region 1 Champion in both the Intermediate I and the Intermediate I Freestyle, as well as Reserve Champion in Prix St. Georges. The pair also were #1 Intermediate Freestyle in the USDF All Breeds Awards (KWPN-NA). Audi is owned and ridden by Emily Donaldson, and was bred by Nancy Murray.

Bakara KS and owner/rider Elinor Armstrong Kennedy had an incredible year at Intermediate I, winning five classes, as well at the USDF Intermediate I AA Horse of the Year with a median score of 71.213%. Bakara KS was bred by Janice Kissel.

Classy Sinclair and owner/rider Leif Aho had 13 top-six finishes in the CDI3* small tour classes during the Adequan Global Dressage Festival. The pair finished second in the Intermediate I Freestyle with a 74.458% during week seven, and won the Prix St. Georges during week ten. Classy Sinclair was bred by Lisa Grossi.

Contango and UB40 Offspring Continue Their Winning Ways           

Contango, Preferent, and UB40's offspring also had an incredible 2019.

Alcazar ridden by Katherine Bateson-Chandler
Photo credit: Susan J. Stickle
Contango finished the year ranked #2 USEF Sire of Dressage Horses, with 41 offspring earning points, including seven showing at Grand Prix. International star Alcazar, ridden by Katherine Bateson-Chandler, was part of the bronze medal-winning USA team at CDIO Aachen. The pair finished 12th in the CDIO5* Grand Prix Freestyle with a 77.665%. They also represented the USA in two other European shows, with two top-seven finishes with scores in the 70s. Alcazar also had four first place finishes in the CDI3* and CDI4* classes at the 2019 Adequan Global Dressage Festival.

UB40's sons and daughters did their father proud in 2019. They won three championships at the U.S. Dressage Finals, plus seven championships and reserve championships at the GAIG/USDF Regional Championships. Eye Candy, owned and ridden by Amy Gimbel, was Champion in both the Prix St. Georges AA and the Intermediate I AA at the U.S. Dressage Finals with scores above 71%. The pair also finished as champion in both of those divisions at the GAIG/USDF Region 8 Championships. Dalwhinney, owned and ridden by Hailey Guard, was Champion Fourth Level Freestyle with a 73.256% at the US Dressage Finals. The pair were also Reserve Champion USDF Horse of the Year in that same division. Among UB40's 44 point earners, 11 competed at FEI, including two at Grand Prix.

Eye Candy ridden by Amy Gimbel
Photo credit: Susan J. Stickle

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About Iron Spring Farm
A range of top Friesian and KWPN stallions are available to North American breeders as part of Iron Spring Farm's four-decade commitment to the ISF Advantage. By providing proven bloodlines, along with exceptional service, transparency and impeccable veterinary care, the ISF team helps breeders achieve their sport horse goals. Ongoing expert advice and tools are also available so breeders can develop and market their offspring to the highest level. Iron Spring also offers a select number of talented Friesian and Dutch Warmblood prospects and broodmares for sale. Visit for more information.