Friday, July 3, 2020

Foundation Friday: Lacapo

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!

Photo: Gerd Küst

1980–2013
168 cm
Grey
Breeder: Harm Thormählen

I guess when Harm Thormählen bred Lacapo, he didn’t have the future of Dutch dressage breeding on his mind, but the stallion was to play a key role anyway… Harm Thormählen admits he didn’t have dressage in mind when he planned the mating: “I would not have thought that Lacapo would become important for the Dutch dressage because of Flemmingh, but his mother, Larsa [by Capitano], had really good basic gaits and a lot of elasticity. So the movement was there. With Flemmingh this movement was doubled because his damsire, Carneval (by Cor de la Bryère,) who is bred by my now 91 year old neighbor Michel Magens, had a lot of movement as well and his mother moved also very well.” Lacapo’s sire, Landgraf, produced life 20 advanced level dressage horses in his lifetime but he was much more successful in producing jumpers. … Licensed in Holstein in 1982, Lacapo is warmly praised for his movement in the Stallion Book of the Holsteiner Breed, by Dr Dietrich Rossow: “Medium sized stallion with good expression and beautiful neck carriage. The shoulder could be more sloping. Small dip in the back. Short hip. Adequate bone with faults in the hocks and pasterns behind. Very good mover. Good jumper despite some difficulties with use of the back. Produce: Offspring of medium frame with beautiful faces and lots of appeal. Very good movers.” Lacapo stood at Siethwende in 1983, Sollwittfeld 1984-85, Marne 1986, Bredenbekshorst 1987-1990, Wahlstedt 1991, 1992-1998 Salzwedel, 1999-2007 Kollmar-Langenhals. After 2007 he … still covered some mares [for Harm Thormählen]. Harm says: “Sometimes I let him cover a mare, even in his last year that he was alive he covered a mare. He was a very strong and healthy stallion and reached the exceptional age of 33. He had a very honest and strong character. He was also very friendly; he was a real pleasure to have around.” He produced for Germany 146 broodmares and 9 approved stallions …. In The Netherlands Lacapo was to found a dressage dynasty through his son Flemmingh and his grandson Krack C. …. …



There's much more to this article about Lacapo on the Horse Magazine website! Click here.

Meet some of the stallion descendants of Lacapo on WarmbloodStallionsNA.com. Click here:



Wednesday, June 24, 2020

Featuring Quidam Blue, International Grand Prix Jumper, Approved Hanoverian Stallion

Featuring Quidam Blue! 
Quidam's Rubin/Come On/Pilot
Photo Credit: Cansport

“Quidam Blue is a gem to have in the stable - a beautiful athlete that loves his work and his people.”

He is also an international Grand Prix jumper, licensed and approved by the German Hanoverian Verband.

Fresh and frozen semen available.

Quidam Blue started his show career winning the Five-Year-Old Western Canadian Young Horse Championship. As a young head-turner he collected ribbons at venues like Spruce Meadows under his amateur rider Beke Brinkmann, and played his way into the 1.30 m division. In 2014 he quickly entered the 1.50m level with Olympic Silver medalist Jill Henselwood. Together their highlights include Top 3 finishes as part of the Canadian Team at the Furusiyya FEI Nations Cup in Bratislava, in the Wild Card Smart Pack Grand Prix at Saugerties New York, winning the SynOil Energy Services CSI** Cup at the Royal West in Calgary; he added numerous placings in the 1.60 m level in the following years.

The oldest offspring of Quidam Blue have
won in eventing and hunters/jumpers.
Photo Credit: Ali Holmes -Smith
Quidam Blue became available for breeding after serious injury shortened his jumping career. During his own training he has always impressed his dressage and jumper coaches alike; he has become known to pass on his natural ability for collection, his clean gaits and a superb canter – with his offspring suiting both amateurs and professionals. So far his eldest offspring have won in the hunter/jumper and 3-day eventing and are in demand throughout North America.

All in 2019, Quidam Blue was the sire of the Champion Hanoverian Jumper foal (Canada), the high scoring filly of the Belgian Warmblood  Association (North America) and the third place jumper foal of all KWPN inspections in North America – no coincidence, as Quidam Blue's pedigree is filled with famous French, Holsteiner and Westfalen jumping bloodlines, including the names of Quidam de Revel, Landgraf I, Come On, Cantus, Pilot and Weinberg.

For more details, photos and videos of Quidam Blue, and photos of some of his offspring, please click here.

To contact Equitop Farm about breeding your mare to Quidam Blue, click here.

Friday, June 19, 2020

Foundation Friday: Florestan

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!


1986–2012
170 cm
Bay

It was lucky for the future of Westfalien breeding that Florestan’s breeders, Grit and Eberhard Schulte-Böcker, are traditionalists - the sort of breeders who prefer the honour of having a stallion in the State Stud, rather than a pile of Yankee dollars. They were offered big money for the young stallion, but preferred to see him go to Warendorf. Florestan’s sire Fidelio was for many years a popular sire in the Rhineland, where he spread the rich genetic heritage of his Selle Français sire, Furioso II. …. Florestan’s dam, Raute was a successful show mare, and at the age of three was champion mare of her age group. …. Florestan I was champion of the 1988 Rhineland approval and won his performance test in Warendorf the following year. Initially Florestan was despatched to Bad Sassendorf, where he covered his mares live, and therefore didn’t produce many foals in his first few seasons. Florestan had critics who suggested that he was “just a pretty face,” but his first crops of foals won them over – and in 1996, he was transferred to the Central Insemination Station at Warendorf, where he was based for the rest of his life.
Florestan I has sired almost a thousand registered broodmares, 190 of whom have been awarded a States Premium.
He is also the sire of over 80 approved sons, including Fidermark, a four-year-old champion at the Bundeschampionate and a Grand Prix performer, now sadly deceased. The mare Ferrara won the five-year-old class at the Bundeschampionate and went on to compete at Prix St Georges level with Isabell Werth. At the 2002 Bundeschampionate, Florestan had five representatives including the 4-year-old stallion winner French Kiss.
Here is what the head of the State Stud at Warendorf, Susanne Schmitt-Rimkus, has to say about Florestan, the stallion she affectionately calls “our milk cow,” in an interview I conducted in 2002: “What makes a sire special is that he makes more good foals than bad ones – and that he improves on the mare, and Florestan has a very large percentage of good foals. Of course he has some which are not, but he is a ‘stamp’ stallion, he stamps his foals. Nearly all of them have the type of their sire; you can recognize them. Here comes a foal – ‘oh a Florestan!’ This is something that makes it easier for a sire.” … Florestan is the sire of 21 licensed sons, the best of whom have been Fidermark, Florencio and Fürst Heinrich.



There's much more to this article about Florestan on the Horse Magazine website! Click here.


Meet some of the stallion descendants of Florestan on WarmbloodStallionsNA.com. Click here:




Tuesday, June 9, 2020

Sea Lion: 90% Pregnancy Rate With First Breeding


Sea Lion could be the perfect choice for your mare!

  • An impressive and versatile stallion with successful eventing career plus a "retirement" show record in hunters. 
  • Offspring in five countries.
  • Oldest offspring starting to compete.
  • Available fresh and frozen.
  • Excellent motility.
  • 90% conception rate on first breeding.
  • Live Foal Guarantee.

Sea Lion is a versatile Thoroughbred stallion approved by most major warmblood registries. He competed at the highest levels of eventing, including at the Rolex 4* (now 5*), and retired sound to compete in Hunters and Jumpers. See below for breeding testimonials.

Below we are featuring a handful of Sea Lion's offspring, registered in several different registries. His oldest are six and are beginning to compete, and we'll be featuring more of them in the coming months.

Sea Lioness

Sea Lioness today. Mare by Sea Lion, born 2016. She is out of Princess Kabbalah, an Oldenburg mare by Kairo.
Sea Lioness, by Sea Lion, starting her eventing career at the Future Event Horse competition in 2018, where she qualified for Nationals (but owner was unable to take her). 

Felix Feliseas

Felix Feliseas, 2019 colt by Sea Lion. He may have inherited some of his dad's jumping talent! He is out of a Selle Luxembourgeois mare by Beaulieu's Conquest.
Photo: Lorraine Treacy

TGS Lion's Sunshine

TGS Lion's Sunshine, 2019 filly by Sea Lion. She will be registered in the Sport Horse Ireland Studbook when she’s three. Owner says, “She’s a keeper!”

Sea Wolf

Sea Wolf is a Hanoverian colt born in 2017, bred by Meredith C Michelfelder (USA). He is out of Fuerst Flight R, by Fuerst Gotthard.

Stowaway

Stowaway, 2016 filly by Sea Lion. She is 7/8 Thoroughbred and 1/8 Island Pony. She is out of Folie A Nevis, by Sea of Secrets.

Stowaway at 2 years old.


Fertility

Sea Lion has excellent quality semen, and has been very successful at getting mares pregnant. Here is the report from the Alamo Pintado Equine clinic, one of the clinics where he is collected:

"We handle all the collections, processing, freezing, and shipping for Pam Fisher's stallion Sea Lion. The semen at collection looks amazing. I would say easily 90/85%. I can say with assurance that I have never received any complaints regarding the quality of his semen.  He is an extremely fertile stallion."

and

"Sea Lion’s semen at 24 hrs still looking amazing. At least 70% PM."

The comments from breeders have also been positive. "At [my mare]'s two week check ... she was pregnant so hopefully everything is coming along well! [My vet] said the quality of the semen was excellent. I'm very excited!"




To learn more about Sea Lion, click here.

Wednesday, June 3, 2020

Spots With Talent! Introducing Pax Asgard af Pegasus

Looking for spots with talent?
Phoenix Fantasy MHF, by Pax Asgard af Pegasus


We'd like to introduce you to Pax Asgard af Pegasus, a Knabstrupper stallion 100% genetically guaranteed to produce a Leopard when bred to a solid mare.

Pax is a young, up-and-coming licensed Knabstrupper who fits the warmblood type perfectly. He is nearly 16.3, and well-balanced in his frame, with long legs, and short back and croup. He has a long, sloping shoulder and fantastic movement. He has lots of bone, with well-defined and correct angles. Pax’s movement is light and forward with elasticity and beautiful tracking of his hind legs under him.

Last year, at three, he was started lightly under saddle, and is incredibly cooperative and intelligent. Says his owner Renee Dubyk, “He's young, but he's showing tremendous under-saddle potential and is very eager to please and willing. We look forward to putting him to work both in dressage and jumping, given his physical ability to go in either direction. Pax is a true athlete, performance horse and willing partner, and we are confident he will pass those traits on to his future offspring!”

Pax’s pedigree reads like a who’s who of influential KNN lines. His sire, Pegasus Vom Niehaus-Hof, was bred by Dr. Ute Braun-Munzinger of Germany. Pegasus received his breeding license with the ZfDP in March 2004 and was awarded the Verband’s Premium Hengst title.

Pax was licensed by the Danish inspectors Knabstrupperforeningen for Danmark (KNN) during the 2019 inspection season, and earned 1st Premium at his inspection.

The approved outcross list for KNN registration is extensive – most warmblood breeds, Thoroughbred, and Arabian mares are recognized for registered outcrossing.

“We are proud to offer him to a select number of mares for his first year at stud.” He is available fresh and frozen. First-year, introductory stud fees: $600 fresh, frozen from $300 to $800.

For full details about Pax - genetics, bloodlines, stud fees and more - click here.

To contact the owner of Pax Asgard af Pegasus, click here.

Thursday, May 28, 2020

eurodressage: Maifleur, Dam of Valegro, Passes Away

Valegro, out of Maifleur.

Maifleur, the 26-year-old dam of Olympic champion Valegro has passed away, as reported by eurodressage.com. The mare was owned by her breeders, Joop and Maartje Hanse of The Netherlands. They started breeding in 1978, and Maifleur was the great-granddaughter of their first mare. Valegro was the second of her six foals.

For more, please visit eurodressage.com

Photo: Florence.Skowron / CC BY-SA (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0)

Monday, May 25, 2020

Horses Recognize Human Faces



Does your horse recognize your face? It's hard to know for sure. You know your horse recognizes you, but it could be your smell, your body language, or other factors.

Scientists have put it to the test and shown that yes, horses do recognize familiar faces. Not only that, they remember faces they knew, but haven't seen in six months. Not only that, the horses used a computer to prove it! That means they could recognize a two-dimensional image of a person - quite impressive abstract thinking - and they do it better than dogs!

Read the fascinating article: click here.

Photo: Marc-Lautenbacher / CC BY-SA (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0)