Monday, March 25, 2019

How Fertile is a Mare's First Ovulation After Anestrus?

How fertile is a mare's first ovulation following anestrus? That was one of the questions addressed during a panel discussion at the 2018 American Association of Equine Practitioners Convention - and the responses differed significantly. If you have early-cycled your mare, what was your experience?

Read the article here, on TheHorse.com.

Friday, March 22, 2019

How Recipient Mares Affect Foals

Does the recipient mare in an embryo transfer situation affect the foal? Yes, but we have surprisingly little information about exactly how. TheHORSE.com has a recent article that examines the studies available. Most of the studies were looking specifically at the size of the recipient mare, but a couple of other study results were mentioned.

To read the article, click here.

Foundation Sire: Caprimond

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!





1985–2014

167 cm
Bay
Breeder: Jürgen Hanke, Hameln 

As of the 2016 Hanoverian Stallion Yearbook, Caprimond produced 375 competitors with winnings of €345,183. 316 dressage competitors, 35 at S level or above. His FN dressage rating is 124 (0.98) as against a jumping index of 51 (0.94). His Hanoverian dressage value is 141 and 79 for jumping, and once again, a massive 175 for type, including 198 for the head. Sadly because the top list only lists stallions that are "activated" for the new season, Caprimond - despite having the value of 175 - was replaced at the head of the 2014 list for riding horse type by Fürst Nymphenburg, who has a breeding value of 158 for type. It would have been nice to have had Caprimond’s unbroken record of leading the type standings from the first stallion book in 1999 until his death in 2014…
In the 2018 Hanoverian Stallion book, he has 381 competitors winning €356,192. His breeding value for type is still a massive 173 (number one on the Hanoverian top list for 2018 is Fürstenball with 167). He has a dressage value of 139 and a jumping value of 78. On the 2018 FN values for dressage sires of young horse competitors, he scores 120, and for sires of open competition horses, 121.
Caprimond was also the perfect schoolmaster for the Wahler children. At age 14, Theresa Wahler achieved her first S-level victory with him and one year later 12-year old Christoph Wahler presented the stallion in a show at the 2006 World Equestrian Games in Aachen. Caprimond also helped the children’s mother, Ingrid Wahler, rehabilitate and get her confidence back in the saddle after her riding accident a few years ago.
Caprimond was named elite stallion in 1995 and Trakehner Stallion of the Year 1998. Licensed offspring include Soulman, Inselmond, Sponeck, Catani K, Canaster I, Classic Touch, Solo Man, Tanzmeister, Contucci CWS, Campari Pur, and Caprigold.
His most famous offspring include the late Hohenstein, the Trakehner Stallion of the Year 2002; French Grand Prix team horse Noble Dream (Marc Boblet); and double European Young Riders Champion horse, then Grand Prix star at the 2017 European Championships, Atterupgaards Cassidy (Cathrine Dufour).
He has produced six dressage horses with winnings of more than €10,000, the most successful of these, Clinten 3, with €26,046. This is obviously a German total and ignores the Danish-bred Cassidy, who has won €165,380 since October 1, 2014.

To read the entire article, with pedigree, details of Caprimond's sons and daughters, on the Horse Magazine website, click here.
There are several stallion descendants of Caprimond in North America. Click on the following links to read about each of the ones on WarmbloodStallionsNA.com:

Wednesday, March 20, 2019

IgG Levels in Foals

"Foals depend on antibodies they acquire from colostrum to fend off pathogenic assaults. In fact, the immune status of foals can be gauged by measuring the amount of IgG in serum, but at what age are IgG levels at their peak?"

This is the beginning of an article by Kentucky Equine Research about the importance of immunoglobulins in foals, especially immunoglobulin G (IgG), and when the levels peak. 

To read the article, click here.

Monday, March 18, 2019

Colostrum for Better Sperm?

According to a recently-released article on the Kentucky Equine Research site, the first milk of donkeys has an interesting effect on sperm. In studies in Spain, jenny "colostrum can be added to semen extenders to improve a multitude of semen characteristics after semen samples have been frozen and then thawed." This has not been studied in horses, but still, this study is showing interesting results, and is bound to lead to more research. 

Click here for an interesting read: A New Use for Colostrum

Thursday, March 14, 2019

Looking at the Future of the Hanoverian

Remi Vigneron (Viscount/Lanthan), first stallion to be licensed in Australia. Photo: Roslyn Neave

The Horse Magazine has posted an article by Christopher Hector that covers several topics that relate to Hanoverian horses and what the future of the Hanoverian looks like. The article reflects an interview with Werner Schade, the head of the German Hanoverian Verband. The Horse Magazine is based in Australia, and the two spoke during an inspection tour in Australia conducted by Werner Schade, US-based Volker Ehlers, and Australia-based Kevin Lewis.

The article starts with a look at Hanoverian breeding in Australia, and it's interesting to see what Australia produces, what bloodlines are being used, and how flattering Dr. Schade is in his evaluations of Australian breeding and how it fits into the international breeding community.

It's worth going deeper into the article, for an insight into the German view on Warmblood Fragile Foal Syndrome. Dr. Schade shares his opinion, and the word "hysterical" is used. Read the article for details.

Dr. Schade also describes his vision for the future of the Hanoverian, which he views as international; as well as a discussion of dressage, jumper and eventer breeding and some of the important bloodlines.

All in all, well worth a read: click here.

Monday, March 11, 2019

Florianus II Receives Crown Predicate from the KWPN-NA

Florianus II, Crown
Photo: Terri Miller

Coatesville, PA--- Iron Spring Farm's Florianus II received the prestigious Crown predicate from the Royal Dutch Warmblood Studbook North America (KWPN-NA). The Crown predicate is awarded to horses based on success in sport. Horses must be within the top 300 (dressage or jumping) in the WBFSH/FEI world rankings. Florinaus II had a long, winning Grand Prix dressage career in both Europe and the United States. In 2007, he achieved a world dressage ranking of 72, out of more than 500 horses.

Before his importation, his notable scores included a 70.450% in the Grand Prix Freestyle at CDI Falsterbo. Once he joined the Iron Spring Farm family, Florianus continued scoring in the 70s in Grand Prix throughout Florida and the East Coast.

Florianus' athletic ability was recognized from an early age. He finished fourth overall in his Stallion Testing in Münster-Handorf, earning a 9.5 on temperament and 9s for character and willingness. From there, he competed in the World Championships for Young Dressage Horses at Verden, before moving on to the small tour classes and Grand Prix.
While his primary job was as a performance horse, he has sired numerous winners in sport, breed shows and keurings. Rhythm & Blues (formerly Florencia B) earned top ribbons in the CDI3* Grand Prix classes in Europe in 2018. Five additional sons and daughters also compete at FEI in Europe. His daughter Kouture was Top Ten in the national KWPN-NA DG Bar Cup for 3-Year-Old Dressage Horses in 2018. Kouture was also successful as a youngster, winning the foal championship at Dressage at Devon in 2015. Another daughter, Floraya ISF, Star, was Reserve Grand Champion, Champion Young Horse and Champion Filly at Dressage at Devon in 2013. She is now a champion jumper.

Around the barn, Florianus is known as a kind, willing stallion. Under saddle, he had an incredible work ethic. His flexibility and scope, along with an outstanding ability to collect, helped him excel in the most difficult movements of passage, piaffe and pirouette.

Florianus represents the best modern sport horse bloodlines. He is sired by the legendary Florestan I, and is out of a States Premium Hanoverian mare by Damenstolz.
           
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About Iron Spring Farm
Top Friesian and KWPN stallions are available to North American breeders as part of Iron Spring Farm's four-decade commitment to the ISF American Advantage. By providing proven bloodlines, along with exceptional service, transparency and impeccable veterinary care, the ISF team helps riders and 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 www.ironspringfarm.com for more information.