Friday, December 13, 2019

The Horse: 8 Steps for Breeding Your Mare

The Horse magazine has an article in their December issue about setting your mare up for breeding success in the spring. There are eight steps, and two of them are available for free by clicking here. The others are part of the December issue, which you have to subscribe to if you want to read the rest.

Editorial comment: It's an excellent idea to support print magazines, or they'll die away!

New Issue of World Breeding News

As always, the magazine World Breeding News for Sport Horses publishes some interesting perspectives from different parts of the globe. It's a North American publication, but attracts writers from all over.

The most recent issue is now available - click here.

This issue includes some interesting projections by editor Xavier Libbrecht, who looks at some of the potential consequences of climate change on the horse industry.

Also featured are the articles by Christopher Hector evaluating the newly released Sire Rankings from the WBFSH (the rankings are also included later in the magazine), a look at the talented 10-year-old Selle Fran├žais jumpers, new divisions in how the KWPN handles stallion and mare inspections, Lusitanos in the Olympics, Holsteiner stallion licensing, and more news of interest to breeders.

World Breeding News for Sport Horses, November 2019

Tuesday, December 10, 2019

"A Feast for the Breeding Fans" from The Horse Magazine

Christopher Hector has posted a new set of articles on his website, The Horse Magazine, that will interest breeders. It starts with "WBFSH Jumping Sires 2019," an analysis of the bloodlines represented in the newest Sire Rankings for jumpers. Gemma Alexander co-authors, and provides some statistical analysis.

"Strike rate" is one of the analyses discussed in each of these articles. The WBFSH has its own formula for ranking stallions by their offspring's success, but its focus is on how successful the offspring are. So one spectacularly successful offspring can move a stallion dramatically upwards in the rankings - even if the rest of the stallion's offspring don't do much. Strike rate tells you what percentage of offspring hit a certain mark. This could be a more useful tool for breeders, telling you how often the stallion has passed on the talents you are breeding for.

This way of analyzing success shakes things up a bit. This is especially well-illustrated by the evening sires, where the stallion Limmerick has had 5 offspring competing at the 5* level, out of only 67 total offspring. This gives him a very high strike rate of 7.5% for producing 5* eventers. The top eventing sire is Contendro, who has 2038 competing offspring, but "his success rides largely on German eventing  ace ... fischerChipmunk FRH...." The percentage of his offspring who get to high levels is quite a bit lower than many of the stallions ranked below him by the WBFSH.

Showjumping Sires

Chacco-Blue - number 1 again!
"You don’t go to the Jumping Sires Rankings in search of new faces. Unlike the dressage breeders, the showjumping breeders tend to use stallions that have thoroughly proven themselves in the sport, which doesn’t make for a lot of movement on the standings. ..." Click here to read more.

The article includes an analysis of Thoroughbred blood present, and - scroll down - a look at some of the top broodmares, and also a chart of the stallions' "strike rate" of producing 1m60 and 1m40 competitors.

Dressage Sires

Jazz - back at number 1
The second article tackles the analysis of dressage stallions.

"There is a comforting ‘old pals’ feel to this year’s WBFSH dressage sires rankings. The incomparable Jazz last headed the sires’ standings in 2011, now he’s back at number one, thanks to a veteran and a newcomer. The veteran is Judy Reynolds’ wonderful Vancouver K (Ferro) while the new face is Jazz’s highest points earner this year, and number 11 in the world, Blue Hors Don Olymbrio, also out of a mare by Ferro. ..." Click here to read more.

Besides looking at the stallions' bloodlines and the offspring that put them in the rankings, Chris and Gemma look at strike rate for total number of offspring, and also percentage of "blood."

Eventing Sires

fischerChipmunk FRH, son of #1 eventing sire Contendro.
(photo: Libby Law)
Eventing sires are also analyzed.

"The top ten list of eventing sires is no longer the almost random motley collection it once was. More and more breeders are looking to the eventing market and in the process finding sires likely to succeed, although as we will see, success as an eventing sire... " Click here to read more.

This article follows the format of the others, with bloodline analysis, then statistical, with strike rate and thoroughbred percentage. And you can't miss the adorable photo of Ramzes, with his breeder, Baron von Nagel, at the top of the page. #1 eventing sire Contendro, sire of fischerChipmunk FRH, is "strongly inbred to the Anglo-Arab foundation sire Ramzes through Ramiro with two crosses on his dam line, and then Ramiro again as Contender’s dam sire."

One of the things Christopher Hector is good at is looking at a question from a different point of view. In these articles he does just that - giving breeders more tools to make better decisions.

Tuesday, November 26, 2019

Black Stallion Friday! From Warmblood Stallions of North American

Black Stallion Friday IS ON!

Warmblood Stallions of North America has introduced a new event for breeders: Black STALLION Friday. Based on the Black Friday sales event,  Black STALLION Friday was organized to help stallion owners advertising on the site who want to offer special stud fee incentives to breeders on Black Friday weekend. About thirty stallions are participating, with some great deals offered!

Prices are good November 29 through December 2.

"This is a great opportunity to get a great price on stud fees for some of the top stallions in North America," says owner Anna Goebel.

"We have set up a Black STALLION Friday Gallery, which will only be available through December 2, where all participating stallions will be listed. Click through to any stallion's Profile page from there."

Stallion owners are offering Black STALLION Friday specials with discounts from 20% to over 50% off. These prices will ONLY be good from Black Friday (Nov 29) through Cyber Monday (Dec 2)! "Some are available in limited quantities, so be sure you shop early!"

Click to visit our Black STALLION Friday Gallery!

Friday, November 22, 2019

Sign Up for Avalon Equine Holiday Specials 2019!

Avalon Equine has, for the last few years, celebrated our own successes by trying to help mare owners be successful as well. Every year we hold a "Holiday Extravaganza" offering all of the stallions we stand at a fraction of their usual breeding fees. We do limit the number of breedings that are sold, and they are on a first come - first served basis.

But YOU get to see and take advantage of those offers FIRST if you subscribe to our email Newsletter! Subscribe now to get early access to those discounted breedings! 

Click here to sign up!

Happy Holidays, everyone!

Tuesday, November 19, 2019

Young Event Horse Results 2019

A new article on the US Eventing Association website, by Claire Kelley, introduces the horses who did well in the Young Event Horse awards this year.

"Earning a spot on a USEA National Leaderboard is a victory that takes years of hard work, and for some, the hard work started with the USEA Young Event Horse (YEH) program. Increasing in popularity since its creation in 2004, the mission of the program is to identify upper level event horses during their 4- and 5-year-old years. A true testament to the program’s success, this year, over 20 YEH graduate horses have claimed top spots on the upper level leaderboards."

Read the full article, with photos, pedigrees, and descriptions of the winning horses. Click here.

Monday, November 18, 2019

Jaguar van Paemel Earns Multiple Breeding Approvals

Jaguar van Paemel.

Jaguar van Paemel, a 2009 Belgian Warmblood stallion imported to the US in 2019, was recently Approved for breeding by multiple US and European registries, following his November presentation at the multi-registry licensing at Pollyrich Farm in California. Jaguar was Approved by Zangersheide as a young stallion, and went on to an international show jumping career. Based on his competition record and his presentation results, he is now also Approved for the American Hanoverian Society and Hanoverian Verband, American Rhineland Studbook, Belgian Warmblood Association and BWP/NAD, Westfalen Verband and North American Westfalen Studbook.

Jaguar was bred by Luc van Eeckhoudt and Karin Verdeyen of Stoeterij van Paemel in Belgium, who owned him until this year. He competed up to 1 meter 60 in international competition, mostly under Dirk Demeersman. In 2018 and into 2019 he competed with French rider Aldrick Cheronnet.

Jaguar van Paemel: Scope to spare.
Jaguar is a 17.2-hand stallion by Cicero Z van Paemel out of Sissi by Sandro. He has an impressive jumping style and scope. Hap Hansen, who saw Jaguar in Europe and again this year in the US, says, "Jaguar van Paemel has phenomenal technique. He has a beautiful style, with scope to spare." Jaguar seems to pass on the scope over fences, as well as great temperament and work ethic.

Jaguar has about 75 offspring in Europe and a handful in the US. His first foals turned 6 this year, and are beginning their showing and breeding careers. Nic Nac van Paemel (2013) and several others jumped at the 1m30 level in Europe this summer. Other notable standouts are: Jewel ASK, a 2016 son out of a Diamant de Semilly mare who is licensed for Danish Warmblood breeding; Jukebox van Paemel (2014); and Jetset van Paemel Z (2015).

Jewel ASK, Approved Danish Warmblood son of Jaguar.
Jukebox van Paemel at 3.

Jetset van Paemel, by Jaguar.

Jaguar van Paemel is owned by Geraldine Bidwell of Santa Barbara, California; collections will be handled by Santa Lucia Farm.

For more information, please visit Jaguar's Stallion Profile page, or stop by his website, to see videos and photos of Jaguar and his offspring.

Contact Geri at