Friday, October 18, 2019

Foundation Sire: Gotthard

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!


1949–1978

164 cm
Grey
Breeder: Richard Kords


Gotthard is one of those stallions who barely got approved, but went on to have a profound impact on sport horse breeding. "Gotthard almost didn’t make it as a stallion – he really doesn’t look that appealing as a younger horse…"

Typically, a great stallion leaves stallion sons behind to carry his legacy. Gotthard didn't leave particularly successful breeding stallions - but he did leave successful broodmares and successful competitors. It wasn't until 1970 that his daughter Goldika started to make her mark - "That year, Goldika won a total of 17 ‘S’ classes, including three Nations Cups!" Then breeders started using Gotthard!

His biggest success, however, has been as a sire of broodmares. "Even though Gotthard never really established a stallion line, it is impossible to ignore him; there are just too many influential modern stallions with Gotthard on their dam line to leave him out. ... Through mares like Goldret, he had a crucial rôle in the shaping of the modern performance horse."

Gotthard "was to produce over fifty horses that went on to compete internationally and when, in 1975, a list of top stallions was published, Gotthard was number one in terms of prize money. ..."


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

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


Friday, October 4, 2019

Foundation Sire: Le Tot de Sémilly

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!

1977–2009
167 cm
Chestnut
Breeder: Jules Mesnildrey
Stood at Haras de Couvains


The fantastic success of the French all-stallion showjumping team at the 2002 WEG in Jerez put the focus back very firmly on French blood and none was more representative of the Selle Français heritage than Le Tot de Sémilly.
Like so many stallions, Le Tot de Sémilly is bound up with the fortunes of one horse breeding family, in this case the Levallois family. ...
Germain Levallois purchased the Grand Veneur foal out of Venue de Tot and christened him Le Tot de Sémilly, and gave him to his son Eric to ride. Le Tot was a powerful horse, but they grew together. From their first season together, the whole world wanted to buy the stallion, the Federation, the Americans…


To read the entire article, with pedigree, details of Le Tot de Sémilly's sons and daughters, on the Horse Magazine website, click here.

There are a few of stallion descendants of Le Tot de Sémilly in North America. Click on the following links to read about each of the ones on WarmbloodStallionsNA.com:




Monday, September 30, 2019

Urthago HS Selected to Attending Holsteiner Stallion Approvals in Holstein

Urthago HS free jump
September 30, 2019

Hyperion Stud-bred and -owned Urthago HS (v. Uriko/My Lord Carthago/Casall/Carthago), from stamm 474a, has been selected to attend the Holsteiner stallion approvals in Holstein, Germany this fall.

Every year in August hundreds of two-year-old colts are presented to the Holsteiner Verband stallion selection committee in Elmshorn, Germany. Of those presented the committee then pre-selects the colts who will be eligible to attend the stallion licensing in October. They are selected based upon their quality in type, movement, jumping ability and pedigree. The stallion licensing spans three days as the colts are presented in-hand on hard ground, at liberty and in free jumping. On the final day the approved stallions are announced, and for the owners who have opted to participate, auctioning of the approved and non-approved stallions.

Urthago HS is a 2-year-old colt that was bred and raised at Hyperion Stud’s operation based in Holstein, Germany. He has a most interesting pedigree. His sire line boasts some of the best show jumpers the world has ever seen including Untouchable, Carthago and Casall who are legends of showjumping. In the line of 4 we find perfect sex balanced linebreeding to Carthago through his son Mylord Carthago and the Carthago daughter Ligusta, who herself received a 10 for jumping at her mare performance test.

The Cor de la Bryère mare is none other than Cicera, full sister of the legend Cavalier Royale and Cicero. Cicera is also mother of the approved stallion Cicera's Icewater by Corofino I. Many international sporthorses and approved stallions have come from this motherline. VDL Groep Spiga , Kyra, Verdi and Calato just to name a few.

To find out more about the stallion approval process, schedule and results visit the Holsteiner Verband's website https://www.holsteiner-verband.de/en/. For more information about Hyperion Stud horses and breeding program, please visit hyperionstud.com.

To learn about Hyperion Stud stallions on WarmbloodStallionsNA.com, click the names below:

Chin Quidam VDL


Cicera's Icewater


Dakota VDL


Darthus

HH Copin Van De Broy


HH Himself


HH Radco


HH Rebozo


Imothep


Obourg


Orlando

Plutot de Beaufour

Twisther

Vegas


Victor E


Thursday, September 26, 2019

Dressage at Devon: Day 2: Future Dressage Stars

Gjenganger, Grand Champion
September 26, 2019 (Devon, PA) – The sun shone on Day 2 at Dressage at Devon as the Breed Show continued with future champions everywhere you looked!

Just a few highlights:

Gjenganger, a 3-year old, 16.2, chestnut mare, owned by Alice Tarjan of Loxahatchee, Florida was a true star. She won the 3- year old Materiale Class with a score of 83.10, as well as the Filly Championship, the Young Horse Championship, and the Grand Championship.

Newport Jazz WRF, Colt/Gelding Champion
Newport Jazz WRF (Everdale/Zippidy DO Dah WRF) took home the blues in the Colt/Gelding Championship and the Yearling Colts/Geldings.

Spirit’s Celeste (Primal Thunder/Triplesweet Trinity) has been racking up the ribbons at the Dressage at Devon Breed Show.  The four-month-old Morgan filly has won five classes these past two show days: IBC: Morgan, Pony Fillies of the Current Year, Pony Foal Championship, Pony Young Horse Championship, and Reserve Champion of the National Dressage Pony Cup.

Lindsey Berry, owner of Spirit’s Celeste, says “she is just like her father: kind, quiet, and eager to please.” Primal Thunder, sire of Spirit’s Celeste, has a dream temperament that any trainer/rider looks for in a horse, according to Lindsey.  Like her sire, Spirit’s Celeste was very obedient, patient, and sweet in the ring; winning the hearts of the judges and the Dressage at Devon staff.

Berry is also a part of the Rainbow Morgan Horse Association, an organization that advocates for the Morgan breed performing in any discipline. “If it is a good talented sport horse, it can be anything it wants to be. A talented horse is a talented horse” Berry said. “The Morgan breed had an excellent representation this year.”

Thursday will feature the USDFBC Finals and the start of the Performance Division. Don’t forget to take a break to visit the great shops and the Silent Auction!

About Dressage at Devon (www.dressageatdevon.org)
Dressage at Devon has been a premier North American Equestrian event since its founding in 1975.  It combines world-class dressage competition and the world’s largest open breed show with the international Fall Festival show and special activities for the entire family.  The six-day event attracts hundreds of riders from around the world and thousands of spectators.  Dressage at Devon is a 501(c) (3) PA non-profit organization, benefitting equine education.

Wednesday, September 25, 2019

Opening Day at Dressage at Devon 2019

Warmblood Stallions of North America is proud to be a sponsor of Dressage at Devon!

September 24, 2019 (Devon, PA) - It doesn't get much cuter than watching foals as they first experience the Dixon Oval. But it's especially fun when it's under the shining sun!

Individual Breed Classes
From the adorable Haflingers to the impressive Hanoverians and Oldenburgs, more than 15 breeds showed attendees what careful breeding can do to develop and strengthen a breed. They were all winners but the top three scorers were:

Kandyvrowe (Glocks Toto Jr. x Fergievrouwe), a 2015 Hanoverian mare bred by M.Hendrikden-de-Rijk, and owned by Iron Spring Farm, earned the high score of 81.850.
Gypsy ISF (Tjalbert 460 x Goaitske fan e), a Friesian bred by Iron Spring Farm, scored a 80.60.
Sophistikate, a Hanoverian handled by Francine Gentile, was third high scorer with a score of 79.250.

Hanoverians, Oldenburgs, Dutch Warmbloods are familiar favorites. Others, while well-loved and appreciated by their owners and breeders, are not so well known. Take the Dutch Harness Horse for example. Also known as “Tuigpaard," Dutch Harness Horses are a warmblood breed of fine driving horses that began in the Netherlands after World War II. These work horses primarily worked in farms and fields; however, horse owners became intensely competitive and desired to breed the finest and most elegant horse as horses were a status symbol to farmers when they would visit the town.

As a result, breeders aimed to produce a refined, high-stepping horse that is easily recognizable. With only 40 sires and less than 2,000 broodmares, there are not many of this breed. Characteristics of the Dutch Harness Horse are: high carriage, long moment of suspension in trot, broad foreleg movement with high knee action, and powerful carrying ability.

When Aaron Jay Fisher, six-year breeder of Dutch Harness Horses was asked “why this breed?” he answered, “This breed is one of my favorite to work with because of their easygoing nature and movements. Their happy character makes training and working with them easy.” And they do well in the dressage world because of their unique movement, specifically their strong hind end working to push their front end into an extension, according to Fisher.

Of course, every horse has a story but some are a bit more unusual than others.  Take Aurora, who showed in the Filly of the Current Year class with her adopted mom Cara Mia. Aurora (know as Ora) is the third filly by Luminere, a PMU filly adopted by Mary Ann Luke of Silver Fern Farm. Wednesday’s forecast looks great. Classes will feature three-, four- and five-year-old Materiale, Foal, Filly, Colt, Mare, Stallion, and Mature Horse championships. See if you can pick the Grand Champion! Plus join Jonathan Clark from Select Breeding Services during the dinner break in the picnic area. Stop by the Silent Auction, and sample some of the great food!

The 2019 Dressage at Devon (www.dressageatdevon.org) is happening now through September 29 at the Devon Horse Show Grounds in Devon, PA. For reserved seating, visit dressageatdevon.org/box-office.

About Dressage at Devon
Dressage at Devon (www.dressageatdevon.org) has been a premier North American Equestrian event since its founding in 1975.  It combines world-class dressage competition and the world’s largest open breed show with the international Fall Festival show and special activities for the entire family.  The six-day event attracts hundreds of riders from around the world and thousands of spectators.  Dressage at Devon is a 501(c) (3) PA non-profit organization, benefitting equine education.

Tuesday, September 24, 2019

UC Davis Study Reports That Warmblood Fragile Foal Syndrome is Not Associated with Catastrophic Breakdown in Thoroughbreds

Researchers at the UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine have published the results of a study that investigated the frequency of the Warmblood Fragile Foal Syndrome (WFFS) mutation in Thoroughbreds. The study demonstrated that the WFFS mutation is not a genetic risk factor for catastrophic breakdown and is only present at a very low frequency in this breed.
Warmblood Fragile Foal Syndrome is inherited in an autosomal recessive fashion, meaning that a horse needs to have two copies of the mutation to be affected. WFFS is a fatal genetic defect of connective tissue characterized by hyperextensible, abnormally thin, fragile skin and mucous membranes. More than 700 Thoroughbreds were tested for the WFFS mutation, including 22 catastrophic breakdown fatalities. The allele frequency among all samples was 1.2 percent and the carrier rate (or horses with one copy) was 2.4 percent. None of the horses in the study had two copies of the mutation and only one of the 22 catastrophic breakdown cases carried the WFFS allele.
The UC Davis Veterinary Genetics Laboratory offers the WFFS genetic test and recommends testing for all Warmblood breeds since the carrier rate in Warmbloods is estimated to be around 9-11 percent. Since the allele was found to be present in the Thoroughbred population, albeit at a low frequency, genetic testing could eliminate the possibility of breeding two carriers with the potential of producing an affected offspring.
Bellone, R. , Ocampo, N. , Hughes, S. , Le, V. , Arthur, R. , Finno, C. and Penedo, M. (2019), Warmblood fragile foal syndrome type 1 mutation (PLOD1 c.2032G>A) is not associated with catastrophic breakdown and has a low allele frequency in the Thoroughbred breed. Equine Vet J. Accepted Author Manuscript. doi:10.1111/evj.13182. https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/abs/10.1111/evj.13182?af=R.
Additional information about WFFS genetic testing is available through the UC Davis Veterinary Genetics Laboratory: https://www.vgl.ucdavis.edu/services/horse/WFFS.php.
UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine, Statement regarding the Warmblood Fragile Foal mutation in Thoroughbreds, April 5, 2019: https://www.vetmed.ucdavis.edu/news/statement-regarding-warmblood-fragile-foal-mutation-thoroughbreds
UC Davis Center for Equine Health, Equine Health Topics database, Warmblood Fragile Foal Syndrome: https://ceh.vetmed.ucdavis.edu/health-topics/warmblood-fragile-foal-syndrome-type-1-wffs

Contact: Dr. Rebecca Bellone, Director, UC Davis Veterinary Genetics Laboratory, rbellone@ucdavis.edu, (530) 752-9299


About the UC Davis Center for Equine Health
As part of the UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine, the Center for Equine Health is dedicated to advancing the health, welfare, performance and veterinary care of horses through research, education and public service. We accomplish this by providing academic leadership and by serving as the organizational umbrella under which equine research is funded and conducted at the UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine. We bring together research facilities, students, veterinary residents, researchers, and veterinarians to tackle important problems affecting horse health. For more information about the Center for Equine Health, please visit https://ceh.vetmed.ucdavis.edu/.

Friday, September 20, 2019

Foundation Friday: Ladykiller xx

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!

1961–1979
164 cm
Brown
Breeder: Mrs. A. L. Adda (UK)

When the German Warmblood breeders in the 60s and 70s turned to the Thoroughbred for refinement and athleticism, there were a number of important stallions that played a key role in shaping the modern sport horse: none was more significant than Ladykiller.
While he stood in the far north of Germany, in Holstein, his influence continues to spread…

Ladykiller’s breeding features all the usual suspects found on jumping Thoroughbred pedigrees – Blue Peter, Phalaris, Son in Law – the great descendants of Bay Ronald. ...


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

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