Friday, February 8, 2019

New Breeding and Foaling Help Website

by Anna Goebel

A free interactive tool to help horse owners learn about reproduction and foaling in horses has been made available online by Equine Guelph. 

The gestation wheel, for example, is quite interesting. It explains the development of the foal from conception - including things like what's developing and how the fetal foal is moving. For example, the equine fetus starts head nods as early as day 40. If you enter your mare's breeding date, the "wheel" will tell you what's going on with your mare and foal month by month. For example, if your mare was bred last May 15, your foal would now be the size of a Dalmation. It would have started growing hair last month on poll, ears, chin, muzzle, and throat, and now be developing fine hair all over the body.

The project also includes checklists, videos, and other resources.

Equine Guelph was founded in 2003 at the University of Guelph in Ontario, Canada. It is "the Centre at the University of Guelph (not-for-profit) serving the horse and its industry through education, research, healthcare promotion and industry development."

Click here to read about the new online service.

Click here to go directly to the new Mare & Foal Care Tool.

Foundation Sire: Ramiro

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!




1965
175 cm
Bay
Breeder: Clemens Frhr v. Nagel 

Conceived in Holstein, born in Westfalia, licensed at Neumünster, and himself an international performer under Fritz Ligges, Ramiro influenced nearly all European Performance Studbooks.
When Ramiro was presented for selection, he was described as the ideal type of the modern Holsteiner – strongly imprinted by his dam, tall and elegant, showing the topline of his grandfather, Cottage Son xx, with a powerful frame, a glorious face and large, clear eyes. His excellently formed neck, beautifully set, could still be seen – even when he was an old horse – and is stamped on his progeny. Ramiro displayed a very good walk, a normal trot, and a great canter.
The Holsteiner Horse, had this to say about Ramiro:
“Even as a yearling, Ramiro radiated high quality and sovereignty. As a two-and-a-half-year-old, he was runner up at the Holsteiner licensing in Elmshorn. He was very big, already standing 1.75 high as a three-year-old, with a clever head on a long, beautifully arched neck. Gentle to handle, just like his grandsire, Ramzes, he was very talented at jumping, which he not only proved by finishing the stallion performance test in Westercelle as the best of his year but also later at international level with Fritz Legges. However, at the time he was already a stud stallion and occasionally tested his rider with a trial of strength.”
Ramiro’s influence on the Dutch Warmblood breeding was, and still is, of utmost importance. The Dutch bestowed the title "Horse of the Year" on Ramiro in 1992.
In the survey of the world’s top 75 jumping sires that appears in the French publication Monneron 2007-2008, Ramiro (who, thanks to frozen semen, was still producing foals 12 years after his demise) is ranked 23rd with 11 CSI winners, while his son, Robin I Z, is 43rd with 7 representatives.

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




Monday, February 4, 2019

Valentine's Day Offer From Avalon Equine

With Valentine's Day just around the corner, Avalon Equine has released a very special offer!

We figured we would help you find that perfect date for your mare!  We have some pretty sweet deals!

Go to Avalon Equine's Facebook page and look for the Valentine's Day Special Post (it's pinned at the top of the page).  Share that post on your wall and receive a $100 credit towards ANY of the stallions we are standing! Yup. ANY of them. Wanna make that an even SWEETER deal? Like the post, comment on the post and tag someone and you'll rack up another $100 credit towards ANY of the stallions!  

​Want to up that romance? We will be giving a credit towards the stallion of your choice (see the amounts below) if you write a singles ad for your mare! Those credits will be limited to the best three love letters for each stallion! So pucker up and make this a really dreamy date for your mare!  

In order to claim your credits, make sure you send Avalon Equine on their Facebook page, your name, email address and phone number. Send your mare's single's ad to office@avalon-equine.com. We will then send you an invoice to purchase your breeding! We will close the contest on February 14th, 2019. The breeding must be paid for by February 21st, 2019 in order to claim your mare's date! Contract is good for three years with a LFG. We look forward to sharing the LOVE! 
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Apiro  
2000 Bay Bavarian Warmblood
The_Bavarian_00
Introduction: I enjoy the finer things in life. Perfection and only perfection will do. Knees to eyes and those big sloping strides. 
Looking for a mare that enjoys nickers, rolls in the hay and ! Nags need not respond!  
About Me: I enjoy long walks on the hunter ring sand. 
Likes: Big beautiful mares. I like big butts and I cannot lie. Especially those built for the show ring. 

Dislikes: I don’t dislike much these days. I live the life of luxury and perfection. 
Best Feature: Have you seen this bling?!  I mean it's like someone used Bedazzler on me!  
​​Pick me, show me YOUR ad and receive $500 credit towards MY breeding fee!

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Baatesh
2007 Bay Thoroughbred Stallion
Need_For_Speed
Introduction:  I like fast.  Fast women.  Fast cars.  Fast races.  Jumping fast.  Running fast.  Fast.  I like FAST.
About me:  I like to run fast.  I like to jump fast.  I like fast.  
Likes:  Errrr...Fast?  Have I mentioned I like fast?  I "do" like jumping too, but it's gotta be fast.  None of that slow motion stuff.
Dislikes:  Slow.  Not a fan of slow.  Slow is for losers.  
Best feature:  My legs.  I've got fast legs.  They make me move really fast and jump really high fast!  

​​Pick me, show me YOUR ad and receive $300 credit towards MY breeding fee!

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Belafonte d'Avalon aka The Batmobile
2008 Black German Riding Pony
Dark_Knight08
​​Introduction:  I'm ready to take you to the Bat Cave!
About me:  I enjoy fighting crime, having a butler aka groom, occasional walks but prefer speed and technical courses.
Likes: Dressing up in cool costumes, sugar, naps
Dislikes: Ditches, things that jump out and go BOO.  Jokers and Clowns!
Best Feature:  Well...ME!  
Interests: Adrenaline rushes, fast gals and being outdoors!

​​Pick me, show me YOUR ad and receive $300 credit towards MY breeding fee!

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Colorado Skrødstrup
1999 Bay Leopard Knabstrupper
Seeing_Spots
Age:  
I am like a fine wine - I just get better as I age!
About me:​ ​ I may have spots, but I'm no teenager! With me, you'll experience a whole new level of excitement. I'm an extrovert who loves showing off and giving everyone a good laugh (and a good time! ). When I'm done with you, you'll be seeing spots in front of your eyes - but really they're hearts and stars!! Try me!!
​​Pick me, show me YOUR ad and receive $400 credit towards MY breeding fee!

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Dracula d'Avalon
2009 Black Oldenburg Stallion
Prince_of_Darkness09
Age: Is just a number
Location: Wynnewood via Transylvania 
Seeking:  Virgins and haemophiliacs 
A few words about me…
I'm an old soul with a taste for the finer things in life

What my ideal partner would be like:  O negative
My idea of the perfect date:
Call me old fashioned, but I like to take a girl out for dinner - Literally!
Best feature
My teeth
Biggest turn off 
Garlic breath, wooden stakes,  monogamy
Interests 
World domination, animal husbandry, the color red.

​​Write me YOUR ad and receive $400 credit towards my breeding fee! (Dracula is available with frozen semen only - LFG)

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Goldmaker
1999 Cremello Thoroughbred Stallion
Goldilocks_1999
Age:  Precious metals are timeless!
About me:  Goldilocks had a bad time with the bears, but how could you possibly resist not getting bare with my gorgeous set of golden locks? With a flick of my blond head, your heart will be pumping and you will realize that spring is in the air! Seeking adoring partners who will give me their undivided attention. Age, height or stature is not an issue - I will make you all feel sexy! Don't wait any longer! I can't promise how long I can share this divine body - you might be "Ms. Right" for me, and then our whole life will change!
Likes:  Sunshine, Stars, Shiny things!
Dislikes:  Dullness, Cold and anything boring!
​​Pick me, show me YOUR ad and receive $500 credit towards MY breeding fee!

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Hertog Jan v.d. Paddensteeg
​2002 Black Friesian Stallion
Chivalrous_Knight02
Age:  
​Your wish is my command!  I will be what you choose
Seeking:  Sir Lancelot searching for his Lady Guinevere!  I can show you that chivalry is NOT dead! Longing for a lady to light up my knight.
Likes: Baroque music and fine vegetarian cuisine. Jousting.
Dislikes:  Mordred, treachery and cowardice.  

​​Pick me, show me YOUR ad and receive $150 credit towards MY breeding fee!

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Mannhattan
1991 Grey Oldenburg Stallion
50shadesofhay
Age:  Maturing like a fine Merlot..Strong bold with a hint of leather
Career:  I am retired from the big arena, looking for a gal that would like to give 50 shades of hay a try
Likes:  Strong and athletic gals that can go the distance.  Accuracy counts!
Dislikes:  Balky, resistant, resentful and/or crazy.  
​​Pick me, show me YOUR ad and receive $500 credit towards MY breeding fee!

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Toronto
2000 Bay KWPN Stallion
Dutch_Naaktgeboren
Age:  Old enough to know better, young enough to still DO IT!
Career:  I am a professional gigolo!  I am trained in the fine art of love!  With that said, I made my living jumping fences!
Likes:  Pulled Manes, Beauty wherever I can find it, often on the other side of a fence!
Dislikes:  Pulled rails, Unkempt manes, dirty bridles!

​​Pick me, show me YOUR ad and receive $500 credit towards MY breeding fee!

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Validation 
2007 Grey RPSI Stallion
Allergic_to_Sticks
Age:  11 
About me:  
Young, athletic male seeking similar type ladies.  I'm quick to jump on new opportunities.  I LOVE to show off my great moves.  I am an easy going fellow with a winning disposition.
Seeking:  I love nothing more than beautiful mares with smooth moves that like to show me their heels.  I'm all about the chase, especially if it involves athletic moves!  Pick me, show me YOUR ad and receive $500 credit towards MY breeding fee! (Validation is available with frozen semen only.  This is a LFG contract)

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Vindication S
2012 Grey Oldenburg Stallion
Grey_Ghost
​Age:
 I am a young, goal oriented gentleman!
About me:  
Roses are red
Alfalfa is green
I'm the best jumper stallion
You've ever seen!
​Confident? Yes - But, I have earned that right!  Watch me with my current "dancing partner," Anne Kursinski to see just how light on my feet I am!
Pick me, show me YOUR ad and receive $500 credit towards MY breeding fee! (Vindication is available with frozen semen only.  This is a LFG contract)





Click here to visit Avalon Equine's website.

Go to Avalon Equine's Facebook page.

Visit all these Avalon Equine stallions on WarmbloodStallionsNA.com:

Apiro

Baatesh

Belafonte d'Avalon

Colorado Skrødstrup

Dracula d'Avalon

Goldmaker

Hertog Jan v.d. Paddensteeg

Mannhattan

Toronto

Validation

Wednesday, January 30, 2019

Dakota VDL Offered For Sale by Hyperion Stud, LLC

For sale: Dakota VDL
Unique opportunity to purchase the highly successful sport horse and breeding stallion Dakota VDL. Born in 2008 and sired by the illustrious Casall, out of a Contender/Landgraf mare and from top Holsteiner stamm 104a.

Dakota has been competing in Europe under Olympic rider Taizo Sugitani since 2015. He has a highly accomplished performance record with top placings up to 1.45m jumpers in the United States and internationally. He is equally suitable for an amateur or professional and is ready to win in the jumper ring with his new rider.

He was recently imported to be made available to the North American market and is currently competing in Wellington, Florida. He will remain there throughout the winter season to be made available to interested buyers.

Photo: sportfot
Dakota is fully approved for breeding with the Holsteiner Verband, KWPN, BWP and OL.


Please contact Hyperion Stud at hyperionstudllc@gmail.com for additional details or to schedule an appointment.

Click here to view Dakota's Stallion Profile on WarmbloodStallionsNA.com.



Friday, January 25, 2019

Foundation Sire: Darco

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!



1980–2006
166 cm
Black/Brown
Breeder: Martinus Paesen

Once again, Darco’s story, is the story of an exceptional broodmare – in this case, his grand-dam, Atoucha. ...According to her proud owner (quoted in Leen Devocht’s excellent article on Darco in Breeding News, January 1997) her qualities were a legion: “very strong, healthy; not a single day of sickness in her book, an immense capacity for recovering; everlasting carefulness, even as an eventer; not a single refusal; always fighting and daring like a lioness – she could eat fences raw.” Darco’s dam, Ocoucha (by Codex by Cottage Son xx) is the eldest daughter of Atoucha’s third daughter, Latoucha (by Faust).

In 1988, Darco won his first World Cup qualifier, at Olympia; the following year he won another Volvo for his rider, Ludo Phillipaerts, this time at s’Hertogenbosch. Darco and Ludo were sixth at the WEG in Stockholm and 7th at the Barcelona Games.

Ludo has this to say about the stallion:

“Together with Darco, I began my international career. He is a horse to remain grateful to for the rest of my life. Darco really has everything it takes to make a unique super crack, as a showjumper as well as a sire. Horses of this outstanding quality will remain the great exceptions in the breeding industry. I will never forget the fine intelligence he so often proved in the showjumping arena, where he always showed lots of power and stamina coming from his high-bred ancestors.”

“I got Darco when he was five years old – he was a breeding stallion. All my success was with Darco, and then he was breeding at my place, and I had many of his foals. All his progeny seem to be very good, and there are lots of people in the area who use Darco, and they also give me horses by Darco to ride. My father was a horse breeder and had horses when he was younger.”

“I think Darco is one of the best stallions in the world. If you look at what his offspring are doing, he is very special – a top jumper and a top breeder. He has been unbelievable for the Belgian breeding. He is a really careful horse himself, and his progeny are very honest horses, with a very good character and mentality.”

Darco commenced his career as a breeding stallion in 1984, and since then has been enormously successful. In the WBFSH standings for 1999-2000, Darco finished 8th, with 35 progeny contributing to his ranking. His most famous offspring is Otterongo who just missed out on an individual medal at the Sydney Olympic Games.

In all, Darco sired more than 3000 foals.

In the survey of the world’s top 75 jumping sires that appears in the French publication Monneron 2007-2008, Darco stars, coming in third best sire in the world, with 35 CSI winners.

On the WBFSH Stallion rankings for 2007, Darco ranks number one, with 5722 points based on all the horses in the FEI/WBFSH Horse Rankings. He has 45 representatives, with eight international showjumpers with 200 + points: Sapphire (Hedjaz), Narcotique de Muze II (Chin Chin), Ublesco (Flamingo), Tauber vh Kapelhof (Pinkus), Sea Coast Wonderful (Cash), Urioso (Had to be You), Thesaura (Lys de Damen) and Rahmannshof’s High Valley (Camus).

On the 2013 WBFSH standings, Darco has dropped to 7th place but still has an astonishing 56 progeny gaining competition points internationally. The most successful representative was Winningmood with the Portuguese rider Luciana Diniz.

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





Wednesday, January 23, 2019

New Horse Semen Transport Method

According to PRIME7 News, a new method for transporting stallion semen has reached a milestone of the testing process: a pregnancy was achieved and resulted in a foal being born. According to the news video, the new method involves using a semen extender that allows storage of stallion semen at room temperature for up to seven days. It would be a huge breakthrough in an industry where breeders must have fresh semen cooled, shipped and used within a 48-hour window - or use frozen.

PRIME7 is an Australian news site, and the foal was born at the Tamworth Equestrian Veterinary Centre in New South Wales, Australia.

The technology has sparked a lot of interest, not surprisingly, but will not be available commercially for some time yet, perhaps a year.

To watch the news video, click here.