Tuesday, April 24, 2018

New Judges and Locations Announced for 2018 USEA Young Event Horse Championships

USEA has posted news about the 2018 Young Event Horse East and West Coast Championships, including dates, locations, and judges.

Tamie Smith and MB MaiStein in the 2017 YEH West Coast 4-Year-Old Championships. USEA/Jessica Duffy Photo.

"The United States Eventing Association (USEA) is pleased to announce the dates, locations, and judges for the 2018 Young Event Horse (YEH) East and West Coast Championships.

"The YEH East Coast Championships will be held Thursday-Friday, October 18-19 at Fair Hill International in Elkton, Md. The YEH West Coast Championships will move to a new location this year at the Fresno County Horse Park in Fresno, Calif. on Sunday, October 21.
"The YEH Championship judges on both coasts this year will be Lucinda Green (GBR), Sally Ike (USA), and Chris Ryan (IRL). Lucinda Green and Sally Ike will judge the dressage and jumping phases and Chris Ryan will judge conformation. ..."

To read the full article, by Kate Lokey, with details about the judges, changes for 2018, qualifications, and more, click here.


In a related article, read about seven horses who are graduates of the Young Event Horse Program and are about to compete in the Land Rover Kentucky Three-Day Event. The YEH Program was designed to identify young event horses with upper-level potential, and it seems to be doing that. Click here.

The Hunter Breeding Handlers Rule

The new rule for Hunter Breeding Handlers is causing a lot of discussion and disagreement on social media. Here is how the new rule is described in the press release issued by the USHJA:
  • Hunter Breeding Handlers - HU 188.4 (Tracking No. 183-17): This rule change states that at Premier and National rated competitions, a handler may not exhibit more than one horse in each of the Hunter Breeding classes listed in HU 189 or HU 190. Further it requires that at these competitions the same handler must present the horse in all phases of the class and horses will be lined up in the order of preference for a final judging opportunity. The rule change states that at Regional I and II rated competitions, a handler may exhibit multiple horses.
Source link: http://www.ushja.org/content/news/pr.aspx?id=4554

Please feel free to comment below. 

Friday, April 20, 2018

Sixteen Thoroughbreds to Compete in North America's Toughest Three-Day Event

Press release from the Retired Racehorse Project
There are 16 Thoroughbreds among the 56 horses currently slated to contest the Land Rover Kentucky Three-Day Event, held April 26-29 at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington.
All but one of the Thoroughbreds were bred to race, and 12 of them had starts at the track. You can read full biographies of all the Thoroughbreds here, but some of the more notable competitors include:
▪ AP Prime, ridden by Leah Lang-Gluscic: 2005 Kentucky-bred gelding (Aptitude—Czarina Kate, The Prime Minister). Earned $20,175 in 31 starts (2-4-5) and was placed via a listing from CANTER Illinois.
▪ Donner (racing name: Smart Gorky), ridden by Lynn Symansky: 2003 New York-bred gelding (Gorky Park—Smart Jane, Smarten). Earned $2,870 in 6 starts (0-0-0). Named Eventing Horse of the Year for 2017 by The Chronicle of the Horse; member of the U.S. team for the 2014 World Equestrian Games.
▪ Kelecyn Cognac (racing name: Heir Pegasus), ridden by Waylon Roberts: 2003 Australian-bred gelding (Fusaichi Pegasus—Dreamland, Sadler’s Wells). Earned $1,991 in 10 starts (0-1-0).
▪ More Inspiration, ridden by Holly Jacks-Smither: 2005 Ontario-bred gelding (Inspired Prospect—Gentle Buck, Buckley Boy). Earned $55,560 in 28 starts (4-2-2).
▪ Steady Eddie (racing name: Big Jet), ridden by Boyd Martin: 2003 New Zealand-bred gelding (Jetball—Tuonela, Chief’s Crown). Earned $19,852 in 36 starts (7-2-3).
▪ Tsunami (racing name: Tsu Tsu Ro), ridden by Sally Cousins: 1999 Pennsylvania-bred mare (Roanoke—Tsu Tsu Slew, Tsunami Slew). Earned $35,170 in 24 starts (3-2-4). Cousins and Tsunami have already completed this event four times, with their highest placing being 14th in 2012.
The event is designated as a "four-star" Concours Complet International (CCI) by the Fédération Equestre Internationale (FEI), the international governing body of horse sports. A four-star ranking is the highest level of difficulty—there are only six of these events held annually in the world, and Land Rover Kentucky is the only one in North America.
Retired Racehorse Project will be at the Land Rover Kentucky Three-Day Event, providing coverage of the Thoroughbreds competing and operating a booth in the trade fair with information about the Thoroughbred Makeover.
We'll also be holding two Thoroughbred Makeover Preview demonstrations, featuring several horses who will be back at the Horse Park in October to compete for the title of America's Most Wanted Thoroughbred. One of the Makeover hopefuls is Cozmic One, the first foal out of Zenyatta, recently retired from racing and starting a new career under the guidance of three-time Thoroughbred Makeover Show Jumping Champion Isabela de Sousa.
You can find RRP's entire schedule of events at the Land Rover Kentucky Three-Day Event here. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter for updates from the competition.

Retired Racehorse Project (RRP) is a 501(c)3 charitable organization working to increase demand for off-track Thoroughbreds and build the bridges to second careers. It publishes Off-Track Thoroughbred Magazine, hosts the Thoroughbred Makeover and National Symposium, maintains the Retired Racehorse Resource Directory, manages the online Bloodline Brag, and presents programs at major horse expos across the country. Visit RRP online at RetiredRacehorseProject.org.

Articles from Kentucky Equine Research

Kentucky Equine Research has a number of articles in their archives that provide helpful information for breeders. They recently recommended these for spring reading. 

Happy Spring!

Foundation Sire: Contender

This is the fifth installment of Warmblood Stallions of North America’s Foundation Friday. Each 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! 

Contender died in January 2014, just short of his 30th birthday, but not before he proved himself to be the most influential son of Calypso II and one of the greatest of the stallions to descend from Cor de la Bryère.

Foundation Sire: Contender 
1984 – 2014 
171 cm Brown 
Breeder: Niko Detlef, Westfehmarn

Here is his description in The Holsteiner Horse by Dr. Thomas Nissen, Gabriele Pochhammer, Donata von Preußen and Joachim Tietz:

“An important stud stallion with fantastic lines. Great expression and charm. All in all, a stud stallion of exceptional class: first class conformation with very well-balanced paces and good rhythm, whereby he could have had a more ground covering walk and a more pronounced flank. Outstanding jumping ability, as could be expected, considering his genes. Very good style and technique.”

Contender won the 1987 Adelheidsdorf stallion performance test with a jumping index of 146.6. He went on to be the 1-b main premium vice-champion in Oldenburg based on his excellent first crop of foals.

Contender was, in his time, one of the most sought-after stallions in Germany. He has produced 127 approved sons and 59 state premium mares, including Rionda who won the Elite Mare Show at Rastede in 1993. As of 2006, in Holstein, Oldenburg, Hannover and Rhineland, Contender had produced 782 registered mares, 498 successful offspring in the sport.

During his first three years at stud in Oldenburg he produced an impressive number of foals that went on to international careers. Contender then returned to Holstein and was stationed at Hans-Jürgen Köhncke’s stud at Badenhof. It was Mr. Köhncke who bred the three-time Hamburg Derby winner, Collin. Still, it took a while for the breeders to appreciate Contender. His first foals in Holstein weren’t as spectacular as the ones in Oldenburg, and it gradually became apparent that Contender worked best with mares with a high proportion of Thoroughbred blood. The success of his offspring made him so sought-after that in 2000 the Holsteiner Board decided to limit the use of Contender to registered Holsteiner mares.

Contender dominated German breeding values for many years and produced a number of top stallions, including Contendro (premium stallion in the approval of 1999, and winner of the performance test at Adelheidsdorf the following year).

Contender’s influence spreads throughout Germany with his two sons Cordobes I and II, acquired by the Westfalien stud at Warendorf. Cordobes I was the winner of his performance test in 1998 – scoring almost exactly the same jumping score as his celebrated sire: 146.29!

His son Canabis Z is another successful sire who now stands at the Nijhof stud in Holland after commencing his sport and breeding career at Zangersheide. He competed at an international level with Manuel Fernandez Saro from 2003 to 2009 with moderate success. Their best win was a Grand Prix at Vejer de la Frontera but it was a pretty ordinary line-up of jumpers. His breeding career has been limited but he has produced an impressive group of progeny: Cabreado Z and Daniel Deusser (their best a win in a 1.55 class at Lyon*****), Zoltan and Gerfried Puck (3rd  in a 1.45 class at Reifnitz), Caesar and Andre Thieme (their best in 2012 was a 3 rd  in a 1.45 class at Neustadt- Dosse, although they did win a Grand Prix at Thermal** back in 2010). The most promising of Canabis’ offspring is Cadjanine Z, ridden by Gregory Wathelet at the London Games, and who started the 2014 season in great style, carrying Rodrigo Pessoa to a 1.45 and a Grand Prix win at Wellington.

On the 2014 WBFSH standings, Contender is in 20th place, largely due to the efforts of Ludger Beerbaum and Chiara. As one of the "big three" stallions in Holstein, Contender was limited to a book of 350 mares a year – and each year over 700 applications were received!

To read the entire article, with pedigree and more offspring details, on the Horse Magazine website, click here

There are several stallion descendants of Contender in North America. Click on the following links to read about each of these on WarmbloodStallionsNA.com:

Thursday, April 19, 2018

Hyperion Stud April Newsletter

Hyperion Stud has a lot planned for 2018! 

"We have a lot going on in the first part of this year from foals being born to our sport horses getting prepared for the long season ahead. We continue to have an exceptional group of sales horses available both in the USA and Europe. Our stallions are getting ready for the breeding season and we’re already breeding back mares who have had their foals. The young horses are about to come out of the fields and start their sport careers and we have welcomed several new staff members to the Team. "

Breeders might want to make a note for 2019, when Hyperion's stallion, Can't Touch This HS, will be offered to breeders. "Can’t Touch This HS (v.Casall/Canturo/Lord stamm 776), was approved by the OL Studbook in Germany not long after his approval in Mecklenberg. Next stop is the Swedish Studbook approvals in Sweden early next year. We look forward to offering him to breeders starting in 2019."

To read Hyperion's April newsletter, click here.

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

Chin Quidam VDL

Cicera's Icewater

Dakota VDL


HH Himself

HH Radco

HH Rebozo


Last Man Standing



Plutot de Beaufour



Victor E

Friday, April 13, 2018

A Study of Sport-Horse Breeding, from Dressage Today

Article Review

Dressage Today magazine recently started a series on sport horse breeding. The first article, by Karen M. Brittle, was published online on March 7, 2018. As they describe the series, "Dressage Today will highlight 11 of the world’s top dressage horses from the FEI world-ranking list, taking a close look at their pedigrees and associated breed registries." The first thing to be aware of is that the series is not really about sport horse breeding, but more specifically about breeding warmbloods, and the focus is almost entirely dressage horses.

This first article primarily sets the definitions for the rest of the series, and brings non-breeders up to speed with breeding history and terminology, so it's not of as much interest to experienced breeders - but I did learn a couple of things.

The article includes a section on warmblood history, which is interesting in part because it's from a British perspective. They interviewed Celia and John Clarke of the UK. There's also information on how registries operate, and a bit about branding (hot-branding is still done in the US, but is now illegal in Germany and Holland).

The eleven horses the series will be following are: Desperados, Showtime FRH, Don Johnson FRH, Lorenzo, Atterupgaards Cassidy, Mister X, Verdades, Nip Tuch, Cosmo 59, Emilio 107, and Weihegold OLD.

Read the Dressage Today article here.