Friday, August 10, 2018

Foundation Sire: Lugano van la Roche

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! 

1963 – 1988 
163 cm 
Breeder: E. Börger

Lugano van la Roche has been one of the pillars of Belgian breeding, bringing the rich legacy of Hannover with him.
His sire, Lugano I, was an extremely successful sire in Hanover, and one of the best sons of the Thoroughbred Der Lowe, but the mare lines are rich in the history of the Hanoverian.

On Lugano van la Roche’s pedigree we find at least five crosses of Alderman from the A line, founded by the Thoroughbred Adeptus, who bred in Hanover from 1884 to 1904.

The line may originate with a Thoroughbred, but we can see how quickly the influence of the local mares comes through in the shape of Alfenflug II who appears twice on the stallion’s pedigree. [Click on the link towards the bottom of this post to read the full article, which includes a photo of Alfenflug II.]

Lugano van la Roche’s pedigree also feature three crosses of another hero from the Hanoverian past, Feiner Kerl from the F line, which goes back to Zemeboq, a Thoroughbred son who came from Pomerania and stood in the mid 1800s. According to Ludwig Christmann’s celebrated, and much studied, paper on the Hanoverian bloodlines:

“The line really began with his great-grandson Flingarth. who stood in the Verden area, 1909-1912, producing about 14 licensed sons. His best son was Fling, (1913-22), and all existing F-line horses go back to Fling. The line was separated into the “F” and ‘W” lines according to the two Fling sons Fiener Kerl and Flavius: as of 1989, all stallions licensed in that year and going back to Feiner KerI belong to the F-line; all going back to Flavius form the W-line.”

“Feiner KerI stood in Altenbrugge, and when he died the breeders put up a memorial to him because in his time (1922-43) he had the biggest influence on the Hanoverian breed, producing 114 licensed sons.”

The other Hanoverian hero to feature is Detektiv, whose D-line goes back to a Thoroughbred stallion Devil’s Own XX, standing from 1894-1906. Detektiv was his most important son, and all D-line stallions today go back to Detektiv, who stood from 1926-1943. The line then split, with the main branch being from the Detectiv son Dolman and a small branch from the son, Dwinger – both of whom contribute to Lugano van la Roche.

Dwinger’s son Diskant sired the famous jumper Deister, one of the most remarkable horses ever produced in Hannover. Ridden by Paul Schockemohle, Deister was the European Jumping Champion three times in a row and won 1.5 million German marks. The line lives on today not through its jumping prowess, but through the Donnerhall dressage dynasty.

Lugano van la Roche was one of the founding stallions of the Belgian Warmblood breed. He sired 10 graded sons, of whom Darco, Lundi de Paques and Luxus competed internationally in show jumping and Gagliano competed in international dressage. He also sired a further 12 international showjumpers including the top horses Traxdata La Ina, Isaura van de Helle and Bollvorm’s Egano. He ended up with a ranking of 5th in the WBFSH list for sires of international showjumpers in 1995.

To read the entire article, with more photos, full pedigree and more, on the Horse Magazine website, click here.

On we list three descendants of Lugano van la Roche in North America. Click on the following links to read about each of them:

Thursday, August 9, 2018

Enter to Win Tickets to Dressage at Devon

Warmblood Stallions of North America is offering you a chance to win a pair of tickets to Dressage at Devon 2018! The show will be held this year from September 25th through the 30th. You must enter by August 26!

A huge attraction for breeders, Dressage at Devon presents the largest open breed show in the world, spanning three days and including a full range of classes. It's a fabulous place to watch the quality of the youngest generation of horses, from fabulous foals to stunning young stallion prospects. The Breed Division of the show is held the first three days, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday.

The Performance Division follows Friday through Sunday, and typically draws some of the finest dressage competitors in North American dressage.

Enter now to win tickets to Dressage at Devon! 

Each winner will receive two tickets - a $120 value - which are for general admission on all six days (all other expenses and arrangements are the responsibility of the winner). Contest closes on August 26, 2018, and winners notified August 27.

Click here to enter!

Nutritional Considerations for Foals at Weaning

This year's early foals may already be weaned, and it's the time most will be soon. An article published on the Kentucky Equine Research website in June addresses some of the nutritional issues involved in weaning. 

It has been acknowledged fairly recently that weaning can be seriously stressful for youngsters, and that this can lead to gastric ulcers. In the weaning process, most also experience a significant change in diet, where "milk becomes completely absent." Feed and nutrition are therefore of key importance to a weanling's health at this critical time. This KER article discusses several management strategies to help minimize the stress of weaning.

Read the full article on the KER website:
Nutritional Considerations for Foals at Weaning

Monday, August 6, 2018

Congratulations to Glamourdale!

Congratulations to Glamourdale and his team! The Dutch Warmblood stallion, represented in the US by Hilltop Farm, Inc., won the 7-Year-Old Final at the World Young Horse Championships yesterday in Ermelo, The Netherlands. He was ridden by Charlotte Fry of Great Britain.

Photo by Van Olst Horses.

View Glamourdale's Stallion Profile on here.

Glamourdale's final score was 87.050%, and he was awarded a "10" for movement. Glamourdale is by Lord Leatherdale out of a Negro mare, and was bred by Joop Rodenburg and owned by Van Olst Horses..

For more on the World Young Horse Championships 2018, click here.

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World Young Horse Championships 2018

The World Young Horse Championships were held August 3–5 in Ermelo, The Netherlands. Classes were held for horses 5, 6, and 7.

Glamourdale, 7-year-old winner. Photo by Van Olst Horses.

7-Year-Old Top Three

Glamourdale was the top finisher in the 7-Year-Old final. He's a KWPN stallion (Lord Leatherdale/Negro) ridden by Charlotte Fry of Great Britain. He was bred by Joop Rodenburg and is owned by Van Olst Horses. His final score was 87.050%.

In second place in the 7-Year-Old final test was Governor-Str, by Totilas/Jazz, bred by J.B.J.M. Streppel and scoring 84.143% ridden by Adelinde Cornelissen for The Netherlands.

In third was Fuersten-Look, by Fuerstenball Old/Londonderry, bred by Johannes Sabel, and ridden for Norway by Isabel Freese, at 84.036%.

Visit Glamourdale's Stallion Profile on here.

Read the full results of the 7-Year-Old finals here.

6-Year-Old Top Three

In first place in the 6-Year-Old final was d'Avie, a Hanoverian stallion (Don Juan de Hus/Londonderry) ridden by Severo Jurado Lopez of Spain, with 9.26. He was bred by Dorothee Heitmüller.

Villaneuve was in second, a Rheinlander stallion (Vitalis/Dancier) ridden by Laura Strobel of Germany. He scored 9.4. Villaneuve was bred by Edeltraud Hähn.

In third place was Hermès (Easy Game/Flemmingh), with Dinja van Liere for The Netherlands. He was bred by Edeltraud Hähn and scored 8.78.

Read the full results of the 6-Year-Old finals here.

5-Year-Old Top Three

Gold in the 5-Year-Old class went to Revolution, a bay Westfalen stallion (Rocky Lee / Rouletto) ridden by Andreas Helgstrand of Denmark to a score of 9.62. 

In second place was Destacado (Desperados/Londonderry), with 9.48, ridden by Matthias Alexander Rath of Germany. 

Third was captured by Candy OLD (Sir Donnerhall/Furst Heinrich), ridden by Eva Möller of Germany, who scored 9.38. She is the only mare in the top three in any of the age groups.


Of the studbooks represented, the greatest number of young horses was from the KWPN, with 31. The Hanoverians had 17 and the Danish Warmbloods had 16. The winner among the 7-year-olds was KWPN, Hanoverian for the 6-year-olds, and Westfalen for the 5-year-olds.

To read the full results of all classes, click this link and then click on the ribbon icon for results.

Read more about the Championships, and Glamourdale's win, on eurodressage.

Tuesday, July 31, 2018

Results from Hanoverian Herwart von der Decken Show

Are you interested in what mare bloodlines are impressing judges in Hannover? Below is a press release from the Hanoverian Verband, 31 July 2018. Published here as released, except for a few of the most confusing translations to English, which have been re-translated by A. Goebel.

This year's splendid group impressed at the Herwart von der Decken-Show in Verden. "Congratulations to the Hanoverian breeders on such top mares", guest judge Johan Knapp from The Netherlands said. The dressage champion mare was Hann.Pr.A. Vanity Fair. Best jumping mare became Hann.Pr.A. FS Darcos Diva. Hann.Pr.A. Belle Nobless was awarded as best halfbred mare.

Winning jumper mare: Hann.Pr.A. FS Darcos Diva.
Photo: Hannoveraner Verband
At the Herwart von der Decken Show, 18 three-year-olds with jumping genes in their pedigrees competed. 49 mares had most valuable dressage blood lines. Hann.Pr.A. FS Darcos Diva v. Darco de Revel/Cassini Boy Junior (breeder and exhibitor: Hengststation Ferienhof Stücker, Weeze) was the best show jumping mare. The expressive bay impressed not only with her boundless ability over the jump, but also on the triangular course. "She could also have competed in the group of dressage mares," Dr. Werner Schade, breeding and business manager of the Hannoveraner Verband said. Reserve Champion Mare was the Cornet Obolensky/Lordanos daughter Hann.Pr.A. Casablanca (breeder and exhibitor: Heinrich Ramsbrock, Menslage), who was hardly inferior to her predecessor. Judge Johan Knaap commented on Hanover's show jumper breeding: "All mares showed great general impressions and quick reflexes. We have seen many different international bloodlines in the pedigrees. This is very important for the future!"

Winning dressage mare: Hann.Pr.A. Vanity Fair.
Photo: Hannoveraner Verband
Among the dressage mares Hann.Pr.A Vanity Fair by Vivaldi/Sandro Hit (breeder: ZG Wencek, Moers, exhibitor: Rhenania Pferde Andrea Klüfers, Alpen) was crowned the winner. Unbeatable in type and impression, she drew enthusiasm with spectacular movements. Celebrated Reserve Champion Mare on the top-class final ring was the Fürstenball/Farewell III daughter Hann.Pr.A. Feingefühl (breeder and exhibitor: Gaby Heye-Hammerlage, Belm). Flawless in conformation and a modern dressage horse from head to foot, she received her sash. "We have seen the top of the top today," Johan Knaap said. "It is impressive that many breeders still own the mares. You can be very happy if these mares go into breeding."

Winning half-bred mare: Hann.Pr.A. Belle Nobless
Photo: Hannoveraner Verband
Three halfbred mares competed at the Herwart von der Decken-Show. "Compliments to Hanover for the use of thoroughbred stallions," Johan Knaap said. "This is an investment in future generations." Hann.Pr.A. Belle Nobless by Bonaparte N AA/Vulkano (breeder and exhibitor: Heide and Helmut Peters, Hammah) was honoured as the best halfbred mare, who had already proven her outstanding quality within the class oft he jumping mares.

The Herwart von der Decken Show was the impressive prelude to "Verden International". The next five days will be dedicated to sport. In addition to the Hanoverian Championships for riding, dressage and show jumping horses, equestrian sport up to advanced level is offered on an international level. Another highlight is the Verden auction of foals and broodmares. On August 3 and 4, buyers can secure tomorrow's top young talents today.

Complete results and further information:

Dressage at Devon Announces Breed Judges for 2018

Devon, PA –
Dianne Boyd, Dressage at Devon Show Manager, announced the judges lineup for 2018 Dressage at Devon. Below are the judges for the Breed Division.

Breed Division Judges 2018

Christel Carlson  (S-WA) “R” DSHB “S” Dressage

Christel Carlson is an “S” dressage, “R” DSHB and FEI 3* paraequestrian judge. She owns Spokane Sport Horse Farm, a 150 acre boarding, breeding and show facility where she has hosted Dressage and DSHB shows for over 21 years (seven a year) and now two yearly USEA events (soon to be thru intermediate). She actively competed for many years on horses she bred and trained, first on jumpers, then eventing and eventually concentrating on dressage while earning her bronze, silver and gold USDF medals. She loves traveling to new venues to see gorgeous horses and talented riders and was thrilled to be invited to officiate here. Still quite active in her anesthesia practice at Sacred Heart Medical Center her weekends are shared between travel and hospital call. Her interest and training in acupuncture will finally be used as she transitions from a full time operating room practice over the next few years. Active on the board of Spokanimal (humane society), she has two dogs and cats that she adopted from them. She is greatly blessed that her daughter Cyra shares her love of horses and competition.

Janet Foy (USA) “R” DSHB & FEI 5*

Janet is an FEI 4* judge, USEF “S” Dressage Judge and a USEF Sporthorse “R” Breed Judge. She has judged at major shows in the US including the FEI North American Young Rider Championships, the FEI North American Junior Championships, The USA World Cup League Finals, Dressage at Devon, USET Festival of Champions and FEI shows across the country. Her international judging has included FEI World Cup League Finals and CDI*** in South America, Europe, Canada and Australia. Janet is a member of the USDF Executive Board and the USEF Board of Directors, a member of the USEF Dressage Committee and the International High Performance Dressage Committee. She is also on the USDF “L” Faculty and instructs judges training programs throughout the US for dressage and sporthorse breeding.

Gwen Ka’awaloa (R-CO) “R” DSHB “R” Dressage “r” Western Dressage

Originally from Hawaii, Gwen settled in Colorado after graduating from Colorado State University with a Bachelor of Science in Animal Sciences. She is currently working on improving and moving up the Judging scale with the US Equestrian Federation. At this time she is a USEF "r" Dressage and Dressage Sport Horse Judge and has earned her US Dressage Federation Gold, Silver and Bronze rider medals. Gwen is instructor, trainer and barn owner of Kaimana Farms and Kaimana Equestrian, LLC, in Elizabeth, Colorado. Gwen enjoys the journey from training through Grand Prix. Safarie, for instance, was purchased as a three-year-old, earned the Region V Colt Championship in 2002, and in 2012 competed at Grand Prix and Grand Prix Freestyle. She is currently training a homebred mare who was the Region V Filly Champion as a Yearling and Two Year Old.

Janine Malone  (R-NC) “R” DSHB “R” Dressage

Janine Malone has had a lifelong involvement with horses. She is a USEF “R” Dressage judge, “R” Dressage Sport Horse Breeding judge, “R” Dressage Technical Delegate and a Level 3 FEI Chief Steward for Dressage.

She was USDF Region 1 Director from 1996-2001, USDF Secretary for eleven years, and the USEF Vice-President for FEI Affiliates for several years. Janine has been an instructor/trainer, has competed through the Prix St. Georges level and is a graduate “A” Pony Clubber. She organized an FEI-recognized event (CDI Raleigh) for seventeen years, and is owner/manager of a breeding farm in North Carolina. She received the first “ABIG/USDF Volunteer of the Year” award in 1998 and a USDF Lifetime Achievement Award in 2014.

For almost 20 years, Janine was also an Eventing judge, TD and organizer, and she served the U.S. Pony Clubs in various volunteer capacities, including Regional Supervisor and National Examiner. Janine is a charter member and past President of the NCDCTA and has managed past AHSA and Ljungquist Championships, as well as USEF Dressage and Dressage Sport Horse Breeding judge’s clinics. On several occasions, she has been a clinician for the USEF Dressage Technical Delegate clinic.

For many years, Janine has been active on several USDF and USEF committees, and is currently a member of the USEF Dressage, Continuing Education, and Competition Management committees. She is also a board member of the Association of International Dressage Event Organizers (AIDEO) and organizing committee chairman for the US Dressage Finals.

Janine owns and operates Rosinburg Events LLC, which organizes several dressage competitions in North Carolina and Virginia.

About Dressage at Devon
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.