Wednesday, April 8, 2020

WT Leapfrog Offered Fresh Cooled for the First Time

WT Leapfrog showcasing his textbook form in the $200,000 Grand Prix at DIHP.
Jamie Sailor photo

With the break in the 2020 competition schedule, WT Leapfrog has returned to Wild Turkey Farm to be offered fresh cooled for the foreseeable future.

Prior to the pause caused by the pandemic, 9-year-old WT Leapfrog’s year was off to a strong start: placing 5th in the $200,000 Grand Prix at the Desert International Horse Park and jumping clear with just a time fault in a subsequent $100,000 Grand Prix.

Treena Hall photo
Mandy Porter has piloted and developed the stallion (LioCalyon x Carthago Z) since his 4-year-old year.

“I did a lot of in-hand work on the ground with him when he first came to me,” said Porter. “It really helped to develop our bond and to pair up together. He was very playful as a young horse, but he had so much power that he had to learn how to harness that over the years.”
WT Leapfrog holding court with his people.
Treena Hall photo
Frog’s good temperament and his desire to please are a couple traits that will be assets to his future foals, according to Porter.

“He truly loves people,” Porter said. “He wants to be friends with everybody.”

In addition to his excellent mind, Frog’s jumping technique, balance, and work ethic are additional characteristics that make Frog a strong stallion choice for all three rings.

To celebrate WT Leapfrog being home, we are offering a limited-time stud fee of $1400 for fresh, cooled!

Treena Hall photo
To learn more about WT Leapfrog, please click here to visit his page.

Click here to email Barb Ellison about breeding to WT Leapfrog.

Other stallions standing at Wild Turkey Farm include:



Clintord I


Crown Affair




(Read LioCalyon's In Memoriam here.)

Tuesday, April 7, 2020

World Breeding News for Sport Horses April Edition Posted

by Anna Goebel

The April 2020 edition of World Breeding News for Sport Horses has just been posted. 

The COVID-19 pandemic is a dominant topic in this issue, and how it has affected the sport horse breeding world so far, and what kinds of effects we can expect in the future. The magazine's editor, Xavier Libbrecht, and Chris Gould, Vice President of the WBFSH, weigh in with reports and opinions.

Chris Gould looks at what we might expect, from large consequences to the smaller ones that most people haven't thought of. Such as: with the shows cancelled, data for stallion rankings will not be available. As he says, it's a "relatively minor inconvenience," but significant for breeders, and it's an example of the hidden changes we'll be faced with.

Breeding show news and show cancellations make up most of the rest of the issue, along with several articles evaluating stallions. "Who Are the Superstar Sires of the Breeding World" is an interesting statistical analysis, and there's an interesting article on Blue Hors Zack, among others.

Of special North American interest: Augustin Walch is featured in this issue, "arguably Canada's most successful warmblood breeder." The article says that W Charlot Farm's stallions have over 300 offspring in the Canadian Warmblood Horse Breeders Society alone, and there are many more registered in the United States. Augustin Walch, turning 80 this year, talks about his philosophy and his eye for horses.



W Charlot Farm stallions: 
Diamo Blue


World Breeding News for Sport Horses

April issue of WBNSH

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Friday, March 27, 2020

Foundation Sire: Double Espoir

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!

165 cm
Breeder: Alexis Pignolet

In the Vendée region of France, Double Espoir was an extremely important sire. Double Espoir is by Ibrahim, whose grandsire is Orange Peel xx; and out of a mare by Quatrième Espoir, also a grandson of Orange Peel xx, making two crosses of this influential Thoroughbred. On the dam line there is more Thoroughbred blood with L’Alcazar xx.

Double Espoir several times won the title “Best French Sire.” He produced the international competitors Lafayette (out of the Thoroughbred Première Main xx) – a team bronze medal winner at the Seoul Games with Michel Robert - and Lisou Blinois (also out of a Thoroughbred, Flute Enchantee xx), who competed at the 1990 WEG with Italy’s Massimilano Baroni.

Double Espoir has a reputation as sire-maker. He sired Valespoir Malabry, best French stallion in the 1996 “Masters” of Caen (and the sire of two stallion sons); Bey de Sèvres, the champion four-year old in 1993; Bayard d’Elle, who is the sire of eight stallion sons, and Avec Espoir who placed in several French Grand Prix and CSI events. His two best known sons are Apache d’Adriers and Flipper d’Elle. All told, Double Espoir was the sire of just on 50 stallion sons.

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

There is one stallion descendant of Double Espoir on Click here:

Wednesday, March 25, 2020

Offspring Success for Jaguar van Paemel

Otis Blue, by Jaguar van Paemel, winning in the US in 2020.
The proof of any breeding stallion is in his offspring, and Jaguar van Paemel's son Otis Blue is doing his father proud this year.

Jaguar van Paemel is a 2009 Belgian Warmblood stallion, bred by Stoeterij Van Paemel in Belgium. His sire is Cicero van Paemel, extremely successful in competition and outstanding as a sire; and his dam (by Sandro) was also successful in competition. Jaguar was approved by Zangersheide (in 2012) where the jury considered him “one of the best stallions.”

According to Hap Hansen, who saw Jaguar van Paemel take second at the 6-year-old Belgian Championships, 2015:
“Jaguar has phenomenal technique and a beautiful style with scope to spare. He has a big stride, and moves across the ground with a dignified grace.” ~ Hap Hansen
Jaguar went on to compete internationally in showjumping in Europe. Most of his competition career was under Dirk Demeersman, who competed him in over 100 FEI classes up to 1m50. Jaguar then went to Aldrick Cheronnet of France, who competed him up to 1.60 (Six-Bar competition) before he was sold and exported to America in 2019.

Jaguar has about 75 offspring, the oldest born in 2013. In this post, we'll take a look at:

Otis Blue

Otis Blue is a 2014 stallion by Jaguar van Paemel competing this year in the United States. Bred by Andras Callebaut, Otis Blue is a Belgian Warmblood out of a Numero Uno mare. He is owned by JR Invest International.

Otis Blue has been competing in Florida, and in 2020 he was the Spy Coast Farm 6-Year-Old Developing Jumper Circuit Champion for the 2020 Winter Equestrian Festival. His rider is Kristian Skovrider.

Jaguar van Paemel
Jaguar van Paemel is now based in California and is available for the 2020 breeding season. To learn more about Jaguar, please click here.

Friday, March 20, 2020

Dressage at Devon to Include Sale Horses

Dressage at Devon already holds the largest open breed show in the world, drawing some of the finest warmblood and sport horse prospects from the US and Canada. Today, most of the competitors in the Breed Show are bred in North America, making it a wonderful showcase of homebred potential. 

Starting in 2020, DaD will facilitate finding buyers for some of that potential by holding a Presentation of Sale Horses. Read the release below to see if you might be interested in bringing youngsters to Devon this fall. 

March 16, 2020  (Devon, PA) – Dressage at Devon is pleased to announce its first Presentation of Sale Horses, to be held Wednesday evening, September 23, 2020 in the Dixon Oval.

This is a truly unique opportunity for sellers to present their sale horses to a highly targeted audience and for buyers to see multiple, well-bred horses in one location.

There will be an entry fee of $50.00 per horse which will include an ad on-line and in the printed color sales catalog.

Watch for more details or contact Melanie Sloyer at Dressage at Devon, 2020, will take place September 22 – 27 at the Devon Horse Show Grounds.

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.

Friday, March 13, 2020

Foundation Sire: Carthago

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!


171 cm
Breeder: Erhard Krampitz

Carthago is the son of Capitol I, out of a mare by Calando I, who stood at several breeding stations in Holstein before pursuing a performance career that culminated in a German Championship with Karsten Huck. 

At his performance test, Carthago earned a 9.5 for free jumping and a 10 for jumping talent.

As Carthago Z (he acquired the ‘Z’ being leased to Zangersheide) he finished in 11th place at the Atlanta Games with Jos Lansink and the pair were members of the Dutch team at the Sydney Games. …

In 2001, the stallion returned to his birthplace in Schleswig-Holstein and the Holsteiner Verband.

Carthago is already the sire of numerous approved sons. He was retired on an island in the North Sea, with a couple of mares for company just in case... before his death in 2013.
His progeny includes international showjumpers, …

He is also influential in France …

On the 2013 German FN jumping stallion rankings, Carthago is in 12th place with an index of 158. On the WBFSH jumping stallion rankings for 2013, Carthago is in 22nd place with 34 international competitors, the most successful of which were Old Chap Tame, Cash 63, Coltaire Z and Mylord Carthago.

On the 2014 German FN breeding values, Carthago has a value of 157, which put him into 13th place.

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

There are stallion descendants of Carthago in North America. Click on the following links to read about each of the ones on

Leapfrog WT

Thursday, March 12, 2020

Hyperion Stud Featured on The Plaid Horse

Urthago HS. Photo: Janne Bugtrup

The Plaid Horse posted an article featuring an interview with Vicky Castegren, called "Hyperion Stud: A Complete Approach to Sport Horses." She talks about her business - which now has horses in four countries - her principles, and what she enjoys most.

Read the article on the Plaid Horse website here.

Click to learn more about these Hyperion stallions