Saturday, August 24, 2019

British Elite Foals Bring £40,000 At Auction

Britain's breeding industry has been steadily making itself known, with British-bred horses doing well in competition and sales. The most recent success was apparent at the recent Bolesworth AES Elite Foal Auction, where two foals went for £40,000 each, approximately US$48,500. 

ASK Tinka is a filly by Casall ASK out of a Tinka's Boy mare. Cavalier HF is a colt out of a mare who is also British-bred, by Handel; Cavalier HF is by Diamant de Semilly.

The auction was held on August 16, 2019.

For more details, and photos, click here to read the Horse & Hound magazine article.

Friday, August 23, 2019

Foundation Sire: Heartbreaker

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!

167 cm
Breeder: P S Koopmans, Bozun (NL)

In 2007 Heartbreaker was declared a "Belgian Ambassador," and not surprisingly given the success of his offspring …

Like Voltaire, Heartbreaker is an exciting mix of German and French jumping lines, with a fair splash of Thoroughbred. ...
Heartbreaker is by Nimmerdor, out of a mare by the international showjumping stallion Silvano, who was started in jumping competitions ...

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

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

Thursday, August 22, 2019

What We Can Learn from Emily Miles and the World Young Horse Championships

Editorial by Anna Goebel

I had been wondering how Emily Miles, a US rider, had fared at the World Young Horse Championships, since she didn't show up in the reports on the final results. Kenneth Braddick answers that question in an article on Click here to read the article.

Emily took two horses, both owned by Leslie Waterman: Sole Mio and Daily Show. I had seen both at the North American Stallion Sport Test, where Sole Mio was the high-scoring dressage stallion. (Click here to read about that event.)

These are lovely stallions, and Emily Miles is one of the most beautiful dressage riders I have ever seen, so I was really curious to know how they did at the World Young Horse Championships. I didn't shell out for a subscription to, so I was not able to watch the whole show, all the rides.

If you've followed the commentary of experts - click here for a list of links - you know that there are two prominent criticisms of the World Young Horse Championships. One is the "perceived domination by one entity," as Kenneth Braddick puts it. Chris Hector, of, is more explicit: "...some have decided that the World Champs have really become a publicity stunt for Helgstrand dressage...." The other is the complaint that the judges reward extreme movement - movement that is so extreme that it is inappropriate for the ages of the horses. Both authors, for example, point to the all-out extended trot being highly rewarded by judges - even though it is the medium trot that is called for in the test. The top rides of last year certainly were the ones who pushed for everything they could get from their horses.

I would describe a competitive performance by Emily Miles as impressive, beautiful, harmonious, sympathetic, full of impulsion and athleticism, and a joy to watch. A German judge at the North American Stallion Test called her riding, "what dressage riding should look like." I would add that she is also effective: her horses go exactly as dressage horses should go.

I suspected that in Ermelo these qualities would not enough. If you ride a superlative medium trot, and the judges score it as if it were a defective extended trot - where does that leave you?

Emily Miles did not do well enough to make the top 15. Sure, I wasn't there, and I didn't see her rides. But she was proud of her horses, and so I am confident that they showed well, extremely well, and appropriately for their age group. And it wasn't enough.

Good sportsmanship dictates that we don't gripe when we don't place, and Emily Miles shows no signs of whining. Instead, she suggests that maybe we need to pay more attention - go to Europe more often - so we understand better what is needed to win in international competition.

Please, Emily, no.

Instead, perhaps we all need to ask, on a worldwide scale: is this what we really want? Young horses pushed to the extremes? Dressage that - ever since Totilas - has come to look more and more like Saddleseat? Dressage has had training barns for some years now where Saddleseat techniques are used, including the abusive ones. Emily Miles coined the word "pumped-upness" to describe what her horses were lacking compared to the higher-placed youngsters. Can that really have become a required quality in any dressage horse who wants to win in international competition? From young FEI horses to grand prix competitors, the answer appears to be yes. Dr. Reiner Klimke would be rolling in his grave if he could see "pumped-upness" become an essential element for winning. 

Envision the perfect dressage horse: willing and submissive, moving with impulsion and suppleness and athleticism, responsive and in harmony with the rider. Beauty and balance. You can't "improve" that by adding flash, extreme movement, and "pumped-upness."

Dressage has been evolving from its beginnings in ancient Greece, where there were some pretty barbaric techniques along with the development of many of the more thoughtful training principles we use today. We've moved forward in training through the centuries as we've become more civilized; we've learned to create a living work of art, of beauty, because you can do that if you learn to work with a horse's natural way of going, using techniques that avoid force, so that you have harmony instead of tension. But it looks like that goal of dressage has been left in the dust, because it didn't have enough flash and pizazz. Instead, today's dressage is producing caricatures of a horse's natural way of going. 

I had a friend who was a Saddleseat rider who switched to dressage. She went back to Saddleseat after a while because she "missed the glitz." Come on back, Pam! We're totally getting there, and we're starting with our 5-, 6-, and 7-year-olds!

Tuesday, August 20, 2019

HorseMagazine: The Breeding De-Brief for Aachen and Ermelo

Christopher Hector, of The Horse Magazine, Australia, attended both the World Young Horse Championships and the CHIO at Aachen. As usual, his interest extends to the bloodlines behind what you're seeing at the shows.

"Those two great pillars of Dutch dressage breeding, Jazz and Ferro, are in the twilight of their breeding careers – a polite way of saying they are dead. But they still feature when the wonderful roster of competition horses at this year’s Aachen CHIO is distilled down to the top fifteen...."

And scroll down the page to read about the bloodlines at the World Young Horse Championships. "The first thing you notice is that young horse breeding has become very much the territory of stallions who were themselves, young horse competitors. ..."

And, as always, Chris provides some wonderful photos to illustrate the horses and bloodlines he's talking about. 

Read the full article here: Aachen and Ermelo - The Breeding De-Brief

Sunday, August 18, 2019

Carl Hester's Ride: "Best-Bred" U-Genius

Breeders in England face many of the same issues as North American breeders: it's a struggle to get recognized, when competitors assume horses bred on the continent are automatically better. That's starting to change, as the British do very well in competition on British-bred horses.

Horse & Hound magazine recently ran a story featuring U-Genius, with the headline "Meet the stallion Carl Hester deems the best-bred horse in the world." U-Genius was bred by Carl and Claire Hester, so he should know! And it's hard to argue with this: Sire: Carl's own Olympic ride Uthopia; Dam: Weidyfleur II - full sister to the incredible Valegro.

The full article is for subscribers only, but click here to read the intro and see a pic of U-Genius.

Friday, August 16, 2019

Leatherdale Farm's Fleur de Lis L Wins Three Medals at FEI NA Youth Championships

Warmblood Stallions of North America wishes to congratulate Leatherdale Farms for the success of their home-bred mare Fleur de Lis in the 2019 Youth Championships!

Photo: Meg McGuire Photography

North Salem, N.Y. - Aug. 16, 2019 - Leatherdale Farm's Fleur de Lis L (First Dance-EM De La Rosa, De Niro) and 19-year-old Canadian rider Vanessa Creech-Terauds are celebrating three podium finishes from their performances at the 2019 Adequan®/FEI North American Youth Championships that took place July 30-Aug. 4 in North Salem, New York. As Creech-Terauds and the 10-year-old Hanoverian's second appearance in the NAYC arena together, they rode with confidence to impress judges during each day of competition, earning them top-three finishes in every test.

"Every year it's a whole new ball game and a new challenge, but this championship is the best week of the year so I always look forward to it and push myself," shared Creech-Terauds. "I'm very competitive, so that helps me stay motivated, and this year I really wanted to do well with Fleur in the Young Rider division because we had done so well in Juniors [earning the individual and freestyle silver medals at NAYC 2016]. I'm happy to say she exceeded my expectations. I'm so proud of this mare, that really keeps me going and I love her so much."

The young rider picked up the ride on Fleur de Lis L in 2016 after the mare was started by Mike Suchanek, the young horse trainer at Leatherdale Farms' base in Minnesota. With Suchanek in the irons, she won the Second Level Open Championship at the 2015 U.S. Dressage Finals as well as the Training Level Open Reserve Championship at the 2014 Finals.

In 2016, Creech-Terauds and Fleur de Lis L, who is sired by Leatherdale Farm's Hanoverian stallion, First Dance, were a part of the NAYC Junior Riders division where they took home individual silver medals for both their Junior Individual test and their Junior Freestyle. The following year, they took a break from competing at NAYC when they traveled to Europe to train and compete in Denmark, Germany and England.

When they returned to the NAYC stage this summer, the pair competed in the Young Riders division, representing Team Ontario/Quebec in team competition. Creech-Terauds and her teammates put forth their best efforts against a competitive field of talented teams. Fleur de Lis L received a new personal best score of 72.5 percent during the team test, helping boost their team's total score to 205.676. The team concluded with the silver medal for their efforts, only missing gold by .03 of a point.

Photo: Meg McGuire Photography
"It's amazing to me to come here and win the team silver medal in the Young Rider division," said Creech-Terauds. "We've made so much progress together. I can't thank her owner, Louise Leatherdale, enough for partnering me with this talented mare. It's been the best experience of my life. She's my favorite horse in the whole world."

Maintaining their momentum, Creech-Terauds and the chestnut mare earned themselves another podium finish with an individual silver medial after receiving a 71.029 percent in the Young Rider Individual Test.

Topping off their successful week of top competition, Creech-Terauds and Fleur de Lis L claimed one last medal in the Young Rider Freestyle. A score of 73.49 percent secured the pair the bronze medal, only missing silver by .01 percent.

"Fleur gave it her all every single day and we laid out three tests that I am extremely proud of. It is always an honor to come to this event and represent our country, and bringing home three medals is truly a dream come true! Thank you, Fleur," expressed Creech-Terauds. "I truly am the luckiest girl in the world to be able to ride Louise Leatherdale's most amazing mare."

First Dance, sire of Fleur de Lis
To learn more about Fleur de Lis' sire, First Dance, click here.

To learn more about Leatherdale Farms, click here.

What We've Learned About Y Chromosomes - the Stallion Side

Are you interested in the historical breeding of horses? Very detailed new knowledge has come to light with recent DNA studies. reports on one study tracing the Y chromosome - the one carried by stallions - and learned some interesting facts.

Click to read the report.