Friday, June 14, 2019

Foundation Sire: Inschallah

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!
169 cm
Breeder - J. Guicheney 

Inschallah was a French-bred grey Anglo Arab (36% Arab) who was exported from France to Oldenburg, where he became the most important sire next to Furioso II at the famous Vorwerk stallion station in Cappeln. Inschallah stood from 1970 to 1990 at Gestüt Vorwerk.
In 1972 he won his stallion performance test in Westercelle. Among his 30-some licensed sons are Indonese, a highly successful Grand Prix stallion, Ile de Bourbon and Inervall, two advanced (S) level winning show jumpers, and Inselfürst, who won his stallion performance test. He was the sire of the Swedish Olympic horse Inferno. Inschallah AA also sired more than 70 premium mares and a great number of horses that were highly successful in sport. Inschallah was approved for breeding by the Oldenburg Verband as well as Hanoverian Verband, Trakehner, Westfalen, Hessichen (Hessen) and Rhineland Verbands. Inschallah was a large-framed horse with enormous gaits, producing a more rounded movement, with higher knee action and a reaching forward stride as opposed to the flat leg movement of earlier times. His progeny’s winnings in Europe amounted to almost one million DM. He sired over 30 licensed sons but has emerged as a more important broodmare sire – Rohdiamant and his full brother, Royal Diamond, are both out of Inschallah mares. In 1995, Germany’s former Oldenburg breeding manager, Dr Roland Ramsauer, said “Inschallah blood is currently very popular with European breeders. Inschallah's impeccable temperament has been successfully and consistently showing up in generation after generation of his offspring. Breeders have discovered that although there are excellent moving stallions available, there have been some problems with unsuitable temperament. The Inschallah blood produces enormous gaits and solid conformation, but it also produces very suitable sport horse temperament.” Inschallah’s son, Istafan, who was represented at the European Showjumping Championships 2015 by his son Isti, is very much a product of the breeding program of the great Georg Vorwerk: by Inschallah, out of a mare by Furioso II out of a mare by the Verwerk’s great Thoroughbred sire, More Magic xx.

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

Wednesday, June 12, 2019

Tempel Farms Showcases Rare Brown Lipizzan

The Lipizzan breeding and performance programs at Tempel Farms were featured in a recent article in the Chicago Tribune newspaper. The article focused on the eight Lipizzan foals born this year, the 60th anniversary of Tempel Farms, and the work they have done in preserving the Lipizzan breed. 

It was in 1958 that Tempel and Esther Smith brought 20 Lipizzans to Illinois from Austria. They founded Tempel Farms with the goal of not only breeding the famous white horses, but recreating the whole tradition, exemplified by the Spanish Riding School in Vienna, in the suburbs of Chicago. They brought the horses, began a breeding program, brought in trainers (including later the legendary Karl Mikola, who sadly passed away this year), and built a lovely performance arena. Tempel Lipizzans have been continuing to preserve and perform the tradition of classical dressage and the "airs above the ground" for 60 years. 

Also specially featured in the article is Maestoso Batrina - a rare bay Lipizzan who will be performing this year. According to the article, he took part in the performances as a foal, as a young stallion, and now will be part of the grand finale and perform the challenging courbette.

The 2019 performance schedule is now available on the Tempel Farms website and will continue now through September 8.

To read the Tribune article, click here.

Friday, June 7, 2019

Wisdom From Dr. Ludwig Christmann

Dr. Ludwig Christmann has been a welcome guest in North America for decades because of his sensible insights into breeding. His knowledge of bloodlines is phenomenal, and his generosity in sharing his knowledge is an inspiration.

Christopher Hector, of The Horse Magazine, interviewed Dr. Christmann this year, and they touched on many general breeding topics, and many specific examples for illustration. His far-ranging opinions - what works and what doesn't, his thoughts on Dutch vs. Hanoverian horses, how WFFS was handled, modern trends in breeding, why the Hanoverian has been successful, and the dangers of breeding to young but untested stallions - are all well worth the read.

For example, the creation of superstar young stallions who are not really proven in either breeding or sport is a huge phenomenon. Dr. Christmann's understated response to a young dressage stallion who had 600 mares in his first year: "I would like to see a little less excitement."

Another interesting point was the difference he drew between breeding a saleable horse and breeding a Grand Prix horse. He said that in Germany, "There are some breeders who want to breed a Grand Prix horse, but the majority want a horse that is saleable, a horse that is a super young horse." Inherent in that is the recognition that a horse that is saleable as a young horse - flashy, lots of front end movement - is not necessarily the horse that has the talent for FEI work. 

I believe it is a world-wide problem - that riders are too easily swayed by flashy movement in a young horse. It has led to flashy movement as a breeding goal, perhaps at the expense of other, more desirable traits.

Read the thought-provoking interview with Dr. Christmann here.

Thursday, June 6, 2019

Devon: Your Next Champion, Easier Scheduling, Ponies in the Dixon and the Parade of Breeds is Back!

Dressage at Devon Breed Show Breed Division

September 24 – 26, 2019

June 6, 2019  (Devon, PA) - Dressage at Devon ( is well-known for attracting top performers to the famed Dixon Oval. But the first three days of the show features the largest open breed show in the world, attracting many top breeders, of all sizes.



To make the schedule easier on competitors, the Individual Breed classes (IBC) will be held on Tuesday, Sept 24, to facilitate a more relaxed time schedule and increase the safety of horses and riders.

There's still time to sponsor your favorite breed or to sponsor the Parade of Breeds! Contact Melanie Sloyer, Chair of the Breed Show, for more details.

The Tuesday schedule also now includes the group classes such as Breeders Group, Get of Sire, and Produce of Dam. This scheduling change allowed us to reintroduce the popular Parade of Breeds at the conclusion of the IBC classes.

New this year! All owners and handlers are invited for wine and cheese Tuesday night!


Young (sport horse prospects), Mature (Breeding Stock) horses, and Materiale (under saddle) classes will be held on Wednesday, September 25. These classes will be qualifiers for the Dressage at Devon Championships and the United States Dressage Federation Breeders Championships - East Coast Series.


Championships will be held on Thursday, leading into the start of the performance division in the afternoon. Make sure your favorite breed is represented.

Attention Pony Breeders

In response to the increasing popularity of ponies in the dressage ring, in 2018, DAD introduced pony only classes that ‘mirror’ the breed division in-hand classes. “While we've always included ponies in the breed show, these classes allow pony breeders a more level playing field – as well as an opportunity to truly show off the qualities of pony breeds. Classes will include the Colt, Filly, Foal, Mare, Stallion Championships – based on qualifier classes – just as we have held for the horses,” said Melanie Sloyer, chair of the Breed Division.  

“Plus, as a result of our partnership with the National Dressage Pony Cup, points earned at Dressage at Devon will count towards year end awards, ” added Sloyer.

For measurement and show requirements please visit

For more information, contact Melanie Sloyer, Chairman of the Breed Show, at The prize list will be available in late June.

Looking for Your Next Equine Champion?

Many of the horses (and ponies) brought to DAD’s Breed Show are the future stars of dressage. But many others will excel in other equestrian disciplines.

“The breeders at Dressage at Devon have had top quality horses for years, if not decades,” said Melanie Sloyer. “Many go on to top dressage levels. But many others find their niche in hunters, jumpers and all other equestrian disciplines. Prospective buyers shouldn’t miss the championship classes on Thursday.”

Horses that are for sale will be identified with green tags. So stop by Tuesday through Thursday at Dressage at Devon to meet your new champion.

The 2019 Dressage at Devon will take place September 24-September 29 at the Devon Horse Show Grounds in Devon, PA. For reserved seating, visit

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.

Wednesday, June 5, 2019

Spotted Foal by Totilas

One of the top stories in British breeding news? A spotted foal by Totilas! As reported in Horse & Hound, the new foal is called Spotilas, and was born mid-May. He's by Totilas out of Luna Af Nyskoven, a Knabstrupper mare. And yes, he does indeed have spots.

Click here for the story and photos.

Friday, May 31, 2019

Leatherdale Farms Announces Retirement of Home-Bred Grand Prix Powerhouse Devon L

Wellington, Fla. - May 21, 2019 

Diane Creech and Devon L
Following a stellar career with Canada's Diane Creech and her daughter, Vanessa Creech-Terauds, Leatherdale Farms's 19-year-old Hanoverian gelding Devon L (De Niro-EM Wibranda, Wolkenstein II) will be retired from high-performance dressage competition.

Bred by Doug and Louise Leatherdale, founders and owners of Leatherdale Farms, Devon L turned heads from the moment he was born at their farm in Minnesota, especially as a shiny chestnut despite his dam and sire both being black. Throughout Devon L's long and illustrious show career he has played an instrumental role for his riders. In 2005 Devon L and Creech dominated the 5-year-old division tests and won the Canadian FEI 5-Year-Old Championship title. The following year, the pair represented Canada at the 2006 World Young Horse Breeding Championships in Verden, Germany. However, his success as a young horse was only the beginning of much more success to come.

As Devon L's sole trainer and rider, Creech formed a strong bond with the gelding and they made their Grand Prix debut in 2009. They enjoyed top placings and many CDI Grand Prix wins around the globe, with the pinnacle of their resume thus far being their selection as the reserve horse-and-rider combination for the 2012 London Olympic Games. A few years later in 2014, Creech and Devon L earned a new career high score of 75.100% in Palgrave, Ontario, during their Grand Prix Freestyle.

Diane Creech and Devon L
"I met Devon when he was just turning 3 and, after some excitement getting him undersaddle, he has continued to fill my life with stories and many, 'Wow,' moments," Creech explained. "He is so talented with a genius mind and training came so easy to him. He taught me so much over the years - carrying me from Training Level youngster moments to being a world-class horse ready to head down centerline at the London Olympic Games as Canada's traveling reserves. 

"Retirement are the golden years of our lives and while Devon L is still so young at heart and happy to work, we decided to retire him," Creech continued. "I've always wanted him to feel great as he steps into the next chapter of life happy and full of it. In his mind, he believes he is a 6-year-old and is ready to give 120%. In the meantime, we have to protect his body from his mind and remind him, laughingly, of his age. With one bright and one tearful eye, we decided to make the decision for him and lead him through his next door."

A few years prior to Devon L's retirement, Leatherdale provided the opportunity of a lifetime to Creech-Terauds. Ready to teach a younger rider the ins and outs of the Grand Prix, Devon L and Creech-Terauds began their partnership in May 2017 competing in the U25 Grand Prix division. As Creech-Terauds strengthened her understanding as a U25 rider, Devon L gave her the confidence to further develop her skills, improving their scores each time they stepped in the ring. As a result, they've won over 10 CDI U25 classes together. In 2018, the pair made the trip to Pennsylvania for Dressage at Devon, where they were undefeated in their division.

Vanessa Creech-Terauds and Devon L
"These past two years that I have been fortunate enough to ride and learn from Devon have been absolutely priceless," said Creech-Terauds. "Moving up from Young Riders to the U25 Grand Prix was a very big step and learning curve, and Devon was the best teacher I could've asked for. Always keeping me on my toes and riding every step, his sharp mind and bold personality really showed me what it takes to be a Grand Prix rider. Being able to share so many memories and accomplishments has been a dream come true and I can't thank Louise enough." 

Vanessa Creech-Terauds and Devon L
Leatherdale Farms proudly recognizes this exceptional horse and his great achievements as a great teacher, companion and partner.

"A kind horse that always gave so much of himself to his riders, Devon L brought our entire team an immense amount of joy over the years," Leatherdale said. "Devon L's ability to listen and learn from a young age made him wise beyond his years and he carried this wisdom and enthusiasm throughout his adult life." 

"We are so lucky that Louise is allowing us to take Devon home to Canada with us for his retirement, where he will still be hacked out and be the big uncle to our young Damsey filly, Davina," Creech said. "Devon has taken me so many places and I will always be grateful to him and to Louise, who has supported us all these years. From the bottom of my heart, thank you to Doug and Louise Leatherdale, and Devon L! Let's celebrate looking forward to many more years together!"

Foundation Sire: Lucky Boy

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
1976 Keur1979 Preferent 

The Thoroughbred stallion Lucky Boy was responsible for the first of the Dutch modern jumpers to set the world alight. Melanie Smith’s Calypso finished second in the 1980 World Cup final and then followed that up two years later with a victory in the 1982 final in Göteborg.

Lucky Boy contributed a string of top jumpers to the international scene. There was Willi Melliger’s Van Gogh, and The Freak with Hugo Simon and later Dirk Hafemeister, and Anne Kursinski’s Medrano – and all three of them were in Los Angeles for the 1984 Olympic Games. In fact, the Lucky Boys seemed to come in threes, because three years later, the winning American team in the Nations Cup at Spruce Meadows found room for three Lucky Boy offspring: VIP and Debbie Dolan, Victor and Joan Scharffenberger, and Anne Kursinski and Medrano. Other international performers include Urchin (Rene Tebbel), Logo (Dianne Shaw), Dutch Regard (Mike McCormick), Revlon Rascal (Lisa Tarnopol), Servus (Martha Burstein), Windsor (Guido Dominici), Zazou (Phillip Heffer), US Neapolitan (Annemarie Kynsilehto) and Bokilly (Eugenie Legrand, now Eugenie Angot).
Lucky Boy produced 16 stallion sons, the most famous of which was Octrooi, who had a successful career in the USA under the name Best of Luck. Interestingly, he was out of a mare by yet another Thoroughbred sire, Koridon.
Best of Luck competed in Europe as a Grand Prix jumper where he was a champion, and in North America where he was a Champion Hunter. A horse of elegance and impressive appearance, Best Of Luck sired winners in all Hunter and Jumper divisions from Junior / Amateur to Open, Puissance and International Grand Prix, as well as FEI dressage and Combined Training champions. He scored over 100 points in both Dressage and Jumping on the Dutch Stallion Index.

[Editor's Note: Best Of Luck was owned in America by Tish Quirk, and he was the foundation stallion of her breeding program. His sons Just The Best and More Than Luck continued the winning tradition, and Tish now stands the grandsons of Best Of Luck: All The Best by Just The Best, and More Like It by More Than Luck (see below for links). For more about Tish and her horses, visit her website.]

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