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.

Friday, July 27, 2018

Helen Langehanenberg and Leatherdale Farms' Damsey FRH Place in Top Three at CDIO5* Aachen Grand Prix

Aachen, Germany - July 20, 2018 - After impressive CDI performances in the fall and winter seasons, Olympian Helen Langehanenberg and Leatherdale Farms' Damsey FRH were stealing the spotlight and moved into the ninth spot on the FEI Dressage World Ranking list. Though Langehanenberg's maternity leave for her second daughter kept the talented pair on the sidelines since their dominating performance at the CDI-W Neumünster five months ago, they reunited to compete at the world renowned CHIO Aachen World Equestrian Festival. Langehanenberg and Damsey FRH, a 16-year-old Hanoverian stallion, returned better than ever to finish in the third position with a 77.034 percent in the prestigious CDIO5* Grand Prix on July 19.

Helen Langehanenberg and Damsey FRH. Photo by Lily Forado.
"I am so very proud of all Helen has accomplished in the past two years with Damsey," Louise Leatherdale said. "Together, they are really a team. The fact she just had her lovely baby girl, Finja, last month shows me the total commitment, competitive spirit and desire Helen has!"
Selected to represent Germany as a member of their Nations Cup team, they were the highest scoring German combination in the Grand Prix and contributed to Germany's second place team finish after the opening day of competition. The Nations Cup will be awarded on Saturday, July 21, after the CDIO5* Grand Prix Special.
"It was absolutely amazing what happened in the Grand Prix at Aachen," Langehanenberg said. "Today is today and I will enjoy it until Saturday, and then Saturday is a new day and we will see what happens. I have always believed in Damsey. He's an absolutely special horse for me. I'm very thankful that Louise [Leatherdale] and Susanne [Meyer] have allowed me the opportunity to ride him.

Helen Langehanenberg and Damsey FRH. 
Photo by Lily Forado.

"[Prior to Aachen], I had a really good feeling at home and in the training and it encouraged me to compete here," she continued. "If the feeling in the training had not been good, I would not have competed at Aachen, but it was my dream to compete him here in the Nations Cup. I think Damsey did a super job. We have developed so well together over the last two and a half years. I only hope we can continue like that because he has a really strong character. I hope I can keep him on my side and he continues fighting for it, loving being in the arena and doing his job like he loves to."
The duo made their CDI debut in 2016 and have developed a strong partnership over the last two years. At the 2017 World Equestrian Festival in Aachen, the pair topped the leaderboard to win the CDI4* Grand Prix and placed second in the CDI4* Grand Prix Special. Their placing secured them a position on the prestigious German team for the 2017 European Championships.

Helen Langehanenberg and Damsey FRH. Photo by Lily Forado.
In addition, they earned top placings at the CDI-W in Stuttgart, Germany, and received scores up to 82.665 percent at the CDI5* in Stockholm, Sweden. To kick-off 2018, Langehanenberg and Damsey FRH swept the CDN Münster K+K Cup in Germany. They earned a 78.08 percent to win the Grand Prix, and they won the Grand Prix Special with an impressive score of 79.745 percent. At their last show before Langehanenberg left for maternity leave, they swept the CDI-W in Neumünster, Germany, winning both classes and receiving their highest score to date, an 83.880 percent in the Grand Prix Freestyle.

Foundation Sire: Furioso II

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! 

1965 -1986
16.1 ½ hh
Breeder: Alfons Lefevre Height
Furioso was described as "well balanced but with slightly knock-kneed forelegs and tight hocks." He was also rich in Thoroughbred jumping blood, being by Precipitation out of a mare by Son-In-Law by Dark Ronald.

The authoritative De L’etalon Sport Français of 1992 remarked: "He had good bone, and walked liked a lord, with a magnificent pace, very energetic and showing a great deal of amplitude, his tail swinging at each step. His trot and gallop were good but not exceptional. Though full of life he was docile and had a good temperament."

Furioso xx, his sire, was the leading sire of jumping horses in France from 1954-1961. His son, Lutteur B, who went on to win the 1964 Olympic individual gold for showjumping, amazed the German breeders when he appeared at the Hamburg Derby. Maas Hell, in Die Grossen Hengste Holsteins records the reaction: "The Germans were again amazed at how nonchalantly Lutteur B performed on the jumping course, how he played with the distances, and how, with a long neck, he left the course as though nothing had happened."

Furioso II was approved for the Oldenburg studbook in 1967, and then went on to easily win his 100-day test. Later he was approved for Hanover, Rhineland, Hessen and Westfalia. For many years, Furioso II was ranked in the top three sires of leading money winners in Germany. Furioso II had winners in all disciplines. His showjumping stars included: FBI (with Thomas Frühmann), Heissman (ridden by Eric Van Der Vleuten, then Michael Matz) and For Pleasure.

Furioso II died in 1986 having sired progeny with earnings of nearly DM9,000,000. He sired 54 licensed stallions, including the Oldenburg licensing champions: Furidant (1971), Furore (1978) and Fatianus (1979). Mareile Oellrich-Overesch, in her excellent profile of Florestan in the 2008/9 edition of Selected Sires of Germany, makes the point: “It was a tradition in Oldenburg to prevent a stallion’s offspring from competing with their sire, so they were often sold to other breeding regions. That is why most of Furioso II’s sons were at stud in other regions of Germany or abroad. It also explains why the Furioso II bloodline didn’t originally survive in Oldenburg. Now, however, it has made a comeback with Florestan’s sons Fürst Heinrich and Flavio (Sprehe Stud), Florencio (Ludwig Kathmann Stud), Faustinus (Vorwerk Stud) and Florianus (Grönwohldhof/Pape Stud). His grandsons Farewell I and Fidertanz (Böckmann/Wahler Stud), Farewell III (Klatte Stud) and Fürstentraum (Sprehe Stud) are also stationed in Oldenburg.

As late as 2007, Furioso II continued to shape the sport of showjumping. In the 2007/2008 Monneron ranking of the world’s top 75 stallions, Furioso II’s son Voltaire is ranked 11th in the world with 19 CSI winners, while For Pleasure, despite largely concentrating on a competition rather than a breeding career until recently, ranked 13th with 11 representatives.

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

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


First Dance 






Viva Voltaire 

Thursday, July 26, 2018

Breeder Spotlight: 3 Successful Offspring of Wild Turkey Stallions

Wild Turkey Farm offers a selection of acclaimed stallions to produce your next top sporthorse. The progeny of the Wild Turkey sires excel in all disciplines: hunter/jumper, three-day eventing, and dressage.

Here are offspring examples—bred independently of Wild Turkey's in-house program—from three of the available stallions. In addition to LioCalyon, LaMarque, and Limoncello II, Wild Turkey also offers at stud: WT Leapfrog, Calito, Crown Affair, Coruscant, and Ace. 

Dunstan Delphi (LioCalyon x Brilliant Invader xx)

Dunstan Delphi, by LioCalyon.
Photos courtesy of Katie Laurie.
Bred in New Zealand by Jeff McVean, Dunstan Delphi was a top mount for international Kiwi show jumper, Katie McVean Laurie. In 2011, Laurie sold Delphi to Saudi Arabia's Kamal Abdullah Bahamdan for a reported $10 million. Delphi competed successfully at the 1.60m CSI5* level, and currently, at the age of 17, continues to show at the CSI3* level.

Elita Toscita DF (LaMarque x Casch)

Elita Toscita DF, 6, by LaMarque.
Photos by Kristin Lee Photography.
U.S. show jumper Hannah Selleck bred Elita Toscita DF at her Descanso Farm from her one of her top show jumping mares, Tosca Van Het Lambroeck. Elita competes in the 6-year-old division with Selleck, recently finishing 2nd at Spruce Meadows.

Coco Colette (Limoncello II x Carano)

Coco Colette, by Limoncello II.
Photos by Sharon McElvain.
Born in Denmark to breeders Helle and Jørgen Hansen, Coco Colette was imported to the States by U.S. show jumper Guy McElvain in 2010. McElvain's daughter and rising talent Chenoa McElvain soon inherited the reins and the pair went on to compete at the 1.60m FEI World Cup level. Limoncello II not only throws top grand prix talent in show jumping, he is also renown for breeding top dressage offspring.

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Click on the links below to learn more about LioCalyon, LaMarque, Limoncello II, and the rest of the Wild Turkey Farms stallions on



Limoncello II

WT Leapfrog


Crown Affair



Or visit the Wild Turkey Farm website by clicking here.

Read our special Stallion Story about WT Leapfrog here.

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From KER: Breeding Broodmares After Colic Surgery

How does colic surgery affect broodmares? It's major surgery, and a breeder would naturally be concerned with how the surgery would affect the mare's ability to handle pregnancy and the delivery of a foal. A recent article by Kentucky Equine Research reports on new studies of mares who underwent colic surgery and whether they continued their careers as broodmares. 

"A group of veterinarians reviewed data to see if broodmares can have successful careers even after surgery for large colon volvulus, the most common cause of colic in this population."

Read the full article here.

Wednesday, July 25, 2018

From theHorse: Managing a Shy Breeding Stallion

Do you have a breeding stallion who is not thrilled with his job? There are some things you can try. A stallion owner submitted that question to, and they answered it in a recent article published on their website. 

Click here to read the article.

Monday, July 23, 2018

From theHorse: Hormone Treatment Gets Mares Ready to Breed Rapidly

An article posted on discusses a new synthetic hormone that can cycle mares more quickly. The article, by Christa Lesté-Lasserre, MA, says, "Artificial lighting during the winter might get your mare cycling sooner for early breeding, but it won’t happen overnight. However, scientists testing a new hormone treatment have found that it leads to similar results and good pregnancy rates in a fraction of the time."

To read the full article, click here.

Friday, July 20, 2018

Do Great Horses Come From Competition Mares?

The Horse Magazine photo.

Do mares who were successful in competition produce better offspring than mares who were not competed? Chris Hector at the Horse Magazine asked a couple of the most respected breeders in Europe and wrote an article looking at their answers - and the data.

Turns out the results are mixed, largely because mares have traditionally not been competed to the higher levels, so there is not as much data to compare - but the question is interesting and the article should be of interest to breeders.

Jan Greve, one of the breeders interviewed, had an interesting observation, which is that there are ages at which some animals produce better offspring. He says that with cows it's the third to the fifth offspring of a cow that turn out to be the best milkers. 

If we extend that to horses, is there an optimal age range for a mare to be producing, during which she will produce her best offspring? I don't think that has ever been studied in a controlled way. It's complicated, though. First, the sires might be different. Also, calves might have different sires, but otherwise their lives are funneled into milk production; everyone has the same career path, and milk production is easy to measure. With horses there are so many factors in whether a foal grows up to be successful in competition.

What are your thoughts as a breeder? Do you feel that over your mare's lifetime, the foals during one time period were the best? 

Read Chris Hector's article in full here.

Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Breeding Special! Hanoverian Stallion Devon Heir

Devon Heir and Ashlyn De Groot, Del Mar.

It’s that time of the year again! 

We’re offering our Devon Heir, single dose, fresh semen, Breeding Special!

  • July and August only!! 
  • $450 per dose!


Harrison, by Devon Heir. Dam: Krack C x Batido. Photo: Tass Jones
Devon Heir is reliable for transmitting his kind, willing temperament, rideability, suspended gaits, and beautiful type to his offspring.

Click here to view Devon Heir's Stallion Profile on Look for the contact form right on the page.


for contact information!!

- Terry Mason-Esteban, owner

Monday, July 16, 2018

Last week saw the annual British Dressage Young Pony Championships take place at Hartpury College, Gloucestershire (Sunday 8 July). Reported by Horse&Hound, the preeminent British horse magazine, it still fails to list bloodlines or breeder for these young ponies, even though they are all 4-, 5-, and 6-year-olds. 

Hilkens Showgirl, 5-year-old mare by Dreidimensional AT, overall Champion. According to a post by the Sports Pony Studbook Society on Facebook, Hilkens Showgirl is out of Sweet Cream K by FS Champion de Luxe. She was bred by Sabine Meiners in Germany, and was ridden by Jayne Turney. Photo by Kevin Sparrow. 

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Verden Auction July 2018

For those following European auction results, the following report is on the July 2018 Verden auction. This is the first year where they separated the dressage horses from the jumping horses - and the highest-priced dressage horse and the highest-priced jumping horse went for very similar amounts. It's also interesting to note that the average price for the foals was 6,630 Euros (as of this writing US$7,761). Note: this English version of the press release is published as received, and requires some interpretation to read!

Bossa Nova (Bordeaux/Fürstenball), the highest-priced dressage horse. Ernst photo.
Verden. A breath of summer blew through the Niedersachsenhalle at the Verden Auction in July. For the first, time the riding horses and foals were auctioned separately for jumping and dressage horse pedigrees. The top price of 36,000 Euros achieved Bossa Nova. After two lively auction days, an average of 15,108 Euros had to be invested for the 74 talented riding horses.

On Saturday, the dressage horses came to the auction. Bossa Nova by Bordeaux/Fürstenball (breeder and exhibitor: Wilhelm Klausing, Diepholz) not only danced into the hearts of the audience, but also to the top of the price list. For 37,000 Euros he will start his successful career in a Dutch dressage stable. The day before, Friday the 13th proved to be Commander's lucky day. The son of Chacco Gold/Contendro (breeder: Erdmann Ohlrogge, Büchen, exhibitor: Ursula Schäfer Köchingen) achieved the top price of 36,000 Euros for the show jumping horses. The five-year-old will travel to Sweden. Customers from 13 different bought 30 horses, among them both price peaks. The average price of the 47 foals was 6,630 Euros. A look at the statistics shows a sound price structure. "The result was achieved without an outlier at the top price. Numerous horses achieved a price of around 20,000 Euros. The same applies to the foals. Many belong to the highest price category", breeding and managing director Dr. Werner Schade said.

For two years now, the Verden auction in July has been embedded in the national championships of the region Hannover. Breeding and sport are inseparable in Verden. "We have received a very positive response to the division of the auction lot into dressagehorses and showjumpers. On both days the interest of the specialists was very good," auction manager Jörg-Wilhelm Wegener said.

However, the secret star of the auction was Prince Unicorn. The inflatable unicorn was auctioned in favour of „Lebenshilfe Verden e.V“. To the applause of the audience, it was sold to Great Britain for 2,500 Euros.

Next Auction will be in three weeks time. On August 3 and 4, the Verden auction of foals and broodmares offers the outstanding opportunity to secure the stars of tomorrow. While the horse show "Verden International" takes place on the grounds near the Niedersachsenhalle, 101 foals and seven broodmares from proven Hanoverian bloodlines and topgenetics will be put up for auction in the Niedersachsenhalle.