Monday, August 27, 2018

Foal Growth Patterns in Five Countries

It's often interesting to see how people in other parts of the world raise horses. Kentucky Equine Research has collected data on Thoroughbred foal growth patterns in several countries. In an article recently published on their website, KER discusses the information for the US, Australia, New Zealand, England, and India. They look at both the data and also why the results could be as they are. 

"Although all Thoroughbreds share a fairly narrow genetic base, geography has a significant influence on growth patterns in young Thoroughbreds."

US-raised Thoroughbreds are larger than English ones, which in turn are larger than Indian Thoroughbreds, but smaller than Australian or New Zealand Thoroughbreds. The article goes into several factors that could explain the differences, including management goals and practices, and climate and weather differences. 

The goal of presenting this data is to give Thoroughbred breeders a tool for tracking their own foals' growth against a significant population of other foals at specific age points. 

Quite an interesting read!

Click to read the full article here.

Friday, August 24, 2018

Foundation Sire: Corrado I

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! 

1.71 cm 
Breeder: Eduard Struve 
Corrado combines the blood of the two great Cs – Cor de la Bryère and Capitol, with a healthy dose of Thoroughbred on the dam line through Maestose xx and Frivol xx – and yes, all those familiar names appear on their pedigrees. Frivol has two crosses of Bay Ronald, while Maestose has Pharos on both sides of his pedigree, along with Bayardo, Hurry On and Son-In-Law. Maestose was the sire of the advanced showjumper Maracaido.
From the start, it was apparent that Corrado was something special over a pole, and at his performance test he scored 10s for his free jumping and jumping ability / training. He also scored 8 for rideability. He ended with a jumping score of 137, the highest of his year and finished 3rd overall. Corrado was ridden by the Holsteiner Verband riders Thiess Luther and Bo Kristoffersen on the young horse circuit, and was a finalist as a six-year-old at the Bundeschampionate in 1991.

As a sire, Corrado was an instant success. Perhaps his most spectacular son is the grey stallion Clinton, who was individually 4th at the Olympic Games in Athens, and second behind Shutterfly at Aachen in 2005. Fifteen Corrado sons have been approved for breeding in Holstein and his sons, Corofino I, Coriano, Coronado and Clinton have themselves already produced licensed sons. By the end of 2006, Corrado I recorded with 95 progeny who had jumped at an international level.

However, Franke Sloothaak suggests that Corrado might be better in the second generation: “Even if I feel that first generation Corrados are not the easiest to use, I am convinced that his second-generation products are excellent horses. I think that Corrado is good in a second-generation breeding paper.”

At the time of this article – 2016 – in the WBFSH jumping stallion rankings, Corrado is in 47th place with 24 international competitors. The most successful of these has been Unita ASK (out of a Caretino mare) and Rolf-Göran Bengtsson.

EDIT October 11, 2018: The news was just announced that Corrado I passed away. Read the article here.

To read the entire article, with pedigree and more offspring details, on the Horse Magazine website, click here.
There are several stallion descendants of Jalisco B in North America. Click on the following links to read about each of the ones on


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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.