Tuesday, October 30, 2018

Royal Tourmalet SPF Breeding Special 2019!

Royal Tourmalet SPF

Bloodlines • Temperament • Beauty

Book now to Royal Tourmalet SPF for 2019 and save! 


Royal Tourmalet SPF is a 2011 Hanoverian stallion who is lifetime licensed by the ISR/Oldenburg NA and the AWS. He is by Royal Prince out of a mare by Armin. Royal Tourmalet SPF is 16.3 hh and is WFFS N/N. 

Royal Tourmalet SPF in a young up-and-coming stallion who has already garnered many awards, including:

2016 GAIG/USDF Region 1 
Grand Champion Stallion
Breeders Championship - East Coast Final


2015 Dressage at Devon:
Born in the USA Champion Stallion
Dr. Robert Miller Memorial Perpetual Trophy

2014 Dressage at Devon:
Born in the USA Champion Materiale
3 Year Old Colts and Geldings


Early Booking Special:
Book by December 31, 2018
Frozen: $950 (plus shipping)
Fresh Cooled: $1,200 (plus shipping, first collection included)
Two-year contracts with LFG

Royal Madeleine CG • 2018 Oldenburg Filly by Royal Tourmalet SPF

Please contact:
Joanna Gray-Randle
805.479.3398
grayhorsedressage@gmail.com

To read more about Royal Tourmalet SPF, please click to visit the following pages:
Royal Tourmalet SPF website
Stallion Profile for Royal Tourmalet SPF on WarmbloodStallionsNA.com



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Monday, October 29, 2018

Schedule for 2018 East & West Coast Stallion Sport Tests

A new format for stallion testing for sport horses in North America was introduced in 2017, as a joint effort between the American Hanoverian Society, Oldenburg Verband, and Hanoverian Verband, in cooperation with the German FN. The format agreed upon for North America was a three-day test. It follows the European trend away from a single, long stallion test (the days of the 100-day test are over), and towards "appraising the stallion's training progress and development at multiple points in their early career." The test was held in two locations last year, Maryland and California.

The North American Stallion Sport Test for 2018 begins this week at Hilltop Farm in Maryland, followed by the Pollyrich Farm, California testing on November 5–7. 

Below is the schedule for both testing locations. For more information, please visit the North American Stallion Test website.


East Coast Testing November 1st-3rd
Hilltop Farm, 1089 Nesbitt Rd. Colora, MD 21917  PH: 410-658-9898


November 1st: Vet Check AM, Observed Schooling PM

8:00am Vet Check
11:00-11:45am Lunch for Stallion Owners & Registry Officials   
11:45-2:45pm Schooling Sessions (Dressage)
3:00-4:00pm Schooling Sessions (Jumper)

4:15-5:15pm EDUCATIONAL SESSION: Linear Profiling: What Is It, Why Do We Need It, & How Are Registries Utilizing It with Dr. Ludwig Christmann (Hanoverian Verband) & Sebastian Rohde (Oldenburg Verband)  Hospitality Sponsored by the Mid-Atlantic Hanoverian Breeders Club (www.mahanoverians.com)  Please RSVP (FREE) by Monday the 22nd to holly@hilltopfarminc.com  

7:00pm Dinner for Stallion Owners & Registry Officials   

November 2nd: Observed Schooling AM, Testing PM

8:00-10:45am Schooling Sessions (Dressage)
11:30-12:30pm Schooling Sessions (Jumper)
12:30-1:15pm Lunch ($15) Please RSVP by Monday the 22nd to holly@hilltopfarminc.com

1:15-2:00pm Jumper Test

2:30-5:00pm Dressage Test

5:00-7:30pm EDUCATIONAL SESSION: GRFS: Good Riding, Footing, Shoeing with Catherine Haddad & Dr. Greg Staller    Please RSVP ($30/person including dinner) by Monday the 22nd to holly@hilltopfarminc.com  

November 3rd: Guest Rider, Licensings

8:00-11:15am Guest Rider (Dressage)
11:00-11:45am Lunch ($15) Please RSVP by Monday the 22nd to holly@hilltopfarminc.com
12:15-1:40pm Guest Rider (Jumper)

2:00 pm Announcement of Stallion Test Results
           Followed by Registry Licensings

West Coast Testing November 5th-7th
Pollyrich Farms, 468 Ballard Canyon Road Solvang, CA 93463  PH: 805-688-0220

November 5th: Vet Check PM, Observed Schooling PM

12:00pm Vet Check
1:15-2:15pm Schooling Sessions (Dressage)
2:30-4:00pm Schooling Sessions (Jumper)

4-5pm EDUCATIONAL SESSION: Linear Profiling: What Is It, Why Do We Need It, & How Are Registries Utilizing It with Dr. Ludwig Christmann (Hanoverian Verband) & Sebastian Rohde (Oldenburg Verband)

November 6th: Observed Schooling AM, Testing PM

Breakfast Available   
8:00-9:15am Schooling Sessions (Dressage)
9:30-11:15am Schooling Sessions (Jumper)
11:30am-12:30pm Lunch
12:30-2:00pm Jumper Test
2:15-3:30pm Dressage Test

3:30-5:30pm EDUCATIONAL & ENTERTAINMENT SESSIONS: TBA

5:30 Wine Tastings, Followed by Dinner Party - $50/ticket all-inclusive.
Please RSVP by Monday, October 29th to BuffyOas@me.com

November 7th: Guest Rider, Licensings
Breakfast Available   
8:30-9:25am Guest Rider (Dressage)
9:45am-11:30am Guest Rider (Jumper)
12:00pm Announcement of Stallion Test Results
           Followed by Registry Licensings

Friday, October 26, 2018

WBFSH Rankings Analyzed

Bloodline analysis of Verdades, world’s number one dressage horse.
The Horse Magazine photo by digi-shots.

The Horse Magazine has once again published its analysis of the horse, breeder, and studbook rankings of the World Breeders Federation for Sport Horses. Christopher Hector discusses the rankings and bloodlines, well-illustrated from his unparalleled archive. A new addition in recent months is statistician Gemma Alexander, who wrangles numbers for statistical insights, made more visual with charts and graphs. Standings are evaluated for dressage, show jumping, and dressage. 

For the full analysis, click here.

Tuesday, October 23, 2018

Tension in Young Horse Classes: Still Rewarded?

What we should be rewarding, from young horse competitions to Grand Prix: Carl Hester and Uthopia at the Rotterdam European Championships in 2011, when "when the Brits unveiled the power of harmony." HorseMagazine photo.
Christopher Hector, publisher of the online HorseMagazine.com, has some strong opinions about how young horses are shown, as exemplified in the Young Horse classes and the World Young Horse Championships. His 2017 article, Young Horses, What Do the Judges Look For?, presents his own opinions about how tension has been rewarded in dressage showing, and the evils of that trend, especially among young horses. He then interviews Susie Hoevenaars and Francis Verbeek, "two judges at the cutting edge of international young horse competition," about their priorities.

One of the wonderful things about articles like this on HorseMagazine.com is that, with a team of photographers at many international events, the illustrations are many and excellent. 

To read the full article and enjoy the many photos, click here.

If you watched the 2018 Young Horse Championships, did you see the tension Chris Hector describes and illustrates, or do you feel the extravagant movement shown by many of the young horses represents the horse's natural way of going, the result of better breeding? You are invited to comment below.

Friday, October 19, 2018

Foundation Sire: Capitol

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!


1975–1999
169 cm
Grey
Breeder: Harm Thörmalen

In The Holsteiner Horse, Capitol is described thus:
"Distinctive sire with plenty of stallion expression, yet lacking the final touch of charm. Large head, mighty neck with strong jowls. Top-line not ideal. Good legs with pronounced joints, but slight flaws in the transition of the joint. Relaxed, elastic gaits; enormous jumping ability.”
His first crop produced Corso, who, ridden by the Swiss Willi Melliger, won many Grand Prix and speed classes, and competed at the European championships in St. Gallen in 1987, the World Cup final in Gothenburg in 1988, the Nations Cup at Aachen and the European Championships in Rotterdam. Suddenly his offspring were in huge demand and setting record prices. Three of his important sons were then licensed for Holstein: Carthago (1987), Cassini I (1988) and Cento (1989). Indoctro was licensed in Holland in 1990 and spread the blood of Capitol to that country.
Following the success of his progeny, Capitol moved to 2nd on the WBFSH standings in 1999, and to first place in 2000 and 2001. At the Olympic Games in Sydney in 2000, he was represented by three horses: Carthago, Campione M and Cento. At the Athens Games, he was represented by four: Cardento, Casita, Cento and Goliath. As of 2007, his offspring had won over €5.3 million. There are 34 of his stallion sons world-wide and 25 in Holstein alone, and they have proven wonderful sires in their own right.

Capitol I’s full-brother, Capitol II was initially rejected by the licensing commission but was approved based on his performance as a showjumper, but he failed to follow his brother’s footsteps and left nothing of interest.
According to Harm Thormälen, whose family bred Capitol:
“The Capitol horses have scope – scope and easy to handle. Amateurs can ride the Capitol horses. Sometimes they are not ‘blood’ enough, they need blood. In his last years Capitol was only allowed to breed to mares with Thoroughbred blood. The mare sire had to be Thoroughbred, or otherwise Cor de la Bryère – so Capitol got very good mares. It was top management by the Holsteiner Verband, with very good results in the sport. The children of Capitol have won the most money in the sport of any stallion in the world.”
In the 2007-2008 Monneron leaderboard of the top 75 jumping stallions in the world, based on the FEI results of the top 2515 jumpers, Bernard le Courtois finds four major stallion lines: Almé, Cor de la Bryère, Landgraf and Capitol I. Capitol ranks 37th with 8 winners. His best performer is the mare Gitania – but five of his stallion sons feature in the top 75.
On the 2013 German FN list of the top 1% of jumping sires, Capitol is represented by three sons: Carthago (12th), Cardento (18th) and Cassini I (28th).

Examining the breeding at the WEG in Caen, what did come as a bit of a shock was the influence of the somewhat unfashionable Capitol. The most represented Capitol line stallion was his son Cardento with six, but then there was Indoctro with four (three of them ridden by less than professional riders), Cassini I provided three, then there are two by Cento, one each for Canadian River and Centauer, two by Capitol’s grandson, Cumano, one by another grand-son, Colman and one by Capitol himself.
Capitol I grandson Imothep, at the WEG in Normandy, with Darragh Kenny riding. Click here to read Imothep's Stallion Profile on WarmbloodStallionsNA.com. See below for more stallion descendants in North America.


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



Tuesday, October 9, 2018

Bloodlines at the WEG: Analysis From The Horse Magazine


Those who have read Chris Hector's analyses of past international events from a breeding perspective will want to head over to The Horse Magazine for the latest installment. Chris, along with Gemma Alexander of Pacific Jumping Breeding, have recently posted their analysis of the bloodlines at the WEG. 

Chris and Gemma take a look at the bloodlines of the most successful horses in Jumping, Dressage, and Eventing. They look at the most successful sires of the top horses in all three disciplines, and analyze each cross. They also look at the studbooks that had the most successful horses. 

Click here to read the full article.

Friday, October 5, 2018

Foundation Sire: Rohdiamant

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!



It was Rohdiamant, a foal from his first crop (out of Elektia V who is by the Anglo Arab stallion Inschallah), who put Rubinstein on the map as a sire. In 1993, Martina Hannöver rode Rohdiamant into equal first place (with Wolkenstein II) in the 3-year-old Championship at the Bundeschampionate.

Rohdiamant went on to be an exciting Grand Prix horse, ridden by the then-German-based, US-born Lisa Wilcox, and just missed out on the American dressage team to go to the Sydney Olympic Games. He then disappeared from the competition circuit after a series of disappointing outings.

For a while he looked as if he might be an exciting sire: Ronaldo won the 4-year-old Mares and Geldings Championship at the Bundeschampionate in 1998 and went on to be reserve champion in the five-year-old dressage championship in 2000, while another son, Roman Nature, won the 3-year-old Stallion title at the 1998 Bundeschampionate, and the 5-year-old stallion class at the big stallion show at Zwolle, but just as Roman Nature failed to go on, Rohdiamant’s career also stalled – perhaps because his offspring tended to vary so wildly in type, from black and 17 hands to orange and 14.2….

The 2014 Hanoverian Stallion book records that Rohdiamant has 693 registered competition horses with €937,247 in prize money. There are 616 place-getters in dressage (109 to S level) and 70 jumpers.

He produced 15 horses with winnings of more than €10,000. Top of the list is Helen Langhanenberg’s Responsible, a horse that almost made it to the top, but still won €81,521. Currently the Italian rider Valentina Truppa has been very successful with Eremo del Castegno (out of a Weltmeyer mare), while his son, Blue Hors Romanov, has had a moderately successful career at Grand Prix level.

In the 2016 Hanoverian book, he has 699 competition horses for €1,015,835 in winnings. Nineteen dressage horses have earned over €10,000. His FN dressage value is 139, for jumping, 73. His Hanoverian dressage value is 142 (trot – 107, canter – 127, walk – 174, rideability – 145) with a jumping value of 87. He scores 117 for type, and 120 for his limbs.
In the 2017 book, he has 704 competitors with earnings of €1,047,014. Nineteen progeny have won €10,000, with Responsible still the most successful.

On the 2017 FN breeding values, he scores 133 as a young horse sire, and 140 for open competition. On the Hanoverian values he scores 141 for dressage, and 86 for jumping. His value for type is 115.

In the 2018 Hanoverian Stallion book, Rohdiamant has 711 competitors, with winnings of €1,077,658. He sired 124 S level dressage competitors and 22 dressage horses that won more than €10,000, the most successful of which was Responsible OLD with €81,521. He was the sire of 11 licensed sons, the most important of which were the full-brothers Romanov and Rubin-Royal. His FN dressage value for 2017 as a sire of young horse competitors was 132, while his value for open competitors is 139. Interestingly, when I looked at the German FN breeding values from 2002 to 2017, only seven appeared on both lists: Don Schufro, Fidermark, Welt Hit I & II, Donnerhall, Florestan and Rohdiamant.


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




Tuesday, October 2, 2018

Dressage at Devon Breed Show Wrap-Up

Devon, PA – Day 3 at Dressage at Devon (www.dressageatdevon.org) had something for everyone. Breed and performance competitors were at their best, under mostly clear skies.

 
The Breed Show Concludes
 
Thursday started off with sunshine and the breed show. All the horses were special but two stood out.
 
Summersby II (Sezuan), bred by Nicole Wanning and owned by Grand Prix rider Alice Tarjan. This striking mare is a 17.3, 3-year-old Oldenburg. She won the Filly Championship, took home the blue in the 3-year-old Dressage at Devon Prospect Champion, won the Dressage at Devon Grand Championship and the USDF DSHB Mare Final with a score of 80.925. She was in the winner’s circle again, placing first in the USDFBC Three-Year-Old Materiale Championship with a score of 91.25. Tarjan is known for ability to spot a new prospect and bring it along to top levels – in her spare time. She is a lawyer who works with her husband in their trucking and rigging business as well as in real estate.
 
Dhanube (Destano/Special Premium Lhorna Doone by Londonderry) is owned and bred by Maureen Swanson, a breeder from Slatington, Pennsylvania, was another star. This 16.2, chestnut mare was Dressage at Devon Reserve Champion Mature Horse, overall high score Born in the USA (84.350%), winner of 4-year-old and older Maiden Mares, 4 year old and older mares under saddle, GOV class, and Mare Champion. She is 5th generation from Swanson’s breeding program and descends from her first Hanoverian riding mare.
 
More Highlights
 
The USDF DSHB Stallion Final was won by Lionel, a 17.1 bay Danish gelding, owned by Cara Kettenbach and bred by Oak Hill Ranch (North Andover, MA).
 
The USDFBC Current Year Foal Final was won by Noah ISF (Contango/Cayenne w), a 12.3 bay colt bred by Iron Spring Farm.
 
The USDFBC Filly Final was won by Savannah HTF (Sternlicht ggf/Allegra q) with a score of 78.438. This two-year-old Hanoverian was bred by Hilltop Farm (Colera, MD).