Friday, December 14, 2018

Foundation Sire: Almé

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!

165 cm
Breeder: Alphonse Chauvin

Almé was by the great French stallion Ibrahim out of Girondine. Almé’s dam, Girondine, was a daughter of the Irish-bred Thoroughbred, Ultimate, and as well as Almé, she also produced his three full-brothers, all licensed stallions or successful jumpers. 

In the 2003 edition of Annuaire Monneron, Bernard le Courtois, has this to say about the present influence of Almé, describing him as "father of world breeding":

“It is obviously no surprise to see that the line of Ibrahim is influential in French breeding. Almé’s line is becoming increasingly important in many great breeding countries as could be seen during the World Championship in Jerez 2002. I have received from the USA an analysis of the results, which I find interesting and would like to share with you. Among the 92 horses participating, the division between the sexes is relatively well balanced: 32 uncastrated males, not all of them stallions, 34.8%; 31 geldings, 33.7%; and 29 mares, 31.5%. Five stallions had more than one product: Quidam de Revel (5), Capitol I (4), Le Tot de Sémilly (3), Robin Z and Touchdown (2 each). Quidam, Robin and Touchdown are grandsons of Almé and 21 horses in the event (22.3%) were descendants of Almé. At the end of the speed class and of the Nations Cup we could count among the Top 25: 10 stallions, 7 geldings and 8 mares; 9 of them came from Almé (36%). When we arrive at the Top 10 (after two rounds of the individual championships) we find ourselves with four stallions, one gelding and four mares, four of them from Almé (40%). The four horses in the final (where the riders swapped horses) comprised one stallion and three mares, three of them from Almé, 75%! If we were to draw some preliminary, hasty, but nonetheless interesting conclusions we might suggest that if we want to produce horses of high quality the best way would be to invest in mares coming from our leader of the dynasty, Almé. One thing is sure and certain, and that is that Almé remains a valuable asset in the pedigrees of our sport horses. And everything comes together when we remember that the best six-year-old in Europe this year – Mozart des Hayettes – had Almé twice in his pedigree.”

In the 2007-2008 edition of Monneron, Bernard le Courtois, after spending many hours on his computer, produced a list of the top 75 jumping stallions in the world, based on the FEI list of the top 2515 jumping horses in international competition. This survey once again confirms Almé’s pride of place, for he is responsible for 17 of the 57 leading stallions on the leaderboard. Four of these stallions are by Jalisco, the most important of which is Quidam de Revel, who heads the standings with 48 representatives. Quidam himself already has two of his sons on the leader board, Nabab de Reve and Guidam. Another Jalisco son, Papillon Rouge, is ranked equal sixth in the world with 26 winners. Jalisco B, despite his death at a relatively young 19 years of age, is in 30th place on the leaderboard with 10 representatives.

Almé was also influential in Germany and The Netherlands. His grandson Acord II (by Ahorn Z) is in 13th place with 16 winners. In Holland, Almé’s son Animo is 19th with 12 winners. Animo’s son Andiamo Z is ranked 64th with 5 winners.

There was further Almé influence through another son, Jalisco, sire of Quidam de Revel, in turn the sire of Dollar de la Pierre, sire of Rebozo. Quidam was also the sire of Nabab de Reve, sire of silver medalist London. 

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

Thursday, December 13, 2018

British Dressage Young Horse Forums 2019

British Dressage has announced a return of the popular Young Horse Forums this winter. The Forums have two regular speakers and also guest experts, and present an array of topics on bringing along 4-, 5-, 6-, and 7-year-old youngsters. The goal is correct training to produce the "stars of the future," and includes both evaluation and training sessions.

Click for more information.

Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Improved Equine Genetic Map Released

Researchers have been working to improve our knowledge of equine DNA, and this research will ultimately have an influence on how we breed. If you're interested in following the discoveries, here's one for you to read. has posted an edited report on new discoveries about the horse's genome, the "map researchers will use to determine the role inherited genes and other regions of DNA play in many horse diseases and traits important in equine science and management."

To read more, click here.

Tuesday, December 11, 2018

WBFSH Sire Rankings 2018 Released

The World Breeding Federation for Sport Horses has released its list of top sires for dressage, show jumping, and eventing. Below is the teaser info with the top ten in each category. There's a link at the bottom of the page to the WBFSH site for more information.

The brackets indicate the sire’s ranking position in 2017.

Rolex WBFSH Top 10 Dressage Sire Ranking

1 (1) DE NIRO - 22871
2 (2) SANDRO HIT - 19850
3 (3) RUBIN-ROYAL - 18237
4 (5) JAZZ - 14154
5 (6) DON FREDERICO - 12783
6 (12) JOHNSON - 12783
7 (11) DIAMOND HIT - 9459
8 (43) SAN REMO - 9456
9 (21) DIMAGGIO - 9423
10 (8) STEDINGER - 8635
Rolex WBFSH Top 10 Show Jumping Sire Ranking

1 (1) CHACCO-BLUE – 31387
2 (2) DIAMANT DE SEMILLY - 19405
3 (5) CASALL - 14831
4 (4) CORNET OBOLENSKY - 12985
6 (10) BERLIN (CASPAR) - 12024
7 (16) TOULON - 10943
8 (13) CARDENTO - 9819
9 (9) BALOU DU ROUET - 8500
10 (12) NABAB DE REVE - 8379

Rolex WBFSH Top 10 Eventing Sire Ranking

1 (1) CONTENDRO I - 1298
2 (2) JAGUAR MAIL - 1247
3 (11) COURAGE II - 1137
4 (9) BALOU DU ROUET - 1042
5 (10) GRAFENSTOLZ - 702
6 (4) RAMIRO B - 642
7 (6) HERALDIK XX - 608
8 (3) MASTER IMP XX - 550
9 (24) CONTENDER - 521
10 (12) JUMBO - 485
Please visit the WBFSH website for the complete rankings, the top 100, how they rankings are calculated, and more. Click here.

WFFS Testing Mandatory in German and More EU News

Eurodressage has posted a report today that includes news of interest to breeders worldwide. The report was on the results of a special meeting of the German Equestrian Federation just held, to address some of the new animal regulations adopted by the European Union. Three decisions were in the report, but the most significant for North American breeders concerns WFFS.

The first new ruling is that Germany will have mandatory testing for Warmblood Fragile Foal Syndrome in 2019. This was prompted by the EU's new requirement for testing for genetic defects, with which Germany, as a member of the EU, must comply. This has significance to any breeder wishing to breed to German stallions. Many German registries and individual stallion owners have so far been reluctant to require testing, which puts mare owners in a bind. Many mare owners around the world would prefer to avoid the risk of delivering a foal with WFFS. They have tested their own mares, but this is only half the information they need. In order to safely breed a positive mare, they need to know that the stallion is not a carrier. It's an important step forward that all German stallions will be required to provide that information in 2019.

Other decisions addressed the status of stallions tested at the Czech Republic State Stud, and the opening of a stallion performance testing station at the State Stud of Marbach.

Read the eurodressage article here.

Monday, December 10, 2018

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Wednesday, December 5, 2018

Article Publicly Available: Changing stallion behaviour may come at a risk!

Breeding News for Sporthorses has opened on of their recent articles to the public. "Changing stallion behaviour may come at a risk!" was published on November 30 and sparked a lot of interest. It was originally accessible only to subscribers, but Breeding News generously opened it to be available to anyone. 

The article, by Cindy Reich, deals with the topic of using drugs to control stallion behavior for competition, and their long-term effects. In the article, and also in some discussions on social media prompted by the article, the use of Regumate in mares was also addressed. 

Bottom line: we like to think that controlling unwanted behavior by drugs is temporary and without long-term consequences - but that's not the reality.

Read the full Breeding News article - click here.