Saturday, December 21, 2019

Philanthropic support gives Leatherdale Equine Center new standing CT and NICU

I missed this news from August, 2019. Rock on Louise Leatherdale!

Fairbanks, one of Louise Leatherdale's stallions. 

August 20, 2019 — The University of Minnesota College of Veterinary Medicine’s (CVM) Leatherdale Equine Center (LEC) has recently acquired a new equine standing computed tomography (CT) and neonatal intensive care unit (NICU). These new additions, made possible by a generous gift from Louise Leatherdale, will elevate the level of care offered by LEC on multiple levels.
The standing CT, called Equina and developed by Asto CT, has already increased LEC’s imaging capabilities significantly. With the new CT, CVM veterinarians can quickly identify injuries to the head, neck, and legs without putting their patients through the stress of anesthesia. In addition to diagnosing head, neck and limb injuries, the CT can be used for full-body imaging of sedated foals and ponies to provide a three-dimensional perspective of areas such as the spine and pelvis. The CVM’s Equina is only the second up-and-running installation of the tool in the world.
“Having a standing CT allows us to more thoroughly image areas of the horse that we could only previously do with them under anesthesia,” says Troy Trumble, DVM, PhD, associate professor in the Department of Veterinary Population Medicine. “For our clients, this technology will allow us to definitively diagnose lesions of the lower leg and head that we could not diagnose in the past, such as stress fractures. In addition, it allows us to develop better treatment strategies and prognoses since we will know the exact location and extent of injury better, allowing us to develop better surgical plans, especially for lower leg fractures or head and teeth issues, where the exact configuration or extent of injury is hard to define on traditional x-rays.”
The new NICU, which was also included in Leatherdale’s gift, will allow CVM veterinarians to better offer around-the-clock care to sick and injured newborn foals. The unit is set up with a large mare stall and a smaller, padded stall for the foal. The two stalls are connected, with a sliding divider in place for use when the mare and foal need to be separated.
The standing CT and NICU are now currently available for patient use.

Leatherdale Farms stallions on include:


First Dance


E.H. Herzensdieb

Thursday, December 19, 2019

Shine Breeding Special!

Shine - the Ultimate Hunter stallion!

Book a breeding to Shine before the New Year - save $500 and pay no booking fee! Only $1000! Includes Live Foal Guarantee.

Shine is the ultimate combination of temperament, conformation, ability and beauty. He had a long and successful career. He was imported in 2000 from Germany where he competed in dressage. Upon entering the U.S. he was introduced to the Hunter ring where he excelled, with many regional, state, and national championships.

Shine passes along his spectacular brain and temperament, as well as his head and neck. Many of his offspring have been started by amateurs. His offspring continue to win in the Hunter Breeding arena and the show ring!

Featuring: Luminous, 2-year-old mare by Shine, out of Clara K/Calico/Cassini I. 3rd place at Sallie B Wheeler West Coast 2019, High Point Oldenburg. Owned by Kristina Novak, bred by Olde Oaks Farm, Inc.

Luminous, 2-year-old mare by Shine.

To send a message to Vicki Hunton to book your breeding, click here.

The Horse: Warning Signs in Neonatal Foals

No one wants to think about what could go wrong with newborn foals, but a breeder is better off aware and prepared to recognize the possibilities. An article on The from 2007 describes several potential issues to watch out for.
The title is Neonatal Nuances, and it covers:

  • Constipation
  • Failure of Passive Transfer
  • Septicemia
  • Umbilical Infection
  • Ruptured Bladder
  • Dummy Foal
  • Neonatal Isoerythrolysis
  • Angular Limb Deformities
  • Premature Foal

Winter study time! Click here to read.

Wednesday, December 18, 2019

In Memoriam: Carthago Sun I

We are sad to announce the passing of Carthago Sun I, who has been a part of Warmblood Stallions of North America's print magazine and also online for many years. He died in November of this year. No frozen semen is available, but his Stallion Profile will remain on as a memorial. Our condolences to his people.

Carthago Sun I (Sunny for short) was Champion of the first CWHBA Stallion Performance Test in 2000. His pedigree combines the proven Holsteiner performance bloodlines of Capitol / Cor de la Bryere / Landgraf I. Sunny placed in 1.30 m classes at Spruce Meadows and Rocky Mountain Show Jumping.

Carthago Sun will live on in his offspring.

PROGENY: Cera 99 and Cita 2000 (dam COLIBRI by Caletto I) were both Champions of their respective Performance Field Tests in 2002 and 2003. CITA was sold and exported to Germany, where she became one of the top 5 & 6 year-old jumpers. Full-brother CONDOR II has been successfully jumping 1.45 m courses at Spruce Meadows. Patagonia by YAVARI XX out of Pandora's Charm (Carthago Sun I x Caletto I) was declared Western Champion of 4-year-old jumpers in the Jump Canada Finals in August 2009.

CATALINE (Carthago Sun I x Power/Pilot) and her junior rider Tayah Sobie have been highly successful in winning 1.20/1.30 m classes at Spruce Meadows and Thermal consistently since 2013.

Taya and Cataline won the Joe Selinger Memorial Cup at St. George's Derby Day on July 14, 2016. A feat she repeated on July 20, 2017!

P-CALIDA by Calido (half-sister to Sunny), was sent to Germany for training. She excelled in 1.35 m Grands Prix under a junior rider and successfully continues her jumping career in Florida, USA.

Their dam DAVOS is a product of the Magens family's Stamm (stem) 8769, known as the 'BUEHNE-STAMM'. Her dam Talenta is full-sister to Suehne who produced COME ON by Cantus(Princess Haja), FLEUR by Romino (MichaelWhitaker) and NOBLESS M (Pius Schwizer).

The new kids on the block by Carthago Sun I are: J.E.S. QUITO (born 2007) out of Quinta by QUINAR - numerous placings in Grands Prix, 5th place $35k Apollo Jets GP in Gulfport, MS 2016; COOKACHOO, born 2010 (bred by St.George's Stables, Calgary) - 3rd place 5yo, qualified for the Western Young Jumper Championships; J.E.S. CIBELLE, born 2011 (full-sister to CERA 99 and CITA 2000) - Champion in the 1.0m jumpers at her first horse show in Scottsdale, AZ as a 4yo 2015. Clear and blue ribbon winner in her first two 5-year-old young jumper championship qualifying classes in Gulfport, MS 2016. Latest: CIBELLE won the 6 yo YJC qualifier at Hippico Santa Fe on August 4, 2017! Quito, Cookachoo and Cibelle are ridden by Nicki Wilcox of Parker, Colorado, USA. CLASSIC (3 days older than Cibelle) won the 1.20 m Derby at Rocky Mountain Show Jumping's Classic II, Calgary August 2017.

Click here to visit Carthago Sun's memorial page.

Read the tribute to Carthago Sun in Breeding News for Sport Horses here.

Tuesday, December 17, 2019

Sir Sinclair #1 Dressage Sire for an Extraordinary Fifth Consecutive Year

Iron Spring Farm Stallions Ranked 1, 2, 3 Among Nearly 800 USEF Dressage Sires

Sir Sinclair, Keur, #1 USEF Dressage Sire 2015-2019
Photo credit: Terri Miller

Coatesville, PA--- Iron Spring Farm's Sir Sinclair, Keur, was the United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) #1 Sire of Dressage Horses for an extraordinary fifth consecutive year (2015-2019). Sir's offspring earned more than 9,800 points in dressage competitions throughout the year, more than 4,000 points ahead of the second place stallion, Contango, Preferent, who also stood at Iron Spring. Sir's impressive achievement was made possible by 74 point-earning sons and daughters, including 23 offspring competing at FEI, with six at Grand Prix. Rounding out the remarkable year for the Iron Spring stallions, UB40, Keur, finished third among nearly 800 ranked dressage sires in 2019.

From Grand Prix to Training Level, Sir's superstar offspring brought home big scores at the big shows.
Dee Clair ridden by Anna Marek
Photo credit: Susan J. Stickle
Dee Clair was named Reserve National Grand Prix Champion at the US Festival of Champions with rider Anna Marek. The pair were also competitive in the CDI3* Grand Prix classes during the Adequan Global Dressage Festival, with scores as high as 71.6500%. Dee Clair is owned by Diane Morrison and was bred by Dr. Ruth Sorensen.

Caymus continued his successful FEI career with many wins at Intermediate II, including the GAIG/USDF Region 3 Championship. The bay gelding, bred and owned by Beth Godwin, also made his Grand Prix debut with rider Jodie Kelly. The pair earned a 70% in their inaugural Grand Prix class.

Audi was the GAIG/USDF Region 1 Champion in both the Intermediate I and the Intermediate I Freestyle, as well as Reserve Champion in Prix St. Georges. The pair also were #1 Intermediate Freestyle in the USDF All Breeds Awards (KWPN-NA). Audi is owned and ridden by Emily Donaldson, and was bred by Nancy Murray.

Bakara KS and owner/rider Elinor Armstrong Kennedy had an incredible year at Intermediate I, winning five classes, as well at the USDF Intermediate I AA Horse of the Year with a median score of 71.213%. Bakara KS was bred by Janice Kissel.

Classy Sinclair and owner/rider Leif Aho had 13 top-six finishes in the CDI3* small tour classes during the Adequan Global Dressage Festival. The pair finished second in the Intermediate I Freestyle with a 74.458% during week seven, and won the Prix St. Georges during week ten. Classy Sinclair was bred by Lisa Grossi.

Contango and UB40 Offspring Continue Their Winning Ways           

Contango, Preferent, and UB40's offspring also had an incredible 2019.

Alcazar ridden by Katherine Bateson-Chandler
Photo credit: Susan J. Stickle
Contango finished the year ranked #2 USEF Sire of Dressage Horses, with 41 offspring earning points, including seven showing at Grand Prix. International star Alcazar, ridden by Katherine Bateson-Chandler, was part of the bronze medal-winning USA team at CDIO Aachen. The pair finished 12th in the CDIO5* Grand Prix Freestyle with a 77.665%. They also represented the USA in two other European shows, with two top-seven finishes with scores in the 70s. Alcazar also had four first place finishes in the CDI3* and CDI4* classes at the 2019 Adequan Global Dressage Festival.

UB40's sons and daughters did their father proud in 2019. They won three championships at the U.S. Dressage Finals, plus seven championships and reserve championships at the GAIG/USDF Regional Championships. Eye Candy, owned and ridden by Amy Gimbel, was Champion in both the Prix St. Georges AA and the Intermediate I AA at the U.S. Dressage Finals with scores above 71%. The pair also finished as champion in both of those divisions at the GAIG/USDF Region 8 Championships. Dalwhinney, owned and ridden by Hailey Guard, was Champion Fourth Level Freestyle with a 73.256% at the US Dressage Finals. The pair were also Reserve Champion USDF Horse of the Year in that same division. Among UB40's 44 point earners, 11 competed at FEI, including two at Grand Prix.

Eye Candy ridden by Amy Gimbel
Photo credit: Susan J. Stickle

For the latest updates, photos and videos, please visit the Iron Spring Farm Facebook page and

About Iron Spring Farm
A range of top Friesian and KWPN stallions are available to North American breeders as part of Iron Spring Farm's four-decade commitment to the ISF Advantage. By providing proven bloodlines, along with exceptional service, transparency and impeccable veterinary care, the ISF team helps breeders achieve their sport horse goals. Ongoing expert advice and tools are also available so breeders can develop and market their offspring to the highest level. Iron Spring also offers a select number of talented Friesian and Dutch Warmblood prospects and broodmares for sale. Visit for more information.

The Horse: Dealing With Dummy Foals

This past summer I read of a couple of cases of Dummy foals, so, when I can across this article, I though it might be worth sharing, especially since, "Chances for a good recovery depend upon the speed in which the disorder is diagnosed and treated and the severity of clinical signs."

"At first, everything seems fine: Your foal was born without incident and started nursing as he should. But two days later, the baby quit suckling and began acting strangely–wandering around and pressing his head against the stall wall. Your..."

Click here to read the full article.

Sunday, December 15, 2019

The Horse: Feeding Your Weanlings

Click here to read a new article by Clair Thunes, PhD, on "What Does My Weanling Need to Eat?" on The

The nutrition expert guides you through the stages of growth of the foal, and the dietary requirements for each stage. The article is addressed to someone who purchases a newly-weaned foal, but it would also apply to a foal kept by the breeder.

Click here to read the article.

Friday, December 13, 2019

The Horse: 8 Steps for Breeding Your Mare

The Horse magazine has an article in their December issue about setting your mare up for breeding success in the spring. There are eight steps, and two of them are available for free by clicking here. The others are part of the December issue, which you have to subscribe to if you want to read the rest.

Editorial comment: It's an excellent idea to support print magazines, or they'll die away!

New Issue of World Breeding News

As always, the magazine World Breeding News for Sport Horses publishes some interesting perspectives from different parts of the globe. It's a North American publication, but attracts writers from all over.

The most recent issue is now available - click here.

This issue includes some interesting projections by editor Xavier Libbrecht, who looks at some of the potential consequences of climate change on the horse industry.

Also featured are the articles by Christopher Hector evaluating the newly released Sire Rankings from the WBFSH (the rankings are also included later in the magazine), a look at the talented 10-year-old Selle Fran├žais jumpers, new divisions in how the KWPN handles stallion and mare inspections, Lusitanos in the Olympics, Holsteiner stallion licensing, and more news of interest to breeders.

World Breeding News for Sport Horses, November 2019

Tuesday, December 10, 2019

"A Feast for the Breeding Fans" from The Horse Magazine

Christopher Hector has posted a new set of articles on his website, The Horse Magazine, that will interest breeders. It starts with "WBFSH Jumping Sires 2019," an analysis of the bloodlines represented in the newest Sire Rankings for jumpers. Gemma Alexander co-authors, and provides some statistical analysis.

"Strike rate" is one of the analyses discussed in each of these articles. The WBFSH has its own formula for ranking stallions by their offspring's success, but its focus is on how successful the offspring are. So one spectacularly successful offspring can move a stallion dramatically upwards in the rankings - even if the rest of the stallion's offspring don't do much. Strike rate tells you what percentage of offspring hit a certain mark. This could be a more useful tool for breeders, telling you how often the stallion has passed on the talents you are breeding for.

This way of analyzing success shakes things up a bit. This is especially well-illustrated by the evening sires, where the stallion Limmerick has had 5 offspring competing at the 5* level, out of only 67 total offspring. This gives him a very high strike rate of 7.5% for producing 5* eventers. The top eventing sire is Contendro, who has 2038 competing offspring, but "his success rides largely on German eventing  ace ... fischerChipmunk FRH...." The percentage of his offspring who get to high levels is quite a bit lower than many of the stallions ranked below him by the WBFSH.

Showjumping Sires

Chacco-Blue - number 1 again!
"You don’t go to the Jumping Sires Rankings in search of new faces. Unlike the dressage breeders, the showjumping breeders tend to use stallions that have thoroughly proven themselves in the sport, which doesn’t make for a lot of movement on the standings. ..." Click here to read more.

The article includes an analysis of Thoroughbred blood present, and - scroll down - a look at some of the top broodmares, and also a chart of the stallions' "strike rate" of producing 1m60 and 1m40 competitors.

Dressage Sires

Jazz - back at number 1
The second article tackles the analysis of dressage stallions.

"There is a comforting ‘old pals’ feel to this year’s WBFSH dressage sires rankings. The incomparable Jazz last headed the sires’ standings in 2011, now he’s back at number one, thanks to a veteran and a newcomer. The veteran is Judy Reynolds’ wonderful Vancouver K (Ferro) while the new face is Jazz’s highest points earner this year, and number 11 in the world, Blue Hors Don Olymbrio, also out of a mare by Ferro. ..." Click here to read more.

Besides looking at the stallions' bloodlines and the offspring that put them in the rankings, Chris and Gemma look at strike rate for total number of offspring, and also percentage of "blood."

Eventing Sires

fischerChipmunk FRH, son of #1 eventing sire Contendro.
(photo: Libby Law)
Eventing sires are also analyzed.

"The top ten list of eventing sires is no longer the almost random motley collection it once was. More and more breeders are looking to the eventing market and in the process finding sires likely to succeed, although as we will see, success as an eventing sire... " Click here to read more.

This article follows the format of the others, with bloodline analysis, then statistical, with strike rate and thoroughbred percentage. And you can't miss the adorable photo of Ramzes, with his breeder, Baron von Nagel, at the top of the page. #1 eventing sire Contendro, sire of fischerChipmunk FRH, is "strongly inbred to the Anglo-Arab foundation sire Ramzes through Ramiro with two crosses on his dam line, and then Ramiro again as Contender’s dam sire."

One of the things Christopher Hector is good at is looking at a question from a different point of view. In these articles he does just that - giving breeders more tools to make better decisions.

Saturday, December 7, 2019

Reflections on a Successful Stallion Sport Test 2019

By Dr. Ludwig Christmann
November 22, 2019
Fellini CF
Allie Conrad photo

For the third time three-day sport tests for stallions according to the German model were carried out in the US from October 29 until November 4, 2019. The organizer is the North American Stallion Sport Test LLC, which was founded by the Oldenburg Verband and the American Hanoverian Society and is supported by the German Hannoveraner Verband. The tests took place in close coordination with the German Equestrian Federation, because this stallion test is fully recognized by the German FN. The judges and the discipline experts travelled from Germany especially for the tests, and experienced riders who are active in the USA and Canada were on hand as test riders.

The two farms on which the test had already been successfully carried out in previous years were available as locations. These were the renowned Hilltop Farm in Maryland on the east coast and Pollyrich Farm in the west, located between the Californian metropolises of San Francisco and Los Angeles.

A total of fifteen stallions competed: seven dressage stallions and eight jumping stallions.

The highest graded dressage stallion with a final score of 8.95 was shown at Pollyrich Farm in California. This was the 4-year-old KWPN stallion Koning DG by Bordeaux/Jazz, bred and owned by DG Bar Ranch, Hanford, California. In addition to three very good basic gaits - of which the canter with a score of 9 especially stood out - the long-legged bay impressed with high rideability values. The test rider dressage Jessica Wisdom was also enthusiastic: "I have never sat on a horse that is so balanced." The reward: a score of 9.5 for rideability.

Runner-up was the 4-year-old Oldenburg black stallion Fellini CF by Finest out of a dam by Rubinstein, who was tested at Hilltop Fam, with an overall score of 8.3. CF stands for the Crosiadore Farm of Nancy Holowesko in Trappe, Maryland, where the dressage talent was bred and where he still stands. With a height of 162 cm, he was a rather small stallion, but he impressed with his three very rhythmic, practical and nevertheless expressive basic gaits. "He was presented here in great harmony with his rider and became better from day to day," said the FN judge Gerd Sickinger. Josef Freese, the dressage discipline expert from Visbek, added, "he reminds me very much of his grandfather Rubinstein."

The two other dressage stallions who passed the test were presented at Hilltop Farm. These were the Hanoverian stallions Dionysus MF (final score 7.85) and Frisantos (final score 7.7). The 4-year-old Dionysus MF, by Doctor Wendell MF/Rotspon, was bred and is owned by Maryanna Haymon, who runs a very successful dressage horse breeding program at Marydell Farm in North Carolina and has already produced several licensed stallions. Frisantos is already five years old and was bred in Germany by Eibe Johanns and is owned by Lisa Smith, Alabama. He is by Franziskus, who is successful up to Grand Prix, out of a mother by Espri. He also passed the test in 2018, so with this second passed test he received his final breeding license.

Allie Conrad photo
In the group of jumping stallions there was a duel between two stallions who were almost equal at a high level. The highest overall score, 8.38, was awarded to the 5-year-old Westphalian stallion Calisto, a son of the Holsteiner stallion Cancara out of an Argentinian sport mare, which goes back to a Hanoverian mare line. Calisto is a big, sporty grey stallion, who convinced with a very good attitude and rideability, but of course also with a high quality at the jump. "He is super rideable and always focused on his rider," is how Marion Ostmeyer, the test rider of the jumping stallions, characterized him. With a score of 8.28, the 4-year-old Hanoverian Beau Balou, by Bon Balou (who unfortunately had to be put down a few years ago), was only just behind. The colorful chestnut stallion was bred in Ontario, Canada, by Louise Masek out of a sport successful Selle Fran├žais mare by Calypso de Moyon. He is a very powerful stallion with a lot of ability, who mastered the demands very calmly and confidently.

Another Bon Balou son bred in Canada passed the test at Hilltop Farm with a final score of 7.88. The 5-year-old Hanoverian Baloujoie, Tara Lambie, Alberta, bred out of a mare by Wonderland. He is owned by Stephanie Hill, Missouri, who also rode him in the test. Like his half-brother, he also impressed with his ability and a super interior. With this result he also received the unlimited breeding license.

The same final mark was awarded in California to the 6-year-old Holsteiner Rip Tide, bred by Hope Goodwin and owned by Max and Jessica Wilcox, Lakeside, California. He impressed with great confidence in the course and willingness to perform and was the highest graded jumper stallion on the West Coast. This was the second time he passed the performance test.

He was followed at Pollyrich Farm by the 4-year-old Hanoverian half-bred Escher DFEN by Escudo II out of the thoroughbred mare Apt to Please xx by Pleasant Tap xx bred and owned by Sarah Mc Carthy, Nevada City, California. His final score was 7.70.

The grey Trakehner stallion Nitro, a 4-year-old son of the legendary Abdullah, made a precision landing with a final score of 7.5, the minimum score necessary to pass. Breeder and owner is Parvin Work from Wisconsin.

Five stallions did not pass the test: two jumpers and three dressage stallions. Two of these dressage stallions had already taken part in the test last year and passed it. Now, one year later, the two stallions were to be further trained in accordance with their age and show a positive development. This was unfortunately not the case in both cases. The two jumping stallions, on the other hand, took part in this test for the first time. Unfortunately, deficits in rideability prevented them from proving their talent over the jump in the desired way.

Over all the results are based on two main factors – the basic quality of a stallion and the training and preparation a stallion gets to make the best from his talents. Both factors are necessary for a stallion to pass.

A big “Thank You" goes to Hilltop and Pollyrich Farms. You could not wish for better hosts than these two places. It is all about people. and the teams at both farms were very dedicated, well-organized and were a big part of why this test was a success again. Buffy and Rick Oas from Pollyrich not only surprised us with a jump designed for the North American Stallion Sport Test (NASST), the NASST logo on the jump was also Buffy’s idea.
Anna Goebel with the Warmblood Stallions of North America banner, at the Pollyrich Farm location. Proud to support the North American Stallion Sport Test.

Relevant links:

North American Stallion Sport Test

Hilltop Farm, Inc.

Pollyrich Farms

We would like to thank Allie Conrad for kindly allowing us to illustrate this article with her beautiful photos! Allie was the official photographer again this year at the Hilltop Farms location. Her website:
Allie Conrad Photography

Tuesday, November 26, 2019

Black Stallion Friday! From Warmblood Stallions of North American

Black Stallion Friday IS ON!

Warmblood Stallions of North America has introduced a new event for breeders: Black STALLION Friday. Based on the Black Friday sales event,  Black STALLION Friday was organized to help stallion owners advertising on the site who want to offer special stud fee incentives to breeders on Black Friday weekend. About thirty stallions are participating, with some great deals offered!

Prices are good November 29 through December 2.

"This is a great opportunity to get a great price on stud fees for some of the top stallions in North America," says owner Anna Goebel.

"We have set up a Black STALLION Friday Gallery, which will only be available through December 2, where all participating stallions will be listed. Click through to any stallion's Profile page from there."

Stallion owners are offering Black STALLION Friday specials with discounts from 20% to over 50% off. These prices will ONLY be good from Black Friday (Nov 29) through Cyber Monday (Dec 2)! "Some are available in limited quantities, so be sure you shop early!"

Click to visit our Black STALLION Friday Gallery!

Friday, November 22, 2019

Sign Up for Avalon Equine Holiday Specials 2019!

Avalon Equine has, for the last few years, celebrated our own successes by trying to help mare owners be successful as well. Every year we hold a "Holiday Extravaganza" offering all of the stallions we stand at a fraction of their usual breeding fees. We do limit the number of breedings that are sold, and they are on a first come - first served basis.

But YOU get to see and take advantage of those offers FIRST if you subscribe to our email Newsletter! Subscribe now to get early access to those discounted breedings! 

Click here to sign up!

Happy Holidays, everyone!

Tuesday, November 19, 2019

Young Event Horse Results 2019

A new article on the US Eventing Association website, by Claire Kelley, introduces the horses who did well in the Young Event Horse awards this year.

"Earning a spot on a USEA National Leaderboard is a victory that takes years of hard work, and for some, the hard work started with the USEA Young Event Horse (YEH) program. Increasing in popularity since its creation in 2004, the mission of the program is to identify upper level event horses during their 4- and 5-year-old years. A true testament to the program’s success, this year, over 20 YEH graduate horses have claimed top spots on the upper level leaderboards."

Read the full article, with photos, pedigrees, and descriptions of the winning horses. Click here.

Monday, November 18, 2019

Jaguar van Paemel Earns Multiple Breeding Approvals

Jaguar van Paemel.

Jaguar van Paemel, a 2009 Belgian Warmblood stallion imported to the US in 2019, was recently Approved for breeding by multiple US and European registries, following his November presentation at the multi-registry licensing at Pollyrich Farm in California. Jaguar was Approved by Zangersheide as a young stallion, and went on to an international show jumping career. Based on his competition record and his presentation results, he is now also Approved for the American Hanoverian Society and Hanoverian Verband, American Rhineland Studbook, Belgian Warmblood Association and BWP/NAD, Westfalen Verband and North American Westfalen Studbook.

Jaguar was bred by Luc van Eeckhoudt and Karin Verdeyen of Stoeterij van Paemel in Belgium, who owned him until this year. He competed up to 1 meter 60 in international competition, mostly under Dirk Demeersman. In 2018 and into 2019 he competed with French rider Aldrick Cheronnet.

Jaguar van Paemel: Scope to spare.
Jaguar is a 17.2-hand stallion by Cicero Z van Paemel out of Sissi by Sandro. He has an impressive jumping style and scope. Hap Hansen, who saw Jaguar in Europe and again this year in the US, says, "Jaguar van Paemel has phenomenal technique. He has a beautiful style, with scope to spare." Jaguar seems to pass on the scope over fences, as well as great temperament and work ethic.

Jaguar has about 75 offspring in Europe and a handful in the US. His first foals turned 6 this year, and are beginning their showing and breeding careers. Nic Nac van Paemel (2013) and several others jumped at the 1m30 level in Europe this summer. Other notable standouts are: Jewel ASK, a 2016 son out of a Diamant de Semilly mare who is licensed for Danish Warmblood breeding; Jukebox van Paemel (2014); and Jetset van Paemel Z (2015).

Jewel ASK, Approved Danish Warmblood son of Jaguar.
Jukebox van Paemel at 3.

Jetset van Paemel, by Jaguar.

Jaguar van Paemel is owned by Geraldine Bidwell of Santa Barbara, California; collections will be handled by Santa Lucia Farm.

For more information, please visit Jaguar's Stallion Profile page, or stop by his website, to see videos and photos of Jaguar and his offspring.

Contact Geri at

Thursday, November 7, 2019

Sport Stallion Approval Process Explained

by Crystal Toogood of Eurequine

Escher DFEN, a 2015 Hanoverian stallion, passed his 2019 NA Stallion Sport Test in the Jumping category. He is owned by Sarah McCarthy and stands at Eurequine. Photo by Sarah McCarthy

Crystal Toogood, of Eurequine, LLC, attended the North American Stallion Sport Test (West Coast), and wrote this piece to help people understand better the process of stallion testing and approval. Reprinted here with permission.

How a stallion becomes approved for breeding can be complicated to understand at first. If you are not familiar with the process, we hope you find our following overview of information helpful in understanding the basics of what is required of our breeding stallions and part of what makes the registered sport horses so special.
Stallion sport testing is a requirement for stallions of most warmblood breed societies to obtain lifetime breeding approval. Stallion licensing (which is different than stallion testing and not covered here) is a prerequisite to attending the Stallion Sport Test. In unique circumstances stallions may obtain lifetime breeding approval thru their success in performance, such as our stallion Rubignon through an international Grand Prix career or Relevantus “Zorro” who competed at many International Grand Prix as well as the Olympics. Performance levels are set by individual registries to meet approval requirements in lieu of a sports test such as we are attending.
The format for how a stallion is tested has changed over the years in Europe as well as here in North America. Registries like the American Hanoverian Society and Oldenburg Horse Breeders Society enjoy and want to maintain full reciprocity with their European counterparts and therefore need to subject these young stallions to the same standards. The current stallion testing takes place at the North American Stallion Sport Test (NASST) held each year on both the East Coast and one on the West coast. The test is a 3 day format that each stallion must attend and pass in two different years. This short test format puts more pressure on the owner to prepare the stallion to a high level for testing and requires the stallions own rider/trainer to show the stallion at the beginning of the test in addition to the test riders. All test riders and judges are qualified by the German National Federation to assure the same level of testing as done in Germany. Because this test is maintaining a high standard all major registries in the USA accept this new form of "Short Test" as a means to achieve a stallion's lifetime approval.
An example of how the licensing and sport testing process would work for a stallion would be as follows:
* Age 3: The stallion is presented for licensing. If accepted, he is granted a 1-year breeding permit to breed mares at age 4.
* Age 4: The stallion must attend a 3-day sport test. If he successfully passes (a score of 7.5 overall is required by the AHS, OHBS, HV), then he is granted another 1-year breeding license to breed mares at age 5.
* Age 5: The stallion attends his second 3-day sport test. If he successfully passes, then he receives his Lifetime approval.
Each stallion is presented at the test in their discipline, Dressage or Jumpers. The requirements for each age group is listed below.
* 4-Year Old Stallions
USEF Four-Year Old Test
Course of 1.0 meters
* 5-Year Old Stallions
FEI Five-Year Old Test
Course of 1.1 meters
* 6-Year Old Stallions
FEI Six-Year Old Test
Course of 1.2 meters
The North American Sport Test is recognized by the following registries
*American Hanoverian Society, Hanoverian Verband, Rhineland Studbook
*German Oldenburg Verband
*American Trakehner Association
*ISR/Oldenburg NA
*Holsteiner Verband.
Eurequine Owner and American Hanoverian Society President Edgar Schutte, along with other members of the AHS, HV and GOV, formed the committee which brought this event to North America. The continued growth in participants and enthusiasm from spectators is exciting for us from this perspective as well as for the continued growth of the Sporthorse in America.
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Wednesday, November 6, 2019

North American Stallion Sport Test 2019 Results

The North American Stallion Sport Test concluded for 2019 on November 4. Hilltop Farm's part of the Test was held October 29–31 in Colora, Maryland; the West Coast location was Pollyrich Farm, Solvang, California, where the Test was held November 2–4.

Stallions were presented in their chosen discipline, dressage or jumping. They were ridden by their own rider and also a Test rider, and evaluated in both schooling and test sessions over the three days. A final score of 7.5 was need to pass. Here are the final results divided by discipline.

Dressage Stallions

Jumping Stallions

Tuesday, November 5, 2019

Evaluation of Conformation of Horse Emoji

As breeders, we spend a lot of time evaluating horse conformation. It is a serious part of the core of a breeder's business. But what about horse emoji? Wait, what?

There are more! By someone on Twitter called Horse Girl Autumn, who has created this brilliantly funny critique of the conformation of horse emoji. If you haven't seen this, click here to read. Enjoy!

Monday, November 4, 2019

Nutrition for the Pregnant Mare

This article was recently released by Uckele Health & Nutrition.

When an average size mare delivers, she will have produced a 100+ lb foal, an 11-pound placenta, and as much as 16 pounds of fluid. She has also greatly increased the size and thickness of her uterus, and blood volume increased about 30% during pregnancy. The raw materials to build these things didn't come from thin air.
Providing adequate calories is the easy part. Rapidly dividing cells also have critical needs for amino acids, vitamins and minerals that they must obtain from the placenta.

It's true that the dam will rob her own body tissues, if necessary, to provide for the fetus (not that this is a desirable management tactic!). It's also true that the dam cannot provide something she herself does not have. If she starts the pregnancy with low body reserves and her diet is not adequate, the foal will be short-changed, and the mare will become even more deficient.

Extreme deficiencies result in things like White Muscle Disease and goiter with hypothyroidism in foals. More insidious effects include a higher risk for developmental orthopedic disease like OCD and contractures. Chronic copper deficiency has been linked to uterine artery rupture in mares.

Advice on feeding pregnant mares used to pay no special attention to nutrition until the last trimester.  The latest (2007) NRC recommendations begin to allow for increased nutrients in the 5th month, but since there are still gaps in the research, there are also gaps in their recommendations. For example, they don't allow for any increase in zinc or manganese, but obviously foals require those essential minerals in their bodies.

Good quality grass hay or pasture should be the bulk of the pregnant mare's diet. In fact, a hay with 10 to 11% protein and digestible energy (calories) of 0.9 Kcal/lb can meet calorie and protein requirements throughout pregnancy. Even in the last month of pregnancy the mare would only need to consume a little over 2% of her nonpregnant body weight to meet her needs. For every 1% below 10% in the protein, the mare needs 45 grams of supplemental protein. For example, if a 9% protein hay and she's eating 20 lbs, she needs 2 x 45 = 90 grams of supplemental protein. A common range for protein in good quality grass hay is 8 to 12%.

If you don't know the protein level in your mare's hay, it's wise to supplement. "High" (14%) feeds won't help because they have 2.5 to 3 times more calories, but not 2.5 to 3 times more protein, so you feed a lot less. Choose a supplement with a blend of vegetable and whey sources, guaranteed levels of lysine and methionine. If you assume 8% protein, a mare eating 20 lbs/day will need 180 g of protein = 450 g of a 40% protein supplement (1 pound).

You may want to meet part of your extra protein needs with a combination protein and mineral supplement. As a rule of thumb, the mare will need double her baseline mineral intake at the time of greatest demand, so look for a supplement with at least 5% calcium and 225 mg copper per 1 lb serving. A pound of it will provide about 112 g of protein if 25% calcium.

Do not stop your mare's usual mineral supplements when she is pregnant. You still need to have her eating a balanced diet base. The above supplementation is for the additional needs of pregnancy. Compared to what is already invested, this is cheap insurance. A breeding farm client of mine once described foals from mares managed this way as "robust".  How many 1-week-old foals can be described like this?

Uckele Health & Nutrition, maker of CocoSoya®, offers supplements that provide antioxidant support.

Amino Fac-41 supports the increased protein needs of growing horses, horses in training, and the pregnant mare to promote muscle integrity and definition.  Concentrated source of all the amino acids, including 4% Lysine. Supports lean muscle mass, bone and joint structure, vital organ development, immune system function, and hoof and connective tissue health.  

Milk & Grow is formulated to meet the increased protein, vitamin and mineral demands of the pregnant and lactating mare and growing foal. Highly digestible protein supplement with favorable profiles for all the essential amino acids including the most often deficient amino acid, L-Lysine. Combined with a complete spectrum of vitamins, minerals, and Probiotics.

Equi-Base Grass is a comprehensive base vitamin/mineral mix featuring Calcium, Phosphorus, Copper and Zinc, and the B-complex vitamins to support energy metabolism.  Digestive enzymes and Probiotics promote healthy gastrointestinal function. Designed to balance diets based on grass hay/forage or a 50/50 alfalfa grass forage provides high concentrations of vitamins and minerals. 

About Dr. Kellon
Dr. Eleanor Kellon, staff veterinary specialist for Uckele Health & Nutrition, is an established authority in the field of equine nutrition for over 30 years, and a founding member and leader of the Equine Cushings and Insulin Resistance (ECIR) group, whose mission is to improve the welfare of horses with metabolic disorders via integration of research and real-life clinical experience.  Prevention of laminitis is the ultimate goal.

Uckele Health & Nutrition, maker of CocoSoya, is an innovation-driven health company committed to making people and their animals healthier.  On the leading edge of nutritional science and technology for over 50 years, Uckele formulates and manufactures a full spectrum of quality nutritional supplements incorporating the latest nutritional advances.  

Saturday, November 2, 2019

Arts and Hassler to Headline 2020 USDF Sport Horse Prospect Development Forum

Lexington, KY (November 2, 2019) – The United States Dressage Federation™ (USDF) is pleased to announce that Willy Arts and Scott Hassler will serve as the instructors for the 2020 USDF Sport Horse Prospect Development Forum, being held at Fair Sky Farm, in Loxahatchee, FL. The forum will take place February 17-18, 2020 and will, again, feature a live forum approach and provide a correct, fundamental system for starting sport horse prospects. This program is for anyone with the goal of developing a consistent training foundation for sport horse prospects as they progress from in-hand to under-saddle, and eventual competition.
Trainers and horses will be identified to participate through a selection process and will work with the instructors throughout the forum. The forum environment will also engage auditors, consisting of breeders, trainers, and owners throughout the sessions, in an interactive setting. Participants and auditors will also learn the necessary tools to be able to select and evaluate sport horse prospects before purchase, as well as the key elements needed in a trainer.
“The USDF Sport Horse Committee is excited to bring this popular forum to Florida, a winter destination for many dressage riders. The path to Grand Prix starts with the right foundation established early in the development of the young dressage horse. This forum focuses on the horses' formative years of three to five-years-old. We expect this to be a very exciting seminar with a high caliber of horses and riders,” stated USDF Sport Horse Committee Co-Chairs Kristi Wysocki and Natalie DiBerardinis.

For more information about the USDF Sport Horse Prospect Development Forum contact the USDF office at, or call (859) 971-2277.

Friday, October 25, 2019

North American Stallion Sport Test 2019 Schedule

The North American Stallion Sport Test has just released the daily schedules for the testing at both locations. The event will be held at Hilltop Farm in Colora Maryland on October 29–31, and at Pollyrich Farms in Solvang California on November 2–4. 

The following events are open to spectators.  Highlights include Day 2 which has public commentary by the judges on each horse, and Day 3 which includes the Guest Rider exam and final scores for all the horses. We hope you can join us!

East Coast: Hilltop Farm

October 29th - Vet Check AM, Observed Schooling PM

8:30am Vet Check
11:00-11:45am Private Lunch for Stallion Owners & Registry Officials   
11:45-2:15pm Schooling Sessions (Dressage)
2:15-4:45pm Schooling Sessions (Jumper)

7:00pm Dinner for Stallion Owners & Registry Officials (offsite)

October 30th - Observed Schooling AM, Testing PM

8:30-9:45am Schooling Sessions (Dressage)
10:45-12:00pm Schooling Sessions (Jumper)
12:00-1:00pm Lunch ($15) Please RSVP by Monday 10/21 to
1:00-2:15pm Jumper Test

3:15-4:30pm Dressage Test

October 31st - Guest Rider, Licensings

8:30-10:10am Guest Rider (Dressage)
11:10-1:10pm Guest Rider (Jumper)
1:10-2:00pm Lunch ($15) Please RSVP by Monday the 21st to
2:00 pm Announcement of Stallion Test Results
           Followed by GOV, AHS/HV, & Westfalen Registry Licensings

West Coast: Pollyrich Farms

November 2nd  - Vet Check PM, Observed Schooling PM

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

November 3rd - Observed Schooling AM, Testing PM

10:00-10:15am Schooling Sessions (Dressage)
10:30-11:30am Schooling Sessions (Jumper)
11:30am-12:30pm Lunch
12:30-1:50pm Jumper Test
2:00-2:20pm Dressage Test

5:30 Wine Tastings, Followed by Dinner Party - $50/ticket all-inclusive.
Please RSVP by Monday, October 28th to

November 4th - Guest Rider AM, Licensing PM

9:00-9:20am Guest Rider (Dressage)
9:30am-11:00am Guest Rider (Jumper)
11:30am Announcement of Stallion Test Results
           Followed by GOV, AHS/HV, & Westfalen Registry Licensings

*NOTE that these schedules are tentative!

For more information, please click here to visit the North American Sport Test website.