Friday, July 12, 2019

Foundation Sire: Akzent 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!
1974–1993
171 cm
Bay
Breeder: Joachim Kemmer


Akzent II was bred by Joachim Kemmer, father of German dressage team rider Heike, and stood at the family stud, Amselhof, and then on lease at the Celle State stud in Altenbruch before coming to the Oldenburg stallion station of Ludwig Kathmann in 1985. Akzent II was prized for carrying on the "type" of the Trakehner Absatz: a noble head and appealing face, ideal neck and saddle position and a good shoulder, combined with soft-to-the-ground way of going. His dam was by the Thoroughbred Waidmannsdank, who was one of the most influential Thoroughbreds of the post-war period in Hanover. He was for many years the leading Thoroughbred sire of licensed stallions and head stud book mares, and second only to Der Löwe as a Thoroughbred sire of competition horses. Not surprisingly, Akzent II scored very highly for type and ridability. In the Hanoverian Stallion Yearbook of 2002 (the last in which he appears) he is scored 144 for type, putting him into the top-ten category based on studbook inspections, and 134 for ridability on the basis of the mare performance tests. His dressage score on the mare tests was only 112, still better than his jumping ranking of 101. His FN ranking was 116 for dressage and 100 for jumping. By 2002 he had produced 747 competition horses with winnings of DM1,183,852. His most successful competitor was Amazonas, the winner of the German Dressage Derby with Karin Schlüter in 1987, with winnings of DM98,623, not far in front of Isabell Werth’s Agnelli FRH, who won the Otto Lorke prize for Grand Prix horses under 10 years in 2000, and who by 2002 had won DM95,185. Akzent II was the sire of eleven licensed sons.


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






Wednesday, July 10, 2019

It's pretty exciting what's happening in England with the Equitop Bolesworth Young Horse Championships (August 14–18) this year. The event will include not only the Young Horse Championships, but also a CSI** International classes and CSIAm International classes, an elite stallion showcase, and two elite auctions. What a way for a young horse to see the world without leaving the event!

Read more...

Monday, July 8, 2019

theHorse - Detecting Twins, Special Technique

theHorse.com has published a new article on detecting twins in horses, written by Christa Lesté-Lasserre, MA. It goes into some detail about the risks of carrying twins to term, discusses how twins are usually detected, and describes a specific way of placing the electrodes for electrocardiograms (ECG) to detect twins in early (or later) pregnancy. This is followed by a case study.

Read the full article here.

Thursday, July 4, 2019

New Hanoverian Breeding Manager

Photo: Hanoverian Verband

Ulrich Hahne is new Breeding Manager

Verden. The Hannoveraner Verband has a new breeding manager. In its meeting on June 24th the board of the Hannoveraner Verband appointed Ulrich Hahne as the new breeding manager. The former association spokesman of young breeders has been director of the studbook department since 2001 and deputy breeding manager since 2006. In the past years, he has already performed numerous tasks of the breeding management.

Ulrich Hahne comes from a breeder family near Verden and was a young breeder from the very beginning. After completing his agricultural training, he studied agricultural sciences in Kiel with a focus on animal breeding, graduating as an agricultural engineer. During his studies, he was spokesman of young breeders of the Hannoveraner Verband. The 46 year old is married and has three children. "The breeding management of the Hannoveraner Verband is a very special task, which I am looking forward to and have respect for. I believe that I have always had a good contact with our breeders and hope that I can maintain and intensify this contact."

"The appointment of a new Breeding Director is another mosaic stone on the way to the future. We are happy to have won Ulrich Hahne for this position. He knows the association, its structures and its environment like hardly anyone else. He is technically very competent and I also believe that he is humanly able to bring us forward in the current situation," said the president of the Hannoveraner Verband, Hans-Henning von der Decken, commenting on this decision.

Daily Show and Sole Mio To Compete at World Young Horse Championships

Sole Mio at the North American Stallion Sport Test, 2018, with rider Emily Miles and owner Leslie Waterman. Photo by Allie Conrad.

Two young stallions from North America will be competing under Kansas-based rider Emily Miles in the World Young Horse Championships this year in Ermelo, The Netherlands. The two 5-year-old stallions are:

Daily Show, a Hanoverian by Danciano out of Stockholm, whose average qualifying score was 85.033%.

Sole Mio, a Rhinelander by Stanford out of Donnerschwee, with an average qualifying score of 82.733%.

The stallions were bred in Germany, and imported by Leslie Waterman of Franklin, Tennessee. Leslie has a vision for growing dressage in the US in part by growing and training young horses with performance in mind. Her first horses are now competing at the FEI levels.

Leslie believes in consistent training for her horses from starting to Grand Prix, and she has had Emily Miles handle the training on these two from the beginning. They have been very successful in their showing careers to date. Leslie also brought both young stallions to the North American Sport Test in 2018, where they were ridden mostly by Emily. They placed first (Sole Mio) and second (Daily Show). Emily herself prompted the comment, "That's what dressage riding should look like," from one of the German judges.

The day will be delightful when the US can send horses from a US-based breeding program to Ermelo for the Championships, but this year we can take pride in the American-trained and ridden young stallions Daily Show and Sole Mio. Hats off to Leslie Waterman's vision as it becomes a reality, and to Emily Miles, the sympathetic and elegant rider from Kansas who's a big part of making it happen.

For current photos, click for article at DressageNews.com.

For more on the North American Stallion Sport Test 2018 click here.

Monday, July 1, 2019

US-Bred Horses Selected for Pan-Am Teams

Credit: USEA/Leslie Mintz photos

US-bred horses will represent the United States at the 2019 Pan-American Games this year on both the eventing and dressage teams. The two event horses are by stallions standing in the US, including Riverman, who is listed on WarmbloodStallionsNA.com (see link below). The US Sport Horse Breeders Association included this report in their recent email newsletter to members:

Every breeder has probably dreamt of seeing one of their foals go on to greatness and for three US breeders that dream is coming true this year. The 2019 Pan-American Teams have been announced and three US-bred horses will be representing the US this year.

In dressage, Faro SQF (Fidertanz x Rose/Rotspon) will compete with new team member Nora Batchelder. Faro, a Hanoverian gelding, is owned by Nora and Andrea Whitcomb and was bred by Jill Peterson in Florida.

In eventing, we see two US-bred offspring and both are by stallions standing in the US! Tamra Smith will be riding Judith McSwain's Fleeceworks Royal (Riverman x Marisol/Corofino). This Holsteiner mare was bred by Charlotte Wrather of California. Veteran team member Boyd Martin will be riding the Trakehner gelding Tsetserleg (Windfall x Thabana) who was bred by Timothy Holekamp and is owned by Christine Turner.

We wish the best of luck to the entire US Teams, but especially to the connections of these three US-bred horses!

We at WarmbloodStallionsNA.com second that!

To visit the USSHBA website, click here.

To learn more about Riverman, sire of Fleeceworks Royal, click here.

For more about the US Eventing Association, click here.

To visit the USEF website, click here.

Friday, June 28, 2019

Foundation Sire: Ahorn

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!
1982–1999
167 cm
Bay


When the famous Dutch breeder Wiepke van de Lageweg found the Ladykiller mare Hyazinthe, he secured a veritable gold mine. The tall, elegant mare produced no less than three licensed stallion sons: Ahorn, Denver (Belgium) and Farmer (Britain). Two of her other foals became national level showjumpers, while another competed to Z level. Ahorn was himself an international performer, placing at a number of top European shows including Donaueschingen, Den Bosch, Winschoten and The Hague – as well as finishing 8th in the Dutch championship. Ahorn comes from the legendary 242 Holstein line, considered one of the best of that famous group of jumping bloodlines, and through that Ahorn is related to Joost, Alcatraz, Roderik, and Locarno. Ahorn was granted Preferent status in 2001 and is the sire of ten approved stallion sons including AK High Valley Z; High Valley’s full-brother, Noble Boy; Furore; Ohorn and Hattrick. Ahorn had four approved grandsons, including Kelvin (by Flemmingh). International jumpers by Ahorn include Dublin (Astrid Wöss), Feizal (Mario Deslauriers) and Ivor (François Mathy Jr). Ahorn’s daughter Ursula XII (Papageno) carried Scott Brash to 3rd place in the 2014 World Cup final in Lyon, and in 2016 the pair won the Rolex Grand Prix of Calgary. In 2017, Ursula returned to competition, with a Grand Prix win in Doha. On the 2015/16 KWPN breeding values for jumping stallions with a reliability of 90%+, Ahorn is ranked 24th, three places below his illustrious sire, with a value of 134 (90%). He sired 1288 progeny over four years old, with 396 going on to compete – 30.745%. On the 2016/17 KWPN values, Ahorn is 23rd, with a jumping breeding value of 135 (conformation – 105, conformation – 105, free movement – 103, freejumping – 104). He has produced 1288 progeny four years and older, with 397 competitors (30.82%).


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

Friday, June 14, 2019

Foundation Sire: Inschallah

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!
1968–1990
169 cm
Grey
Breeder - J. Guicheney 

Inschallah was a French-bred grey Anglo Arab (36% Arab) who was exported from France to Oldenburg, where he became the most important sire next to Furioso II at the famous Vorwerk stallion station in Cappeln. Inschallah stood from 1970 to 1990 at Gestüt Vorwerk.
In 1972 he won his stallion performance test in Westercelle. Among his 30-some licensed sons are Indonese, a highly successful Grand Prix stallion, Ile de Bourbon and Inervall, two advanced (S) level winning show jumpers, and Inselfürst, who won his stallion performance test. He was the sire of the Swedish Olympic horse Inferno. Inschallah AA also sired more than 70 premium mares and a great number of horses that were highly successful in sport. Inschallah was approved for breeding by the Oldenburg Verband as well as Hanoverian Verband, Trakehner, Westfalen, Hessichen (Hessen) and Rhineland Verbands. Inschallah was a large-framed horse with enormous gaits, producing a more rounded movement, with higher knee action and a reaching forward stride as opposed to the flat leg movement of earlier times. His progeny’s winnings in Europe amounted to almost one million DM. He sired over 30 licensed sons but has emerged as a more important broodmare sire – Rohdiamant and his full brother, Royal Diamond, are both out of Inschallah mares. In 1995, Germany’s former Oldenburg breeding manager, Dr Roland Ramsauer, said “Inschallah blood is currently very popular with European breeders. Inschallah's impeccable temperament has been successfully and consistently showing up in generation after generation of his offspring. Breeders have discovered that although there are excellent moving stallions available, there have been some problems with unsuitable temperament. The Inschallah blood produces enormous gaits and solid conformation, but it also produces very suitable sport horse temperament.” Inschallah’s son, Istafan, who was represented at the European Showjumping Championships 2015 by his son Isti, is very much a product of the breeding program of the great Georg Vorwerk: by Inschallah, out of a mare by Furioso II out of a mare by the Verwerk’s great Thoroughbred sire, More Magic xx.


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




Wednesday, June 12, 2019

Tempel Farms Showcases Rare Brown Lipizzan


The Lipizzan breeding and performance programs at Tempel Farms were featured in a recent article in the Chicago Tribune newspaper. The article focused on the eight Lipizzan foals born this year, the 60th anniversary of Tempel Farms, and the work they have done in preserving the Lipizzan breed. 

It was in 1958 that Tempel and Esther Smith brought 20 Lipizzans to Illinois from Austria. They founded Tempel Farms with the goal of not only breeding the famous white horses, but recreating the whole tradition, exemplified by the Spanish Riding School in Vienna, in the suburbs of Chicago. They brought the horses, began a breeding program, brought in trainers (including later the legendary Karl Mikola, who sadly passed away this year), and built a lovely performance arena. Tempel Lipizzans have been continuing to preserve and perform the tradition of classical dressage and the "airs above the ground" for 60 years. 

Also specially featured in the article is Maestoso Batrina - a rare bay Lipizzan who will be performing this year. According to the article, he took part in the performances as a foal, as a young stallion, and now will be part of the grand finale and perform the challenging courbette.

The 2019 performance schedule is now available on the Tempel Farms website and will continue now through September 8.

To read the Tribune article, click here.

Friday, June 7, 2019

Wisdom From Dr. Ludwig Christmann


Dr. Ludwig Christmann has been a welcome guest in North America for decades because of his sensible insights into breeding. His knowledge of bloodlines is phenomenal, and his generosity in sharing his knowledge is an inspiration.

Christopher Hector, of The Horse Magazine, interviewed Dr. Christmann this year, and they touched on many general breeding topics, and many specific examples for illustration. His far-ranging opinions - what works and what doesn't, his thoughts on Dutch vs. Hanoverian horses, how WFFS was handled, modern trends in breeding, why the Hanoverian has been successful, and the dangers of breeding to young but untested stallions - are all well worth the read.

For example, the creation of superstar young stallions who are not really proven in either breeding or sport is a huge phenomenon. Dr. Christmann's understated response to a young dressage stallion who had 600 mares in his first year: "I would like to see a little less excitement."

Another interesting point was the difference he drew between breeding a saleable horse and breeding a Grand Prix horse. He said that in Germany, "There are some breeders who want to breed a Grand Prix horse, but the majority want a horse that is saleable, a horse that is a super young horse." Inherent in that is the recognition that a horse that is saleable as a young horse - flashy, lots of front end movement - is not necessarily the horse that has the talent for FEI work. 

I believe it is a world-wide problem - that riders are too easily swayed by flashy movement in a young horse. It has led to flashy movement as a breeding goal, perhaps at the expense of other, more desirable traits.

Read the thought-provoking interview with Dr. Christmann here.


Thursday, June 6, 2019

Devon: Your Next Champion, Easier Scheduling, Ponies in the Dixon and the Parade of Breeds is Back!

Mature Horse Champion: Lionel, 4-year-old Danish Warmblood.

Dressage at Devon Breed Show Breed Division

September 24 – 26, 2019


June 6, 2019  (Devon, PA) - Dressage at Devon (www.dresssageatdevon.org) is well-known for attracting top performers to the famed Dixon Oval. But the first three days of the show features the largest open breed show in the world, attracting many top breeders, of all sizes.

Scheduling

Tuesday

To make the schedule easier on competitors, the Individual Breed classes (IBC) will be held on Tuesday, Sept 24, to facilitate a more relaxed time schedule and increase the safety of horses and riders.

There's still time to sponsor your favorite breed or to sponsor the Parade of Breeds! Contact Melanie Sloyer, Chair of the Breed Show, msloyer@dressageatdevon.org for more details.

The Tuesday schedule also now includes the group classes such as Breeders Group, Get of Sire, and Produce of Dam. This scheduling change allowed us to reintroduce the popular Parade of Breeds at the conclusion of the IBC classes.

New this year! All owners and handlers are invited for wine and cheese Tuesday night!

Wednesday

Young (sport horse prospects), Mature (Breeding Stock) horses, and Materiale (under saddle) classes will be held on Wednesday, September 25. These classes will be qualifiers for the Dressage at Devon Championships and the United States Dressage Federation Breeders Championships - East Coast Series.

Thursday

Championships will be held on Thursday, leading into the start of the performance division in the afternoon. Make sure your favorite breed is represented.

Attention Pony Breeders

In response to the increasing popularity of ponies in the dressage ring, in 2018, DAD introduced pony only classes that ‘mirror’ the breed division in-hand classes. “While we've always included ponies in the breed show, these classes allow pony breeders a more level playing field – as well as an opportunity to truly show off the qualities of pony breeds. Classes will include the Colt, Filly, Foal, Mare, Stallion Championships – based on qualifier classes – just as we have held for the horses,” said Melanie Sloyer, chair of the Breed Division.  

“Plus, as a result of our partnership with the National Dressage Pony Cup, points earned at Dressage at Devon will count towards year end awards, ” added Sloyer.

For measurement and show requirements please visit https://www.dressageponycup.com/breed-show.html.

For more information, contact Melanie Sloyer, Chairman of the Breed Show, at msloyer@dressageatdevon.org. The prize list will be available in late June.

Looking for Your Next Equine Champion?

Many of the horses (and ponies) brought to DAD’s Breed Show are the future stars of dressage. But many others will excel in other equestrian disciplines.

“The breeders at Dressage at Devon have had top quality horses for years, if not decades,” said Melanie Sloyer. “Many go on to top dressage levels. But many others find their niche in hunters, jumpers and all other equestrian disciplines. Prospective buyers shouldn’t miss the championship classes on Thursday.”

Horses that are for sale will be identified with green tags. So stop by Tuesday through Thursday at Dressage at Devon to meet your new champion.

The 2019 Dressage at Devon will take place September 24-September 29 at the Devon Horse Show Grounds in Devon, PA. For reserved seating, visit dressageatdevon.org/box-office.

About Dressage at Devon (www.dressageatdevon.org)

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.

Wednesday, June 5, 2019

Spotted Foal by Totilas

One of the top stories in British breeding news? A spotted foal by Totilas! As reported in Horse & Hound, the new foal is called Spotilas, and was born mid-May. He's by Totilas out of Luna Af Nyskoven, a Knabstrupper mare. And yes, he does indeed have spots.

Click here for the story and photos.

Friday, May 31, 2019

Leatherdale Farms Announces Retirement of Home-Bred Grand Prix Powerhouse Devon L



Wellington, Fla. - May 21, 2019 

Diane Creech and Devon L
Following a stellar career with Canada's Diane Creech and her daughter, Vanessa Creech-Terauds, Leatherdale Farms's 19-year-old Hanoverian gelding Devon L (De Niro-EM Wibranda, Wolkenstein II) will be retired from high-performance dressage competition.

Bred by Doug and Louise Leatherdale, founders and owners of Leatherdale Farms, Devon L turned heads from the moment he was born at their farm in Minnesota, especially as a shiny chestnut despite his dam and sire both being black. Throughout Devon L's long and illustrious show career he has played an instrumental role for his riders. In 2005 Devon L and Creech dominated the 5-year-old division tests and won the Canadian FEI 5-Year-Old Championship title. The following year, the pair represented Canada at the 2006 World Young Horse Breeding Championships in Verden, Germany. However, his success as a young horse was only the beginning of much more success to come.



As Devon L's sole trainer and rider, Creech formed a strong bond with the gelding and they made their Grand Prix debut in 2009. They enjoyed top placings and many CDI Grand Prix wins around the globe, with the pinnacle of their resume thus far being their selection as the reserve horse-and-rider combination for the 2012 London Olympic Games. A few years later in 2014, Creech and Devon L earned a new career high score of 75.100% in Palgrave, Ontario, during their Grand Prix Freestyle.

Diane Creech and Devon L
"I met Devon when he was just turning 3 and, after some excitement getting him undersaddle, he has continued to fill my life with stories and many, 'Wow,' moments," Creech explained. "He is so talented with a genius mind and training came so easy to him. He taught me so much over the years - carrying me from Training Level youngster moments to being a world-class horse ready to head down centerline at the London Olympic Games as Canada's traveling reserves. 

"Retirement are the golden years of our lives and while Devon L is still so young at heart and happy to work, we decided to retire him," Creech continued. "I've always wanted him to feel great as he steps into the next chapter of life happy and full of it. In his mind, he believes he is a 6-year-old and is ready to give 120%. In the meantime, we have to protect his body from his mind and remind him, laughingly, of his age. With one bright and one tearful eye, we decided to make the decision for him and lead him through his next door."

A few years prior to Devon L's retirement, Leatherdale provided the opportunity of a lifetime to Creech-Terauds. Ready to teach a younger rider the ins and outs of the Grand Prix, Devon L and Creech-Terauds began their partnership in May 2017 competing in the U25 Grand Prix division. As Creech-Terauds strengthened her understanding as a U25 rider, Devon L gave her the confidence to further develop her skills, improving their scores each time they stepped in the ring. As a result, they've won over 10 CDI U25 classes together. In 2018, the pair made the trip to Pennsylvania for Dressage at Devon, where they were undefeated in their division.

Vanessa Creech-Terauds and Devon L
"These past two years that I have been fortunate enough to ride and learn from Devon have been absolutely priceless," said Creech-Terauds. "Moving up from Young Riders to the U25 Grand Prix was a very big step and learning curve, and Devon was the best teacher I could've asked for. Always keeping me on my toes and riding every step, his sharp mind and bold personality really showed me what it takes to be a Grand Prix rider. Being able to share so many memories and accomplishments has been a dream come true and I can't thank Louise enough." 

Vanessa Creech-Terauds and Devon L
Leatherdale Farms proudly recognizes this exceptional horse and his great achievements as a great teacher, companion and partner.

"A kind horse that always gave so much of himself to his riders, Devon L brought our entire team an immense amount of joy over the years," Leatherdale said. "Devon L's ability to listen and learn from a young age made him wise beyond his years and he carried this wisdom and enthusiasm throughout his adult life." 

"We are so lucky that Louise is allowing us to take Devon home to Canada with us for his retirement, where he will still be hacked out and be the big uncle to our young Damsey filly, Davina," Creech said. "Devon has taken me so many places and I will always be grateful to him and to Louise, who has supported us all these years. From the bottom of my heart, thank you to Doug and Louise Leatherdale, and Devon L! Let's celebrate looking forward to many more years together!"




Foundation Sire: Lucky Boy

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!


1966–1984
167 cm
Brown
1976 Keur1979 Preferent 


The Thoroughbred stallion Lucky Boy was responsible for the first of the Dutch modern jumpers to set the world alight. Melanie Smith’s Calypso finished second in the 1980 World Cup final and then followed that up two years later with a victory in the 1982 final in Göteborg.

Lucky Boy contributed a string of top jumpers to the international scene. There was Willi Melliger’s Van Gogh, and The Freak with Hugo Simon and later Dirk Hafemeister, and Anne Kursinski’s Medrano – and all three of them were in Los Angeles for the 1984 Olympic Games. In fact, the Lucky Boys seemed to come in threes, because three years later, the winning American team in the Nations Cup at Spruce Meadows found room for three Lucky Boy offspring: VIP and Debbie Dolan, Victor and Joan Scharffenberger, and Anne Kursinski and Medrano. Other international performers include Urchin (Rene Tebbel), Logo (Dianne Shaw), Dutch Regard (Mike McCormick), Revlon Rascal (Lisa Tarnopol), Servus (Martha Burstein), Windsor (Guido Dominici), Zazou (Phillip Heffer), US Neapolitan (Annemarie Kynsilehto) and Bokilly (Eugenie Legrand, now Eugenie Angot).
Lucky Boy produced 16 stallion sons, the most famous of which was Octrooi, who had a successful career in the USA under the name Best of Luck. Interestingly, he was out of a mare by yet another Thoroughbred sire, Koridon.
Best of Luck competed in Europe as a Grand Prix jumper where he was a champion, and in North America where he was a Champion Hunter. A horse of elegance and impressive appearance, Best Of Luck sired winners in all Hunter and Jumper divisions from Junior / Amateur to Open, Puissance and International Grand Prix, as well as FEI dressage and Combined Training champions. He scored over 100 points in both Dressage and Jumping on the Dutch Stallion Index.

[Editor's Note: Best Of Luck was owned in America by Tish Quirk, and he was the foundation stallion of her breeding program. His sons Just The Best and More Than Luck continued the winning tradition, and Tish now stands the grandsons of Best Of Luck: All The Best by Just The Best, and More Like It by More Than Luck (see below for links). For more about Tish and her horses, visit her website.]


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


Wednesday, May 29, 2019

The Horse Magazine on Cloning

Quidam de Revel II Z
Christopher Hector, of The Horse Magazine in Australia, has a new article out on cloning horses, and whether that's been a success or not. He looks at the horses that have been cloned, their competition results, and the results of their offspring. He interviews the people involved, and gets a picture of where cloning is today. He looks at the reasoning behind cloning - whether it's to get breeding stock or competition stock - and what has been most successful. 

Click here to read "Clones - Success or Failure".

Tuesday, May 28, 2019

2019 Breeders Seminar


2019 Breeders Seminar

In Affiliation with the U.S. Sport Horse Breeders Association

June 29–30, 2019



Join us for an educational weekend as we discuss modern approaches for today's sport horse breeders. Featured speakers will highlight the role of science to advance your breeding decisions on topics such as:
    • Genetic Inheritance & Testing
    • Advances in Repro: ET's & Oocyte Recovery
    • Breeding Theories, including Line Breeding
    • A Current Look at OCD
    • Development of Stallion Prospects
    • Early Farrier Intervention for Limb Abnormalities
    • Breeding Values Based on Facts/Data
    • Horse Breeding in the 21st Century


Featured Presenters Include:

Dr. Carrie Finno, DVM, PHD, Diplomate, ACVIM
Assoc. Professor, Genetics, UC Davis

Dr. Liz Arbitteir, VMD, CVA
Asst. Professor, Field Service, UPenn

Dr. Michelle Abraham, BSc, BVMS, DACVIM, LAIM
Asst. Professor, Internal Medicine, UPenn

Dr. Tamara Dobbie,  DVM, DACT
Assoc. Professor, Clinical Studies, UPenn

Daniëlle Arts, MSc
Breeding Specialist, KWPN

Kirk Groves
Performance Farrier

Natalie DiBerardinis
Managing Director, Hilltop Farm, Inc.




Don't miss out! The registration deadline is 6/21. 

Seminar is $350/ticket. The discounted rate available to USSHBA Members and 2019 Hilltop breeders is $295. Registration includes seminar, lunch Sat/Sun, and dinner Sat. 



Hilltop Farm, Inc. | 410-658-9898
www.hilltopfarminc.com | breeding@hilltopfarminc.com 



Hyperion Stud Young Stallions Presented at Flyinge

Press Release from Hyperion Stud, April 11, 2019
Two youngsters from Hyperion Stud were invited to attend the stallion testing at Flyinge in Sweden on February 26, 2019 through March 3, 2019 
Can’t Touch This I (HS) is a 2015 Holsteiner stallion bred by American breeder Reece Miller, and bought as a foal by Hyperion Stud. He is sired by Casall/Canturo/Acorado/Ramiro from stamm 776 and is approved for breeding by the Oldenburg and Mecklenburg Verbands. This stallion come from a hugely successful stamm line as listed below.
1st mother Canturana :
  • Full sister to 1.50 international showjumper Couer de Canturo by Canturo owned by Stud Maas J. Hell
  • Half sister to 1.35 internationally placed 2011 showjumper Stallion Samiro 50 by Singulord Joter
  • Half sister to 2012 mare Evita by Singulord Joter , successful MPT in Holstein with 9.5 jumping
  • 1st Mother of 2014 mare Grace by Casall. Successful MPT in Holstein with 9.5 jumping and 8.5 rideability
  • Mother of 2015 stallion Can’t Touch This I by Casall. Foal championship foal and approved stallion with Mecklenburg and Oldenburg Verbands.
  • Mother of 2016 stallion Can’t Touch This II by Casall. Foal Championship foal and approved stallion with Mecklenburg Verband.
  • Mother of 2017 filly by Comme il Faut.
  • Mother of 2018 filly by Cornet Obolensky – foal championship filly.
2nd mother Synfonie :
  • Mother of 1.50 showjumper Couer de Canturo by Canturo owner Maas J. Hell
  • Mother of 2011 Stallion Samiro 50 by Singulord Joter, international placed 1.35 showjumper
  • Mother of 2012 mare Evita by Singulord Joter, successful MPT with 9.5 jumping
3rd mother Deflorata :
  • Mother of approved stallion Apolon by Acorado I – Croatia
  • Mother of 3 States Premium breeding mares by Acorado and Calido
4th mother Walesca :
  • Mother of 1.60 showjumper Alamo by Acorado I
  • Mother of 1.40 showjumper Ralando by Ramiro
  • Grandmother of VDL Groep Zidane – 1.60 showjumper
  • Grandmother of Quin Air –  1.60 showjumper
  • Grandmother of Dante  - 1.60 showjumper
  • Grandmother of HG Heartbeat –  1.55 showjumper
  • Grandmother of Tucada Della Caccia – 1.45 showjumper
  • Grandmother of Baloubet By ETL – 1.45 showjumper
  • Grandmother of Sparco – 1.45 showjumper
  • Grandmother of Lentini –  Approved Stallion Holsteiner Verband and 1.40 showjumper
  • Grandmother of Looping 66 – 1.40 showjumper
  • Grandmother of Erickson EB – 1.40 showjumper
Cool Jazz is a 2012 Holsteiner Approved Stallion by Colman / Cascavelle / Sacramento Song xx from stamm 238. He was licensed by the Holsteiner Verband in Neumunster in 2014. The following year he successfully completed and passed his Stallion Performance Test in Germany to become fully approved as a Holsteiner breeding stallion.
1st mother MyLady I :
  • Mother of 2012 Holsteiner Verband approved Stallion Cool Jazz by Colman
  • Mother of 1.50 inter. showjumper Coltrane by Colman
  • Mother of 1.50 inter. showjumper Constanze 55 by Colman
2nd mother Olivia :
  • Mother of 1.50 showjumper Tovia by Lord
  • Grandmother of 1.40 showjumper Noblesse X by Candillo
  • Grandmother of 1.40 showjumper Ophelia XVIII by Caretino
Hyperion Stud owner Vicky Castegren attended the Swedish licensing. “I really enjoyed meeting old friends and making new contacts in Sweden.” She explains, “I was born in the US, but I am from a Swedish family. I speak the language and often travel to Sweden. I am excited to be working with the Swedish Warmblood Association as we have top show jumping bloodlines to offer their programs. I also wanted to get the word out to Swedish riders that we have a pipeline of quality show jumping prospects in Europe as well as in the US.”
“Since both of my stallions are already approved in Germany; they did not need to do the Swedish testing, but I was interested in the process so I sent the two. The test is just four days, but I was surprised by how tough it was for the younger stallions especially.” The testing takes place in February, so many of the stallions are just coming into their new age year. The first part of the stallion test begins with the conformation evaluation as well as having the home rider showing the horse over fences. The second phase includes a flat portion where the home rider represents the horses in a verbally dictated pattern of movements as well as cantering over poles. During the third phase the horse is presented by his usual rider and then jumped by two test riders for 15 minutes each. On the final day the horse is jumped again with his home rider. “This was quite a task to ask of the younger stallions over age 3 and I was quite happy with how Can’t Touch This handled the questions that were asked of him. For the older horses, Cool Jazz had an unfortunate first day jumping due to some last minute changes that had to be made to satisfy the judges. Despite the outcome of the first jumping test, the rest of his performance was excellent, and was just as he is in the competition arena. Sporty, quick and clever,” says Vicky.
“I was very proud of how my stallions performed,” says Vicky, “ Especially Can’t Touch This I (HS), who is still quite young. Even though he was not approved by the judges in Sweden, he was approved in Germany by two big studbooks. I still felt that it was worthwhile to present my stallions in Sweden, and I know the people watching the horse felt he was of special quality in not only type but for the genetics he can offer the Swedish breeding market. He truly is a special horse and in time he will certainly show his distinction in sport.”
Swedish breeders have the option to choose stallions approved by outside studbooks under the World Breeding Federation for Sport Horses rules. All stallions from Hyperion Stud will be available to breeders in Sweden, with Imothep and Chin Quidam VDL semen already stationed there. Hyperion’s plan is to make Can’t Touch This HS available to breeders in short time not only in Europe but worldwide along with other stallions who have recently gotten approved in Germany: Can’t Touch This II (HS), who is also bred by Reece Miller; and Carry The Cash HS (v.Cash and Carry/Cayado/Concorde stamm 776- bred by Hyperion Stud).
Hyperion also offers a wide range of horses for sale both in Europe and in the United States.
For more information please contact us at hyperionstudllc@gmail.com