Friday, May 17, 2019

Foundation Sire: Ferro

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!

169 cm
Breeder: H. J. Gerrits 

Ferro started out in life to be a showjumper but ended up one of the more famous dressage stallions of modern times.
Trainer Johann Hinnemann once said,  “I always believed that Ferro was, and is, a very good horse because he has a very good character, and the power in his hind legs is very good. He is a strong horse. We saw he had a lot of talent for collection, then as Johann says, we worked on the basics, many many transitions until he went better, started to use his back better. The results at the shows in the small tour were very good.”
Ferro went on to a sixth place at the 1998 WEG in Rome, and be part of the bronze medal winning Dutch team at the Sydney Olympic Games. Ferro’s career highlight was in 2000, when they placed second in the World Cup Finals in ‘s Hertogenbosch, scoring over 80% for their Kür.
As a breeding stallion, Ferro has been very successful, producing a number of successful young dressage horse competitors, and the international dressage competitor, Jarwo. He has more than ten licensed sons, including Kennedy, Metall, Negro, Osmium, Paddox, Pyriet, Rhodium and Hilltop Rousseau.
On the 2011 WBFSH dressage stallion standings, Ferro was in 4th, on the 2013 rankings, he dropped out of the top ten, but his son, Negro had moved into 10th place.
At the 2008 Olympic Games, Ferro was represented by his son Mythilus, in the American Dressage team and Prestige in the Spanish team.
On the 2015/16 KWPN breeding values for stallions with a reliability of over 90%, Ferro is in 11th with a value of 148 (97%) He has produced 2059 progeny over 4, with 684 competitors (= 33.22%).

On the 2015 WBFSH stallion rankings, Ferro is in 7th place with 10 points earners with his standout star, Glock’s Undercover with 2686, way in front of the 2nd highest, Goerklintgaards Fanero on 1455.

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

Friday, May 3, 2019

Foundation Sire: Rotspon

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!

168 cm
Breeder: Hans-Heinrich Müller 

In 2018, Rotspon was awarded Hanoverian Stallion of the Year. He has 29 licensed sons in Germany and he has sired 122 State Premium mares.

He was reserve champion of his licensing and the following year easily won his performance test with a score of 145.67. He was a particular star for the test riders, giving them all such a pleasant ride.
He has consistently produced top-selling auction horses at the Verden auction. As of 2019, he is the sire of 122 state premium mares, including Romanze, the champion mare of the 2002 Ratje-Niebuhr Show in Verden.
Rotspon has been responsible for twenty licensed stallions, including Re Primeur and Royal Blend both of whom were awarded the Burchard Müller Prize as the best stallions of their respective age classes.

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

Wednesday, April 24, 2019

George Williams and Nancy Williams Join the Dressage at Devon Board of Directors

George Williams on Rocher

April 23, 2019 (Devon, PA) – George Williams, one of the longest-serving Presidents of the United States Dressage Federation, and Nancy Williams, an attorney with a special interest in equine activities, have joined the Dressage at Devon Board of Directors.

“We are thrilled to have George and Nancy on our Board,” said Robbie Kankus, Chair of the Board.  “George’s national and international fame are well-deserved. And we welcome Nancy’s experience in the law and specifically equine and real estate law. With their input, the 2019 Dressage at Devon will be bigger and better than ever!”

George Williams is one of the longest serving Presidents of the United States Dressage Federation, and a prominent figure in international Dressage. As a well-respected US team competitor, Trainer, Coach, Clinician and Author, he has successfully represented the United States in International Competitions and has won numerous National Championships. He has trained many horses and riders from Junior/Young Riders to Adult Amateurs, but he is best known for piloting the black Westfalen mare Rocher to international fame. He is currently the US Dressage National Youth Coach and his leadership skills have earned him a recent appointment to the Federation Equestrian International Dressage Committee. George is known for his quiet, Classical approach to his horses and his riders as well as notorious for his dry sense of humor. 

Nancy Williams is a partner with the law firm of Kleinbard LLC (Philadelphia, PA)  practicing in the fields of corporate and commercial law with an emphasis on real estate, finance, mergers and acquisitions and equine law. She is currently Vice President of the Board of Directors for Dream Catchers, a premier therapeutic riding center. Nancy has been a science teacher and athletic trainer both in public and private secondary school settings and is currently active in equine activities and animal rescue.

The 2019 Dressage at Devon will take place September 24-September 29 at the Devon Horse Show Grounds in Devon, PA. For reserved seating,

About Dressage at Devon (
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.

Tuesday, April 23, 2019

Sea Lion: Offspring Report 2019

Ruffian Stables is proud to report that three out of the fifteen foals of 2019 by Sea Lion have been born, and are looking good!

First up (video above) is a filly born in February, out of an Irish mare. She doesn't have a registered name yet, but her owner, Annie Aul of Montgomery, Alabama, reports that she was born with "a healthy appetite and the most beautiful legs you’ve ever seen! Bay, not a speck of white!"

Next up: 2019 filly Rooney, and a colt who doesn't have a name yet:

Rooney, 2019 filly by Sea Lion out of an Irish mare. Bred and owned by Ann Shira O'Donnell of Dallas, Texas.
2019 colt by Sea Lion out of a KWPN mare. Bred and owned by Brynn Meuchel of Kalispell, Montana.
Stay tuned! Twelve more foals on the way for 2019! 

Sea Lion's older offspring are just reaching the age to start careers. Sargasso Sea SRC, a 2015 son of Sea Lion, out of a Hanoverian mare, has been purchased by USA Team rider Lynn Symanski of Middleburg, Virginia. Sea Lion's owner, Pam Fisher, says "His pre-purchase was done by USA team vets! I'm so excited about that. He is just four years old, but in very capable hands." Sargasso Sea is Sea Lion's second-oldest son. Sargasso Sea was bred by Pamela Duffy.

Sunsprite Sargasso Sea, by Sea Lion, shown here at age 3.
Another of Sea Lion's offspring, Sea Lioness, just qualified in April for the National Championships in the 3-year-old division of the Future Event Horse competition. Sea Lioness was born in 2016 out of an Oldenburg mare. She was bred by Sea Lion's owner, Pam Fisher, who trained and rode Sea Lion to event at the international 4* (now 5*) level. Pam will back Sea Lioness in May and teach her to free jump in preparation for the championships in September. They live in Los Alamos, California.

Sea Lioness, 2016 mare by Sea Lion, qualifying for the FEH championships.
Congratulations to all these up-and-coming youngsters!

To read more about Sea Lion, click here to visit his Stallion Profile, with more offspring photos!
Sea Lion, competing at the Jersey Fresh 3-star combined training event with Pam Fisher aboard.
Shannon Brinkman photo

Monday, April 22, 2019

USEA: Judging the Future with Peter Gray

The US Eventing Association recently released an interview with Peter Gray, an eventing judge and a strong supporter of the USEA's Future Event Horse program. The article also includes input from the Oldenburg Horse Breeders' Society's Holly Simonsen, who spoke at the 2019 FEH Symposium.

Gray describes the difficulties of judging horses under 4 or 5 years old, because they are always growing and changing, and almost all young horses go through awkward phases during the first years. Gray starts with looking at the horse's balance in movement.

It's a challenge to judge youngsters as future competition prospects, and there are those in the eventing community who refuse to support the FEH program for that reason. Gray, however, believes in the program's value for multiple reasons.

Read the article here.

Friday, April 19, 2019

Foundation Sire: Negro

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!

170 cm
Breeder: Wouter Borgers 

Negro has a 2014 KWPN breeding value of 155 with a reliability of 93%, which put him into fourth place on the standings of dressage stallions with a reliability of over 90%. He is recorded as having sired 1066 progeny over the age of four, with 283 (26.54%) registered as competitors.

Negro is one of the most interesting sons from Ferro. Negro was the winner of both the KWPN Young Stallion competitions – in 2000 (for five-year-olds) and 2001 (for six-year-olds). The qualifying competitions take place at several places in the Netherlands: Zuidbroek, Roosendaal and Deurne, with the final at the KWPN stallion approvals in S’ Hertogenbosch.
He won the title Young Star Stallion at Zwolle in 2001. During the 2001 Young Dressage Horse World Championships in Verden, Negro was the best 6-year-old KWPN entry, placing 4th with his rider Anne van Olst (score 8.5). Negro has successfully competed in the small tour. Of his four starts, he won three times. His first start in the Big Tour, in an Intermediaire I class, he won convincingly with the score of 72.50%. And his rider Anne van Olst was dreaming of the Olympic Games in Athens. In the summer of 2003, a seemingly harmless foot infection made an abrupt ending to his sport career. The Olympic dream was shattered. His career as a sport horse was over but luckily his career as a breeding stallion could be continued. The KWPN awarded Negro Preferent status in early 2012 due to his exceptional offspring.
Owner Gert Jan van Olst says that Negro crosses best with all kind of mares for sport: “He does not need a certain type or bloodline for sporthorses, he fits for every mare. He needs a long-lined mare with a bit blood if you want the total package; a good sport horse and a good broodmare.”
“I think the qualities he gives to his progeny are very good movement, he gives power in the hindquarters. The toplines of his offspring are very correct, this makes it easier to have a good trot and canter. His offspring are having a perfect work ethic, they always want to work and are pleasant to handle.”
On the 2015/16 KWPN breeding rankings, Negro is in 6th place on the list of stallions with a reliability of over 90 with a value of 154 (94%) – up from 147 three years ago. He has sired 1198 horses over the age of four with 328 entering competition for a ratio of 27.378%.

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

Negro himself is available to North American breeders. Click for more information.

Friday, April 5, 2019

Foundation Sire: Argentan

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: Jürgen Clasen 

Argentan was one of the most important founding sires of the modern Hanoverian.

Argentan was Reserve Champion of his stallion licensing in 1969, and the following year was 4th out of 15 candidates in the performance test.
In 1994, he was crowned Hanoverian Stallion of the Year as a result of his extraordinary success as a sire. Argentan was the sire of 805 competition horses who won a total of DM 1,648,638. His broodmares, in particular, were highly regarded and included three Champion German Riding Horse mares at the DLG show: Aragonia (1978), Ascona (1980) and Arabella (1984). He was the sire of 119 state premium mares.
However, he was also the sire of some top performers including Mario Deslauriers 1984 World Cup Showjumping winner, Aramis.
He was the sire of 19 stallion sons, including Airport, Al Capone, and - most famed of all - Argentinus.

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

Tuesday, April 2, 2019

British Young Horse Championships a Showcase for British-Bred

A recent article on the British site EverythingHorse announced that the Bolesworth Estate would be hosting the Young Horse Championships this year. "The event, due to be held in August 2019 at the stunning Bolesworth Estate in Cheshire, will focus on young British horse talent, with an overall aim to ‘promote the best’ and make British breeding great once again."

British breeders struggle with the same issue encountered by American ones: that "more and more trainers head to Europe to select youngstock for showjumping," when there are good horses being bred at home. The show should help in "promoting a shift in trend, to encourage selection from Britain."

To read the article, click here.

To read an article by Sacha about the British Young Horse Championships 2018 on the Breeding British website, click here.

Sunday, March 31, 2019

What to Look for in a Young Event Horse

The US Eventing Association held its Educational Symposium at The Grand Oaks Resort in February, and provided reports on their website. On the third day, the focus was the Young Event Horse program, with clinicians Marilyn Payne, Christian Schacht, and Maxime Livio. In this report, Livio, a rider for the French team, described what he was looking for in a young horse with eventing potential. Jump quality was last on the list; the most important element was breeding.

Click here to read the full article.

Friday, March 29, 2019

Choosing a Stallion for Your Mare

A recent British article has twelve tips for choosing a stallion for your mare. It's a sensible list. Even experienced breeders might find something new to think about. For non-British readers, it's always interesting to see the same issues approached in a slightly different cultural context. 

Read "12 tips to help you choose the right stallion for your mare" on HORSE&

Of course, in North America, we recommend choosing your stallion from among the awesome ones listed on Click here to view our Stallion Gallery!

Wednesday, March 27, 2019

Is the Stallion's Age Important for Fertility?

According to Dr. Ryan Ferris, in a podcast on, a stallion's fertility usually peaks around 12 to 15 years of age, and drops a bit after that, and again after age 20. Horses are individuals, of course, and any given stallion may have excellent-quality semen even at an advanced age - another might have poorer-quality semen when young.

The podcast is part of's series "Get Ready for Equine Breeding Season!" from their Ask TheHorse Live Q&A program. Click here to learn more, and to listen to an excerpt from the podcast.

Tuesday, March 26, 2019

Are American Breeders "Hysterical"? The Reaction to WFFS

by Anna Goebel
Warmblood Stallions of North America

Have American breeders been “hysterical” in their reaction to Warmblood Fragile Foal Syndrome? I’ve seen that word used twice by Europeans in the last month to describe how American breeders reacted to WFFS. 

The first instance was on Facebook in response to a news item I posted on February 22. The news was that 15% of the samples tested by Labogen in 2018 were positive for WFFS. Labogen is the testing lab that is licensed to perform that test in Europe, and has substantial numbers behind its result. Lars Le was one of the first to respond, posting “…this is not a real number.” He then stated that the reaction to WFFS was “Totally out of proportion panicing [sic] by american breeders”. Later in the same thread he told American breeder Kathy St Martin, “You are hysterical,” when she explained why the financial concerns of American breeders do not constitute panicking, nor is it unreasonable that American breeders are frustrated with European stallion owners and organizations who will not test, or refuse to provide full disclosure that will enable breeders to make informed decisions. 

The financial issues with WFFS are not only that foals born with the disease, who are in a terrible condition, suffer and have to be euthanized within a day or two. It’s also the likelihood that WFFS may cause mares to abort if the unborn foal has the defect. There are not data on the total financial loss to breeders from WFFS, but it be may be extensive.

Mr. Le went on to accuse everyone in the thread of "bullshitting", and specifically accused Mary Nuttall of lying about having an affected foal born on her farm, calling it “fake news.” All his comments in that thread were irrational, sloppy as to facts, and overall did not compel much respect. His accusations that American breeder reactions were "totally out of proportion" and "hysterical" were, well, a bit hysterical.

The second instance was more serious, since the author of the statement was Werner Schade, head of the German Hanoverian Verband. He was interviewed by Christopher Hector for while he was in Australia conducting Hanoverian inspections. In the article he discusses WFFS and how it affects the income of owners whose stallions have positive test results. His response is, “That hurts, all the big boys, but for me, how this problem was dealt with was a little bit hysterical.” It’s not clear exactly what he meant by “how this problem was dealt with,” but his feeling seems to be that the demand for information and facts among breeders is unreasonable. He feels it’s an overreaction “because we don’t have so many verified cases of this disease and we don’t have data on possible abortions.” 

Dr. Schade is addressing the two separate issues of WFFS: 1) the humanitarian one that foals born with the disease suffer and die, and 2) the financial one that there are likely to be hidden casualties of WFFS, based on the mathematical probabilities predictable with recessive traits, and these probably have been causing breeders significant financial losses. His comment seems to apply to both issues. 

The financial issues need more study, but they almost certainly do exist. In recessive traits, there is a simple mathematical formula to determine what percentage of affected offspring will be born with the defect if no one is aware of what individual breeding animals are carriers. It starts with the basic fact that if you breed carrier to carrier you indisputably have a 25% chance of an affected foal, so you can accurately project numbers in a large population if you know the percentage of carriers in the population. It became clear that fewer WFFS foals were born than expected. The reasons have not been studied systematically, but it's a reasonable hypothesis that fetuses with WFFS are lost at some stage before birth - especially since that has been documented extensively with similar mutations including in people. The loss for breeders is likely substantial. Dr. Schade's claim, concerning Londonderry and Don Frederico, that "... if there had been a high rate of abortions then we would know that, the breeders would tell us" is interesting, but short on actual facts - and rather missing the point. Since we know the formula is correct, the missing live births have to be explained. You can't dismiss the financial risk with anecdotal evidence - nor should you call people "hysterical" for exercising a very reasonable caution.

The humanitarian issue is the one which definitely produced some hysteria. Hysteria is defined as “deriving from or affected by uncontrolled extreme emotion.” When breeders learned that an affected foal was fragile to the point of skin tearing and ligaments coming apart, many were indeed affected by extreme emotion. That would be a normal reaction for anyone with the ability to picture how painful that would be and what a cruel thing to inflict on a newborn foal. Frankly, I would have a hard time understanding someone who was not affected by that mental image. I am aware that there are many people in the world with no ability for empathy, and many who believe it's good to repress the empathy they have, but I find it unfortunate when their work involves animals.

American breeders, on the whole, are in breeding because they love horses. They tend to have an emotional bond with their horses, and that’s important to them. It’s a good thing, because there’s not a lot of money in breeding in America. If they weren’t in it for the love of the horse, the satisfaction in producing the best quality they can, and the joy they get from a happy, healthy foal, they wouldn't be in it at all. It's also a good thing because many of them have the ability to recognize suffering and believe it matters. They are less likely than breeders who are in it purely as a business to ignore or tolerate unnecessary suffering. Humane treatment of animals is a concept which most of human history has ignored - but it's gaining traction and will be recognized as one of the hallmarks of true civilization.

Many reactions to WFFS and posts on Facebook and other social media at first were certainly also "uncontrolled," as people vented their gut feelings and reactions to what they initially knew. 

After the initial shock of hearing about the live birth of a foal affected by WFFS, however, American breeders got organized on social media to learn all about WFFS and share facts. Guided by one Facebook group in particular, they established knowledge and understanding as the top priorities. They found experts in the field, heard first-hand experiences, learned a lot about genetics and the warmblood breeding pool, and learned more about the history of WFFS. They acquired solid facts, and then encouraged each other to make rational decisions based on a good understanding of all the complexities involved. 

Pretty much the opposite of hysteria. 

What developed was the consensus that one should never breed a carrier of WFFS to another carrier. It’s the same conclusion reached by many other breeders (of different species) who have been faced with how to handle a damaging or lethal genetic defect, and there’s a reason for this: it’s the middle ground that is manageable, sensible, and humane - while avoiding constricting the gene pool even further. It has become the “best practice” for handling this type of defect, across breeds and species.

More importantly, what developed alongside this was the conviction that breeders have a right to make the decision that allows them to not breed carrier to carrier. Each breeder has the right to decide that they don’t ever want to risk having a foal affected by WFFS, that that is horrible enough that they choose to guarantee that no foal of theirs will ever suffer it, and that they themselves never want to witness the birth of a WFFS foal. They also have the right to decide whether they can take the financial risk that comes from breeding carrier to carrier.

When breeders are faced with a decision with both humanitarian and financial consequences, demanding full information from stallion owners is not a “hysterical” reaction, but in fact the only responsible one. A breeder has a right to run his or her own breeding operation on humane principles, and not give in to pressure from anyone who finds an inhumane outcome (the birth of an affected foal) totally ok if it only happens occasionally. It's also more than reasonable to make conservative decisions when facing financial risk. The mares and the mare owners are, after all, the ones who have to deal with the consequences.

That means that each breeder has the right to ask for, to demand, full transparency from stallion owners about a stallion's WFFS status. That demand could certainly cause some financial hardship for some stallion owners. That’s unfortunate, but it doesn’t justify any attempts to block mare owners' access to full information to make the decisions that are theirs to make. 

While there was initially some hysteria in the reactions to WFFS, it was a normal and human reaction to the news of a genetic defect with pretty horrific consequences. That was soon replaced by the work of acquiring facts and information, and building consensus based on knowledge. Breeders in America and elsewhere can be proud that they reacted quickly to prioritize facts and information, became well-informed, and that they are standing up for what they believe is right for themselves, their mares, and their breeding programs.

For an FAQ about Warmblood Fragile Foal Syndrome, click here.

Monday, March 25, 2019

How Fertile is a Mare's First Ovulation After Anestrus?

How fertile is a mare's first ovulation following anestrus? That was one of the questions addressed during a panel discussion at the 2018 American Association of Equine Practitioners Convention - and the responses differed significantly. If you have early-cycled your mare, what was your experience?

Read the article here, on

Friday, March 22, 2019

How Recipient Mares Affect Foals

Does the recipient mare in an embryo transfer situation affect the foal? Yes, but we have surprisingly little information about exactly how. has a recent article that examines the studies available. Most of the studies were looking specifically at the size of the recipient mare, but a couple of other study results were mentioned.

To read the article, click here.

Foundation Sire: Caprimond

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!


167 cm
Breeder: Jürgen Hanke, Hameln 

As of the 2016 Hanoverian Stallion Yearbook, Caprimond produced 375 competitors with winnings of €345,183. 316 dressage competitors, 35 at S level or above. His FN dressage rating is 124 (0.98) as against a jumping index of 51 (0.94). His Hanoverian dressage value is 141 and 79 for jumping, and once again, a massive 175 for type, including 198 for the head. Sadly because the top list only lists stallions that are "activated" for the new season, Caprimond - despite having the value of 175 - was replaced at the head of the 2014 list for riding horse type by Fürst Nymphenburg, who has a breeding value of 158 for type. It would have been nice to have had Caprimond’s unbroken record of leading the type standings from the first stallion book in 1999 until his death in 2014…
In the 2018 Hanoverian Stallion book, he has 381 competitors winning €356,192. His breeding value for type is still a massive 173 (number one on the Hanoverian top list for 2018 is Fürstenball with 167). He has a dressage value of 139 and a jumping value of 78. On the 2018 FN values for dressage sires of young horse competitors, he scores 120, and for sires of open competition horses, 121.
Caprimond was also the perfect schoolmaster for the Wahler children. At age 14, Theresa Wahler achieved her first S-level victory with him and one year later 12-year old Christoph Wahler presented the stallion in a show at the 2006 World Equestrian Games in Aachen. Caprimond also helped the children’s mother, Ingrid Wahler, rehabilitate and get her confidence back in the saddle after her riding accident a few years ago.
Caprimond was named elite stallion in 1995 and Trakehner Stallion of the Year 1998. Licensed offspring include Soulman, Inselmond, Sponeck, Catani K, Canaster I, Classic Touch, Solo Man, Tanzmeister, Contucci CWS, Campari Pur, and Caprigold.
His most famous offspring include the late Hohenstein, the Trakehner Stallion of the Year 2002; French Grand Prix team horse Noble Dream (Marc Boblet); and double European Young Riders Champion horse, then Grand Prix star at the 2017 European Championships, Atterupgaards Cassidy (Cathrine Dufour).
He has produced six dressage horses with winnings of more than €10,000, the most successful of these, Clinten 3, with €26,046. This is obviously a German total and ignores the Danish-bred Cassidy, who has won €165,380 since October 1, 2014.

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

Wednesday, March 20, 2019

IgG Levels in Foals

"Foals depend on antibodies they acquire from colostrum to fend off pathogenic assaults. In fact, the immune status of foals can be gauged by measuring the amount of IgG in serum, but at what age are IgG levels at their peak?"

This is the beginning of an article by Kentucky Equine Research about the importance of immunoglobulins in foals, especially immunoglobulin G (IgG), and when the levels peak. 

To read the article, click here.

Monday, March 18, 2019

Colostrum for Better Sperm?

According to a recently-released article on the Kentucky Equine Research site, the first milk of donkeys has an interesting effect on sperm. In studies in Spain, jenny "colostrum can be added to semen extenders to improve a multitude of semen characteristics after semen samples have been frozen and then thawed." This has not been studied in horses, but still, this study is showing interesting results, and is bound to lead to more research. 

Click here for an interesting read: A New Use for Colostrum

Thursday, March 14, 2019

Looking at the Future of the Hanoverian

Remi Vigneron (Viscount/Lanthan), first stallion to be licensed in Australia. Photo: Roslyn Neave

The Horse Magazine has posted an article by Christopher Hector that covers several topics that relate to Hanoverian horses and what the future of the Hanoverian looks like. The article reflects an interview with Werner Schade, the head of the German Hanoverian Verband. The Horse Magazine is based in Australia, and the two spoke during an inspection tour in Australia conducted by Werner Schade, US-based Volker Ehlers, and Australia-based Kevin Lewis.

The article starts with a look at Hanoverian breeding in Australia, and it's interesting to see what Australia produces, what bloodlines are being used, and how flattering Dr. Schade is in his evaluations of Australian breeding and how it fits into the international breeding community.

It's worth going deeper into the article, for an insight into the German view on Warmblood Fragile Foal Syndrome. Dr. Schade shares his opinion, and the word "hysterical" is used. Read the article for details.

Dr. Schade also describes his vision for the future of the Hanoverian, which he views as international; as well as a discussion of dressage, jumper and eventer breeding and some of the important bloodlines.

All in all, well worth a read: click here.