Thursday, July 18, 2019

Silver Twist Excels with "Problem" Mares

9-year-old gelding by Silver Twist out of a Hanoverian mare.

2-year-old pony filly by Silver Twist
While his offspring continue to impress, Silver Twist now occupies a niche for mare owners: he's gained a reputation for successful pregnancies in mares that have failed to get in foal by other means (particularly frozen semen from overseas). It's counterintuitive to choose a stallion of 19 years of age for "problem" mares, yet his domestic fresh-cooled success rate is truly remarkable.

4-year-old Silver Twist mare
out of Trakehner dam
With every shipment from Stallion Services LLC, Silver Twist's stallion station, the mare owner receives a report including a computer-assisted semen analysis performed upon collection. Anecdotally, veterinarians checking the shipment on the receiving end have been quoted thus: "Wow! Looks excellent!" and "Looking at the progressively motile numbers, I'd never guess his age," and even "Looks like a disco on Saturday night!" High praise for a stallion born in 1999.

6-month-old Silver Twist filly
out of TB mare
Silver Twist's offspring share the beauty and talent of Olympic medallist Abdullah with the game competitiveness, savvy, and love for jumping found in the Twist horses.

Yearling filly by Silver Twist
out of a draft mare
So if a Bonne Nuit line horse is on your wishlist, contact Susan E. Church at 740-501-2133 by phone or text, through Facebook, or through the Warmblood Stallions of North America website. Silver Twist will be collecting until the snow flies in 2019. It's not too late to make this breeding season a home (bred in the U.S.A.) run!

For pedigree and more info, click here to visit Silver Twist's Stallion Profile page.

Silver Twist also has a Stallion Story on Click here to read about the life of Silver Twist and what makes him special.
Silver Twist at home

Preliminary Prize List Now Available for Dressage at Devon 2019

July 18, 2019 (Devon, PA) – Dressage at Devon has announced that the 2019 preliminary prize list is now available at

Opening date is July 15, 2019. Closing date for inclusion in the program is August 30, 2019 and the final closing date is September 12, 2019.

Dressage at Devon Grand Championships will be held on Wednesday September 25, 2019. Pony measurement for the breeding division will be Monday, September 23, 2019 at 4pm. And if you have sale horses, don’t forget to get your green dot!  

“This year’s breed show schedule will not only benefit our competitors, it will allow equestrians in all disciplines, as well as performance competitors, to view future champions in the Dixon Oval,” said Melanie Sloyer, Chair of the Breed Division at Dressage at Devon. A green dot on the bridle number signifies the horse is for sale!

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

About Dressage at Devon (

Dressage at Devon has been a premier North American Equestrian event since its founding in 1975. It combines worldclass 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. 

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!
171 cm
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

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!


Monday, July 8, 2019

theHorse - Detecting Twins, Special Technique 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

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 (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 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.