Tuesday, December 29, 2020

USSHBA Webinar: Breeding Options for the Performance Mare

When: February 03, 2021 8:00 PM, EST
Where: Online

The US Sport Horse Breeders Association is pleased to continue their Educational Webinar Series in 2021. The guest speaker will be Dr. Ryan Ferris of Summit EquineRyan Ferris, DVM, MS, Dipl. ACT, owns Summit Equine in Newberg, Oregon, with his wife, Dr. Dora Ferris. The practice specializes in equine reproduction and sports medicine. He graduated from veterinary school at Washington State University in 2007 and then completed an internship in equine surgery, medicine and reproduction at the Equine Medical Center of Ocala in 2008. He subsequently completed a two-year equine theriogenology residency program at Colorado State University (CSU) and worked at its Equine Reproduction Laboratory for several years.

For this seminar, Dr. Ferris will be addressing "Breeding Options for the Performance Mare."  The webinar will be held on Wednesday, February 3rd at 8:00pm EST.

The USSHBA webinar series is offered FREE to current USSHBA members. Non-members may also attend after registering and paying a $35 fee. Members of Affiliate Groups receive a 50% discount (contact your registry for the discount code). Questions are encouraged ahead of time and should be submitted by email. There will be a Q&A period at the conclusion of the presentation for additional questions.

To register for the seminar,
click here

Saturday, December 26, 2020

New Paper on WFFS Origin and Distribution

A new study on the origins and distribution of Warmblood Fragile Foal Syndrome was just published this month. It involved DNA analysis of 4, 081 horses of 38 different breeds. 

A chart shows the distribution of WFFS carriers in the different breeds, ranging from 0% in many non-warmblood breeds to 17% in the Hanoverian and the Danish Warmblood. 

The origin of WFFS could not be determined, but two individuals were exonerated: it did not come from Bairactar Or. Ar. (1813), an Arabian stallion some had proposed as a possible source; and it did not come from Bay Ronald xx or his son Dark Ronald xx. Genetic material was preserved for those horses and was tested. It was further determined that the Arabian breed was not the source. 

Here is the full report:

Animated DNA image: Zephyris, CC BY-SA 3.0 <http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0/>, via Wikimedia Commons

Wednesday, December 23, 2020

Royal Tourmalet 2020 Success

Royal Tourmalet SPF with his GOV sash.

2020 was a challenging year for racking up new successes in showing or breeding recognition - but Royal Tourmalet did just that. 

Royal Tourmalet SPF extended canter

Royal Tourmalet SPF
is a 2011 Hanoverian by Royal Prince out of MS Adira by Armin. Here are the highlights of his success for 2020:

  • Royal Tourmalet SPF was presented to Sebastian Rohde of the GOV at the June 2019 Inspection, held at Liberty Farm in Middleburg, Virginia. He then passed both his Veterinary Exam and Radiographic Exam and earned his initial GOV License. Highlights of his inspection included comments on his balance and temperament, active hind leg, strong medium paces and prepotency of these traits in his offspring. In 2020, Royal Tourmalet SPF completed his GOV Sports Test for his Full Approval and Lifetime License in GOV Stallion Book 1.

  • He also became an Affiliate Stallion with KWPN-NA. This is a new category with the KWPN/NA for stallions who are approved by other "erkend" studbooks (WBFSH recognized). Foals by Affiliate Stallions can be eligible for registration with KWPN/NA.

  • Royal Tourmalet SPF competed at Dressage at Lexington in October 2020 and PVDA Fall Dressage in November 2020. He earned scores up to 71.026% at Fourth Level and earned enough points to win the USEF Silver Stirrup National and Zone Awards. Ridden by Wanja Gerlach.

Royal Tourmalet ("Artie") has been racking up successes since the year he was born, when he was the top-scoring foal at his inspection. Among other highlights, in 2016 he was GAIG/USDF Grand Champion Stallion, Breeders Championship Series - East Coast Final at Dressage at Devon. In 2015 he was awarded the much-coveted Dr. Robert Miller Memorial Perpetual Trophy as the Highest Scoring American Bred Stallion at the prestigious Dressage at Devon Breed Show. 

Please click here to read more about Royal Tourmalet SPF.

Meet Royal Madeleine CG, a 2018 Oldenburg filly by Royal Tourmalet SPF.

Tuesday, December 22, 2020

2021 Hyperion Stud Breeding Incentives

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2021 Breeding Incentives

To show support to our fellow breeders in 2021, we are offering an incentive like never before.

10% Discount on ALL fresh semen stud fees
This includes Olympic Imothep, Cool Jazz, Cicera's Icewater, Asterix, Dakota VDL and Chin Quidam VDL


$150 Credit towards foal registration fees

For more information about Hyperion Stud Stallions please visit our website at hyperionstud.com. For more information about the 2021 breeding incentives or for a breeding contract please email hyperionstudllc@gmail.com or via telephone at 434-973-7700.



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Thursday, December 17, 2020

Avalon Equine Acquires Sarkozy!

 Big news release from Avalon Equine!

Sarkozy, 2005 Black Hanoverian Stallion

Avalon Equine is thrilled to announce the acquisition and importation of the Hanoverian stallion Sarkozy! We are offering an Introductory Breeding fee of $650 to the first 15 mare owners that purchase a breeding (Paypal link on his web page)! Check out his webpage for more information!

33575 E. County Road 1650
Wynnewood, OK 73098

Wednesday, December 16, 2020

Sir Sinclair #1 Dressage Sire for Sixth Year in a Row

Sir Sinclair, Keur
Photo: Terri Miller
Coatesville, PA--- Iron Spring Farm's Sir Sinclair, Keur, is the United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) #1 Sire of Dressage Horses for the sixth year in a row (2015-2020). Even in this unusual time, Sir's impressive offspring had winning show seasons, with 39 point-earning sons and daughters receiving more than 6,000 points. At the GAIG/USDF Regional Championships, they won seven championships and reserve championships, along with 13 top-eight finishes.

"Each year we see Sir's offspring mature into seasoned FEI and Grand Prix horses," said Meghan de Garay, breeding manager at Iron Spring Farm. "It's wonderful to see so many people have success with his offspring."

Eighteen Sir offspring competed at FEI in 2020, including seven at Grand Prix: Cantata, Caymus, Con Brio SDF, Dee Clair, Westerstorm, William and Zuperman. 

A few highlights:
Caymus cemented his status as a solid Grand Prix horse, winning the GAIG/USDF Region 3 Grand Prix Championship. The bay gelding, bred and owned by Beth Godwin, was ridden by Jodie Kelly-Baxley. 

Choochoo Charlie claimed the GAIG/USDF Region 4 Intermediate I Championship with rider Emily Brollier. Choochoo Charlie was bred and is owned by Shirley McQuillan. 

Classy Sinclair and rider Leif Aho made their Intermediate II debut, with scores to 74.412%. Classy Sinclair was bred and is owned by Lisa Grossi.

Con Brio SDF earned the GAIG/USDF Region 3 Intermediate II Reserve Championship with owner/rider Franziska Seidl. Con Brio SDF was bred by Sheri Evers-Rock.

Eschaton had another incredible winning season with owner/rider Casey Eiton, finishing as the USDF Reserve Champion 4th Level Freestyle AA Horse of the Year with a 71.50% median score. Eschaton was bred by Linda Smith.

William received Grand Prix and Grand Prix Freestyle GAIG/USDF Region 6 Reserve Championships with rider Nadine Schwartsman. William is owned by Belinda Nairn-Wertman and was bred by A. Geesink.

Sir Sinclair was joined in the leading dressage sire rankings by UB40, Keur, who finished third, and Contango, Preferent, who finished fourth. For the latest updates, photos and videos, please visit the Iron Spring Farm Facebook page and www.ironspringfarm.com.

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 www.ironspringfarm.com for more information.

Thursday, December 3, 2020

USEA: Eventing Conformation Critique

What conformation do eventers look for in a young horse? 

"Using only a photo and information on age and breed, legendary horseman and past FEH/YEH Championship judge Chris Ryan is sharing his insights into young horse conformation in our Conformation Critique article series."

Read his critique of a young Thoroughbred gelding here

Image: Wikipedian Prolific, vectorization process by Wilfredor  This W3C-unspecified vector image was created with Inkscape., CC BY-SA 3.0 <https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0>, via Wikimedia Commons

Tuesday, December 1, 2020

HorseAndHound: Preemie Foal Now 3 and Thriving

From Britain comes a special story of a foal born at day 306 and surviving against the odds. The foal, by Floriscount, weighed just 15kg at birth, about 33 pounds.

“I pulled this little thing out of her thinking she had aborted the foal and the placenta that followed was rotten,” she said. “Then all of a sudden this tiny scrap of life blinked at me."

Read the story on the Horse & Hound website here.

Tuesday, November 24, 2020

theHorse: Slow-Releasing Deslorelin Delays Mares’ Heat Cycles

theHorse.com just published an article about a study with the potential to impact many mare-owners. The study indicated that Deslorelin, which is the drug used to bring mares into heat for breeding, can be used at different dosages to keep mares out of heat. If your mare is "marish" and you want to keep her out of heat, this might be your answer.

"Deslorelin, in the form of a slow-release implant, successfully keeps pony mares from having estrus behavior and coming into heat, said Christine Aurich, DVM, PhD, head of the Graf Lehndorff Institute, in Neustadt, Germany, and professor of artificial insemination and embryo transfer in the Vetmeduni veterinary school Department for Small Animals and Horses, in Vienna, Austria."

To read the article, click here.

Photo: Takuma Kimura from okayama, Japan / CC BY-SA (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0)

Monday, November 16, 2020

Riptide: For Everything You Want in a Foal

Rip Tide is a Holsteiner stallion with the MOVES! Are you looking to produce an eventer that tops all three phases? A talented jumper with graceful athleticism? A dressage horse with power and engagement? Check out the versatility that is Rip Tide!

Yearling colt by RipTide
out of a Thoroughbred Eventing mare

Rip Tide is a 17.1-hand Holsteiner who won the Jumper Champion title at Pollyrich Farms at the 2019 North American Stallion Sport Test. He is currently showing Intermediate 1 in dressage as well as 1.20 meter jumpers.

Filly by RipTide
out of Oldenburg mare

Rip Tide is a young stallion with ten foals on the ground; all of them are inheriting his strong frame, trainability and his temperament that is both kind and brave. He is proving to be a sire of horses with high performance potential and amateur-friendly temperaments.

Rip Tide is licensed with the Westfalen Verband NA, American Rhinelander Society, German Oldenburg Verband, and Oldenburg NA/ISR.  He is N/N for Warmblood Fragile Foal Syndrome, and is available with fresh cooled semen with a live foal guarantee. 

Yearling colt by RipTide out of a
French (Selle Français) 
Jumper mare

Rip Tide’s sire, Riverman, passed away in 2020 at the age of 30. He was well-known for his ability in dressage and for how he excelled in siring athletes. His damsire, Solid Silver, successfully showed on the jumper circuit with Rodney Jenkins, and was known as a kind and gentle stallion.

Click here for more information about Rip Tide, including pedigree and descriptions, more photos, video, and breeding details.

Click here to contact Rip Tide’s owner with questions or to make your breeding arrangements.

Friday, November 13, 2020

Hanoverian Bloodlines Webinar with Dr. Christmann

The Mid-Atlantic Hanoverian Breeders Club is hosting a webinar in January with Dr. Ludwig Christmann of Germany. Dr. Christmann is speaking on important bloodlines in Hanoverian breeding, with a focus on recent breeding developments. He is an extremely knowledgeable expert on Hanoverian bloodlines worldwide.

"Dr. Ludwig Christmann began his employment with the Hanoveraner Verband in 1984. He worked for many years as Deputy Breeding Director. In 1996 he obtained his doctorate degree with “The development of breeding values based on the evaluation of mares in studbook inspections and mare performance tests.” He has been editor of Hannoveraner Jarbuch Hengste since 1999 and is a member of the Interstallion working group of the World Breeding Federation for Sport Horses. In 2002 Dr. Christmann became managing director for the Verband’s breeding abroad. Dr. Christmann is married, and he and his wife have three adult daughters, two of whom are riders. In his spare time he breeds his own horses and currently has three Hanoverians at home."

The webinar will be held January 9, 2021 at 11am EST. Registration is free to MAHB members, and $25 to non-members.

Click here to visit the MAHB Events page.


Tuesday, November 10, 2020

AAEP: Breeding Season is Near


Need a checklist to help you prepare for the upcoming breeding season? theHorse.com and the American Association of Equine Practitioners have provided one, and you can find it on the AAEP website.

As the weather gets colder in the southern part of the United States and in the more northern reaches, mare and stallion owners might be gearing up for the breeding season. To help you make preparations for the upcoming breeding season, we’ll take a look at two populations of mares -- those that are currently pregnant and those that are maiden or barren -- and we’ll approach a stallion’s needs for breeding season preparation, too. 

The article covers artificial light, health care, reproductive soundness exam, and healthy body weight for the mare.

Click here to read the article in full.

The image is of an 1822 painting by Benjamin Marshall (English), available in the public domain. It is entitled Broodmare with Foal, and a Terrier. 

Tuesday, November 3, 2020

theHorse: Mare Vocalization Associated With Foal Survival

A feral mare grazes at Shackleford Banks. Photo credit below.

Turns out, according to new research, that feral foals whose mamas talk to them the most have the best chance of surviving.

"The researchers noted a direct link between mare-initiated communication—primarily snorts—and foal survival..."

It's an interesting study that looked at feral horse herds in the Shackleford Banks off the coast of North Carolina. Over 3,000 observation hours were logged. 

A startling fact is that during the three years of their study, nearly 30% of the foals didn't live past a year old. According to research assistant professor Cassandra M. Nuñez, PhD (of the University of Memphis's Department of Biological Sciences in Tennessee),

"Foals whose dams initiated communication the most during the first 10 weeks of life were more likely to live to 1 year of age than foals whose dams communicated less."

They also found that mares and foals continued to communicate well after the foals were six months old, something modern breeding practices cut off by separating mares and foals. The researchers raised the question about current weaning practices, in light of their findings.

Read the full article here, on theHorse.com.

Photo: Bonnie Gruenberg, CC BY-SA 3.0 <https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0>, via Wikimedia Commons.

Tuesday, October 27, 2020

KER: Principles of Bone Development in Horses

"Few animals are as precocious as the horse. Within 20 minutes of birth a foal may stand, and within hours can be ready to run at speeds no human athlete will ever achieve. At this stage of life, even with this exceptionally early development, horses have only 17% of their mature bone mineral content, but they also have only 10% of their ultimate body weight."

That's the start of a really interesting article from Kentucky Equine Nutrition that covers bone development and growth rate in foals. Read the rest here.

Photo: Marlynna Pellegrini, her owner and trainer at the time. Uploaded by Lar / CC BY-SA (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)

Monday, October 26, 2020

Introducing Bingotti, Approved Hanoverian

Bingotti at the 2020 Regional Championships at Lamplight with Carrie Wilson (trainer)
Photo Credit: John Borys 2020
Introducing Bingotti, a 2010 stallion who has just earned his Hanoverian license/approval through performance and live inspection.

Bingotti is a chestnut stallion who offers solid dressage bloodlines with that desirable dash of jumper blood: he is by Bugatti Hilltop, out of a mare by Krack C, whose dam was solidly jumper-bred.

Bingotti at his Hanoverian inspection,
trot work "like a metronome."
Rider: Carrie Wilson.

Photo: John Robinson
He attended the Hanoverian inspection at Morven Park, Leesburg, Virginia on October 12, with judges George Walker (Middlefield Farm, SC), Cathy Tucker-Slaterbeck (MD), and Suzanne Quarles (Some Day Soon Farm, MD). The inspection is hosted by the Mid-Atlantic Hanoverian Breeders.

Bingotti's owner and breeder, Kathleen Swalwell of Three Fillies Farm, Michigan, was pleased to receive positive and encouraging comments from the judges.

"Suzanne Quarles was especially impressed with his temperament, rideability and overall behavior - while surrounded by mares and babies. She said there are lots of great stallions out there, but not all have his temperament and agreeable attitude. She found his trot work super solid, 'like a metronome'.

Bingotti at the Hanoverian inspection,
handled by Bruce Griffin III.

Photo: John Robinson

"George Walker also commented on his readability and told me I need to breed more just like him! Not to mentioned his presence, and his wonderful, uphill trot and canter."

The post-inspection wrap-up report written by Dennis Moore, president of the MAHB, gave this description:

"A highlight of the day was the chance to see the newly licensed, beautiful, deep cinnamon-colored, 2010 Hanoverian stallion, Bingotti. He already had racked up excellent dressage scores at the Prix St. Georges level, but he had not previously been presented for approval of his conformation and basic gaits. ... Although scores for stallions are not announced, to my eyes he exhibited great presence, excellent temperament and rideability (particularly surrounded by so many mares), rhythmic, uphill movement in both trot and canter, and an excellent walk."

Stallion Grand Champion, Bingotti at Devon 2018
Bingotti has been demonstrating his own abilities through competition from the beginning, starting as a yearling, and currently competing successfully at Prix St. Georges. He also wowed the judges at the Dressage at Devon breed classes in 2018. He won the big one - Stallion Grand Champion - after setting the stage by earning first place with 83.8% in Four-Year-Old and Older Stallions; he was Mature Horse Grand Champion, and won the Born in the USA Championship.

Bingotti was not only born in the USA, but bred in the USA, by his owner, Kathleen Ann Robb Swalwell, and her husband Don, of Three Fillies Farm in Michigan.

The first foals by Bingotti are expected in 2021. Bingotti is available with high-quality frozen semen.

Click here to learn more about Bingotti.

Contact owner Kathy Swalwell.

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Bingotti, champion at Devon 2018

Sunday, October 25, 2020

USEA YEH and FEH 2020

US Eventing Association:

Luxury Mail, the 2020 Dutta Corp. USEA YEH West Coast 5-year-old Champion.
Tina Fitch Photography Photo.

"This weekend saw two busy days of competition for young horses on the West Coast with The Dutta Corp. USEA Young Event Horse and USEA Future Event Horse West Coast Championships at Twin Rivers Ranch in Paso Robles, California. Catch up with all the action and meet the six young horses that topped the championship leaderboards."

Tina Fitch Photography Photo

Sea Lioness, the 2020 USEA Future Event Horse West Coast 4-year-old Champion, who is a registered Oldenburg sired by Sea Lion, a Thoroughbred stallion who evented successfully at the highest level. 

For more about Sea Lion, click here.  

Click here for Fast Facts about the event.

Click here for the Day 1 story.

Click here for the Day 2 story.

Friday, October 23, 2020

Foundation Sire: Krack C

 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 Magazinepublished by Chris Hector of Australia. Thank you, Chris, for permission to draw on your expertise!

169 cm
Breeder: Stoeterij 't' Centrum

Krack C is by one the most successful Dutch sire of dressage horses, Flemmingh, and out of a mare that is solidly jumping bred: by the Lucky Boy son Beaujolais out of a mare by a son of Farn. So there is nothing on Krack C’s dam line that says “Dressage” – except the way he moves… ... Krack C represented Holland with Anky van Grunsven at the 2002 WEG …. He has been a very successful sire in Holland and has produced numerous successful young dressage horses. … Krack C’s licensed sons include: Redford (Ferro), Trento B (Ramiro), Tuschinski (Pion), Tolando (Rubinstein), United (Partout), Velazquez (Alasca), Vivaldi (Jazz), Webster (Ulft)and Zhivago (Jazz). … On the 2016/17 KWPN breeding values for stallions with a reliability of over 90%, Krack C is in 19th place with a value of 136 (Conformation – 108, free movement – 109). He is credited with 1509 progeny over 4, 626 competitors, that’s an impressive 41.48%. Krack C, who had had soundness problems for several seasons, was retired from competition in February 2008 at an official ceremony at the 2008 KWPN Stallion Licensing. …

There's much more to this article about Krack C on the Horse Magazine website! Click here.
Meet the stallion descendant of Krack C on WarmbloodStallionsNA.com. Click here: