Thursday, May 28, 2020

eurodressage: Maifleur, Dam of Valegro, Passes Away

Valegro, out of Maifleur.

Maifleur, the 26-year-old dam of Olympic champion Valegro has passed away, as reported by The mare was owned by her breeders, Joop and Maartje Hanse of The Netherlands. They started breeding in 1978, and Maifleur was the great-granddaughter of their first mare. Valegro was the second of her six foals.

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Monday, May 25, 2020

Horses Recognize Human Faces

Does your horse recognize your face? It's hard to know for sure. You know your horse recognizes you, but it could be your smell, your body language, or other factors.

Scientists have put it to the test and shown that yes, horses do recognize familiar faces. Not only that, they remember faces they knew, but haven't seen in six months. Not only that, the horses used a computer to prove it! That means they could recognize a two-dimensional image of a person - quite impressive abstract thinking - and they do it better than dogs!

Read the fascinating article: click here.

Photo: Marc-Lautenbacher / CC BY-SA (

Friday, May 22, 2020

Foundation Friday: Wolkentanz I

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!

164 cm
Breeder: Gerd Luhr

Wolkentanz is very much a product of the family Lühr who live in Borgholzhausen in Westphalia. Gerd Lühr and his wife, Ursula are devoted to their Hanoverian breeding program.

Wolkentanz I, born 1991, is a "Sunday child." He was a correct foal with good basic gaits but was a bit too small. State stud manager Dr. Burchard Bade evaluated him at the inspection: “That is the way how a horse should move.”

Wolkentanz I remained on the farm because of his size until Heinrich Lampe ... bought the small chestnut for his daughter Stefanie. The buyers and the breeders believed in the powerfully moving and impressive youngster. Martin Berkenbusch raised him. He was accepted for the stallion inspection in Verden. Before Stefanie Lampe was able to decide whether or not she wanted to sell him state stud manager Dr. Bade had already secured the young stallion for the state stud.
Wolkentanz won the Three Year Old Stallion class at the Bundeschampionate in 1994, and stood at Celle until 2014.
In the 2017 Hanoverian Stallion book, Wolkentanz I has a dressage score of 132 with a jumping value of 83. He has an FN dressage value of 141 on the young horse breeding values, and a value of 134 for the "big sport."

There's much more to read about Wolkentanz I on the Horse Magazine website! Click here.

Meet some of the stallion descendants of Wolkentanz I on Click here:

Wednesday, May 20, 2020

Dressage at Devon Cancels 2020 Show Due to Virus

May 20, 2020 (Devon, PA) It is with deep regret that the Board of Directors of Dressage at Devon announces the cancellation the 2020 competition. This was a difficult decision but the uncertainty of the time has made it necessary to ensure the safety of our competitors, vendors, sponsors, spectators and our wonderful volunteers.

Operating an international competition at a venue such as Devon is a large undertaking. Our team has worked diligently to review the equestrian governing bodies’ requirements to hold a competition, as well as federal, state and local regulations. It became clear that holding the competition this September, while ensuring everyone’s safety, is not realistic.

Additionally, the uncertainty of the environment has had a significant impact on our suppliers, vendors, competitors, volunteers and sponsors. It is difficult for them to plan and commit their resources and their support – all of which are crucial to the success our show.

There is, however, good news. We are very pleased to welcome our new Board members - Christina Morin Graham, Maureen “Mo” Swanson, Jessica “JJ Tate and Karen Ramsing- Bixler, each of whom brings a unique set of skills and will add energy, expertise and commitment to our efforts to make the 2021 show a success. We are thrilled that they have agreed to become a part of Dressage at Devon.

We wish you all a very safe and healthy remainder of 2020 and please know that we are already planning for a very special Dressage at Devon 2021.

— Lori Kaminski, President/CEO, Dressage at Devon

Friday, May 15, 2020

HSUS Calls for Breeding Restraint

Amidst COVID-19 Pandemic, the Humane Society of the United States Funds Over $100,000 in Grants to Equine Rescues and Calls for Horse Breeding Restraint

May 15, 2020 - The Humane Society of the United States will be providing over $100,000 in grants to equine rescues experiencing financial hardship as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. The grants are made possible by donors and funding partners. Additionally, the Humane Society of the United States’ Responsible Horse Breeders Council is calling on all horse breeders to consider the anticipated economic downturn and resulting effects on the equine market due to this pandemic and reexamine their planned breeding activities this year.

The economic uncertainty resulting from this crisis is challenging the ability of some horse owners to be able to afford to feed or otherwise care for their animals – and they are increasingly turning to equine rescues to surrender or rehome their animals. These organizations are facing their own pandemic-related economic challenges, with fundraising events cancelled and donations down.

Recent history serves as a daunting but instructive reminder. During the Great Recession of 2007-2009, some horse owners struggled to be able to afford to keep their animals. Supply of horses exceeded demand, prices dropped, and healthy, usable horses became at risk of neglect, or even fell victim to the slaughter pipeline. Hay banks and other safety net programs helped to keep some horses in their homes, while others were surrendered to rescues that were themselves at risk of being overburdened – facing their own financial hardships. Today, these rescues continue to provide a short-term solution for the rehabilitation and rehoming of horses who become at-risk due to financial hardship.

“Considering the unknown extent and duration of the pandemic and its financial impacts, some horse breeders have already decided to put their breeding plans on hold for this year, while they wait to see how the economic downturn will impact the market,” said Keith Dane, senior adviser on equine protection at the Humane Society of the United States.“ Our Responsible Horse Breeders Council is applauding this move and encouraging other breeders to seriously consider adjusting their plans as well.”

“This is a wise and honorable decision,” said Melissa Forberg, a founding member of the council and an Arabian horse breeder. “We encourage every breeder in the horse industry to consider a pause or reduction in their breeding operations at this time – to preserve the value of horses currently in the market and reduce the numbers that could potentially become at risk.”

“Responsible breeders seek to ensure that the number of horses bred is in sync with market demand, and that every horse born has a reasonable expectation of having a home and appropriate care throughout its life. By making the responsible decision to pause or reduce the number of horses bred during this time, fewer horses will become at risk of homelessness, neglect, or slaughter,” stated Morgan breeder and council member Diana Kline.

The Humane Society of the United States’ Responsible Horse Breeders Council has for years advocated for more thoughtful, conscientious breeding practices.

Robin Bales, a quarter horse breeder and founding member of the council stated, “Being a responsible breeder and horse owner often means planning ahead. It is time to think about the future of any foals born in the next few years. Marketing is hard enough in the best of times and it will become harder and harder to place foals that result from breeding in such an uncertain time.”


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Subscribe to Kitty Block’s blog, A Humane World. Follow the HSUS Media Relations department on Twitter. Read the award-winning All Animals magazine. Listen to the Humane Voices Podcast. Maximizing Foal Immunity

"Newborn foals are easy targets for every kind of bacterium, virus, and other pathogenic organisms. Here are some steps you can take to maximize your foal’s immunity from gestation to weaning."

This is the subhead for a recent article on dealing with foal immunity. As usual with articles on, it's detailed and interesting, and helpful. 

Read the full article here.

Wednesday, May 13, 2020

HorseMagazine: New German Breeding Values

Christopher Hector, editor and writer for The Horse Magazine

The new German breeding values were published this spring, and at the end of April Chris Hector published an article on The Horse Magazine about them. The article is by Dr. Ludwig Christmann, with an introduction by Chris Hector. The article by Dr. Christmann first appeared in German in Der Hannoveraner in January, 2020.

As usual, the article is more than just a report on the results. Chris Hector has long been critical of the breeding value calculations, and has, in his words, "written a series of articles over the years, pointing out anomalies in the ‘numbers,' ..." In the intro, he provides a summary of the history of these evaluations, including the BLUP and how it was used, and a solid critique of the BLUP, with input from Bernard le Courtois of France.

This year there were again changes to how the stallions are evaluated. Dr. Christmann explains this year's results, with deep looks into bloodlines, and the three different tables of values used this year.

Chris Hector weighs in again with his opinions, and examples, at the end.

It's always interesting to hear the opinions and explanations of experts, perhaps especially when they disagree!

Read the article here.

Tuesday, May 12, 2020 Small Feet, Big Responsibility: Hoof Care for Foals

The topic is hoof care for foals, and the has a new, quite extensive article on the topic. The article is written by a farrier, and encompasses what's normal, what's not, mistakes to avoid - and even the best approach to handling a foal for farrier work.

"A youngster’s hoof care lays the foundation for his future. Here’s what you need to know about the foal’s first exam, mistakes to avoid, and common foal hoof and limb issues."

Read the article here.

Sunday, May 10, 2020

Antimicrobials in Foals Overused?

Treat foal pneumonia before it happens? It's often done, but is it a good idea?

Kentucky Equine Research has looked at the use of antimicrobials in horses, and their possible overuse. As in humans, if you use antimicrobials when they aren't necessary, this can lead to the development of bacteria that resist treatment. KER refers to a recent American veterinary study that indicates they are over prescribed, with serious consequences. They used foal pneumonia as their example.

Read the article here.

Saturday, May 9, 2020

Fate of World Championships for Young Horses

Equnews has posted an article about the World Championships for Young Horses, addressing whether or not it can be held, especially since most qualifying competitions cannot be held due to restrictions because of COVID-19. The Championships for young dressage horses would be first, scheduled for August 5–9 in Verden, and they are specifically the subject of the article. Belgium hosts the FEI/WBFSH Young Horse Championships for Jumping later in September, and the FEI/WBFSH Young Horse Championships for Eventing are to be held in Lion d'Angers, France in October.

There is no news on the FEI/WBFSH website.

Read the article here.

UPDATE May 11, 2020

There is a certain lack of unified information about the first of the Championships for Young Horses: the Dressage. has posted an announcement that the FEI/WBFSH World Championships for Young Dressage Horses has officially been moved to December 9–13 of 2020, in Verden, and this has also appeared on and other sites. Meanwhile, the FEI website's countdown clock for that event is showing August of 2021.

And here is the official press release from Verden:

Verden. The date for the FEI WBFSH Dressage World Breeding Championships for young horses has been fixed: From December 9 to 13, the best five-, six- and seven-year-old dressage horses will show their great skills Verden. For the first time in its long history this important event will be held as an indoor event in the Niedersachsenhalle due to the Corona pandemic.
"The date has already been published many times in the media worldwide. In fact, it was only this noon that the FEI officially confirmed the postponement to the date proposed by the Hannoveraner Verband after internal coordination," says Managing Director Wilken Treu. Provided that the conditions valid at that time allow it, the Niedersachsenhalle will then belong exclusively to the young dressage horses. "It will be a pure world championship."
The horse show "Verden International" has been renamed to "Verden Championships" this year. The outdoor facility at the racecourse in Verden, which is currently being rebuilt, will therefore probably host the Hannoveraner Championships for riding, dressage and jumping horses from August 5 to 9. The best three-year-old Hannoveraner and Rhineland mares will be presented at the Herwart von der Decken-Show on Thursday, August 6. The qualification for the final of the Nürnberger Burg-Pokal and the international Almased Dressage Amateurs Cup will complete the programme. Another highlight is the Verden auction of foals and broodmares on August 7 and 8, which will be held in this magnificent setting. Then it says "Secure the stars of tomorrow today!
"The horse show will be smaller than usual with a somewhat 'slimmed down' programme", says Wilken Treu. A prerequisite for this is that the official regulations then in force can be adhered to. Admission to the "Verden Championships" is free on all days of the event, but is limited to 1,000 people per day due to official regulations.

Friday, May 8, 2020

Foundation Friday: FF Jazz

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: H. van Helvoirt

Jazz is a second generation Grand Prix dressage horse, following in his father, Cocktail’s footsteps – and like Cocktail, there is not a lot that says "dressage" about the pedigree. He comes from an era when the breeders tended to breed for jumping and dressage and let the talents of the horse decide their career. 
 In his time, Jazz produced a uniform collection of riding type foals with refinement and sufficient to more than sufficient development. They like to trot and show rise in the front. They also have tact and scope.

“There is not a mean bone in Jazz’s body,” according to his international Grand Prix rider Tineke Bartels, in an article by Claartje van Andel, Jazz: One in a million (IDS international, March 2011) “What’s more, his strength is that he’s so positive. That’s nice, a positive horse! He makes every day enjoyable.”

There's much more to read about Jazz on the Horse Magazine website! Click here.

Meet some of the stallion descendants of Jazz on Click here:


Thursday, May 7, 2020

Diet Evaluation for Pregnant TB Broodmare

Kentucky Equine Nutrition posted a question concerning an 18-year-old Thoroughbred mare's diet. She was due to foal in two months, and the owner was concerned whether she was getting adequate nutrients with what they were currently feeding: grass hay, concentrate, beet pulp, and pasture.

Check out KER's answer here.

Friday, May 1, 2020

eurodressage: Fraud Protection for Stallion Owners?

Stallion owners in Europe are feeling ripped off by breeders who take one dose of frozen semen and split it to get multiple foals - possible because of new ET and . They're asking the World Breeders Federation for Sport Horses to regulate the situation.

Read the article on eurodressage here.

This is accepted as a valid concern, and yet it doesn't sit entirely well with American breeders, who allege that have been ripped off for decades by some European stallion owners, who send them worthless frozen semen and no guarantee.

Read Scot Tolman's eloquent article on eurodressage in response.

Friday, April 24, 2020

Foundation Friday: Indoctro

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
Dark Brown
Breeder: Gerd Hansen

In Holland he is known as VDL Indoctro, while in Germany, following the Holstein naming custom, he is C-Indoctro. By any name he is one of the world’s most successful jumping sires. Indoctro is another of those hugely successful Capitol/Caletto II crosses. … Indoctro has been such a success as a sire for the KWPN studbook, that at the age of 16 he received the title: “Preferent.” He is the sire of more than ten licensed sons …. All over the world Indoctro has produced winners at Grand Prix and World Cup level. … In the USA, Indoctro was named the USEF jumping sire of the year. He ranks in 10th place on Bernard le Courtois list of the top 75 stallions of 2006. … On the 2013 WBFSH standings, Indoctro ranks 13th, with 59(!) representatives… The 2016/17 KWPN rankings has him in 31st spot with a jumping value of 129 (conformation – 104, free movement – 100, freejumping – 107. He produced 4102 progeny over the age of 4 (the Dutch mare owners have happily flocked to Indoctro year after year, even though his breeding value is not in the top group) with 1556 competitors (37.93%).

There's more to read about Indoctro on the Horse Magazine website! Click here.

Meet some of the stallion descendants of Indoctro on Click here:

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Thursday, April 23, 2020

THM: Meet the Breeders of Isabell Werth's Current Stars

Isabell Werth and Emilio

This 2019 article in The Horse Magazine's Breeder category is an interview with the Strunk family of Westphalia.

"Westfalien breeders Heinrich and Wilhelm Strunk produced two of Isabell Werth’s current stars: the 2018 WBFSH third-ranked Emilio (by Ehrenpreis out of a mare by the Anglo Arab, Cacir) AND the fourth-ranked Bella Rose (Belissimo and out of another daughter of Cacir aa). Both these stars descend from the founding mare of the family’s breeding program—Pik Dame—by the great Pilatus."

For a full analysis of these two horses and their bloodlines, read the full article here.

Wednesday, April 22, 2020

Stallion Service Auctions – The Good, The Bad and The Ugly

by Kathy St. Martin and Jos Mottershead

Every year, mare owners begin their search for the perfect match for their mare(s). Usually this begins by perusing all the various Stallion Service Auctions offered by different warmblood registries. SSAs have become more and more popular in recent years, and it’s easy to see why. If done well, SSAs offer something for each of the parties involved: registries, stallion owners, and mare owners.

Mannhattan, who has been in his share of SSAs.
The auctions offer mare owners the chance to purchase a breeding - often at a discounted rate; they offer fund raising for the registries so that they can promote various registry programs; and they can offer stallion owners the opportunity to promote their stallion to a specific group of interested mare owners. With that said, there are good and bad issues that can come along with these benefits. Let’s look at some of the pros and cons for all parties.

For the mare owner: 

Stallion service auctions can be a great way to invest in a breeding not considered before - as well as possibly getting that breeding at a discounted rate.

Before you hit that bid button, make sure you check out the requirements. Some stallion owners may require that you pay a booking fee not readily apparent in the text accompanying the stallion description. In most cases you will be responsible for the costs of collecting and shipping as part of that breeding process, so make sure you check! Sometimes those additional costs might even be inflated.

Remember, stallion owners donate these breedings to help the registry raise funds; most registries keep any stud fees that come in, so stallion owners rarely receive any money out of the deal. As a mare owner, please be courteous in your dealings with the stallion owner! Sadly, most stallion owners will tell you that their worst clients usually come from stallion service auctions - don’t be that client!

For the stallion owner:

Stallion service auctions can be a great advertising investment. Some of the registries do a great job promoting the individual stallions. The Westfalen registry this year had one of the largest selections of stallions, and most sold in the first round of advertising. They did a spectacular job of highlighting each individual stallion in the auction, promoting the stallions’ achievements and in general made it a great venue. It showed! They had a huge turnout and a great auction.

Some registries offer incentives for stallion owners who participate in their SSA. KWPN offers 1⁄2 of the stallion’s dues back as a thank you for the donation. The Canadian Hanoverian Registry pays for the first collection and shipment of semen on stallions registered in their auction, which makes it a great incentive for mare owners, as well. The BWP/NA has a futurity that is for stallions that are listed in their auction - the stallion owner, mare owner/breeder and the foal’s owner all receive payments as part of the futurity.

Participating in an SSA can also have long-term benefits for stallion owners: many auction breedings result in customers that come back again and again, so SSAs can definitely be a great way to cultivate some new clients who obviously like your stallion!

The most important benefit of participation for a stallion owner is that the SSA promotions can be great publicity for your stallion - but only if the registry does a good job. Participation is a two-way street with obligations on both sides. If the registry fails to meet their obligations — doesn’t do their part in promoting the stallion, offers no incentive, and doesn’t appreciate the stallion owner’s investment in their registry by making that donation—participation may no longer be a smart decision for the stallion owner. Many stallion owners become jaded in that the cost vs. benefit is too high to be worth the investment.

For the registry:

For the registries, stallion service auctions are a lot of work, but low-risk with no significant downside. They can promote the registry, garner new membership and generate funds that can help finance programs to benefit breeders. There is, however, an obligation to offer something in return for the donation! Some of the registries make a huge effort to nurture the relationships developed with breeders and see the stallion service auctions as a great way to accomplish that.

A poorly run auction can become a liability to a registry. It does not engender goodwill from the stallion owner. It can certainly result in their decision to never participating again, and affect the registry’s reputation more generally.

To run well and be successful for all, auctions do require a huge investment in time and energy - often from volunteers. Ensuring that the SSA is a positive experience for all parties involved should be the main goal. For continuing success, a top priority for registries should be making sure that the backbone of those auctions – the stallion owners – are appreciated and kept happy. Without the stallion owners’ generosity there would be no auction!

We invite comments from readers! Scroll down to the comments section.

Kathy St. Martin and Jos Mottershead own Avalon Equine and Equine Reproduction. They stand several of their own and outside stallions, many of whom have participated in dozens of stallion service auctions over the years. They are known for their extensive support of the equine industry, most notably the Leg Up Equestrian Assistance Program; and for their innovative marketing ideas.

Click on the links below to learn more about Avalon Equine stallions:

Apiro (Argentinus / Pilot / Cyrus)
Argentinus x Pilot/Cyrus
An athletic and blood option for warmblood breeders!
Pulpit x Java Gold/Damascus
Belafonte d’Avalon
Power in a small package!
Hilkens Black Delight - GRP x Mannhattan - Oldenburg/Ideal - Oldenburg
Colorado Skrødstrup
Incredible athleticism with the added bonus of color!
Perikles Christinelyst x Xantos/Apollon
Dracula d'Avalon
Talent, temperament and beauty!
Davidor x Mannhattan/Frohwind
ES Toronto
Imported Celle Hanoverian Stallion!
Now or Never M - KWPN x Belisar - KWPN/Solaris xx
Athletic and refining option for mare owners guaranteeing color!
Glitter Please x Milkie/Barbizon
A dual purpose stallion producing offspring in all disciplines!
Finesse x Wendepunkt/Hill Hawk xx
Silver Creek's Validation
Vallado / Lansing / Capitol I
Vallado x Lansing/Capitol I

Monday, April 20, 2020

Mary King's Homebred 5* Winning Mare Dies Foaling

Kings Temptress, who won the Rolex Kentucky 4* in 2011 under Mary King (Britain), died Saturday from complications following foaling.

Mary King, an eventing superstar, is also a breeder, and Kings Temptress was one of her own. With her, Mary became the first rider to win the Rolex Kentucky 4* with a homebred horse. Mary's post that she needed a foster mare was shared 5,400 times.

Kings Temptress was by Primitive Rising out of Kings Mistress. She had had eight foals, including five by embryo transfer, some of whom are now successful in competition. She just gave birth to King Vincent, by Van Gogh. "Vinnie" is now with a foster mare.

To read the full story, click here.

Thursday, April 16, 2020

THM: Jumping Breeding and Dressage Breeding at the KWPN Stallion Show

"One of the things that amazed me on my first visit to the KWPN stallion show, was the frank and open assessments offered by the Commission members at the press conferences. 'Typical Dutch,’ I was told with a smile."

Spoken by publisher Christopher Hector about his experience at the 2020 KWPN stallion show. The above excerpt is from one of the analytical articles about jumper and dressage breeding posted in March by The Horse Magazine of Australia.

The jumper commission at the KWPN stallion show

Jumping Breeding and the Future

Co-author Christopher Hector interviews Cor Loeffen, head of the KWPN stallion commission, at the 2020 Stallion Show. They discuss preparation of stallions, trends for the future, and of course pedigree details. Co-author Gemma Alexander provides statistical charts for comparing information.

Click here to read the full article on The Horse Magazine

The Future of Dressage Breeding

Again The Horse Magazine brings us statistical analysis of pedigree and other information, this time for dressage. At a special English-language session, he was able to interview all three members of the Dressage Commission - Marian Dorresteijn, Johan Hamminga, and Bert Rutten - about strengths and weaknesses, bloodlines, and who looked promising.

Click here to read The Horse Magazine's full article

Comparing the statistical analyses of the jumper stallions with the dressage stallions was quite interesting!

Monday, April 13, 2020

Shine: Meet Some of His Offspring!

By Shine: Time to Shine, 2005 gelding.
Photo: J Kelley,

Shine is a proven Hunter stallion, the ultimate combination of temperament, conformation, ability and beauty. After being imported from Germany in 2000, where he competed in dressage, he has had a long and successful career as a Hunter. He has won in Adult Hunters, Amateur Owner Hunters, and Hunter Derbies. At the age of 20 he retired sound and crowned with success, and at 27 he is still sound. He is owned by Victoria Hunton and stands at Olde Oaks Farm, Thompson, Texas.

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

Today we feature three offspring by Shine:


Luminous, 2017 filly by Shine.
Photo: Vicki Hunton
Luminous, a 2017 filly (formerly Luce Brillante) by Shine, out of Clara K/Calico/Cassini I. She was bred by Olde Oaks Farm, and is owned by Kristina Novak, of Buellton, California. As a yearling Luminous was Champion Hunter Breeding Yearling for Texas H/J Association and Zone 7. As a two-year-old she was Reserve Champion in Zone 10 Hunter Breeding 2-year-old and 3rd at the Sallie B Wheeler Championship West Coast, and high-scoring Oldenburg. She is in the process of slowly being started.

Time to Shine 

Time to Shine (aka Tyler, pictured at top) is a 2005, 16.1 gelding out of Savoir Faire (Danish Oldenburg). Smart, balanced and super easy, he was started and trained by an amateur, and has always been the hack winner, with multiple year end awards in SWVHJA (Southwest Virginia Hunter Jumper Association) Special Adult Hunter. He loves to trail ride and is perfect on the ground. Says his owner, "I loved him so much that I repeated this cross, breeding my mare to Shine two times. His younger full brother, Shenandoah Shine, was foaled in 2011 and we are just as pleased with his wonderful brain and athleticism. He is owned by Margaret Woodward, of Granite Bay, California."

Katcha Laughin, by Shine
Photo: Vicki Hunton

Katcha Laughin

Katcha Laughin is a gelding bred by The Paddocks, Crossroads, Texas, owned by Laura Sisson of Shreveport, Louisiana. Otis has been successful in the Pre Green Hunters, and placed in the finals of the Texas Pre Green Super Stakes. He also has been a wonderful partner for his adult rider owner. As a working amateur she doesn’t get as much time to ride as she would like, but having Otis makes it much easier.

Breeding to Shine

Interested in breeding your mare to Shine? Click here to email Vicki.

Click here to read more about Shine.

Shine, at Pin Oak, with owner Victoria Hunton.
Photo: Connie Kelts

Friday, April 10, 2020

Foundation Sire: FF Flemmingh

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: H. C. Albertsen

The famed Dutch breeder Wiepke van der Lageweg found his key foundation stock in neighboring Germany, particularly in the Holstein area. One of his best buys was the bay colt, Flemmingh, although I am sure that Wiepke, who is a jumping man at heart, had no idea he was buying a stallion who would found a dressage line!

Flemmingh has all the great Holstein jumping names on his pedigree. ...

Flemmingh placed third in his performance test in 1990, scoring three 9s, including a 9 for jumping. In the 1992/3 edition of Jacob Melissen’s The Leading Sires of The Netherlands, Flemmingh is described as having "fine movements, an active, roomy walk, a rich trot and a good canter. He is a careful jumper with a lot of talent. He showed to be a willing worker and never seems to tire. In the jury report, Flemmingh was described as having sufficient talent in dressage and a lot of promise as a jumper."

Fourteen years later ... the emphasis is on Flemmingh the dressage sire, and with good reason: two of his stallion sons, Krack C and Lingh have competed in the Dutch dressage team. ... Flemmingh was ranked 6th on the WBFSH dressage sires standings for 2008. ...

To read the entire article, with pedigree, details of Flemmingh's sons and daughters, on the Horse Magazine website, click here.

Meet some of the stallion descendants of Flemmingh on Click here:

Wednesday, April 8, 2020

WT Leapfrog Offered Fresh Cooled for the First Time

WT Leapfrog showcasing his textbook form in the $200,000 Grand Prix at DIHP.
Jamie Sailor photo

With the break in the 2020 competition schedule, WT Leapfrog has returned to Wild Turkey Farm to be offered fresh cooled for the foreseeable future.

Prior to the pause caused by the pandemic, 9-year-old WT Leapfrog’s year was off to a strong start: placing 5th in the $200,000 Grand Prix at the Desert International Horse Park and jumping clear with just a time fault in a subsequent $100,000 Grand Prix.

Treena Hall photo
Mandy Porter has piloted and developed the stallion (LioCalyon x Carthago Z) since his 4-year-old year.

“I did a lot of in-hand work on the ground with him when he first came to me,” said Porter. “It really helped to develop our bond and to pair up together. He was very playful as a young horse, but he had so much power that he had to learn how to harness that over the years.”
WT Leapfrog holding court with his people.
Treena Hall photo
Frog’s good temperament and his desire to please are a couple traits that will be assets to his future foals, according to Porter.

“He truly loves people,” Porter said. “He wants to be friends with everybody.”

In addition to his excellent mind, Frog’s jumping technique, balance, and work ethic are additional characteristics that make Frog a strong stallion choice for all three rings.

To celebrate WT Leapfrog being home, we are offering a limited-time stud fee of $1400 for fresh, cooled!

Treena Hall photo
To learn more about WT Leapfrog, please click here to visit his page.

Click here to email Barb Ellison about breeding to WT Leapfrog.

Other stallions standing at Wild Turkey Farm include:



Clintord I


Crown Affair




(Read LioCalyon's In Memoriam here.)