Thursday, February 27, 2020

Offspring of Amazing, 2020 Report

Three Successful Offspring by Amazing

by Ahna Cafaro
Amuzing, by Amazing
photo: Naimark Photography
It was the middle of the night on my birthday, 2008… and my horse was finally home! When that sweet little awkward three year old walked into my barn that night, I had no idea the impact he would have on my life….and so many others. I bought Amazing hoping he would be my next show partner. The idea of standing a stallion was not really something I had ever wanted to do. Luckily I was blessed with, quite possibly, one of the sweetest stallions there ever was. Not only was he a fabulous show partner for me, but he also allowed me to learn all the ins and outs of what owning and standing a stallion entails. When he bred his first mares ten years ago, I knew he had the bloodlines, temperament, and athletic ability to pass along and I hoped his foals would inherit all those qualities. With his older foals now well along into their lives and careers, one thing makes me happier than all else: what fantastic partners they are for their amateur riders and how much their owners love them!

As time has passed, I am seeing Amazing offspring consistently show that they have in fact inherited dad’s kind, willing to please demeanor. A large majority of them are owned, shown successfully, and ridden almost exclusively by their amateur owners.


Amuzing, aka Junior, by Amazing
photo: Naimark Photography
One of example of this is my own homebred Amuzing, known as “Junior." Junior was bought by Jill Hardie when he was born, and has lived at home with her his entire life. Jill started him under saddle, and has done the majority of the riding and training with him herself. Junior is a very successful Adult Amateur Hunter and Equitation horse, and regularly brings home Champion in good company. According to Jill, “Junior is one of the nicest horses I have ever owned. So much about him is just wonderful. To start, he’s beautiful and not a show goes by that I don’t get stopped so someone can tell me how stunning he is. On top of that, he is just a great guy to have around. He’s sweet and easy going and rarely dramatic. He’s got such a soft and quiet way about him and is NEVER in a hurry. I love him so much I bought another Amazing baby to bring along!” As his breeder, this is exactly what I had hoped for!

Amaze Me

Amaze Me, aka Derby

Amaze Me by Amazing
photo: Andrew Ryback Photography
Emily Kowit owns Amaze Me, and has had an extremely successful year in the Amateur Owner Hunters and Equitation with her “Derby”. Emily and Derby have been partners for a couple of years now, and she says, “I got Derby when he was 6 turning 7. He was a bit green but so willing to learn his job. I wasn’t looking to get a new horse, but I couldn’t let this one go. I felt something super special in him. At first, I really didn’t have any set goals in mind as it was my first project horse, but he was quickly exceeding all of our expectations and was learning by the day. I am incredibly impressed by the “amazing” brain that he has!! He is such a willing, accepting guy that is extremely tolerant of my amateur mistakes. He has even been hacked and groomed by the tiny riders at the farm. I am so thrilled with this horse by Amazing, I couldn’t ask for anything else. Best. Brain. Ever!”

Amplitude MFH

Amp at home.

Amplitude MFH by Amazing
Amplitude MFH is just another member of Brittney Cline’s family, and is perfect example of what wonderful amateur horses the Amazing babies are. Brittney purchased Amp when he was a yearling from breeder Christina Burke, and she knew from the minute she saw him that he was the horse for her. Brittney says “From day one he proved to have his sire’s incredible temperament and brain. He is SO amateur-friendly, that even my young daughter was able to sit on him as a 3 year old (and has continued to ride him ever since!). It doesn’t matter how much time “off’ he gets between rides, he always comes out exactly the same with zero prep. He will be 6 this summer, and I absolutely couldn’t imagine our lives without him!”

Hearing stories like this makes all the hard work and sacrifice so worth it for me. As a trainer myself, I can’t emphasize enough what a difference it makes to have kind, willing, reliable amateur horses to work with. I am so proud of what Amazing has produced over the years! I’m also excited to see what the future holds for all of his offspring, and feel so blessed to have made an impact on so many people’s lives through Amazing.

Please visit Amazing's profile to learn more about him - click here.

Interested in breeding to Amazing, or have questions? Click here to contact owner Ahna Cafaro.

Amazing's story is pretty special! Click here to read his Stallion Story.


Monday, February 17, 2020

The 2020 Future Event Horse Calendar is Now Available

USEA photo.

The USEA Future Event Horse Program (FEH) is growing – it has more qualifiers on the calendar, expert judges on the judges list, higher quality horses at the Championships, and new educational resources on the USEA website. This year, the FEH calendar has over 28 competitions across the country and three Championships.

Read the full article here.

Friday, February 14, 2020

World Breeding News for Sport Horses February Edition Posted

World Breeding News for Sport Horses has just posted their February 2020 issue, with articles on the deaths of legendary stallions Jazz, Kannan, and Don Schufro; the KWPN stallion approvals; and more. The article on horse/animal welfare is a must-read.

Of special interest to North American breeders are articles on SWANA, the Swedish Warmblood Association of North America, written by Hillevi Brasch; and Chris Gould's article on the Canadian Warmblood Foal Futurities. 



World Breeding News for Sport Horses

February issue of WBNSH

Subscribe to WBNSH

Hyperion Stud News, February 2020

Hyperion Stud's Winter 2020 Newsletter

Europe's Finest Made in America


The 2020 Hyperion Stud Digital Stallion Roster is now available, the interactive digital version provides detailed information about the 30+ international quality stallions Hyperion Stud Represents.



Early Booking
(Dakota VDL, Vegas, Twisther, Victor E, Cicera’s Icewater, Chin Quidam VDL)
Before January 1, 2020 | $100.00 off stud fee
Between Jan 1 – March 31, 2020 | $50.00 off stud fee
Return Clients:
Vegas | $100.00 off stud fee
Imothep | $100.00 off stud fee
Dakota | $75.00 off stud fee
Cicera’s Icewater | $75.00 off stud fee
Chin Quidam VDL |  $75.00 off stud fee
Multiple Mares: TBD based on # of mares
States Premium, Star, Keur, Elite, Preferent, Prestiate Mares: $125.00 off stud fee
International & National Sport records: $100.00 (subject to approval)
* One discount applies per booking
Please contact Hyperion Stud at for more information about discounts and booking.

Cool Jazz


Olympic competitor and breeding stallion Imothep has returned to the United States and was joined by Hyperion Stud’s Holsteiner approved stallion Cool Jazz. “This officially marks Imothep’s retirement from sport and we are excited to offer North American Breeders access to this super stallion for the first time in many years via fresh collections,” said Hyperion Stud owner Vicky Castegren.

Leviathan HS


Hyperion Stud stallions Urthago HS and Leviathan HS were recently selected to attend stallion approval in Germany. Hyperion Stud bred and owned Urthago HS (v. Uriko/My Lord Carthago/Casall/Carthago), from stamm 474a, attended the Holsteiner Verband stallion approvals in Neumünster, Germany where he was approved and received his breeding license. Hyperion owned Leviathan HS (v. Livello/Casall/Calando I), from stamm 741, attended the Mecklenberg stallion approval in Redefin, Germany where he was approved and received his breeding license.

Urthago HS with Vicky Castegren and Gunnar Mohr

Click to learn more about these Hyperion stallions:

Foundation Friday: Calido 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!


165 cm
Breeder: Matthias Kahler
Licensed 1993 in Neumünster

Calido I is the star of one of Holstein’s most important private stallion stations, Hengststation Maas J. Hell, one of the best known in Europe under the direction of Maas J. Hell, who played a major rôle in the transformation of the agricultural  Holstein horse to its modern sporthorse self. …

At his performance test in Adelheidsdorf, Calido … was first in the jumping standings with 140.40 …; his jumping scores included a score of 10.

In 1996 he won 22 showjumping classes up to intermediate level.

Calido was the standout sire in the jumping at the 2004 Bundeschampionate, ….

Calido is another representative of that enormously influential Holstein C line of Cor de la Bryère with no influence from the other C line of Capitol. In the words of the famed Dutch breeder Jan Greve, this is selecting the “careful” Holstein C line, not the “power” C line.

But then again, Calido might be getting quite enough power and attitude on his dam lines, since they feature a double cross of the Ramzes son, Roman …

In the 2018 Hanoverian book, his progeny earnings [were] €3,703,796 with 1445 competitors. …

His 2017 German FN index as a sire of young horse jumping competitors is 141, while his value as a sire of open competition horses is rated at 123.

Calido I is the sire of 31 horses with winnings of more than €15,000, …he was represented by three of his offspring at the Beijing Games, … and he is the sire of more than 50 licensed sons.

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

There are a couple of stallion descendants of Calido I in North America. Click on the following links to read about each of the ones on

GK Calucci

Friday, January 31, 2020

Foundation Friday: Balou du Rouet

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: Paul Schockemöhle

Paul Schockemöhle is a marketing genius, and his skills are abundantly in evidence in the case of his "hot" stallion, Balou du Rouet. The stallion perhaps has appeal to German breeders because they are mixing the strange and unknown—the Selle Français jumping star Baloubet—with the comfort of a mare that is solidly German….

Balou showed his jumping qualities in the 30 day test in 2002, where he achieved a 9.2 score for jumping. He qualified for the Bundeschampionate in 2004, and in 2005 he won several young jumping horse tests and was a Bundeschampionate finalist....

Despite this rather modest performance record, so far Balou has produced 40 (!) licensed sons, including Balzachi, Balloon, Baldeur, Balou’s Bellini, Balou’s Star, Bonaventura, Burberry, ….

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

There are a couple of stallion descendants of Balou du Rouet in North America. Click on the following links to read about each of the ones on

Beau Balou

Wednesday, January 29, 2020

Iron Spring Farm Sponsors New High Score Awards at White Fences Show Series

Coatesville, PA---Iron Spring Farm is pleased to sponsor the new Young Horse/Developing Horse High Score Awards, as well as the Young Horse/Developing Horse Season-End High Score Awards, during the Welcome Back to White Fences dressage show series. Horses competing in the Materiale, Young Horse and Developing Horse classes are eligible for these awards.

"At Iron Spring Farm we want to recognize the up and coming young horses and developing horses with special awards," explained Quinnten Alston, sales manager at Iron Spring Farm. "The trainers, owners and breeders bringing these youngsters along are working very hard. The High Score Awards are a fun way to acknowledge the effort." The new accolades are in addition to the Training Level-Grand Prix awards.

The winter/spring White Fences dressage series includes the following shows:

            Welcome Back to White Fences I, Jan 31-Feb 2, 2020
            Welcome Back to White Fences II, Feb 21-23, 2020
            Welcome Back to White Fences III, March 13-15, 2020
            Welcome Back to White Fences IV, April 3-5, 2020

Iron Spring Farm is also a sponsor at the Adequan Global Dressage Festival. For the latest updates, photos and videos, please visit the Iron Spring Farm Facebook page and

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 for more information.
Art work by Terri Miller

Tuesday, January 28, 2020

Article: Diet Might Improve Older Broodmare Fertility

A new article on might be of interest to breeders with older broodmares that they'd like to get pregnant.

The article summarizes a presentation by Giovana D. Catandi, DVM at the American Association of Equine Practitioners convention in Denver just a few days ago. Dr. Catandi reported on research being done at Colorado State University that confirmed that "nutrition plays a key role in improving oocyte quality, which can be a boon to overcoming fertility problems in older mares."

A reference to this article was shared in a Facebook breeders group, and the comments included a good point: "Hoping it works, but either way, I sure feel better trying!"

For more details about the fertility boost your mare might experience from supplements of specific nutrients, click here.

YHS and USSHBA Offer Breeder Awards

Young Horse Show Series & United States Sport Horse Breeders Association Jointly Celebrate Tenth Year With New US Breeder Awards - $2000 in 2020

The United States Sport Horse Breeders Association is pleased to announce a partnership with the Spy Coast Farm Young Horse Show Series for the upcoming season in creating the 2020 USSHBA/YHS Breeder Recognition Awards. $2000 in cash payouts will be made to the breeders of the highest scoring US-bred entries over the course of the qualifier series held this year throughout the country. 
Eligibility parameters and details about scoring will be available on the Young Horse Show and USSHBA websites; results and standings will be updated regularly throughout the year as YHS Qualifiers are held. Awards will be presented at the Saturday Night Lights dinner during the YHS Finals in Tryon, NC.   
Both the Young Horse Show series and the USSHBA celebrate their tenth year in 2020. “The United States Sport Horse Breeders Association (USSHBA) was founded in 2010 to strengthen the presence and recognition of breeders throughout the US sport horse community,” said USSHBA’s President, Mary O’Connor, of Middleburg Virginia. “2020 is the tenth year for both the Young Horse Shows and the USSHBA—it’s the perfect opportunity to team up to recognize in a concrete way the success of US based breeding programs producing high quality young horses. We look forward to building excitement and momentum behind this award over the coming year!” 
The USSHBA is approved as an IRS 501(c)3 non-profit group, and is designed to serve as an independent, united voice in matters of sport governance for breeders across registries and disciplines, to strengthen the bonds that connect breeders to each other and to owners, riders, and trainers, and to foster a sense of community in working together to achieve and recognize success of US bred horses in sport.
For more information:
USSHBA: Mary O’Connor,
YHS Series: Jean Yves Tola 

Tuesday, January 21, 2020

Fun Facts about Thoroughbred Stallion Sea Lion

An interview with owner and rider Pam Fisher

 As a youngster, Sea Lion raced and won.

 As a young horse, Sea Lion was a quick learner. He made the transition from race horse to eventer smoothly. Pam Fisher says, “After he arrived at my barn, I started him over fences using gymnastics. He was amazing and learned so quickly. He would get furious if ever he touched a rail and was incredibly brave throughout his training.”

 Special bonding experience: “After flying from California to New York to compete at Jersey Fresh and Rolex Kentucky the following year, we drove home alone in my rig, just the two of us: Sea Lion and I traveling cross country. We stopped at fairgrounds for the night and would go for walks. He slept in the trailer with me. He was an angel. We took five days to cross the country.”

Sea Lion and Pam at the Rolex 4-star event.
 Most memorable ride: Pam and Sea Lion have won championships at Advanced level eventing, but her most memorable ride was at Rebecca Farm the year after a near disaster. “We misread a fence - thinking the ditch and wall was a road crossing at the last second.” It was a very scary experience for both, and one that would normally haunt a horse for the rest of his life. “I remember asking Bruce Davidson, my former coach, if that ever happened to him, and if so what did he do to retrain his horse to overcome it. Bruce said that in his career it had happened three times - and never did any of the horses jump that type of fence again. They all refused. Sea Lion went back the next year and jumped the same fence. That is my most memorable ride.”

 Favorite treat: carrots.

 Owner and rider Pam Fisher describes Sea Lion as her “Beautiful, intelligent ‘soul mate.’”

Felix Feliseas, 2019 colt by Sea Lion.
Photo: Lorraine Treacy
 Sea Lion has offspring in five countries: across the United States, and in Canada, Germany, Spain, and Australia. Semen is owned by brokers in several countries, so there may be more unreported to Sea Lion's owner.

 Sea Lion foals have been registered in many studbooks, including Hanoverian, Trakehner, Oldenburg, Quarter Horse, Paint Horse, KWPN, and Irish Draught.

Sea Lion will be available for breeding in 2020.

For stud fees and more information about Sea Lionplease click here.

To contact owner Pam Fisher, please click here.

Earlier articles about Sea Lion and his offspring:

Sea Lion: Offspring Report 2019

Offspring of Sea Lion Begin to Span the Globe

Friday, January 17, 2020

World Breeding News for Sport Horses January Edition Posted

World Breeding News for Sport Horses has just posted their January 2020 issue, with articles on the Holsteiner, the breeding of Fischerchipmunk, year-end auction high prices, and the show-jumping Horse of the Year Igor.

Of special interest to North American breeders is a lovely tribute to Carthago Sun I (Carthago x Schampus xx/Landgraf I), who passed away in late 2019. He was born in 1996, and stood with Joe and Edda Selinger at J.E.S. Breeding Farm in Alberta.


WBNSH article about Carthago Sun I online

World Breeding News for Sport Horses

January issue of WBNSH

Subscribe to WBNSH memorial for Carthago Sun I

Foundation Friday: Argentinus

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!


17 hands
Breeder: Jacob Buether

Argentinus is the most influential son of the Hanoverian stallion Argentan I. Argentinus’ dam is by Duden II, who was highly esteemed as a producer of top quality performance horses and wonderful broodmares.

By 1996, Argentinus was the youngest millionaire among Germany’s top sires and he remained a top sire right up until his death in 2007. A successful advanced level jumper himself, Argentinus produced both jumping and dressage competitors and stallions. His progeny include over 20 approved stallions...

In the survey of the world’s top 75 jumping sires that appears in Monneron 2007-2008, Argentinus is ranked 16th in the world, with 15 among CSI winners. Argentinus was the Hanoverian Stallion of the Year 2005, and the 2015 Stallion Yearbook takes an extra page to detail his career....

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

There are a few of stallion descendants of Argentinus in North America. Click on the following links to read about each of the ones on