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:

Victor E

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.)

Tuesday, April 7, 2020

World Breeding News for Sport Horses April Edition Posted

by Anna Goebel

The April 2020 edition of World Breeding News for Sport Horses has just been posted. 

The COVID-19 pandemic is a dominant topic in this issue, and how it has affected the sport horse breeding world so far, and what kinds of effects we can expect in the future. The magazine's editor, Xavier Libbrecht, and Chris Gould, Vice President of the WBFSH, weigh in with reports and opinions.

Chris Gould looks at what we might expect, from large consequences to the smaller ones that most people haven't thought of. Such as: with the shows cancelled, data for stallion rankings will not be available. As he says, it's a "relatively minor inconvenience," but significant for breeders, and it's an example of the hidden changes we'll be faced with.

Breeding show news and show cancellations make up most of the rest of the issue, along with several articles evaluating stallions. "Who Are the Superstar Sires of the Breeding World" is an interesting statistical analysis, and there's an interesting article on Blue Hors Zack, among others.

Of special North American interest: Augustin Walch is featured in this issue, "arguably Canada's most successful warmblood breeder." The article says that W Charlot Farm's stallions have over 300 offspring in the Canadian Warmblood Horse Breeders Society alone, and there are many more registered in the United States. Augustin Walch, turning 80 this year, talks about his philosophy and his eye for horses.



W Charlot Farm stallions: 
Diamo Blue


World Breeding News for Sport Horses

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