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

2021 BREEDING INCENTIVESEurope's Finest Made in America

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.