Wednesday, April 14, 2021

Dressage Foundation US Breeder Excellence Fund

The Dressage Foundation U.S. Breeder Excellence Fund grant application is due Saturday, May 1. 

The U.S. Breeder Excellence Fund was established at The Dressage Foundation in 2011 to help support breeding programs in the United States. The Fund provides financial assistance to breeders to pursue educational opportunities related to breeding that will advance their careers, promote sound breeding practices and further enhance the quality of U.S.-bred dressage horses. Specifically, the U.S. Breeder Excellence Fund at TDF supports attendance at educational programs related to breeding, such as:

  • USDF Sport Horse Prospect Development Program
  • USDF Sport Horse Seminar
  • American Hanoverian Society Breed Orientation Course
  • Hannoveraner Verband’s Breed Orientation Course
  • similar educational programs

Grant awardee has up to two years to use grant funding.

To learn more or apply, visit: The Dressage Foundation U.S. Breeder Excellence Fund 

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The Dressage Foundation

The Dressage Foundation is a 501(c)(3), non-profit, tax-exempt, donor-driven organization that is dedicated to educating, supporting, and advancing the sport of dressage.  The organization solicits contributions, appropriately allocates the donations, and awards grants to dressage riders, judges, instructors, breeders, high-performance teams, nonprofit equestrian organizations, and more.  For more information, please visit

Tuesday, April 13, 2021

KER: Stallion Health and the Season Affect Semen, Breeding Success

Some interesting new findings about stallion semen quality were published this January by Kentucky Equine Research. Here's one of the interesting facts: "In general, semen quantity and quality in stallions changes markedly throughout the year. 

“For example, total sperm volume is often high in the autumn months, but progressive motility and the number of sperm with intact plasma membranes tend to be highest in the spring."
—Clarissa Brown-Douglas, Ph.D., a nutritionist with Kentucky Equine Research.

Click here to read the full article on the KER website.

Graphic of sperm anatomy: Christinelmiller, CC BY-SA 4.0, via Wikimedia Commons

Thursday, April 8, 2021

North American Stallion Sport Test 2021

Judges at the 2019 Stallion Sport Test at Pollyrich Farms in California.
Warmblood Stallions of North America photo

The American Hanoverian Society, Inc. (AHS), the Hanoverian Verband (HV) and the German Oldenburg Verband (OHBS), have announced the dates for the 2021 North American three-day stallion tests. Open to 4, 5, 6, and **7-year old stallions from the AHS, GOV, and other registries, the testings provide North American stallion owners with an opportunity for their stallions to earn lifetime breeding approval according to the regulations of their specific registries.

Dates for the Stallion Test, west and east coast locations, were announced in March. "We'll start Oct 14-16 at Pollyrich Farms Inc. in Solvang, CA and conclude Oct 18-20 at Hilltop Farm, Inc. in Colora, MD." Announcements will be made later in the year about special COVID guidelines and other details of the event.

In 2021, each test site will hold a multi-registry stallion licensing in conjunction with the three-day test.  Once again, the AHS will hold their annual east and west licensings during this time.

Testing requirements are specific to age and discipline. Each horse attends with their own rider and there is a Guest Rider component to the scoring as well. Stallions must attend two consecutive years of sport testing to fulfill their performance requirements with the AHS and GOV as well as achieve a minimum overall score of 7.5 at each testing. 

For requirements and other information, please visit the North American Stallion Sport Test website.

**NOTE: 7-Year Old Stallion test offered for 2021 ONLY to compensate for the cancellation of the 2020 NASST due to the COVID pandemic.  Do not assume that the 7yo test results will be recognized by your registry - check with them to make sure.

Dressage at Devon Announces 2021 Dates

Mark your calendars for Dressage at Devon 2021! The show will be held September 28–October 3! The tentative plan is to hold the event and allow spectators, although that decision will have to be flexible until closer to the date. 

Dressage at Devon's first three days have always been reserved for putting on the largest open breed show in the world. If you want to see some of the finest foals born in America, Devon is the place! 

Learn more: 

Friday, April 2, 2021

Caletto II For Foundation Friday

Here is one of Warmblood Stallions of North America’s more popular Foundation Friday posts.  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!

Caletto II
1976 – 1984
169cm Brown
Breeder: Klaus Martin Both, Obendeich
Stood at: Woerden 1981-1983, Wellinghausen 1983

Despite only standing for four seasons, Caletto II may well be the most important son of the jumping super-sire Cor de la Bryère.... Considered the perfect Holsteiner type, Caletto II was a sensation right from the start...

He was described thus in the Stallion Book of the Holsteiner Warmblood Breed by Dr. Dietrich Rossow: “Significant stallion of Thoroughbred, performance type. Harmonious and deep-bodied. Smooth topline, slightly herring-gutted. Muscling not well let down through the haunches. Clean, correct legs and feet. Good walk and trot, absolutely marvelous canter. Very good jumper. Extraordinary form over fences, brilliant with knees. Good temperament.”

Rossow was equally enthusiastic about Caletto II as a sire: “Improvement sire! Offspring mainly of his type with Cor de la Bryère hindquarter. All are performance horses. Five approved sons, 91 approved daughters.”

To read this article as it was published on The Horse Magazine website - along with full pedigree of Caletto II, click here. The publisher and creator of this incredible resource, Christopher Hector, is the author of The Making of the Warmblood Horse.

Interested in Caletto II bloodlines for your mare? There are several stallion descendants of Caletto II in North America. Click on the following links to read about each of the ones on