Tuesday, May 11, 2021

KER: Stallion Nutrition, Coenzyme Q10 Improves Semen Quality

Stallions need to be well-fed to perform their best in the breeding shed. Good forage and concentrates are important, but researchers are discovering specific supplements that have specific effects. Coenzyme Q10, for example, "is an important cofactor in energy supply for spermatozoa and is responsible, in part, for motility," according to an article on the website for Kentucky Equine Research.

Read about what Coenzyme Q10, and what it does, here.

Stallion Painting by Jerome Hesketh, 1647

National Trust, Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons

Friday, May 7, 2021

Absatz 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!

Breeder: Wilhelm Brunkhorst

Abglanz’s influence in Hanover was most felt through his son Absatz, who was out of the Hanoverian mare Landmoor, who on her sire’s side traces to the famous English Thoroughbred, Perfectionist xx…
Thanks to the magic of frozen semen, he continued to sire foals long after his death, and it is rumored that a vintage cache of Absatz semen is still "cellared" at Celle…
When asked in an interview in 2000 about the most influential stallions in his time at Celle - which stretches from 1973 to 1979 as assistant to Dr. von Stenglin, and from 1979 to 2007 as the director of the stud - Dr Burchard Bade paid tribute to the refugees from the East:
“The Trakehner stallion Abglanz and his son, Absatz, and the grandsons, and great-grandsons... had a very big influence on the ‘type’ of the Hanoverian horse, and in riding quality as well.”

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

Looking for classic Absatz bloodlines? There are several stallion descendants of Absatz in North America. Click on the following links to read about each of the ones on WarmbloodStallionsNA.com:


Shine (Alesi)

Thursday, May 6, 2021

Celebrate North American Stallions: Leatherdale Farms

Celebrate North American Stallions! 

a series from Warmblood Stallions of North America

Leatherdale Farms
is a name that has been recognized by breeders in North America and in Europe for decades. Doug and Louise Leatherdale began breeding in the late 1980s, at first with Hanoverian jumpers, and then with dressage horses, and have been honored with multiple awards. Doug was president of the American Hanoverian Society for nine years, and they also worked closely with German breeders, allowing them to take advantage of what Europe had to offer. Their influence has been huge and felt in many ways, through their active participation and their philanthropy. 

Leatherdale Farms' first stallion was His Highness, who was the top-selling stallion and champion of the 2002 Hanoverian licensing, and they gradually added to their stallion roster, keeping the stallions in Europe. Under American ownership but living in Europe, the stallions have been able to make their mark in European competition.

Louise continued with her involvement after Doug's passing in 2015, and in 2017 she made a huge splash in American breeding when she brought four of her stallions here. Standing at Bridlewood Farm in Kentucky, they offered American breeders some great new choices for fresh semen as well as frozen.

"My four 'boys' standing in Kentucky - EH Herzensdieb, Fairbanks, Hampton and First Dance - were brought over from our stallion station in Germany in order to offer the breeders of North America the best of conformation, movement, competitive ability and temperament. They do all that and more! Add to that Damsey FRH, Beltano, and His Highness with frozen semen and you have the best to offer for the competitive edge needed in dressage!"

Louise's breeding goal remains the same: creating "a real match between our wonderful US and Canadian mares and the stallions offered by Leatherdale Farms."

Click the name or photo to learn more about each stallion.


Belissimo M x Hohenstein
Exciting Dressage Bloodlines.

Damsey FRH

Dressage Royal x Ritual
Extraordinary Dressage Star and Producer!

E.H. Herzensdieb

Tambour x Tivano
Trakehner Licensing Champion in Germany and Proven Dressage Competitor & Sire.


Flemmingh x Inself├╝rst
Oldenburg Licensing Champion in Germany, Exciting Young Sire awarded 1c Premium

First Dance

Florestan I x Donnerhall/Old.
Classic Florestan I/Donnerhall Bloodlines, Proven Dressage Competitor & Sire.


His Highness x Rotspon
Sought after His Highness & Rotspon Bloodlines; Proven Dressage Competitor & Sire.

His Highness

Hohenstein x Donnerhall
An indelible influence on Hanoverian breeding.

For more details of their history, please visit the Leatherdale Farms website.

Tuesday, May 4, 2021

theHorse: Orphan Foal Behavior

Someone posted a question to theHorse.com about raising an orphan foal, and what kinds of behaviors could result from hand-rearing - and how to avoid them. This article provides some answers.

"An equine behavior expert offers advice on raising and training an orphan foal to reduce future unwanted behaviors." —from "Orphan Foal Behavior" on theHorse.com

Read the article here.

Photo: Hanna V / CC BY-SA (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)

Thursday, April 29, 2021

Celebrating North American Stallions: W.Charlot Farm

Celebrate North American Stallions! 

a series from Warmblood Stallions of North America

W.Charlot Farms
 stands the world-renowned stallion Cabardino. Located in Stratford, Ontario, W.Charlot has been in the horse breeding business for over 40 years.

"Our breeding philosophy to produce elegant, athletic, modern type performance horses for the amateur and professional market has never waivered. Our breeding goals are to continue producing exceptional athletes with a great brain and willingness to work." This has been reflected in W.Charlot being the USEF Hunter Breeder of the Year fourteen times!

"Cabardino’s bloodlines (Carpaccio/Gaspari I) are well-known all over Europe and North America. He has sired a multitude of A circuit Champions and Reserve Champions in the US and Canada."

What Cabardino offers breeders in North American are "a well-rounded offspring, with lots of scope, great gaits and exceptional temperament. He crosses well with many different types of mares, and sires offspring with a modern, refined look, with beautiful heads and lots of chrome."

Carpaccio x Gaspari I

Cabardino - USEF # 1 Hunter Sire for 2017 and 2018!

Tuesday, April 27, 2021

theHorse: Failure of Passive Transfer

"Approximately 5-20% of newborn foals are diagnosed with failure of passive transfer and are at risk for developing serious medical conditions. Learn more in this visual guide..." published by theHorse.com

Foals need that first milk, the colostrum, to have passive transfer of immunity from the immunity of their mothers. When that doesn't happen, it's called failure of passive transfer and a foal with FPT is "at risk for developing serious medical conditions." According to this article, approximately 5-20% of newborn foals are diagnosed with FPT. 

This article is a quick guide to what it is, how to know if your foal has received enough antibodies, and how to prevent FPT.

Read the article here.

Thursday, April 22, 2021

theHorse: Predicting and Preparing for Foaling

There's a new article on theHorse.com of special interest to breeders expecting foals. One, just published this month, is a great overview of what to expect from your mare, and how you can tell when she is close to foaling.

This one has a cute photo of a spherically pregnant pony mare, and covers the topics

  • When will the foal arrive?
  • Physical changes to watch for
  • Changes in milk composition
  • Monitoring your mare

Read the article here.

Photo: Mijobe, CC BY-SA 3.0, via Wikimedia Commons