Tuesday, November 26, 2019

Black Stallion Friday! From Warmblood Stallions of North American

Black Stallion Friday IS ON!

Warmblood Stallions of North America has introduced a new event for breeders: Black STALLION Friday. Based on the Black Friday sales event,  Black STALLION Friday was organized to help stallion owners advertising on the site who want to offer special stud fee incentives to breeders on Black Friday weekend. About thirty stallions are participating, with some great deals offered!

Prices are good November 29 through December 2.

"This is a great opportunity to get a great price on stud fees for some of the top stallions in North America," says owner Anna Goebel.

"We have set up a Black STALLION Friday Gallery, which will only be available through December 2, where all participating stallions will be listed. Click through to any stallion's Profile page from there."

Stallion owners are offering Black STALLION Friday specials with discounts from 20% to over 50% off. These prices will ONLY be good from Black Friday (Nov 29) through Cyber Monday (Dec 2)! "Some are available in limited quantities, so be sure you shop early!"

Click to visit our Black STALLION Friday Gallery!

Friday, November 22, 2019

Sign Up for Avalon Equine Holiday Specials 2019!

Avalon Equine has, for the last few years, celebrated our own successes by trying to help mare owners be successful as well. Every year we hold a "Holiday Extravaganza" offering all of the stallions we stand at a fraction of their usual breeding fees. We do limit the number of breedings that are sold, and they are on a first come - first served basis.

But YOU get to see and take advantage of those offers FIRST if you subscribe to our email Newsletter! Subscribe now to get early access to those discounted breedings! 

Click here to sign up!

Happy Holidays, everyone!

Tuesday, November 19, 2019

Young Event Horse Results 2019

A new article on the US Eventing Association website, by Claire Kelley, introduces the horses who did well in the Young Event Horse awards this year.

"Earning a spot on a USEA National Leaderboard is a victory that takes years of hard work, and for some, the hard work started with the USEA Young Event Horse (YEH) program. Increasing in popularity since its creation in 2004, the mission of the program is to identify upper level event horses during their 4- and 5-year-old years. A true testament to the program’s success, this year, over 20 YEH graduate horses have claimed top spots on the upper level leaderboards."

Read the full article, with photos, pedigrees, and descriptions of the winning horses. Click here.

Monday, November 18, 2019

Jaguar van Paemel Earns Multiple Breeding Approvals

Jaguar van Paemel.
Photo: www.fotoroyal.be

Jaguar van Paemel, a 2009 Belgian Warmblood stallion imported to the US in 2019, was recently Approved for breeding by multiple US and European registries, following his November presentation at the multi-registry licensing at Pollyrich Farm in California. Jaguar was Approved by Zangersheide as a young stallion, and went on to an international show jumping career. Based on his competition record and his presentation results, he is now also Approved for the American Hanoverian Society and Hanoverian Verband, American Rhineland Studbook, Belgian Warmblood Association and BWP/NAD, Westfalen Verband and North American Westfalen Studbook.

Photo: www.fotoroyal.be
Jaguar was bred by Luc van Eeckhoudt and Karin Verdeyen of Stoeterij van Paemel in Belgium, who owned him until this year. He competed up to 1 meter 60 in international competition, mostly under Dirk Demeersman. In 2018 and into 2019 he competed with French rider Aldrick Cheronnet.

Jaguar van Paemel: Scope to spare.
Jaguar is a 17.2-hand stallion by Cicero Z van Paemel out of Sissi by Sandro. He has an impressive jumping style and scope. Hap Hansen, who saw Jaguar in Europe and again this year in the US, says, "Jaguar van Paemel has phenomenal technique. He has a beautiful style, with scope to spare." Jaguar seems to pass on the scope over fences, as well as great temperament and work ethic.

Jaguar has about 75 offspring in Europe and a handful in the US. His first foals turned 6 this year, and are beginning their showing and breeding careers. Nic Nac van Paemel (2013) and several others jumped at the 1m30 level in Europe this summer. Other notable standouts are: Jewel ASK, a 2016 son out of a Diamant de Semilly mare who is licensed for Danish Warmblood breeding; Jukebox van Paemel (2014); and Jetset van Paemel Z (2015).

Jewel ASK, Approved Danish Warmblood son of Jaguar.
Jukebox van Paemel at 3.
Photo: www.fotoroyal.be

Jetset van Paemel, by Jaguar.

Photo: www.fotoroyal.be
Jaguar van Paemel is owned by Geraldine Bidwell of Santa Barbara, California; collections will be handled by Santa Lucia Farm.

For more information, please visit Jaguar's Stallion Profile page, or stop by his website, www.Jaguar.horse to see videos and photos of Jaguar and his offspring.

Contact Geri at geraldine@bidwell.com.

Thursday, November 7, 2019

Sport Stallion Approval Process Explained

by Crystal Toogood of Eurequine

Escher DFEN, a 2015 Hanoverian stallion, passed his 2019 NA Stallion Sport Test in the Jumping category. He is owned by Sarah McCarthy and stands at Eurequine. Photo by Sarah McCarthy

Crystal Toogood, of Eurequine, LLC, attended the North American Stallion Sport Test (West Coast), and wrote this piece to help people understand better the process of stallion testing and approval. Reprinted here with permission.

How a stallion becomes approved for breeding can be complicated to understand at first. If you are not familiar with the process, we hope you find our following overview of information helpful in understanding the basics of what is required of our breeding stallions and part of what makes the registered sport horses so special.
Stallion sport testing is a requirement for stallions of most warmblood breed societies to obtain lifetime breeding approval. Stallion licensing (which is different than stallion testing and not covered here) is a prerequisite to attending the Stallion Sport Test. In unique circumstances stallions may obtain lifetime breeding approval thru their success in performance, such as our stallion Rubignon through an international Grand Prix career or Relevantus “Zorro” who competed at many International Grand Prix as well as the Olympics. Performance levels are set by individual registries to meet approval requirements in lieu of a sports test such as we are attending.
The format for how a stallion is tested has changed over the years in Europe as well as here in North America. Registries like the American Hanoverian Society and Oldenburg Horse Breeders Society enjoy and want to maintain full reciprocity with their European counterparts and therefore need to subject these young stallions to the same standards. The current stallion testing takes place at the North American Stallion Sport Test (NASST) held each year on both the East Coast and one on the West coast. The test is a 3 day format that each stallion must attend and pass in two different years. This short test format puts more pressure on the owner to prepare the stallion to a high level for testing and requires the stallions own rider/trainer to show the stallion at the beginning of the test in addition to the test riders. All test riders and judges are qualified by the German National Federation to assure the same level of testing as done in Germany. Because this test is maintaining a high standard all major registries in the USA accept this new form of "Short Test" as a means to achieve a stallion's lifetime approval.
An example of how the licensing and sport testing process would work for a stallion would be as follows:
* Age 3: The stallion is presented for licensing. If accepted, he is granted a 1-year breeding permit to breed mares at age 4.
* Age 4: The stallion must attend a 3-day sport test. If he successfully passes (a score of 7.5 overall is required by the AHS, OHBS, HV), then he is granted another 1-year breeding license to breed mares at age 5.
* Age 5: The stallion attends his second 3-day sport test. If he successfully passes, then he receives his Lifetime approval.
Each stallion is presented at the test in their discipline, Dressage or Jumpers. The requirements for each age group is listed below.
* 4-Year Old Stallions
USEF Four-Year Old Test
Course of 1.0 meters
* 5-Year Old Stallions
FEI Five-Year Old Test
Course of 1.1 meters
* 6-Year Old Stallions
FEI Six-Year Old Test
Course of 1.2 meters
The North American Sport Test is recognized by the following registries
*American Hanoverian Society, Hanoverian Verband, Rhineland Studbook
*German Oldenburg Verband
*American Trakehner Association
*ISR/Oldenburg NA
*Holsteiner Verband.
Eurequine Owner and American Hanoverian Society President Edgar Schutte, along with other members of the AHS, HV and GOV, formed the committee which brought this event to North America. The continued growth in participants and enthusiasm from spectators is exciting for us from this perspective as well as for the continued growth of the Sporthorse in America.
Follow our Instagram and Facebook stories for coverage of the NASST.

Wednesday, November 6, 2019

North American Stallion Sport Test 2019 Results

The North American Stallion Sport Test concluded for 2019 on November 4. Hilltop Farm's part of the Test was held October 29–31 in Colora, Maryland; the West Coast location was Pollyrich Farm, Solvang, California, where the Test was held November 2–4.

Stallions were presented in their chosen discipline, dressage or jumping. They were ridden by their own rider and also a Test rider, and evaluated in both schooling and test sessions over the three days. A final score of 7.5 was need to pass. Here are the final results divided by discipline.

Dressage Stallions

Jumping Stallions

Tuesday, November 5, 2019

Evaluation of Conformation of Horse Emoji

As breeders, we spend a lot of time evaluating horse conformation. It is a serious part of the core of a breeder's business. But what about horse emoji? Wait, what?

There are more! By someone on Twitter called Horse Girl Autumn, who has created this brilliantly funny critique of the conformation of horse emoji. If you haven't seen this, click here to read. Enjoy!

Monday, November 4, 2019

Nutrition for the Pregnant Mare

This article was recently released by Uckele Health & Nutrition.

When an average size mare delivers, she will have produced a 100+ lb foal, an 11-pound placenta, and as much as 16 pounds of fluid. She has also greatly increased the size and thickness of her uterus, and blood volume increased about 30% during pregnancy. The raw materials to build these things didn't come from thin air.
Providing adequate calories is the easy part. Rapidly dividing cells also have critical needs for amino acids, vitamins and minerals that they must obtain from the placenta.

It's true that the dam will rob her own body tissues, if necessary, to provide for the fetus (not that this is a desirable management tactic!). It's also true that the dam cannot provide something she herself does not have. If she starts the pregnancy with low body reserves and her diet is not adequate, the foal will be short-changed, and the mare will become even more deficient.

Extreme deficiencies result in things like White Muscle Disease and goiter with hypothyroidism in foals. More insidious effects include a higher risk for developmental orthopedic disease like OCD and contractures. Chronic copper deficiency has been linked to uterine artery rupture in mares.

Advice on feeding pregnant mares used to pay no special attention to nutrition until the last trimester.  The latest (2007) NRC recommendations begin to allow for increased nutrients in the 5th month, but since there are still gaps in the research, there are also gaps in their recommendations. For example, they don't allow for any increase in zinc or manganese, but obviously foals require those essential minerals in their bodies.

Good quality grass hay or pasture should be the bulk of the pregnant mare's diet. In fact, a hay with 10 to 11% protein and digestible energy (calories) of 0.9 Kcal/lb can meet calorie and protein requirements throughout pregnancy. Even in the last month of pregnancy the mare would only need to consume a little over 2% of her nonpregnant body weight to meet her needs. For every 1% below 10% in the protein, the mare needs 45 grams of supplemental protein. For example, if a 9% protein hay and she's eating 20 lbs, she needs 2 x 45 = 90 grams of supplemental protein. A common range for protein in good quality grass hay is 8 to 12%.

If you don't know the protein level in your mare's hay, it's wise to supplement. "High" (14%) feeds won't help because they have 2.5 to 3 times more calories, but not 2.5 to 3 times more protein, so you feed a lot less. Choose a supplement with a blend of vegetable and whey sources, guaranteed levels of lysine and methionine. If you assume 8% protein, a mare eating 20 lbs/day will need 180 g of protein = 450 g of a 40% protein supplement (1 pound).

You may want to meet part of your extra protein needs with a combination protein and mineral supplement. As a rule of thumb, the mare will need double her baseline mineral intake at the time of greatest demand, so look for a supplement with at least 5% calcium and 225 mg copper per 1 lb serving. A pound of it will provide about 112 g of protein if 25% calcium.

Do not stop your mare's usual mineral supplements when she is pregnant. You still need to have her eating a balanced diet base. The above supplementation is for the additional needs of pregnancy. Compared to what is already invested, this is cheap insurance. A breeding farm client of mine once described foals from mares managed this way as "robust".  How many 1-week-old foals can be described like this?

Uckele Health & Nutrition, maker of CocoSoya®, offers supplements that provide antioxidant support.

Amino Fac-41 supports the increased protein needs of growing horses, horses in training, and the pregnant mare to promote muscle integrity and definition.  Concentrated source of all the amino acids, including 4% Lysine. Supports lean muscle mass, bone and joint structure, vital organ development, immune system function, and hoof and connective tissue health.  

Milk & Grow is formulated to meet the increased protein, vitamin and mineral demands of the pregnant and lactating mare and growing foal. Highly digestible protein supplement with favorable profiles for all the essential amino acids including the most often deficient amino acid, L-Lysine. Combined with a complete spectrum of vitamins, minerals, and Probiotics.

Equi-Base Grass is a comprehensive base vitamin/mineral mix featuring Calcium, Phosphorus, Copper and Zinc, and the B-complex vitamins to support energy metabolism.  Digestive enzymes and Probiotics promote healthy gastrointestinal function. Designed to balance diets based on grass hay/forage or a 50/50 alfalfa grass forage provides high concentrations of vitamins and minerals. 

About Dr. Kellon
Dr. Eleanor Kellon, staff veterinary specialist for Uckele Health & Nutrition, is an established authority in the field of equine nutrition for over 30 years, and a founding member and leader of the Equine Cushings and Insulin Resistance (ECIR) group, whose mission is to improve the welfare of horses with metabolic disorders via integration of research and real-life clinical experience.  Prevention of laminitis is the ultimate goal.  www.ecirhorse.org

Uckele Health & Nutrition, maker of CocoSoya, is an innovation-driven health company committed to making people and their animals healthier.  On the leading edge of nutritional science and technology for over 50 years, Uckele formulates and manufactures a full spectrum of quality nutritional supplements incorporating the latest nutritional advances.  www.uckele.com.  

Saturday, November 2, 2019

Arts and Hassler to Headline 2020 USDF Sport Horse Prospect Development Forum

Lexington, KY (November 2, 2019) – The United States Dressage Federation™ (USDF) is pleased to announce that Willy Arts and Scott Hassler will serve as the instructors for the 2020 USDF Sport Horse Prospect Development Forum, being held at Fair Sky Farm, in Loxahatchee, FL. The forum will take place February 17-18, 2020 and will, again, feature a live forum approach and provide a correct, fundamental system for starting sport horse prospects. This program is for anyone with the goal of developing a consistent training foundation for sport horse prospects as they progress from in-hand to under-saddle, and eventual competition.
Trainers and horses will be identified to participate through a selection process and will work with the instructors throughout the forum. The forum environment will also engage auditors, consisting of breeders, trainers, and owners throughout the sessions, in an interactive setting. Participants and auditors will also learn the necessary tools to be able to select and evaluate sport horse prospects before purchase, as well as the key elements needed in a trainer.
“The USDF Sport Horse Committee is excited to bring this popular forum to Florida, a winter destination for many dressage riders. The path to Grand Prix starts with the right foundation established early in the development of the young dressage horse. This forum focuses on the horses' formative years of three to five-years-old. We expect this to be a very exciting seminar with a high caliber of horses and riders,” stated USDF Sport Horse Committee Co-Chairs Kristi Wysocki and Natalie DiBerardinis.

For more information about the USDF Sport Horse Prospect Development Forum contact the USDF office at sporthorse@usdf.org, or call (859) 971-2277.