Friday, March 27, 2020

Foundation Sire: Double Espoir

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!

165 cm
Breeder: Alexis Pignolet

In the Vendée region of France, Double Espoir was an extremely important sire. Double Espoir is by Ibrahim, whose grandsire is Orange Peel xx; and out of a mare by Quatrième Espoir, also a grandson of Orange Peel xx, making two crosses of this influential Thoroughbred. On the dam line there is more Thoroughbred blood with L’Alcazar xx.

Double Espoir several times won the title “Best French Sire.” He produced the international competitors Lafayette (out of the Thoroughbred Première Main xx) – a team bronze medal winner at the Seoul Games with Michel Robert - and Lisou Blinois (also out of a Thoroughbred, Flute Enchantee xx), who competed at the 1990 WEG with Italy’s Massimilano Baroni.

Double Espoir has a reputation as sire-maker. He sired Valespoir Malabry, best French stallion in the 1996 “Masters” of Caen (and the sire of two stallion sons); Bey de Sèvres, the champion four-year old in 1993; Bayard d’Elle, who is the sire of eight stallion sons, and Avec Espoir who placed in several French Grand Prix and CSI events. His two best known sons are Apache d’Adriers and Flipper d’Elle. All told, Double Espoir was the sire of just on 50 stallion sons.

To read the entire article, with pedigree, details of Double Espoir's sons and daughters, on the Horse Magazine website, click here.

There is one stallion descendant of Double Espoir on Click here:

Wednesday, March 25, 2020

Offspring Success for Jaguar van Paemel

Otis Blue, by Jaguar van Paemel, winning in the US in 2020.
The proof of any breeding stallion is in his offspring, and Jaguar van Paemel's son Otis Blue is doing his father proud this year.

Jaguar van Paemel is a 2009 Belgian Warmblood stallion, bred by Stoeterij Van Paemel in Belgium. His sire is Cicero van Paemel, extremely successful in competition and outstanding as a sire; and his dam (by Sandro) was also successful in competition. Jaguar was approved by Zangersheide (in 2012) where the jury considered him “one of the best stallions.”

According to Hap Hansen, who saw Jaguar van Paemel take second at the 6-year-old Belgian Championships, 2015:
“Jaguar has phenomenal technique and a beautiful style with scope to spare. He has a big stride, and moves across the ground with a dignified grace.” ~ Hap Hansen
Jaguar went on to compete internationally in showjumping in Europe. Most of his competition career was under Dirk Demeersman, who competed him in over 100 FEI classes up to 1m50. Jaguar then went to Aldrick Cheronnet of France, who competed him up to 1.60 (Six-Bar competition) before he was sold and exported to America in 2019.

Jaguar has about 75 offspring, the oldest born in 2013. In this post, we'll take a look at:

Otis Blue

Otis Blue is a 2014 stallion by Jaguar van Paemel competing this year in the United States. Bred by Andras Callebaut, Otis Blue is a Belgian Warmblood out of a Numero Uno mare. He is owned by JR Invest International.

Otis Blue has been competing in Florida, and in 2020 he was the Spy Coast Farm 6-Year-Old Developing Jumper Circuit Champion for the 2020 Winter Equestrian Festival. His rider is Kristian Skovrider.

Jaguar van Paemel
Jaguar van Paemel is now based in California and is available for the 2020 breeding season. To learn more about Jaguar, please click here.

Friday, March 20, 2020

Dressage at Devon to Include Sale Horses

Dressage at Devon already holds the largest open breed show in the world, drawing some of the finest warmblood and sport horse prospects from the US and Canada. Today, most of the competitors in the Breed Show are bred in North America, making it a wonderful showcase of homebred potential. 

Starting in 2020, DaD will facilitate finding buyers for some of that potential by holding a Presentation of Sale Horses. Read the release below to see if you might be interested in bringing youngsters to Devon this fall. 

March 16, 2020  (Devon, PA) – Dressage at Devon is pleased to announce its first Presentation of Sale Horses, to be held Wednesday evening, September 23, 2020 in the Dixon Oval.

This is a truly unique opportunity for sellers to present their sale horses to a highly targeted audience and for buyers to see multiple, well-bred horses in one location.

There will be an entry fee of $50.00 per horse which will include an ad on-line and in the printed color sales catalog.

Watch for more details or contact Melanie Sloyer at Dressage at Devon, 2020, will take place September 22 – 27 at the Devon Horse Show Grounds.

About Dressage at Devon
Dressage at Devon ( has been a premier North American Equestrian event since its founding in 1975.  It combines world-class dressage competition and the world’s largest open breed show with the international Fall Festival show and special activities for the entire family.  The six-day event attracts hundreds of riders from around the world and thousands of spectators.  Dressage at Devon is a 501(c) (3) PA non-profit organization, benefitting equine education.

Friday, March 13, 2020

Foundation Sire: Carthago

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: Erhard Krampitz

Carthago is the son of Capitol I, out of a mare by Calando I, who stood at several breeding stations in Holstein before pursuing a performance career that culminated in a German Championship with Karsten Huck. 

At his performance test, Carthago earned a 9.5 for free jumping and a 10 for jumping talent.

As Carthago Z (he acquired the ‘Z’ being leased to Zangersheide) he finished in 11th place at the Atlanta Games with Jos Lansink and the pair were members of the Dutch team at the Sydney Games. …

In 2001, the stallion returned to his birthplace in Schleswig-Holstein and the Holsteiner Verband.

Carthago is already the sire of numerous approved sons. He was retired on an island in the North Sea, with a couple of mares for company just in case... before his death in 2013.
His progeny includes international showjumpers, …

He is also influential in France …

On the 2013 German FN jumping stallion rankings, Carthago is in 12th place with an index of 158. On the WBFSH jumping stallion rankings for 2013, Carthago is in 22nd place with 34 international competitors, the most successful of which were Old Chap Tame, Cash 63, Coltaire Z and Mylord Carthago.

On the 2014 German FN breeding values, Carthago has a value of 157, which put him into 13th place.

To read the entire article, with pedigree, details of Carthago's sons and daughters, on the Horse Magazine website, click here.

There are stallion descendants of Carthago in North America. Click on the following links to read about each of the ones on

Leapfrog WT

Thursday, March 12, 2020

Hyperion Stud Featured on The Plaid Horse

Urthago HS. Photo: Janne Bugtrup

The Plaid Horse posted an article featuring an interview with Vicky Castegren, called "Hyperion Stud: A Complete Approach to Sport Horses." She talks about her business - which now has horses in four countries - her principles, and what she enjoys most.

Read the article on the Plaid Horse website here.

Click to learn more about these Hyperion stallions

Monday, March 9, 2020

World Breeding News for Sport Horses March Edition Posted

by Anna Goebel

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

On page 7, Edward Kendall, Executive Committee Director of the World Breeding Federation for Sport Horses, urges the WBFSH to undertake production of a State of the Industry report. Their interest is worldwide, and he notes that we really have no idea how strong the industry is, what the market is like or what it needs. He also points out that no serious investor will put money into an industry that doesn't know where it's going or how well it's doing. 

His points are valid, and apply doubly or triply for North America, especially the US. The American Horse Council creates a report on the horse industry overall, and it's very useful, but there are no solid numbers on the sport horse industry specifically, or on sport horse breeding. I feel that we are also in great need of an industry report.

Also of interest is an analysis of the KWPN show, and its "outrageous European quality" and the bloodlines involved. It's followed by "KWPN stallion show commission debrief," an article by Christopher Hector that you can also read on his website here and here. A report on French breeding, and the Salon des Etalons de sport de Bordeaux, is also interesting; it is a show where stallions for all disciplines, and pony stallions as well, are presented. 

There's a tribute to Don Schufro, who died this year; and a very interesting article on gait analysis. It looks at the potential advantages of new gait analysis devices, and also the conflict between the use of new technology and the traditional human-directed inspection and analysis of equines for sport and breeding.

The international scope of the magazine is well-illustrated in this issue, covering breeders from Poland to New Zealand, and breeds from Danish Warmbloods to Trakehners. 

Of special interest to North American readers is a tribute by Chris Gould to Eve Mainwaring, a 95-year-old pioneer of breeding in Canada. 



World Breeding News for Sport Horses

March issue of WBNSH

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Friday, March 6, 2020

Newborn Foal Health has posted a new article just in time for breeding season, on what to look for in newborn foals. It's called "Save That Foal: How to Keep Newborn Foals Healthy." I love the subheading, which is "Help your foal survive his first few days in a great big pathogen-filled world."

The online article covers Standing and Moving, Nursing, and Urine and Stool Output, with what to expect and also red flags to watch for. The balance of the article is available in The Horse magazine.

Read the article here.

Subscribe to The Horse here.

Tuesday, March 3, 2020

Stress and Foaling Mares: New Article

Foaling season has begun, and KER has an article about the importance of keeping stressors down for mares near foaling. The article, called "Stressors and Foaling Mares: What Do We Know?" is on the website of Kentucky Equine Research.

During "foal expulsion," when the foal is actually being born, the mare is under a huge amount of stress. Cortisol levels are three times as high during foaling as during other "stressful challenges" including acute abdominal disease or traumatic conditions.

Click here to read the KER article.

Sunday, March 1, 2020

Iron Spring Farm Buys the Exciting Young KWPN Stallion Lowlands

KWPN stallion Lowlands

Coatesville, PA-- Iron Spring Farm is the proud new owner of the exciting Approved KWPN stallion Lowlands, Reserve Champion at the autumn KWPN Stallion Performance Test in Ermelo in 2019. The addition of Lowlands represents a long search for a young stallion with the right mix of athleticism, pedigree, temperament, and soundness for sport and breeding. At his testing, the KWPN praised the black stallion for his reliability, concentration under saddle and willingness to work.

"We are thrilled to have Lowlands join the Iron Spring Farm family," says Meghan de Garay, breeding manager at Iron Spring Farm. "He's a beautiful, rideable stallion with wonderful bloodlines. He has a lot of German blood, which means he can play an important role in Dutch breeding as a blood freshener because he is completely free of Jazz, Ferro and Flemmingh."

Lowlands had an impressive KWPN stallion testing, scoring no lower than 8.5 in any category, with a total of 87.5. Highlights included 9.5 on the walk, 8.5 on trot, canter, elasticity and balance and a 9 on rideability and attitude. Lowlands is by Millennium, an extraordinary sire of 63 Licensed sons, including many stallion test champions. Millennium successfully debuted in the small tour classes in 2019 and represents famous athletic dressage lines as a grandson of Gribaldi, Preferent.

The mother line of Lowlands' pedigree is equally impressive. His dam, La Donna S, is a daughter of the Grand Prix stallion Donnerball. La Donna S is an Elite States Premium mare and was selected for the prestigious Brilliantring at the Oldenburg Elite Mare Show in Rastede. In addition to Lowlands, she has produced two Licensed sons, a daughter competing at Prix St. Georges and an Elite foal. Lowland's grandmother, Lucy (by Landadel), is the dam of three States Premium mares, the Grand Prix dressage horse Nora ridden by Christa Larmoyeur and a Z2 dressage horse. Lucy is also a half-sister of the Grand Prix dressage horse Exquis Escapado, ridden by Carl Hester and Hans-Peter Minderhoud. Lowlands was bred by Bernhard Schrapper in Germany.

Lowlands will remain in the Netherlands for breeding and training with Dinja van Liere. The Dutch rider has successfully competed numerous horses in the World Young Horse Championships, as well as in CDI Grand Prix. Lowlands was purchased through Reesink Horses.

Lowlands is WFFS and EVA negative. He is approved KWPN and Oldenburg. He joins a lasting legacy of stallions with top bloodlines, impeccable temperaments and athletic ability at Iron Spring Farm. Roemer, Preferent, Contango, Preferent, Rampal, Crown, Sir Sinclair, Keur and Florianus II, Crown, are among the incredible stallions Iron Spring Farm has brought to North American breeders. For the latest updates, photos and videos, please visit the Iron Spring Farm Facebook page and

Watch for Lowlands coming to soon!

Iron Spring Stallions on

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 for more information.