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 Inselfürst
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

Tuesday, April 20, 2021

theHorse: Dystocia in Mares: When Every Minute Counts

"What horse breeders need to know when dealing with a difficult foaling."

"Dystocia" means difficult birth, and this article published on theHorse.com takes you through the range of possibilities - and what to do if your mare has a problem during the birth process. 

Read the article on theHorse.com.

Creigpat, CC BY-SA 4.0 <https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0>, via Wikimedia Commons

Monday, April 19, 2021

Breeder Webinars by American Hanoverian

The American Hanoverian Society is offering a series of webinars for breeders. The 3-part series is presented by Don Kapper, equine nutritionist.

Free to all
March 27, 11 AM ET
Feeding the Broodmare

Free to AHS members, $35 for nonmembers
April 24, 11AM ET
Feeding the Suckling, Weanling, and Yearling and Managing the orphaned/Rejected Foal

Free to AHS members, $35 for nonmembers
May 29, 11 AM ET
Performance Nutrition

Slides of the presentation will be available if you miss the webinar.

For more information, visit the AHS website here.

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 

The Dressage Foundation
1314 'O' Street, Suite 305
Lincoln, NE 68508



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 www.dressagefoundation.org.

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: https://dressageatdevon.org/ 

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 WarmbloodStallionsNA.com:


Monday, March 22, 2021

Meet Derryinver Luxury Cruise, 1m50 Stallion

Derryinver Luxury Cruise, international 1m50 stallion by Lux Z/Cruising

Derryinver Luxury Cruise is deLuxe all the way! He is an Irish Sport Horse stallion who is approved KWPN/NA as an affiliate stallion, meaning his foals are eligible for Register A papers, as well as AES, and CSHA. The Canadian Sport Horse Association awarded him Gold Premium status in Showjumping. 

Derryinver Luxury Cruise
Photo: Tom Magee.

“Luxy” was born in Ireland in 2005 and had a successful international career in Showjumping up to 1m50, with wins and numerous top 5 placings. He represented the Irish Studbook at the World Breeders Federation for Sport Horses as a 6-year-old and placed 9th. His most recent win was under Edward Doyle in 2017 at Balmoral. His career included over 60 competitions in Europe.

Luxy was imported to Canada in 2020 and is owned and ridden by Emma Elley and her 15-year-old son Ryan and stands at her Bayview Stud and Sport Horses in Ontario. Today he is an exceptionally attractive light grey stallion with dapples, a beautiful Irish face, and a snow-white mane and tail. 

Derryinver Luxury Cruise
(video capture)
His sire, Lux Z, is one of the most successful stallions in international showjumping, with winnings of over a million euro. Lux Z’s progeny are competing in international showjumping, dressage, and eventing; he has 5 licensed sons.

His dam, Icing, is a consistent producer of high-quality offspring. She is by the celebrated Cruising, a traditional Irish Sport Horse at the top level of international showjumping.

Luxy is a strong jumper, with a heritage that has been proven in competition. He has dressage potential as well, as he is a lovely mover with an impressive uphill build and self-carriage. 

Cornascriebe Derryinver by
Derryinver Luxury Cruise.
Photo: Carol Armstrong
Luxy's first foals are in Ireland and are just 5. Cornascriebe Derryinver competed as a 4-year-old at 80cm and at home is jumping 1m; he and his new owner, a young eventer, have a bright future. The 5-year-old mare Cruising Over The River has also started her early show jumping career and is showing great talent and scope.

Derryinver Luxury Cruise is available fresh in the United States and Canada in 2021. His semen quality is excellent, with over 80% motility. Shipping in Canada or to the US is easy with FedEx Next-Day.

Says owner Emma Elley, "Luxy is an absolute sweetheart to be around and ride. He lives in a mixed barn with other horses and is always a gentleman." If you are looking for a world-class pedigree, superb temperament, first class movement, and stunning Irish looks - look no further than Derryinver Luxury Cruise!

For details, or to contact Emma Elley about breeding to Luxury Cruise, click here.

Tuesday, March 16, 2021

Diamo Blue - New Owner in United States!

Diamo Blue has left his home in Canada for warm California skies! Previously owned by W Charlot Farm, he was welcomed in March by his new owner, Ryan Pedigo, of Ryan Pedigo Sport-Horses/Hanoverians. Warmblood Stallions of North America would like to congratulate both parties and wish Diamo Blue all success in his new home!

Oldenburg Verband photo

Diamo Blue is a 10-year-old, Elite, fully-approved Oldenburg stallion with a well-respected jumping pedigree (Diarado/Chacco-Blue/Landadel), a successful show record, and noted success as a sire.

New owner Ryan Pedigo has this to say: "Diamo Blue is truly a once in a lifetime horse for me; he’s everything I have dreamed of in both a breeding and performance stallion.

“I bought Diamo Blue because of his spectacular pedigree, his outstanding temperament, scope, style, ride-ability. I have the utmost respect and appreciation for W Charlot’s program. Every one of Diamo Blue’s offspring I have come across has been of spectacular quality, stamped by their outstanding sire.”

Diamo Blue was imported to North America soon after the successful completion of his 70-day stallion test in Germany in 2015. Immediately upon arrival, he competed successfully in both the Young Horse Jumper Series in Florida, and then competed in Ontario, Canada from 2016 until 2020. During these show seasons he captured many Hunter Derby Championships, both in Canada and the US. He was owned by W Charlot Farm in Ontario, and excelled in his performances with top Canadian Hunter rider Kristjan Good in the saddle. 

W Charlot Farm posted the following on Facebook: “We would like to congratulate Ryan Pedigo Hanoverians on the purchase of Diamo Blue. This wonderful stallion will be continuing his exciting career in California, not only in the show ring but also as a breeding stallion. We know he will be very successful and enjoying the warmer weather.” W Charlot will honor existing breeding contracts - contact the farm at office@wcharlotfarm.com.

Ryan’s plans for Diamo Blue’s future include both showing and breeding. “Diamo, will actively be showing on the show circuit and actively standing at stud. It’s important to me that horse show enthusiasts have the opportunity to get to know this special stallion. He’s a good-minded athlete with all the scope and talents one could hope for—and an extremely consistent producer.”

To learn more about Diamo Blue, click here.

To inquire about breeding to Diamo Blue, click here to reach Ryan Pedigo.

About Ryan Pedigo

I have been very active in the horse industry for 25 years plus: breeding sport-horses, raising young horses, bringing along investment horses for sales, importing investment horses and breeding stock.

In addition, at my private 10-acre farm in California, I run my hunter-jumper training business, Pedigo Farms, Inc. I train young horses, seasoned show horses, show my own and clients’ horses, and train clients. Actively and daily running my two businesses makes a life I greatly enjoy.

theHorse: Before She Foals

"Before She Foals" is a recent article on theHorse.com that focuses on the final three months of your mare's pregnancy. 

"The final 100 days of gestation bring their own unique developments, changes, and challenges. Get tips to help your mare’s third trimester run smoothly in this article excerpt from the December 2020 issue of The Horse." —"Before She Foals", on theHorse.com

Click here to read the article.

Photo: Guilhermegarcia90 / CC BY-SA (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0)

Wednesday, March 10, 2021

Uno Don Diego's Headline-Making Offspring

Coatesville, PA— Iron Spring Farm’s stallion Uno Don Diego continues to be a sire of note, with numerous offspring making headlines over the last few months. His son Independent Little Me was honored as the 2020 KWPN Gelders Horse of the Year. Daughter UNO Day Sun was named to the Danish team for the World Championships for Young Horses. Killian TF returned to the US Young Horse Championships and also took home a GAIG/USDF Regional Championship. Koa earned five year-end titles, including Dutch Warmblood Horse of the Year, from the Rocky Mountain Dressage Society.

Independent Little Me—2020 KWPN Gelders Horse of the Year

Independent Little Me first caught everyone’s attention at the 2016 KWPN Stallion Show, where he was named Champion Gelders Stallion. Since then, he’s finished in the Top 7 at the World Championships for Young Horses (six-year-old division, 2019), and moved confidently up the levels. As part of his 2020 Horse of the Year accomplishments, he claimed the Silver Medal, ZZ-Zwaar Level, at the Dutch National Championships, with scores to nearly 78%. He was also named as an alternate to the Dutch team for the World Championships for Young Horses, seven-year-old division. 

“When you enter an arena, he always has a wow factor,” says rider Dinja van Liere, who has her eye on Prix St. Georges with the handsome chestnut stallion. “He loves to shine at competition, so he always gives his best.” She notes that his eye appeal and three good gaits with a lot of flexibility make him a great show horse. Independent Little Me is out of the mare Wendela, by San Remo. He was bred by R. van Steijn and is owned by the van Eeuwen family.

Independent LIttle Me, by Iron Spring Farm's Uno Don Diego, was the 2020 KWPN Gelders Horse of the Year.
Photo credit: DigiShots

UNO Day Sun—Danish Team Member

Bred at Uno Stutteri like her father, UNO Day Sun is making quite an impression in the dressage ring. In 2020, she was named to the Danish team for the seven-year-old division at the World Championships for Young Horses with rider Kenneth Damgaard. As a three-year-old, UNO Day Sun received the DWB Gold Medal at the DWB Elite Mare Show. She is out of Rosita Sun, a daughter of Blue Hors Rosoff.

Killian TF—GAIG/USDF Regional Champion and Top 6 US National Young Horse Championships

Killian TF continued his success in 2020, finishing in 6th place overall at the US Young Horse National Championships after receiving 4th place in the five-year-old final test. He capped his year with the GAIG/USDF Region 2 Second Level Championship, receiving a 73.393% with owner/rider Rebekah Mingari. Killian TF was bred by Kerrin Dunn. He’s out of the West Point mare, Eerste Zarma.

Koa—Five Horse of the Year Awards

Koa and his amateur owner/rider Meredith Reiff took home five big year-end awards. The pair received Dutch Warmblood Horse of the Year, Training Level AA Horse of the Year, the Lisa Robbins Memorial Trophy for High Score AA rider, High Score Median Rider Overall and High Score Median Rider AA Over 45 from the Rocky Mountain Dressage Society. Koa is out of Britta and was bred by Deborah Harrison.

These latest offspring successes join Uno Don Diego’s numerous dressage and breed show champions, including ERA Dancing Hit, the 2011 Danish Licensing Champion. During his own show career, Uno Don Diego received many accolades. In 2009, he represented Denmark in the Six-Year-Old Final at the World Championships for Young Horses in Verden, Germany. Before his importation, he competed at advanced level in dressage in Denmark. He continued his winning ways in the United States, earning blue ribbons at Prix St. Georges and Intermediate I with scores above 73% at prestigious shows like the Adequan Global Dressage Festival in Wellington, Florida. 

For the latest updates, photos and videos, please visit the Iron Spring Farm Facebook page and www.ironspringfarm.com.

To read more about Uno Don Diego, including breeding information, please visit his page on WarmbloodStallionsNA.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.

Tuesday, March 9, 2021

theHorse: How to Be a Vigilant Broodmare Owner

"Hope for the best, but prepare for the worst." That's what good breeders do every year. 

"Serious complications are uncommon in equine pregnancies, but when they occur the consequences can be devastating for both mare and foal. Here are six high-risk scenarios to watch for in pregnant mares." —from "How to Be a Vigilant Broodmare Owner"

Read the article on theHorse.com here.

Photo: 10marek.n / CC BY-SA (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)

Monday, March 1, 2021

theHorse.com: Get Foal Nutrition Right from the Start


"Your foal needs proper nutrition to get a jump on a healthy life." theHorse.com has an article from Equine Guelph to help you plan for your foal's nutritional needs from before birth.

Click to read the full here on theHorse.com.

Photo: Medena / CC BY-SA (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0/)

Wednesday, February 24, 2021

In Memoriam Charmaine Bergman

From the Canadian Warmblood Horse Breeders Association comes news of another breeder's passing. Below is the CWHBA's article of tribute to Charmaine Bergman. Rest in peace.

A beacon has gone out far too early and far too quickly. Charmaine passed away today (February 24) after a relapse of cancer that had attacked her spine. Always positive, she had led the CWHBA through a difficult recovery at the same time as she herself was recovering from an earlier cancer. Her welcoming attitude and constant dedication to the association, over so many years, was a beacon that drew new people into the fold. She was an avid and charming conversationalist who's knowledge and broad life experience made her comfortable in every setting. 
Her interest in people was genuine.

Charmaine's career with the CWHBA spanned more than 20 years and included service as President of the Saskatchewan Chapter, National Secretary and Treasurer and finally National Chair. She was also a senior inspector and qualified International Young Breeders judge.

Her personal connection to the industry was as an accomplished dressage rider, a breeder and stallion owner.

Our thoughts and deepest condolences go out to her husband John, and her close circle of friends.

Although this end was anticipated, we could not be prepared and are deeply saddened. We miss her and will keep on missing her for sometime to come.

theHorse: Mare Gestation Calculator

As breeding season approaches, here's a handy way to calculate your mare's foaling date from when she was bred: The Mare Gestation Calculator, from theHorse.com. It's a simple tool but very useful.

"Are you wondering when your pregnant mare will foal? Use our Mare Gestation Calculator to find out! The average gestation length in the mare ranges from 320 to 362 days; most mares will foal within 330-345 days of successful breeding. However, mares have successfully foaled with gestation lengths outside this range."

Click here to use the calculator.

Photo: Oldenburg mare, Mijobe, CC BY-SA 3.0 <http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0/>, via Wikimedia Commons

Monday, February 22, 2021

Horse&Hound: Interview With Breeding Expert Tullis Matson

British magazine Horse and Hound has a new interview with Tullis Matson of Stallion AI Services in Shropshire, UK. Matson has handled some of the UK's top sport horse stallions - and also collected semen from wild elephants! He talks about those experiences, and also the new technology they're keeping up with. 

Read the article here.

Photo: Bernard DUPONT from FRANCE, CC BY-SA 2.0 <https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0>, via Wikimedia Commons

Wednesday, February 17, 2021

theHorse: Caslick's in Mares, Why and How

The Caslick's procedure "has become a mainstay of equine reproductive practice," and this article on theHorse.com explains why, and how it's done.

"Veterinarians perform this common surgical procedure on broodmares to help keep the reproductive tract clean." —from Caslick's in Mares on the Horse.com

Read the article on theHorse.com here.

Tuesday, February 16, 2021

In Memoriam Debra Lynn Symes

Thelma and Louise Sporthorses lost half the partnership in January of this year. Deb Symes ("Thelma") passed away suddenly on January 23. Deb Symes and Heather Smith, DVM ("Louise") pooled their two farms' resources and their shared interests over ten years ago, to become Thelma and Louise Sporthorses, in Alberta, Canada. The partnership created was a memorable one.

With the passing of Deb, the world lost a good person. Below is the announcement on the website for Thelma and Louise Sporthorses.

"It is with a heavy heart that we announce the passing of half the Thelma and Louise partnership. Debra Lynn Symes (Debs), who was “Thelma,” was born December 12, 1969, in Red Deer and passed away suddenly on Saturday, Jan 23, 2021 in Pincher Creek Alberta with her husband by her side. She is survived by her loving husband Keith Robertson, her best friend Heather Smith (“Louise”), her mother, her brothers, and many other extended family members.

"Deb was passionate about horses and was an accomplished rider, trainer and breeder of horses and mules. For the past 10 years, she has been employed at Buffalo Head Vet Clinic with her dearest friend & partner Heather Smith in Taber. They were the co-Founders of Thelma and Louise Sport Horses and Mules. Deb was a world traveler, full of life and the driving force behind so many of her friends, goals, and dreams. Deb was a jack-of-all-trades, and there was nothing she couldn’t do."

Please read the full memorial page to Deb here.

American Horse Publications Launches Fifth Equine Industry Survey, Sponsored by Zoetis

Help make sure the voices of breeders are heard - take the Equine Industry Survey! "The more information we collect, the better we make our world for horses."

JANUARY 18, 2021

American Horse Publications (AHP) launches its fifth Equine Industry Survey at www.ahpequineindustrysurvey.com. Horse owners who live in the United States, are 18 years of age and older, and who currently own or manage at least one horse are invited to complete the survey by March 30, 2021.

Take the survey!

The survey, which is conducted every three years, will gauge participation trends and management practices in the U.S. equine industry, identify critical issues facing the equine industry as perceived by those who own or manage horses, and better understand issues pertaining to horse health.

The online survey is made possible by a sponsorship from Zoetis, the leading animal health company dedicated to improving equine wellness, every day. Zoetis has sponsored the survey since its inception in 2009.

“Zoetis is proud to continue our sponsorship of the AHP Equine Industry Survey,” said Jeannie Jeffery, vice president of the Zoetis U.S. equine business. “We hope that the survey will continue to help identify successes and opportunities for improvement in the equine industry that horse owners, veterinarians and professionals can unite to resolve.”

“AHP is grateful for its partnership with Zoetis to provide ongoing and vital data on the trends in horse care, management, and welfare of horses in the U.S.,” said Christine W. Brune, AHP executive director. “We appreciate the collaborated effort of AHP members and the industry in promoting this survey and will strive to maintain or exceed previous responses.”

The study is anonymous; this means that no one – not even members of the research team – will be able to associate information that is given with respondents. When the survey results are tallied, only aggregated results will be presented.

Horse owners and enthusiasts are invited to promote the survey by sharing this link with horse-owner groups and individual horse owners. The more information we collect, the better we make our world for horses.

The 2021 AHP Equine Industry Survey is being conducted by American Horse Publications (AHP). Dr. C. Jill Stowe is providing consulting services for data collection and analysis to the AHP. Dr. Stowe is currently an associate professor of Agricultural Economics at the University of Kentucky. 

Take the survey!

American Horse Publications is dedicated to excellence in equine media through education and communication. AHP strives to be the primary source of education, resources and networking for the equine media community. We believe a proactive approach in an ever-evolving communications-driven world allows us the flexibility and opportunity to promote, support and reward excellence in equine media. For more information, please contact Chris Brune, American Horse Publications at ahorsepubs@aol.com or 386-760-7743 or visit the AHP website at www.americanhorsepubs.org.

Anna Goebel, owner of Warmblood Stallions of North America, has been a proud member of American Horse Publications for over twenty-five years.

Zoetis is the leading animal health company, dedicated to supporting its customers and their businesses. Building on more than 65 years of experience in animal health, Zoetis discovers, develops, manufactures, and commercializes medicines, vaccines and diagnostic products, which are complemented by biodevices, genetic tests and precision livestock farming. Zoetis serves veterinarians, livestock producers and people who raise and care for farm and companion animals with sales of its products in more than 100 countries. In 2019, the company generated annual revenue of $6.3 billion with approximately 10,600 employees. For more information, visit www.zoetisus.com.

Monday, February 15, 2021

In Memoriam Anissa Cottongim

The Cottongim family announced the passing of Anissa in January at the age of 51, after a courageous battle with cancer. 

"Anissa grew up in Europe and later attended a German university for a year. She fell in love with the Trakehner horses she rode while in Germany, and went on to become a breeder of some renown.

"For Anissa, it was the thrill of her life to own a spectacular, upper-level competing Trakehner stallion born on her farm and approved in both Germany and North America. She took immense pride in all of the foals sired by her stallion, and especially in her homebred foals, including one competing with an upper-level rider at advanced horse trials. She was unselfish in helping others with their breeding programs and devoted countless hours as a volunteer to the American Trakehner Association to ensure the breed would flourish in North America.

"With the lasting bonds she built among her equestrian, child welfare, and military family communities, Anissa was loved by people literally around the world."