Thursday, May 20, 2021

Celebrate North American Stallions: Avalon Equine

Celebrate North American Stallions! 

a series from Warmblood Stallions of North America

Jos Mottershead and Kathy St.Martin have been breeding warmbloods and managing warmblood stallions for over 35 years. Their two businesses - Equine Reproduction and Avalon Equine - have combined to give them a depth of experience and knowledge of every aspect of breeding sport horses. Equine Reproduction is an internationally renowned business offering a wide variety of services related to stallion collection and management and mare management, and also offers short courses for breeders. Avalon Equine is a breeder of top-quality warmblood sport horses for serious competitors and amateurs, and is home to some of the best sport horse and warmblood stallions in North America, listed below. They have sired champions, incredible brood stock, amateur-friendly horses, and the athletes with which to be successful at top levels!

Click each stallion's name or photo to learn more about him

Argentinus x Pilot
Apiro (Argentinus / Pilot / Cyrus)

Pulpit x Java Gold
An athletic and blood option for warmblood breeders!

Hilkens Black Delight - GRP x Mannhattan - Oldenburg
Power in a small package!

Perikles Christinelyst x Xantos
Incredible athleticism with the added bonus of color!

Davidor x Mannhattan
Talent, temperament and beauty!

Barconcelli x Raphael
Exceptional Dressage Bred Stallion Excelled in the Hunter Arena!

Now or Never M - KWPN x Belisar - KWPN
Imported Celle Stallion!

Goldmaker xx x Voltaire
Stunning Eventing Stallion in a gold wrapper!

Glitter Please x Milkie
Athletic and refining option for mare owners guaranteeing color!

Alla Czar x Buntspecht de Lauzelle
Exceptional hunter stallion!

Finesse x Wendepunkt
A dual purpose stallion producing offspring in all disciplines!

Sandro Hit x Weltmeyer
Brilliantly bred imported dressage stallion!

Semper x Ico - KWPN
Stunning Homozygous Pinto Warmblood Stallion!

Vallado x Lansing
Vallado / Lansing / Capitol I

Wednesday, May 19, 2021

Horse&Hound: Loss of a Stallion

Horse & Hound
's recent online issue had an article about a much-loved Thoroughbred stallion's recent death, with comments from the owner that everyone can relate to who has ever lost a horse, and especially a stallion.

The stallion, Primitive Proposal, was a Thoroughbred by Primitive Rising out of Louella With Love. He competed in eventing, showjumping, and dressage, and was owned by Charles Upham, Langaller Stud, for the past eight years. Primitive Proposal developed cancer and was put down at the age of 21. He leaves "a wonderful legacy" in his offspring, according to a spokesperson for British Breeding.

Mr. Upham described him for Horse & Hound as "a lovely person." Not a standard way to describe a horse - but I think most stallion owners can relate. He described the stallion with such an obviously deep attachment, and finished by saying, 

"When you work with stallions they get under your skin; they’re just a bit different to any other horse. Their work is so instinctive for them and in that instinct they would be fairly dominant yet they become very submissive in as much as they respect their handler, they wait to cover mares. You really build a lot of trust together."

Take a moment to remember all the special stallions and the breeders who loved them.

Our condolences.

Read the full article here.

Friday, May 14, 2021

A Tribute to Judgement ISF (1991-2021)

Judgement ISF and Beezie Madden at Spruce Meadows

 Coatesville, PA
—Judgement ISF, Crown, was the horse of a lifetime. From the moment he was born, throughout his incredible international show jumping career with legends Michael Matz and Beezie Madden in the irons, as a breeding stallion producing Grand Prix winners, and as a retired celebrity, Judgement ISF was special. Last week, just three weeks shy of his thirtieth birthday, Judgement ISF, Crown, was laid to rest at his birthplace at Iron Spring Farm in Pennsylvania. 

Judgement’s extraordinary life is one for the record books. He represented team USA in two FEI World Cup Finals, the World Equestrian Games and 10 Nations’ Cups. He was the only North American-bred horse to win the $1,000,000 CN International at Spruce Meadows Masters in its 44-year history. He also claimed 25 additional international victories at the biggest venues in the world.

“Judgement ISF was an exceptional horse,” said his breeder and owner, Mary Alice Malone. “He gave us so many thrilling moments. Witnessing the magical connection between him and Beezie was the gift of a lifetime.”

Judgement ISF made an impression starting at an early age. When Judgement ISF was a yearling, Gert van der Veen, the former director of the KWPN, declared Judgement ISF a true stallion prospect during the KWPN Keuring. Judgement ISF also went on to win the 4-year-old Stallion class at Dressage at Devon in 1995. 

Judgement ISF winning the Stallion class at Dressage at Devon 1995

His jumping abilities began to really shine when he was started under saddle by Melvin Dutton. “When I saw him jumping in preparation for a keuring, I knew he had more talent than any horse I had ever seen,” Malone recalled. After the keuring, Judgement ISF went to Michael Matz for further training. 

Matz, a World Cup Finals Champion, team gold World Champion and Olympic team silver medalist, brought Judgement ISF along slowly and thoughtfully. The program worked. In 1995, Judgement ISF won the IJF East Coast Finals. Judgement ISF continued up the levels with Matz and won the $60,000 American Gold Cup in 1999. Shortly after the 2000 Olympic Trials, Matz turned his focus to training racehorses and a new legendary partnership was born.

Beezie Madden and Judgement ISF picked up where Matz left off and soon were on a hot streak that lasted more than nine years. The pair competed at the highest level of sport in 12 countries. Together they represented team USA in two FEI World Cup Finals, the World Equestrian Games and 10 Nations’ Cups. Judgement ISF led the victory lap at the world’s best shows:  $60,000 Budweiser Grand Prix de Penn National, $100,000 Cosequin US Open Jumper Championship, $150,000 CSI3* Grand Prix of Charlotte, CSIO La Baulle, CSIO St. Gallen, The Irish Field Six Bar CSIO Dublin, the $175,000 Nexen Cup—twice, $1,000,000 CN International and many more. 

“He loved to go to horse shows,” said Meghan deGaray, breeding manager at Iron Spring Farm and one of Judgement’s biggest fans. “He was amazing to watch in the ring. He had so much power and presence.” Another hallmark of Judgement’s career was his versatility. He won some of the world’s biggest derbies, speed, six-bar and Grand Prix classes. In the $50,000 Animal Planet Sporthorse Cup at the Syracuse Invitational, he set the record at 6’3” in the three-phase competition.  

 His last victory came in 2009 at the $65,000 1.5m Esso Challenge at Spruce Meadows. The venue was his favorite and he was named National Champion there on four occasions. Judgement ISF retired sound at the age of 18 after 10 years in the Grand Prix ring. 

As a sire, Judgement ISF produced many notable horses. His son Counselor (formerly Artesian) was bred in the USA and eventually sold to Europe. Counselor made 204 FEI starts, with 84 of those starts coming at the 3* level and above, with wins and top placings throughout. Judgement’s daughter Worlds Judgement was another international show jumper, representing Canada at numerous Nations’ Cups, with top placings at prestigious shows like Spruce Meadows.

Numerous other sons and daughters successfully competed in the Grand Prix division, as well as in the amateur and junior jumper divisions. Daughter Wednesday Mornin was a two-time USEF Amateur Jumper Horse of the Year. Ghiradelli, Judge Not, Better Judgement and Judgement Call are all successful Grand Prix jumpers.

Judgement ISF is also the sire of top hunters, dressage and event horses. Zurich is a winning Intermediate I dressage horse who debuted at Grand Prix in 2020.

Judgement ISF, Crown Performance Achievements

·      Awarded Crown Predicate by KWPN

·      First American born and bred KWPN Approved stallion

·      Winnings of nearly $1.5 million

·      1st place, International Jumper Futurity Eastern Finals for 4-year-old jumpers, 1995

·      1st Place, Manchester Classic Grand Prix, 1998

·      1st Place, $60,000 American Gold Cup Grand  Prix, 1999

·      1st Place, $60,000 Budweiser Grand Prix de Penn National, 2002

·      1st Place, $75,000 Idle Dice Classic, 2003

·      1st place, $100,000 Cosequin US Open Jumper Championship, 2003

·      1st Place, Welcome Stake Qualifier, Charlotte Jumper Classic, 2004

·      1st Place, $150,000 Grand Prix, Charlotte Jumper Classic, 2004

·      1st Place, Grand Prix Qualifier, Valkenswaard, 2004

·      1st Place, ATB Financial Cup, 2004

·      1st Place, CSIO La Baule Nations Cup, 2005

·      1st Place, CSIO St. Gallen 1.5m, 2005

·      1st Place, Lafarge Cup, Spruce Meadows, 2005

·      1st Place, (Tie) Dublin Six Bar, 2005

·      1st Place, $1,000,000 CN International, 2005

·      1st Place, ATB Financial Cup, 2006

·      1st Place, $175,000 Shell Cup Derby, 2006

·      1st Place, $50,000 Animal Planet Cup, 2006

·      1st Place, $175,000 Nexen Cup Derby, 2007

·      1st Place, CN Performance Grand Prix, Spruce Meadows, 2007

·      1st Place, Samsung Super League Hickstead Nations Cup, 2007

·      1st Place, $175,000 Nexen Cup Derby, 2008

·      1st Place, $100,000 CN Performance Grand Prix, Spruce Meadows, 2008

·      1st Place, $35 000 Finning Welcome, Spruce Meadows, 2008

·      1st Place, $100,000 Encana Cup, Spruce Meadows, 2008

·      1st Place, $50,000 Animal Planet Cup, 2008

·      1st Place, $65,000 ESSO Challenge, 2009

·      The Chronicle of the Horse Show Jumper of the Year, 2005

·      National Champion Title, Spruce Meadows, 2001, 2006, 2007, 2008

Check out Judgement ISF, Crown on YouTube:

Thank you to everyone who contributed to Judgement’s success, including Melvin Dutton, Michael Matz and his team, Beezie and John Madden and their team, his groom Emily Gailis, everyone at Iron Spring Farm, and his incredible fans.

For nearly 30 years, Judgement ISF, Crown, gave us the journey of a lifetime. Rest well.

About Iron Spring Farm

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 riders and 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 saleVisit the Iron Spring Farm Facebook page and Iron Spring Farm to learn more.

Photos by Tricia Booker and Stacy Lynne.

Visit these Iron Spring Farm stallions on Warmblood Stallion of North America:

Florianus II, Crown

Florestan I x Damenstolz
Grand Prix Dressage Stallion Siring Winners

Sir Sinclair, Keur

Lord Sinclair x Flemmingh, Preferent
#1 USEF Dressage Sire 2015-2020, Sire of Grand Prix Champions

Uno Don Diego

Dressage Royal x Falkland
FEI stallion producing winning show horses

Thursday, May 13, 2021

Celebrate North American Stallions: Wild Turkey Farm

Celebrate North American Stallions! 

a series from Warmblood Stallions of North America

From CSI5* competitor Billy Mexico to Grand Prix rising star Leapfrog WT, Wild Turkey Farm stands some brilliant choices for your mare. 

Wild Turkey Farm is a 220-acre facility located in Wilsonville, Oregon, that features a world-class Warmblood sporthorse breeding operation. Founded in 1989 by Barbara Boothe Ellison, the business found its breeding identity when Ellison acquired the  Holsteiner stallion LioCalyon (Liostro x Calypso) in 1996.

Big, bold, beautiful, and fast, LioCalyon ("Lio") loved the winner’s circle. He secured international wins with the USA's Mandy Porter in the irons and seamlessly transitioned into the junior divisions with Ellison's daughter Megan Ellison. Lio passed along his athletic abilities and temperament to his offspring, which made him a sought-after breeding stallion in North America.

Through the experience of owning and offering Lio to American breeders, Ellison expanded her stallion offerings over the years, and Wild Turkey stands ten stallions (with four currently available as fresh-cooled). And while Lio has passed, he continues to be available as frozen.

Ellison and her pack of beloved dogs reside along with the horses at Wild Turkey, and she continues to be actively involved in every aspect of the farm, from the day-to-day operations (which include breeding, foaling, young horses, retirement) to the meticulous planning of every detail of Wild Turkey’s state-of-the-art facilities. There are around 90 horses on the farm, ranging in age from the spring's newborn crop to the resident senior citizen Blackmail, who is 31 this year.

Fueled by her strong passion for horses and a commitment to producing quality athletes with especially great minds, Ellison looks forward to guiding mares' owners in their selections of the most suitable stallions. Contact her at to make plans for this breeding season, or through each of the pages listed below.

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


Acrobat II x Fernando
A proven, 1.60m international show jumping powerhouse

Billy Mexico

Cevin Z x Le Mexico
CSI5* - level stallion


Calido I x Calato
A modern type with excellent technique and movement

Clintord I

Clinton I x Caletto I
1.6m scope, Champion Holsteiner Verband 70-day Performance Test


Connor x Cristo
Reserve Champion Holsteiner Verband Stallion

Crown Affair

Cor de la Bryere x Capitol 1 HLP
Nationally ranked Holsteiner Hunter Stallion by Cor de la Bryere

La Marque

Lansing x Lord Calando
Wonderful Jumper Stallion

Leapfrog WT

LioCalyon (E) x Carthago
Grand Prix rising star by LioCalyon

Limoncello II

Lorentin I x Capitol I
A regal, peerless performer with world-class style and brilliant offspring


Liostro x Calypso II
Big, bold & beautiful, LioCalyon is Wild Turkey's foundation

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


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 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

Read the article here.

Photo: Hanna V / CC BY-SA (