Thursday, June 10, 2021

Celebrate North American Stallions: Bridlewood Farm

Celebrate North American Stallions! 

a series from Warmblood Stallions of North America

Bridlewood Farm, located in Union, Kentucky between Cincinnati and Lexington, is the base for Barbara Schmidt DVM’s equine veterinary practice. She and her husband Frederick Abblett purchased the farm in 1990, providing them with the opportunity to expand their breeding operation, at that time focused on Hanoverians. Their first stallion was Adios III (Arsenik/Diplomat/Wöhler), who was imported from the Hanoverian State Stud at Celle, and proved to be an outstanding sire. Determined to bring the finest European bloodlines to North America, Bridlewood Farm is noted for offering some of the most requested Hanoverian stallions including Donnerkeil (Diamont/Lukant/Kemir ox), Guarantor (Grossfürst/Aktuell/Cardinal xx), and the extremely popular Fabuleux (Fabriano/Augustinus xx/Absatz). Leading sire Dacaprio (Davignon I/Caprimond/Karon) currently stands at Bridlewood Farm producing highly sought-after offspring.

Dr. Schmidt brings over 35 years of knowledge to breeders, not only through her equine veterinary experience but also through years of travel to Germany where she did extensive research into bloodlines and pedigrees. She and her husband are Life Members of the American Hanoverian Society and over the years hosted many AHS inspections. She has served on numerous AHS committees and still continues to serve on the Board of Directors.

Bridlewood Farm has their own carefully selected broodmares who are thoughtfully paired with stallions to produce exceptional offspring. Dr. Schmidt is always happy to impart guidance on stallion selection, mare care and foaling. Her equine veterinary practice provides services for all stages of the breeding process. Bridlewood Farm offers mare boarding and care options, before, during and after foaling.

Bridlewood Farm not only stands their own Dacaprio, but resident stallions including Leatherdale Farms’ E. H. Herzensdieb, Fairbanks, First Dance and Hampton; showjumper Orbetello, owned by Hampton Farms, LLC; and the well-known Welsh Pony hunter stallion *Telynau Royal Charter, owned by Saddle Lake Equestrian Center.

To learn more about each of the following stallions, currently standing at Bridlewood Farm, click each image or stallion name.

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


Davignon I x Caprimond
Sire & Damsire of Internationally recognized Dressage horses; stamping rideability & elegance.

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.


Orlando x Landgraf I
Internationally successful showjumper who passes his jumping talent, easy temperament, and beautiful gaits to his offspring.

For more details of their history, please visit the Bridlewood Farm website.

Friday, June 4, 2021

Nimmerdor for Foundation Friday

Enjoy 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: J. A. Dijkstra

Wiepke van de Lageweg bought Nimmerdor at a stallion show as a two-year-old, for the (then) considerable sum of 25,000 florins. With that purchase, Wiepke went from a humble cattle dealer to one of the future keepers of Nimmerdor, who was voted “the stallion of the 20th century” in the Netherlands in the year 2000.

He was selected for the Los Angeles Olympics, but his owner, Wiepke van de Lageweg, decided he should stay home and concentrate on his breeding activities. 

Nimmerdor has proven himself to be the sire of sires. Even before he retired from the competition arena, his progeny were starting to make their way through the ranks. Nimmerdor was ranked 29th on the World Breeding Federation ranking for the period 1992/2001 based on a staggering 42 international level jumpers.  At the time of his death he left 18 approved sons, and 37 approved grandsons.

To read the full article as it was published on The Horse Magazine website - along with full pedigree of Nimmerdor, 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 Nimmerdor bloodlines? There are several stallion descendants of Nimmerdor in North America. Click on the following links to read about each of the ones on

Asterix E Z

ES Toronto

Karrington MG



Victor E

Wednesday, June 2, 2021

Sea Lion: Offspring in the Ribbons

Sea Lion's offspring have been making news. It's appropriate for the very versatile Thoroughbred stallion that his offspring are winning or placing in three different disciplines. Sea Lion himself has won championships in Advanced level eventing and 1.20 meter jumpers. Meet five of his oldest offspring, who are doing their dad proud.

TGS Lion's Sunshine (born 2019)

TGS Lion's Sunshine was 2020 Future Event Horse Yearling Regional Champion, and finished 3rd nationally.  She is by Sea Lion xx out of Windfield All Sunshine (RID, by Bridon Belfrey - Irish Draught). She was bred by Ann S O'Donnell, who has this to say about her: "'Rooney' is an elegant, powerful, conformationally correct filly with solid Irish bone, a good mind and a sporthorse presence. She has a great temperament, good feet, a willingness to do the work...all traits to look for in an equine athlete.  The Thoroughbred x Irish Draught cross has elevated my sporthorse breeding program and I am convinced that whatever discipline is your aim, a plus to any breeding program is the introduction of Sea Lion TBJC." Ann also bred her half-sister by Sea Lion, Sealebrity, and says both "possess a friendly approach to people and inquisitive natures that brings joy to all who have met these two Sea Lion offspring."

Northern Quest Lionheart (2016)

Northern Quest Lionheart was Dressage COP Level 1 Champion in 2020, and is also starting his eventing career. The above photo was taken this year in North Carolina, with rider Nick Olijslager. Lionheart was bred by Marisa B Frazier. He is by Sea Lion xx out of Northern Quest Special Sea (Irish Draught by Rhyd's Sea Quest).

Sea Lioness (2016)

Sea Lioness was bred and is owned by Sea Lion's owner, Pam Fisher of Ruffian Stables. She was the Future Even Horse 4-year-old National Champion West Coast in 2020. Her first horse show was this past weekend, the Temecula National Horse Show at Galway Downs. Kristin Hardin was in the irons, and owner Pam Fisher reports, "She took Reserve Champion in one division and won the Jumper Stakes class over .75. She will continue to move up the levels, and she will do her first event, with me riding, on June 18th." Sea Lioness is by Sea Lion xx out of Princess Kaballah, by Cairo.

Northern Quest Lioness (2016)

Winning at Novice level eventing. Bred by Marisa B. Frazier, Northern Quest Lioness is by Sea Lion xx out of Silver Lady. 

Northern Quest Blue Sea (2014)

Northern Quest Blue Sea is the oldest of Sea Lion's offspring, and has been competing successfully in eventing. She has had good results at Beginner Novice and Novice, then moved up to Training and some Preliminary level. She was the winner wire to wire of the Sporting Days Farm Horse Trials in South Carolina under Nick Olijslager, putting them on the USEA top ten leaderboard. She is by Sea Lion xx out of White Diamond (Irish Draught Sport Horse by Rockrimmon Silver Diamond).

About Sea Lion

Sea Lion
 is a versatile Thoroughbred stallion approved by most major warmblood registries. Sea Lion has won numerous championships and competed at the highest levels of eventing, including at the Rolex 4* (now 5*), and retired sound to compete in Hunters and Jumpers. His offspring are registered in several different registries, and in five countries.

  • An impressive and versatile stallion with successful eventing career plus a "retirement" show record in hunters. 
  • Offspring in five countries.
  • Oldest offspring excelling in competition.
  • Available fresh and frozen.
  • Excellent motility.
  • 90% conception rate on first breeding.
  • Live Foal Guarantee.
Part of Sea Lion's success as a sire across five continents is due to his owner, Pam Fisher, who is committed to making breeding to Sea Lion a positive experience. "My goal is to make Sea Lion foals around the world.  He is a fabulous stallion and if someone wants his baby, I want to make it happen."

For information about Sea Lion, please click here.

To inquire about breeding to Sea Lion, click to contact his owner.

Tuesday, June 1, 2021

Celebrate North American Stallions: Orbetello


Internationally successful showjumper who passes his jumping talent to his offspring

Orlando x Landgraf I

Orbetello was bred by one of Germany’s historically great breeders, Georg Clausen. Orbetello is a German-approved Oldenburg stallion who took the highest score in history for free jumping at his approval test in Europe. He combines brains, beauty, bloodlines, technique and a good 1m60 record with 3 top riders.

Orbetello is owned by Cynthia Hampton of Hampton Farms, LLC. He competed with top-level performances in the 1.50m and 1.60m Grand Prix. Orbetello’s superior performances under different riders during his highly successful career speak well of his willing temperament and exemplary rideability.

Orbetello stands at Bridlewood Farm, in Union, Kentucky. Bridlewood Farm is the base for Barbara Schmidt, DVM’s equine veterinary practice. Dr. Schmidt brings over 35 years of knowledge to breeders, not only through her equine veterinary experience but through years of travel to Germany and carefully developing her own breeding program.

Bridlewood Farm stands their own Dacaprio, as well as resident stallions Orbetello; Leatherdale Farms’ E. H. Herzensdieb, Fairbanks, First Dance and Hampton; and the Welsh Pony stallion *Telynau Royal Charter, owned by Missy Jo Hollingsworth of Saddle Lake Equestrian Center.