Friday, September 24, 2021

Rubinstein 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!

171 cm
Breeder: Herbert de Baey

Rubinstein was born into a dressage Royal Family. His dam was Antine, one of the three daughters of the mating of the Thoroughbred stallion Angelo and Dodona (the two male foals from this pairing were the Olympic dressage stars Amon and Ahlerich). Rubinstein’s sire, Romadour II, is one of the most significant of modern Westfalen sires.

Rubinstein was ridden in his early tests by Detlev Nesemann, and the pair were Reserve Champions in the Six-Year-Old dressage class at the 1992 Bundeschampionate. The ride then went to that gifted rider/trainer Martina Hannöver, and together they won ten of his eleven starts at S-level. 

Rubinstein last appeared in the Hanoverian Stallion Book in 2005, where he is recorded as having 1502 progeny in competition for winnings of €1,457,560. He had 133 S level dressage competitors – and just 3 advanced jumpers.

To read the full article as it was published on The Horse Magazine website - along with full pedigree of Rubinstein, click here. The publisher and creator of this incredible resource, Christopher Hector, is the author of The Making of the Warmblood Horse.

Looking for the exciting bloodlines of Rubinstein? There are several stallion descendants of Rubinstein in North America. Click on the following links to read about each of the ones on

Cum Laude
Gallant Reflection HU
Pikko del Cerro HU
Royal Prince
Royal Prinz
Royal Tourmalet SPF
Uno Don Diego
Wiittala Theodor

Friday, September 17, 2021

Orbetello Sails Through Hanoverian Approval with Top Scores

Orbetello and Paul O'Shea (IRL). Photo by SportFot
Union - KY– Sept. 17, 2021 – Oldenburg stallion Orbetello (Orlando x Landgraf I/Cor de la Bryère) is now a fully-approved Hanoverian breeding stallion, adding to his existing approvals with the GOV, OHBS and sBs. His stallion inspection by the American Hanoverian Society, which has full reciprocity with the German Hanoverian Verband, means that he is also HV and Rhinelander approved.

Barbara Schmidt, DVM, stands Orbetello at her Kentucky-based Bridlewood Farm. On Aug. 18, 2021, she presented Orbetello for his American Hanoverian Society Stallion Inspection and he earned approval with excellent scores. The judges awarded an 8 for both his overall conformation and type. Notably, his hind leg rated a 9, as did his head and neck. He received 8s for walk and canter.

"Whether breeding for jumping or dressage, consider Orbetello for your mare in 2022," Schmidt said. "He is known to pass his jumping talents to his foals and his powerful hind leg will complement dressage offspring. Eventing breeders would benefit from his power in all three phases."

Orbetello maintained top-level performance during his show-jumping career. At his stallion approval with the German Oldenburg Verband when he was 2, he scored the highest free jumping marks in history.

Orbetello's physical type, bloodlines, athleticism and fine mind contributed to his success as a world-class competitor. He proved himself at 1.60m with three FEI riders, most recently with Paul O'Shea (IRL). Orbetello is beloved by his owner, Cynthia Hampton (Hampton Farms LLC), who also competed him in the amateur divisions. Retired at 18, he is perfectly sound, with no history of soft tissue injuries. His soundness is a tribute to his outstanding conformation.

"He is a once-in-a-lifetime horse," Hampton said.

Orbetello offers a second-to-none temperament, outstanding rideability, excellent gaits, superior jumping technique and scope – traits he passes on to his foals.

"We welcome visitors to Bridlewood Farm to meet Orbetello," Schmidt said. "He is even more impressive in person!"
Orbetello and Cynthia Hampton. Photo by EQ Media
Bridlewood Farm, located in Union, Kentucky, between Cincinnati and Lexington, is the base for Barbara Schmidt DVM's equine veterinary practice, with an emphasis on equine reproduction.Dr. Schmidt brings over 35 years of warmblood breeding knowledge, with her equine veterinary experience complementing Bridlewood Farm's long-established breeding program. She enjoys serving as a resource for breeders throughout the breeding process.

Orbetello is Bridlewood's first international jumper stallion. They currently stand their own Dacaprio, and their resident stallions include Leatherdale Farms' Fairbanks, First Dance, Hampton, and E.H. Herzensdieb.

For breeding information contact Dr. Barbara Schmidt by text or voice  at  859-393-9782.
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Wednesday, September 15, 2021

2021 USHJA Young Jumper Championship Concludes with 5-, 6-, 7- and 8-Year-Old Final Competition


Henrietta, by Contefino, Champion of the 6-year-old division and Best US-Bred Horse

Traverse City, Mich. – Sept. 12, 2021 – The 2021 USHJA Young Jumper Championships concluded on a high note Sunday with the Final Competition for Five, Six, Seven, and Eight-Year-Old age groups. In the Six-Year-Old finale, it was Soehnke Theymann who rode Henrietta to the top overall honors after producing multiple clear efforts throughout the three days of competition.

Soehnke Theymann and Henrietta, photo by Andrew Ryback Photography

Set in the Turtle Creek Casino & Hotel International Ring, athletes and their six-year-old horses made their way under the arches to compete one last time. Following a victory in Thursday’s Six-Year-Old Young Jumper Championship Second Qualifier, Theymann and Henrietta (Contefino X O Black Cherry) topped the leaderboard heading into the final day. Two clear rounds and a fourth place finish in the Final solidified the German’s spot leading the victory gallop. Bred and owned by Platinum Capital Management USA LLC, Henrietta was awarded with the best U.S. Bred Horse at the conclusion of the division, and Platinum Capital Management USA LLC received the U.S. Breeder Bonus.

The overall second place honors were given to QBS Equestrian’s Doonaveeragh Balou (Wild Balou Bill X Doonaveeragh Seabrae), who was piloted by Matthew Williams and bred by Ivan Gardiner. Rounding out the top three was Catherine Tyree aboard QBS Equestrian’s Cantalupe V/D Holtenhoeve (Canaletto Z X Polarsterne Van de Richter), bred by Luk Bloemen.

Jill Gaffney and FF Loyalty, photo by Andrew Ryback Photography

Kicking off the day of competition in the Jumper Annex Ring, Five-Year-Old Young Jumpers took to the arena for the finale of their division. Solid performances throughout the three days of sport led Jill Gaffney and Freestyling Farms’ FF Loyalty (Ogano Sitte X Hoblesse) to the overall victory and the Best Young Horse Award. The overall second place honors went to Gail Dady’s Tornado PJ (Taalex X Crispy Jo PJ), bred by Dr. Jacobs, with Agustin Rosales in the irons. Third place went to Patricia Kobble’s Chin-Chimney (Coeur D’Hannah X Quendollien). Bred by Kobble herself, Chin Chimney was piloted by Samantha Schaefer to ultimately take home the best U.S. Bred Horse award and earn Kobble the U.S. Breeder Bonus for the Five-Year-Old Young Jumper Championships.

Jill Gaffney and FF Blade Runner, photo by Andrew Ryback Photography

In the Seven-Year-Old Final, Gaffney and Freestyling Farms’s FF Blade Runner (Jordan Z X Bright Eyes) took home the championship honors out of the 15 horse-and-rider combinations. Reserve honors were awarded to Sandra Dalman and Dalman Show Jumping’s Elite Girl (Elvis Ter Putte X Fontarina), bred by Festut Lewitz. Completing the overall podium was Quentin Judge and Double H Farm’s HH Janneke B (Floris X Golden Girl B), bred by G.F. Brinkman.

The final age group to compete in the Turtle Creek Casino & Hotel International Ring were the Eight-Year Old jumpers. A field of 10 horse-and-rider combinations competed over the same course as the seven-year-old division, but with jumps that were raised to meet the standard of 1.45m. Filippo Pignatti took home the blue ribbon in the final class of the division on Ideaal ES (Ukato X Renata), owned by Take the High Road LLC. Brooke Kemper dawned the division championship title after her cumulative performances on MTM Kappa Kappa Gamma (Casiro X Sue), overtaking Filippo Pignatti and Ideaal ES, who were awarded with the reserve champion tricolor honors. American professional, Andrew Welles was the overall third place finisher with the Itasca Group’s, Idol H&H (Action Breaker X Mantana). Sandra Dalman was the proud recipient of the Best U.S. Bred Horse award in the division, with Dalman Show Jumping’s Drake (Dulf Van Den Bisschop X Caretina 3).

Brooke Kemper and MTM Kappa Kappa Gamma

Rounding out the afternoon of awards, Trevor and Jill Gaffney of Freestyling Farms LLC received the Leading Owner award, presented to the top-performing owner from all age groups. The Leading U.S. Breeder amongst all five age groups emerged as Muny Sunk Stables.

Trevor Gaffney receives the Leading Owner Award

In its first year in Traverse City, the 2021 USHJA Young Jumper Championships saw unprecedented success. Horses from five to eight years old competed over a three-round format that featured First and Second Qualifiers, culminating in a Final set from 1.15-1.40m based on each age section, as well as a Consolation Classic for horses not competing in the Final. In addition to prize money through fifteenth place, incentives and bonus prize money were offered for United States breeders and American-bred horses.


Soehnke Theymann & Henrietta - USHJA Young Jumper Championships 6-Year-Old Final from Traverse City Horse Shows on Vimeo.

On Henrietta:
“Henrietta is bred in California by Platinum Capital Management. The mother was a grand prix horse, Black Cherry, and the dad is Contefino. She was born and raised in Thousand Oaks, California and I got the ride last summer. I did not have a lot of expectations because she was a little on the small side and lazy on the flat but we took her to her first show and she has been winning ever since. She is a clear round machine and we call her our little rocket. She just wants to go in the ring and win.”

On his plan for Sunday’s competition:
“We were quite good the first two days and we had some cushion because we had already placed second and first. I knew that if I made it to the jump off that I would be pretty safe. Because of that, we were fourth in this class, but I am excited to still be able to be champion.”

On the incentives for U.S. breeders:
“Most of my horses are bred in the United States so I think it is very important to use this platform to produce good horses and perform well for the owners. Having a nationwide championship is a great concept and I hope that it continues to take off and grow. I hope that show management will give us a chance to continue to show young horses in a more affordable way so that the breeders and owners are encouraged to have them perform.”

On the USHJA YCJ program:
“I think without those horses we can’t do the sport, especially in the states. I think in Europe, the breeding is big there, but based on my experience I know a lot of breeders are retired or stopped breeding. So I think we have to start thinking about producing here in the United States. Especially for someone like me that comes to the show and carries their own horses, and also for the customer it’s very expensive to produce young horses.

On Traverse City Horse Shows:
“It’s fantastic. The footing is great, and I hope next year we get to jump the five year olds in the big ring. I think it’s a great atmosphere, a great horse show. It’s my first time in Traverse City and I really like it, great course designers, good management, very accommodating, we like to be here and it’s been great.”


About Henrietta's sire, Contefino

Contefino, sire of 6-year-old champion Henrietta, has an impressive number of successful offspring, including eight approved stallions as well as competition horses Contefina LVF (now winning at Grand Prix), Cadillac (ridden by Ben Ebeling), Contefino 6, Greta Garbo (multiple wins), Carlos Z, and more youngsters coming up.

Interested in breeding your mare to Contefino in 2020? Learn more on


Monday, September 13, 2021

USSHBA To Award Educational Grant for US Breeders

Release from USSHBA:

In alignment with our core objectives, and inspired by the passion and enthusiasm from our US sport horse breeders, the United States Sport Horse Breeders Association is proud to offer a new educational grant. With available funding up to $500, this Breeders Grant will be awarded to either one or two people, depending on the applications received and the requested funds allocated to the selected applications.  

The educational event(s) that the breeder is planning to attend must be based in the United States and costs accepted may include travel,  hotel, or registration fees. This grant will be awarded for the advancement of education related to your breeding business. Applications open immediately and will be accepted through November 1, 2021 with  the recipient(s) being named by December 1, 2021. This grant will pertain to 2022, and examples of educational events include:

  • Breeding Classes (e.g. embryo transfer, etc)
  • Sport Horse Cruise 
  • Handling Clinic 
  • USSHBA In-Person Educational Event 
  • Stallion Collection Education 
  • Registry Breeders Tour (must be held in North America) 

Applications can be found online at

Friday, September 10, 2021

Calypso II 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!

171 cm
Breeder: Otto Ernst Lill

Calypso II has been one of the most important sires in both Holstein and Hannover, where he bred international competitors and influential breeding stallions. It was Calypso II who introduced the Cor de la Bryère blood to Hanover, ushering in a new era of Hanoverian jumping breeding.

Calypso II progeny tend to show not only great jumping form, but also a wonderful rideability. 

His last appearance in the Hanoverian stallion book, was in 2006, where he is credited with 891 competition horses with winnings of €1,606,332 comprising 185 dressage horses, 20 at S level, and 620 jumpers with 135 competing at S level. 

Calypso II’s great gift to the breeding world was the stallion, Contender.

To read the full article as it was published on The Horse Magazine website - along with full pedigree of Calypso II, click here. The publisher and creator of this incredible resource, Christopher Hector, is the author of The Making of the Warmblood Horse.

Looking for the exciting bloodlines of Calypso II? There are several stallion descendants of Calypso II in North America. Click on the following links to read about each of the ones on

Clintord I
Contiano BF
Leapfrog WT