New Stallion Story: Qredit

Qredit as a weanling!

WarmbloodStallionsNA.com has a new Stallion Story! Telling a new “Stallion Story” is always one of our favorite jobs at WarmbloodStallionsNA.com. Today we bring you a behind-the-scenes view of Qredit (Quaterback x Dream of Glory), owned and raised by Hilltop Farm, bred by Judy Yancey.

Who is Qredit’s favorite person? Why is he known as a regular Houdini around the barn?

Read the Stallion Story to find out!

Stallion Raising: Getting Started

By Kimmy Risser, Hickory Manor

For those of you looking into raising or acquiring your first stallion, or for others who are just curious about how it all works, Kimmy has been there/done that, and is willing to share a few of her hard lessons learned. Enjoy taking this moment to step into Kimmy’s shoes, and feel free to respond or inquire below!

If someone had told me ten years ago when I first started breeding that I would be standing three exceptional warmblood stallions, I’d be having a good laugh. Alas, here we are and here I am “living the dream.”

For many breeders, producing an approved stallion is one of the pinnacle goals we all hope to achieve. But the one thing I have learned in that quest, above all else, is that actually CREATING (breeding for) an approved stallion is far easier than PRODUCING (raising, training, campaigning) a stallion. For me, and mostly for my guy, Bandelero JSF (Banderas x Columbus x Condino, bred by Jump Start Farm), aka Rowan, the trials and tribulations to get me to the place that I am now was emotional and costly. When Rowan was turning 2 years old, I had the realization that the performance world I had grown up in had not prepared me at all for owning a growing colt. I knew what I wanted the end product to be, and the knowledge gained from the performance world has been invaluable as far as knowing what was needed and expected. But to get there? I was clueless, and on top of that I was still an amateur.

So I started “adding tools to my toolbox” (if you know me, I use this phrase a lot). I began working with a natural horsemanship guy….no, I don’t mean Parelli! I mean, natural communication and how the horse learns and understands. The things I learned in two years with him have completely built the foundation of my program and how I work with my horses. I may not know how to do everything, but I know how to communicate with my horses in a way that they understand and respect. Your skills need to go beyond knowing what to do, and instead you need to learn how to handle a situation when you don’t know what to do.


Kimmy Risser with Bandelero JSF as a yearling. She raised him from a yearling and now stands him at stud.

With that knowledge, I raised my own stallion. And I continued to learn by trial and tribulation (lots of tribulation). And I began to truly love the mind of a stallion, and the emotional connection they require from you, especially the checks and balances, and the way they can make you a better horseman. So when I moved to Kentucky four years ago, one of the services I started offering was colt raising. This is a hard sought service in the US, a majority of young horse farms do not have the facilities or knowledge to raise warmblood colts. It is a process I enjoy immensely and even having foals from the stallions I’ve raised is an experience like none other.

But even with colt raising, it never crossed my mind that I would ever stand outside stallions. I know the boys that I raised; we developed a respect and understanding from babies and it carries over to their adult years. But then I started advising and assisting owners of performance stallions to help find a balance between breeding and performing. Once again, my experience in the performance world was helping me well in knowing the needs of both breeders and riders. And then one day, I was approached to stand Jac’Potes (Caretino x Corrado I x Lord), a 19-year-old retiring 1.60m international jumper. I won’t lie, I said “no” for weeks…not because I didn’t want the opportunity, but because I was thinking to myself “Can you really manage an accomplished stallion?” But over time, I accepted that I was able to provide a trustworthy, hands-on program for a wonderful owner that wanted nothing more than for her stallion to be happy and looked after. I’m so happy I made that decision. A year later, another owner (and friend!) came to me asking for the exact same thing…small program, hands-on, trustworthy. This time, I didn’t hesitate. And now we have Obi Wan B (Nabab de Reve x Jus de Pomme), one of the best young jumpers in the country.

Jac’Potes at his Westfalen stallion licensing. Jac’Potes had a successful jumping career to 1.60m before retiring to stud. He was Kimmy’s first “outside” stallion to stand at her farm.
Photo by Bluegrass Equine Photography.

All of this personal history is to point out the journey I took to get here; it takes many years of learning to truly be in a place to accept the responsibility of standing stallions. I don’t have a full staff, but I do have an absolutely amazing manager who is the only person I know, besides myself, that can handle any situation. Your team behind you (whether that is one person or fifteen) is the most important thing. Stallions are sensitive, and so very smart. You cannot make the same mistake twice with them. Your facilities must be top notch and safe. You also need to know your limitations. I would hesitate to take on a stallion that does not respect fencing, or is difficult to handle. 

Marketing is also a huge part of managing stallions. The stallion market in North America is quite big and continually growing. It is very easy for a stallion to get lost among all the options. Growing up in a business-oriented family, I understood the importance early on of building a brand and that has served me well. I definitely cater my marketing to be very personality-oriented; people can see performance videos all day long, but I want them to know these boys. A stallion that has been allowed to reach the point of procreating should be contributing many things to future generations, so I always encourage people to really show off their personalities and their temperament. Especially for the US market, where the majority of riders are amateurs, the temperament is so important! 

Respect is one of the most important aspects to raising and handling stallions. In the wild, the leader in the herd is actually a mare and not a stallion! So I make sure that my boys know I am the “herd leader.” This concept is important for any horse you’re raising or handling, but especially with the stallions because their natural behavior and herd dynamic are going to be stronger than a gelding’s. It doesn’t require any harshness, I promise! But fairness, consistency, and quick, fair correction is what they will understand and respond to. If you haven’t before, just spend a few hours watching your horses in the field together and see how the leader responds. Herd watching is one of my favorite things, and I learn something new every time. And each of my boys requires a different tactic, a different approach. Some are more sensitive than others, some maybe haven’t had the most fair handling, so it takes a lot of time to gain their trust. But it is the most rewarding experience to have the trust and respect from a stallion.

Kimmy meeting Nixon Van’t Muelonhof in Belgium.

Now, all of this important information will help keep you safe and successful. But, a sense of humor is paramount! As breeders, we tend to be a bit raunchy in our sense of humor anyway. But having stallions? Goodness, it is on a whole new level. When the young colts start acting like stallions, I call it having the “tinglies.” Pretty sure it makes everyone around me uncomfortable but I get a good laugh from it. Honestly, handling young stallions is like controlling a 14-year-old boy in a strip club (I mean, I haven’t ever had to do that, but I suspect I’m pretty close to the truth on that comparison). At the end of the day, they’re going to go through a stage (it sometimes feels like a LONG stage) of growth and learning how to control their feelings, and as their person you have to make sure you provide a safe and educational environment for them. You have to be their advocate. 

Managing and raising stallions has lifted my level of horsemanship; it requires you to be better than you were before. It has improved my patience level, helped me better communicate with all of my horses, and makes me a better breeder. I encourage everyone to take advantage of “putting tools in their toolbox” to improve their skill level, no matter what gender you’re raising. But if you’re looking to bring along a young stallion, my biggest piece of advice is to be ready before you need to be ready. Use the expertise around you; there is an amazing group of stallion owners willing to answer any questions and help you out. And above all else, embrace the emotional connection you’ll make.

Bandelero

Banderas x Columbus

The finest jumping genes, top character and quality movement combine in this exciting upcoming star!

Jac’Potes

Caretino x Corrado I

International 1.60m competitor and producer

Donate to the KWPN-NA Online Silent Auction 2022!

Now is the time to donate to the KWPN-NA Online Silent Auction, which will launch on April 22 and run through May 1. And shoppers – mark your calendars! Great opportunities and items have already been donated!

“This is our last big event before the summer: the KWPN-NA 2022 Online Silent Auction!

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The proceeds of this auction will go toward educational opportunities for our members, including webinars, breeder seminars, young breeder educational opportunities, and the 2023 KWPN-NA Annual Meeting. 

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theHorse: Embryo Transfer in Horses – What You Need to Know

Did you know that a recipient mare’s size can have a big impact on the size of the foal? It’s one of the things to be aware of if you’re thinking about an embryo transfer for your mare. That’s one of several things covered in a new article on theHorse.com written by Erica Larson.

“In a study using pony, average horse, and draft horse mares and foals, researchers found that average horse foals born to pony recipient mares weighed 37% less than horse foals born to average horse mares. On the other hand, pony foals born to draft recipient mares were 57% heavier at birth than pony foals born to pony mares.”

—theHorse.com

The article covers possible issues with the donor mare and the recipient, as well as the process and what to expect.

Read “Embryo Transfer in Horses: What You Need to Know” on theHorse.com.

Photo: Mijobe, CC BY-SA 3.0, via Wikimedia Commons

Almé 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 Magazine, published by Chris Hector of Australia. Thank you, Chris, for permission to draw on your expertise!

1966–1991
165 cm
Grey
Breeder: Alphonse Chauvin

Almé was by the great French stallion Ibrahim out of Girondine. Almé’s dam, Girondine, was a daughter of the Irish-bred Thoroughbred Ultimate, and as well as Almé, she also produced his three full-brothers, all licensed stallions or successful jumpers. 

In the 2003 edition of Annuaire Monneron, Bernard le Courtois, has this to say about the present influence of Almé, describing him as “father of world breeding”:

“It is obviously no surprise to see that the line of Ibrahim is influential in French breeding. Almé’s line is becoming increasingly important in many great breeding countries as could be seen during the World Championship in Jerez 2002. I have received from the USA an analysis of the results, which I find interesting and would like to share with you. Among the 92 horses participating, the division between the sexes is relatively well balanced: 32 uncastrated males, not all of them stallions, 34.8%; 31 geldings, 33.7%; and 29 mares, 31.5%. Five stallions had more than one product: Quidam de Revel (5), Capitol I (4), Le Tot de Sémilly (3), Robin Z and Touchdown (2 each). Quidam, Robin and Touchdown are grandsons of Almé and 21 horses in the event (22.3%) were descendants of Almé. At the end of the speed class and of the Nations Cup we could count among the Top 25: 10 stallions, 7 geldings and 8 mares; 9 of them came from Almé (36%). When we arrive at the Top 10 (after two rounds of the individual championships) we find ourselves with four stallions, one gelding and four mares, four of them from Almé (40%). The four horses in the final (where the riders swapped horses) comprised one stallion and three mares, three of them from Almé, 75%! If we were to draw some preliminary, hasty, but nonetheless interesting conclusions we might suggest that if we want to produce horses of high quality the best way would be to invest in mares coming from our leader of the dynasty, Almé. One thing is sure and certain, and that is that Almé remains a valuable asset in the pedigrees of our sport horses. And everything comes together when we remember that the best six-year-old in Europe this year – Mozart des Hayettes – had Almé twice in his pedigree.”

Almé was also influential in Germany and The Netherlands. His grandson Acord II (by Ahorn Z) is in 13th place with 16 winners. In Holland, Almé’s son Animo is 19th with 12 winners. Animo’s son Andiamo Z is ranked 64th with 5 winners.

There was further Almé influence through another son, Jalisco, sire of Quidam de Revel, in turn the sire of Dollar de la Pierre, sire of Rebozo. Quidam was also the sire of Nabab de Reve, sire of silver medalist London.


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

There are several stallion descendants of Almé in North America. Click on the following links to read about each of the ones on WarmbloodStallionsNA.com:

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World class GP dressage stallion with World class jumper lines!

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Gallery: Wild Turkey Stallion Leapfrog Enjoys Retirement

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One of Wild Turkey Farm’s most popular stallions, Leapfrog WT, has retired to stud after a successful show career. Competing at the Grand Prix level under Mandy Porter, he was a fan favorite with a correct jump and an affectionate personality.

He will be available fresh in 2022. Owner Barbara Ellison captured Leapfrog’s enjoyment in a series of photos.

Wild Turkey Farm is proud to stand their own and several guest stallions. The stallions listed below are available for breeding in 2022. Click on each stallion to learn more, or visit WildTurkeyFarm.com.

Ace

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

Billy Mexico

Cevin Z x Le Mexico
CSI5* – level stallion

Calito

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

Coruscant

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 Bryère

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

LioCalyon

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

WT Lakota

LioCalyon x Coriander
Winner of the 2021 NA Stallion test

Introducing PF’s Christer

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Ryan Pedigo Sport Horses is proud to introduce the newest stallion in their lineup. PF’s Christer is a 2014 Holsteiner stallion, and was imported just this month. Christer was fully Licensed with the Holsteiner Verband in Germany in 2016. He captivated both the judges and the crowds with his phenomenal talent, earning two remarkable titles and two great honors: Premium Stallion and Reserve Champion Stallion of the Holsteiner Licensing 2016.

PF’s Christer has had a very successful show career in Germany, campaigning in the 1.30m, 1.35m, and the 1.40m Jumpers.

Furthermore, Christer (Connor x Singulord Joter x Acodetto I) has proven to be an outstanding sire, stamping his offspring with his grand and endless talents and qualities. As of 2021, Christer’s oldest get, who reside in Germany, are now rising 3-year olds and are about to begin their performance careers.

PF’s Christer is a World Class stallion from Olympic bloodlines, and is WFFS N/N.

“Over the past 20 years I have had the privilege of breeding hunter and jumper sport horses in the US, the majority of my broodmare bands from similar horse families. As the sport horse world continues to evolve, it’s been my priority, within my breeding program and breeding business, to select what I feel are some of the finest stallions and mares for my breeding stock. I have been very fortunate throughout my career in making key connections with outstanding professionals, that continue to make it possible to find and import top breeding stock. The goal of my most recent endeavor has been importing top stallions whose phenomenal linage brings a new future to North America sport horse breeding. Most recently Ryan Pedigo Sport Horses welcomed newly imported stallions PF’s Christer and PF’s Chardo to the US. They join the notable stallion PF’s Diamo Blue (who arrived in early 2021 to the US). With new endeavors have come new friendships with established German breeders, but most importantly I owe the utmost gratitude to top professional and friend Sebastian Rohde.”

—Ryan Pedigo

PF’s Christer is now one of three top-notch stallion choices at Ryan Pedigo Sport Horses.

PF’s Diamo Blue

Hunter champion (Chacco Blue x Diamant de Semilly)

Chardo

PF’s Chardo

A first-class young showjumping stallion (Charleston x Nerrado)

PF’s Christer

Imported World Class Stallion From Olympic Bloodlines

Learn more about all three stallions:

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WarmbloodStallionsNA.com:
PF’s Christer
PF’s Diamo Blue
PF’s Chardo

Kristen VanderVeen and Bull Run’s Jireh Capture the CSI1* Classic Champions Grand Prix at Live Oak International 


Kristen VanderVeen and Bull Run’s Jireh
Capture the CSI1* Classic Champions
Grand Prix at Live Oak International

Adrienne Sternlicht’s Mount
Calisto Blanc Receives Classic Champions
Award of Distinction


Kristen VanderVeen and Bull Run’s Jireh. Photo by Erin Gilmore Photography

OCALA- Fla.– March 7, 2022 – Kristen VanderVeen (USA) and Bull Run’s Jireh earned the victory gallop in the CSI1* Classic Champions Grand Prix,on Oct. 5 at Live Oak International. The CSI1* division was a new addition to the 2022 schedule at the esteemed driving and show jumping event, offering more riders and horses the opportunity to compete in the world-class arena. The division was sponsored by Classic Champions, a nonprofit dedicated to the development and education of young jumpers. The celebrated FEI 4* course designer, Olaf Peterson Jr., set the track.

No stranger to the podium, VanderVeen piloted a new mount from her impressive string, Bull Run’s Jireh (Uriko x Conella – Colman), an 8-year-old bay Holsteiner gelding. During the previous day’s CSI1* Classic Champions Welcome, the pair earned fourth place with a great round among formidable opponents. VanderVeen skillfully used Bull Run’s Jireh’s giant stride and rideability to her advantage to capture the win of the CSI1* $5,000 Classic Champions Grand Prix.

“Bull Run’s Jireh is a new horse that I have only had for a month or so, and I have only done two shows before this,” said VanderVeen, who bases her Bull Run Jumpers out of Wellington, Florida. “With the atmosphere here at Live Oak International, I was really pleased with how he responded today.”


Kristen VanderVeen gives the thumbs up aboard Bull Run’s Jireh during the award presentation with Juliet Reid and Classic Champion’s Cynthia Hampton. Photo by Erin Gilmore Photography

The second-place finishers in the CSI1* Classic Champions Welcome, Lawson Whitaker and her own Brownies and Cream (Quintero x Vanilla G – Con Air 7), a 13-year-old Holsteiner mare, duplicated their placing, earning a second red ribbon. Brooke Kemper, who won the Welcome aboard Rocket J Squirrel, was third with her other mount Eton (Clinton x Nircolanda – Opstalon’s Ircolando), a 13-year-old KWPN gelding owned by Mary Meghann Huitt.
 
Cynthia Hampton (Wellington, Florida), the founder of Classic Champions, presented the Award of Distinction to Adrienne Sternlicht’s mount, Calisto Blanc (Cantolar x Cartirell – Cartogran), an 8-year-old grey Oldenburg gelding owned by Starlight Farms 1 LLC, The Classic Champions Award of Distinction is presented to the jumper selected by the judges to have demonstrated the quality of gaits, rideability, scope and potential to excel on the international stage over the two days of the Classic Champions CSI1* division at Live Oak International.


Calisto Blanc, ridden by Adrienne Sternlicht, earned the Classic Champions Award of Distinction. Photo by Erin Gilmore Photography


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Cantus 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 Magazine, published by Chris Hector of Australia. Thank you, Chris, for permission to draw on your expertise!

1981—1994
Grey
174 cm
Breeder: Ramus Boyschau

Cantus was Caletto I’s first crop in Holstein. His dam, Monoline, was by the tough competitor Roman and out of an advanced showjumper, USA.

Cantus, who died far too early in 1994, was a successful sire of showjumpers right from the start. Come On, his internationally best-known approved son, won many times at Grand Prix and Nations Cup level with Ralf Schneider and the Princess Haya of Jordan.

Cantus produced 25 approved sons, including Cassius Clay (1992 Viernheim champion stallion), Cascavelle, Colbert GTI, Canaletto (both private stallions in Holstein), Cyrano (private stallion Hesse) and Cellestial (private stallion Oldenburg).
At the 2000 Olympic Games in Sydney, the Cantus gelding Calvaro won the silver medal with the Swiss team and his rider Willi Melliger.

In 2004 Cantus’s progeny had winnings of €1.35 million.

According to Thomas Mohr, manager of the Maas J Hell stallion station, where Cantus stood:“Cantus was for 15 years one of the most successful showjumping sires – with horses like Calvaro with Willi Melliger. The horses by Cantus were very powerful and easy to ride, sometimes not the prettiest horses, but very willing to perform.”

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

There are several stallion descendants of Cantus in North America. Click on the following links to read about each of the ones on WarmbloodStallionsNA.com:

Calito

A modern type with excellent technique and movement

Can’t Touch This

Powerhouse Pedigree

PF’s Chardo

First Class – Newly Imported Young Stallion

Cool Jazz HS

Holsteiner approved son of Colman

GK Calucci

Choose Calucci for soundness, character, & scope!

Quidam Blue

International Grand Prix Jumper, Approved Hanoverian Stallion