KWPN-NA 2022 Keuring Tour Results, 2023 Annual General Meeting, and Important Deadlines

2023 marks the 40th Anniversary of KWPN-NA.
Join the celebration at the 2023 KWPN-NA Annual General Meeting!

If you are a member of the registry (or wish to become one), be sure to mark your calendars for March 9-11, 2023 at Sonnenberg Farm in Sherwood, Oregon. More information will be forthcoming from the registry, so in the meantime, you can get caught up on the 2022 year end Keuring Tour results and other important news by visiting the following links. Bookmark the link below for quick access to KWPN-NA news: 

Sponsorship Opportunity!

If you are interested in sponsoring the KWPN-NA Annual General Meeting this year, you can be sure that there will be lots of extra advertising and promotion in line with this major milestone.

Click here for more information and to sign up as a sponsor!

2022 KWPN-NA Keuring Tour Results

Learn more about the Keuring Top 10’s here, where you will also find information about the North American Champions for each Keuring class. This will undoubtedly help you in your research as you think long and hard about your breeding choices for next year! 

KWPN-NA Stallion Directory

Last but certainly not least, follow the link here to access the complete list of licensed and activated KWPN-NA stallions. As time draws near, be on the lookout for the annual Stallion Service Auction! This popular auction is a great way to get signed up for many of the popular and top-producing stallions, while also supporting registry initiatives, such as membership support, performance awards, Keuring tour, and educational events.  

For KWPN-NA Stallion Owners:

The stallion activations for 2023 need to get sent in as soon as possible, especially if you want your stallion to be advertised in the 2023 Handbook. Follow the links below for activation information and forms:

When and How to Choose a Warmblood Stallion

For mare owners, planning out the perfect match usually takes hours…days…even weeks of careful consideration and deliberation. Whether you’re going into next year’s breeding season with one mare or twenty in your herd, knowing how to choose a warmblood stallion that compliments them, improves on your program, and fits in your budget can be a tall order. 

Don’t fret! Warmblood Stallions of North America is here to help. WSNA has the absolute pleasure of working hand in hand with North American stallion owners and registries to help North American breeders strive to produce top-quality offspring. We’ve put together a Warmblood Stallion Shopping FAQ to help narrow down your list of potential candidates. Choosing a great stallion is supposed to be the first fun step! 

choose a warmblood stallion

How to Choose a Warmblood Stallion

It’s fall, registries are wrapping up their inspections, 95% of this year’s foals are on the ground, and for those mare owners interested in continuing an active breeding program, the time for stallion selection is now. Maybe you were waiting to see how a stallion’s foal crop turned out for this year, or perhaps you were waiting to see if that particular stallion is actually being imported like you heard – perhaps you’re waiting for holiday breeding specials; one thing is for certain – we recommend starting your selection process sooner rather than later. We’ve put together some helpful tips below to help you consider your stallion selection options. 

Set Reasonable Goals and Expectations

Are you looking for your next AA competition horse? Are you breeding to sell? Do you have the expectation of producing your next top-level competition animal? What areas of improvement does your mare need? Consider factors like a stallion’s competition records (if that’s your goal), and be sure to research the careers and accomplishments of the offspring of your stallion of choice. There are fantastic forums across the web that have open and very informative discussions regarding stallion selection. Be sure to jump in and ask!

Also, consider up-and-coming, younger, less-proven stallions. There are so many exciting young stallions bred right here in North America, producing incredible offspring. Those big names are absolutely impressive, and if that’s in your budget, go get ‘em! But don’t overlook more financially sound options right here; they’re climbing the ranks and doing great things.

Ask Stallion Owners!

If you have your heart set on a stallion, reach out and ask the important questions. Remember, stallion owners want your foals to excel, too. The owners of stallions you’ll find on Warmblood Stallions of North America are here to make sure they’re helping mare owners create the next generation of great riding companions and competition animals. Let them know your goals, and ask them honestly their opinion on your proposed match. You’ll find most stallion owners are open to discussion, and in many cases, if they don’t think their stallion is the right fit, they’ll point you in a more appropriate direction. Ask about confirmed pregnancy rates, foal disposition, semen evaluation, etc., as these are factors that can directly impact your out-of-pocket expenses if your mare isn’t settling.  Remember that you are establishing a working relationship with both the stallion owner/manager, and you want that connection to be a successful one.  

While stallion owners are usually more than gracious with their time and resources, it’s important to keep in mind that they don’t have all the answers all the time. Be respectful of their time – remember TIME ZONES -, and ensure you’ve asked the appropriate questions before you book. 

Stallion Availability and Limited Breedings

Let’s be honest – if your goal is breeding to a top-level competition stallion, collection and shipping schedules can get tricky amid a heavy competition schedule. This doesn’t mean you should forgo these choices! It just means you’ll need to plan accordingly.  In many cases, stallions in heavy competition are only available with frozen semen. Some stallion owners only collect on certain days of the week, some only have collection availability during certain months during breeding season. One of the incredible benefits of breeding to North American stallions is that your options for fresh cooled semen availability increase. This can be a huge advantage in both cost and access to vets or reproduction facilities able to accommodate your plans.  This brings up if you are opting to use frozen semen, go with a reproduction clinic that is familiar with and has a good success rate with frozen semen.  

Inquire about shipment orders. If the stallion is popular, what happens if you’re the third person in line? Is there going to be adequate availability?  What happens if there isn’t sufficient semen?  Again, this shouldn’t necessarily stop you from choosing that stallion, but it will require more detailed planning on your part. If any of these scheduling restraints don’t quite fit with your planning, you’ve got plenty of other great options when you choose a warmblood stallion. 

stallion shopping
From which stallion to choose, to semen availability, conformation, temperament, registry options, and so much more, stallion shopping can be a huge undertaking. Do your research, ask questions, and get excited for next year’s breeding season!

When Should I Book a Breeding for Next Year?

Many stallion owners offer early booking discounts.  We recommend booking sooner rather than later. From breeding availability to show schedules, stud fee increases, and holiday specials, narrowing down your selection and being in contact with stallion owners should be a top priority. This can also help secure a spot in a stallion’s breeding book for next year if they have a limited number of breedings available. This can be especially important if you’re interested in a more popular stallion. 

As heavy show season winds down, awards and the plan for next year’s show schedule will start to impact stallion availability. Keep in mind that many stallion owners now offer holiday breeding specials, holiday discounts, and reduced breeding fees before the new year rings in. 

Another great way to obtain budget-friendly breedings is through breed registry stallion service auctions. You can obtain breedings to top-level stallions for a great price – please just keep in mind that stallion owners donate those breeding fees to the registry, and it’s important to be kind, patient, and understanding when scheduling your shipments.

Breed Registries and Breeding Fees

The final big consideration we have to go over is breed registry and budget! Is your mare registered, and is she eligible for the registries your preferred stallion is licensed? You’ll want to select from stallions who not only complement your mare but a match whose offspring can be registered if you have an interest in competition, breeding, or reselling later in the future. It’s also recommended that,  as a mare owner, you research the registries you’re interested in supporting and confirm that the relationship and support between registry and breeder is a two-way street. From inspection fees, registration acceptance, education, marketing opportunities, inspection locations, and annual fees, all North American registries have different preferences, inspection staff, office administrators, and operating processes, including the breeds, stallions, and conformation qualities they look for when registering breeding stock. Each of these aspects, individually and combined, make for a varying experience that can drastically change your breeding outcome (at least on paper, if not in the marketability of your program’s offspring). Be sure to firm up your breeding objective (conformation, movement, temperament, discipline, breeding/performance, etc.), then align with a breeding registry that complements (and legitimizes) your breeding efforts accordingly. 

Of course, budget is always a high priority, which is why things like booking sooner rather than later and checking out those pre-new-year deals can help. But factoring in your access to good reproduction vets and facilities, shipping and collection fees, and the actual stud fee are going to be critical for a judicious and financial checklist mare owners will want to keep in mind.

Finding the Right Stallion for Your Mare

We get it! There’s a lot to process when you’re picking out a stallion for your mare. At the end of the day, do your research, ask around, ask other breeders, stallion owners, and competitors. Consider your access to reproductive care and your ability to breed with fresh cooled, or frozen semen, and keep your options open! In the meantime, check out our selection of North American Stallions on our website, and get next year’s breeding season planned!

Ryan Pedigo Sport Horses Celebrates the Addition of 3 Exciting New Stallions with Early Breeding Specials

Please join Ryan Pedigo, of Ryan Pedigo Sport Horses, Inc., in celebrating the addition of 3 new exciting stallions to his growing lineup of hunter and show jumping stallions:
PF’s Ucalido, PF’s Comme Il l’a Fait, and PF’s Catch!

With an emphasis on development of bloodlines through a carefully chosen breeding program, Ryan Pedigo Sport Horses is a full service breeding operation focused on bolstering the North American breeders’ access to world class and Olympic bloodlines.

In celebration of these new and exciting stallions, Ryan Pedigo Sport Horses is extending a very attractive early season breeding special for the month of December:

60% off of any PF stallion’s fresh cooled contracts if contract is signed and booking fee of $300 is paid by December 31, 2022. Collection and Shipping fees are in addition to the fresh cooled contract fee. Due at the time of service, the remaining fresh cooled contract fee, collection, and shipping fees are due prior to shipping the fresh cooled breeding.

For more information about each of these new stallions, as well as the full roster of top notch stallions at Ryan Pedigo Sport Horses, follow the links below:

PF’s Ucalido

Udarco Van Overis – Calido I – Calypso II

Newly Imported!

PF’s Comme Il l’a Fait

Comme Il Faut – Cassini I – Chamonix

Newly Imported!

PF’s Catch

Colman – Calido – Caletto I

Arriving Spring 2023!

PF’s Diamo Blue

Diarado – Chacco-Blue – Landadel

Chacco Blue #1 x Diamant de Semilly # 2 WBFSH Sires

PF’s Chardo

Charleston – Nerrado – Contender

First Class – Combining phenomenal jumping talent, scope & style

PF’s Christer

Connor – Singulord Joter – Acodetto I

Imported World Class Stallion From Olympic Bloodlines

PF’s Galant du Mesnil

Cornet Obolensky – Baloubet du Rouet – Jalisco B

Olympic Pedigree

Royal Tourmalet SPF – A Fairytale Partnership

Note from the Editor: Artie and Joanna are a story of inspiration! Not often do we see a horse rise to FEI levels under one partnership, let alone as a stallion climbing those grueling ranks with his beloved owner. We think this speaks volumes for his character and resilience, despite the challenges he faced after his early success in the breed classes. Enjoy reading about it from Artie’s biggest fan, his owner/rider/partner-for-life Joanna Gray-Randle.

Interested in breeding to Royal Tourmalet SPF? Click here to learn more and inquire about securing a breeding contract for your mare.

Royal Tourmalet SPF – 2011 Hanoverian Stallion
(Royal Prince – Armin – Futuro)

Written by Joanna Gray-Randle
October 2022

Royal Tourmalet SPF
(Royal Prince x Armin) and owner/rider, Joanna Gray-Randle
Photo Credit: Stacey Lynne Photography

“Artie” and I share a very special bond.

My parents tell me that from the very first time I saw a horse at age two, I was smitten. I was fortunate to grow up in the horse-friendly community of Thousand Oaks, California and spent my childhood riding in the hills, swimming my horse in the stream-fed ponds and jumping any obstacle in my path. My horsey activities included hunter/jumper shows, gymkhana, dressage, eventing, driving, riding in parades, and even taking my horse for a dip in the Pacific Ocean.

My passion for horses was not to be denied, and I have happily embraced my career as a trainer, clinician, coach, and judge. Recently I posted a photo on Facebook of a 17-year-old me galloping a racehorse. Someone commented, “Is there anything you haven’t done involving horses?” That question started me reflecting on the journey I have been taking with my wonderful Hanoverian stallion, Royal Tourmalet SPF.

In 2009, after a relocation from California to New York and my need for spinal fusion surgery, I “retired” from horses. But then came a stallion lovingly nicknamed “Artie”, phonetically derived from his name’s acronym “R.T.”. Healed from surgery, and bored to tears, I started circulating my resumé to let local equestrians know I was available for clinics and lessons. In 2011, one such clinic I taught was at Sandpiper Farms in Riverhead, New York. Owned by Gina Leslie, Sandpiper Farms is a boutique breeding operation with a few boarders.

Artie 1-day-old, at his dam’s side
Photo Credit: Gina Leslie

After the clinic, Gina took me around to introduce me to her small herd of broodmares. I was immediately struck by the quality of AHS Main Studbook mare Adira (by Armin). Adira was heavily in foal to Royal Prince and about two months away from foaling. I left the farm that day asking to be contacted when the foal was born, because who doesn’t want to see babies, right? I was in no way in the market for a foal.

Artie joins the family
Photo Credit: jemgray

Two months later, I was happy to receive the call that the foal was here and drove out to see him the next day. He was so beautifully put together, friendly, and had fantastic markings. In the months that followed, I thought a lot about the bay colt with bling; I also found my status as a non-horse owner depressing. While at Lincoln Center watching a production of War Horse, I was overcome with emotion when the puppet foal Joey came on stage. I emailed Gina the moment I got home from the play, and a short time later, purchased the bay colt. The lovely 2011 Hanoverian colt entered my life, and I named him Royal Tourmalet SPF, his barn name would be “Artie”.

You see, to answer the earlier question, something I hadn’t done with horses was to raise a foal of my own. I had raised clients’ foals, and had started my own 2-year-old, but never one as young as my new Hanoverian. Upon buying Artie, I uttered into the universe that I would like to be able to compete him as a 4-year-old stallion and earn qualifying scores for the U.S. National Young Horse Dressage Championships.

Yearling Artie, winning everything
Photo Credit: Suzanne McAndrew

Silly me, I forgot to make any goals beyond that, except perhaps that I’m hoping Artie will be my “century ride” someday.

The years passed and I could not be prouder of my young stallion’s accomplishments, he was definitely an over-achiever. I was even more amazed by his temperament as he is just so incredibly kind and sweet. Don’t get me wrong, he is all boy and can be mischievous. If you are dilly-dallying, he’ll find ways to get your attention, such as hunting for treats, putting the reins in his mouth, or picking up chairs, tables, saddle racks, horse vacuums, trashcans, etc. Every day he greets me by whinnying and nickering and eager to get to work. He is the joy of my life.

We began competitive life by attending breed shows. In my opinion, there isn’t a more perfect way to introduce your future competition horse to a life of showing. In his very first show as a yearling, he won everything. I went with the attitude that it was about getting show mileage and the results didn’t matter, but it turned out to be a very fun day. I continued to show Artie in his 2-year-old and 3-year-old years, mainly for exposure and experience, but we earned some very nice accolades in the process.

In 2015, the 4-year-old Royal Tourmalet SPF earned numerous year-end awards and brought home impressive results from big competitions. The pinnacle was winning the 2015 Dressage at Devon, Dr. Robert Miller Memorial Perpetual Trophy for being the highest scoring American-bred stallion. He was also named 2015 Born in the USA Champion Stallion. To earn such prestigious awards at America’s premiere breed show was just overwhelming. I was incredibly proud and overcome with emotion accepting these awards. The judge from his very first show saw promise in a yearling Artie; it was wonderful to have that promise fulfilled as a mature stallion.

4-year-old Artie, winning Dressage at Devon Born in the USA award
Photo Credit: Meghann Leigh

Competing Artie as a 4-year-old, he earned scores above 80% in Open Training Level Dressage; in Materiale; and, in the DSHB Mature Stallion division. We also achieved that long held goal of earning qualifying scores for the Young Horse Championships. He did it all, and now I really needed to set more goals.

Then the unthinkable happened in 2016 when Artie suffered a life-threatening stable injury. All that mattered to me was saving his life; and emergency surgery, a month in intensive care, a year layup, a second surgery, another year layup became our reality. In a true testament to Artie’s incredible temperament, he took his new situation in stride and allowed us to help him heal. I cannot say enough good things about the veterinarians and farriers that moved heaven and earth to help my special stallion. The hoof that was nearly removed remains scarred for life, but you could never tell that this amazing horse was at death’s door for many months.

In addition to my spinal surgery, I had four shoulder surgeries and other medical issues that kept me out of riding for many years. As I returned to riding Artie, it rehabbed us both, and reminded me of when I was riding my then four-year-old stallion all over New England. Over time, Artie’s strength and flexibility returned and I asked the expert eye of Olympic Judge Gary Rockwell to watch him. Mr. Rockwell’s assessment was “he’s perfect.” That evaluation provided me the confidence to develop Artie to my newly established goal of obtaining his Stallion Sports Requirements at Prix St. Georges.

To say I agonized over this goal would be an understatement.

Regular check-ins with my Coach confirmed that Artie and I were on the right track. In May of 2022, we entered our first FEI class, and tied for first place. We then won our next Prix St Georges class. In two competitions we earned the five required scores and placings for any additional Stallion Approvals we may seek. I admit that I ride quite conservatively in my tests but that is because I know how far Artie has come, and how devastating his injury was.

Artie is the most balanced horse I have ever owned, both mentally and physically. We are a perfect fit, and it is made even more special by the fact that he came into my life as a youngster. He continues to take my breath away and make me smile.

I have often said that “Artie owes me nothing and gives me everything”, and that remains true. As long as he is happy in his training, we will continue.

Artie’s Offspring

Royal Tourmalet is producing lovely foals with uphill builds, strong toplines, powerful hind ends, pure gaits, and wonderful temperaments. I am looking forward to seeing more of his offspring in the competition arena soon.

For a full list of Royal Tourmalet SPF’s accomplishments and offspring, please visit or

Royal Madeleine CG
2018 Oldenburg Filly by Royal Tourmalet SPF, o/o Selona ISF
Breeders: Joanna Gray-Randle, Cheval Gris Sport Horses (Round Hill, VA) and Daniela Hofacker, Camelot Warmbloods (Ocala, FL)
Owner: Joanna Gray-Randle, Round Hill, VA
Photo Credit: Stacy Lynne Photography

2021 Champion: USDF All Breed Awards – ISR/Oldenburg NA: Dressage Sport Horse Breeding, Three-Year-Old Fillies
2021 First Place, Dressage at Devon, ISR Oldenburg NA IBC – 80.225%
Royal Jewel LR
2021 Rhinelander Filly by Royal Tourmalet SPF, o/o Diadora VT
Breeder: Lauren Dearlove, Parade Field Farm, Lovettsville, VA
Owner: Shannon McCormick David, Middleburg, VA
Photo Credit: jemgray

2021 Top ARS Foal at her Inspection