Supporting North American Warmblood Breeders

It’s the warmblood breeding debate of the century. Importing young horses from overseas or buying here in N.A., importing European stallion semen for breeding, or choosing a stallion standing here – we just don’t have the same options here in North America, right? Wrong! 30 years ago, this argument may have carried weight, but boy, has the North American Sport Horse market come a long, long way since then. Now more than ever, supporting North American warmblood breeders has become exponentially more advantageous in the show ring and breeding barn, but additionally, our options as breeders have grown astronomically. 

So why is it important to shop locally when discussing warmblood breeding in North America? What are the concerns that seem to hold breeders and competitors back? More importantly, what are the incredible advantages of nurturing our thriving warmblood breeder community right here in North America? Let’s dive in! 

Supporting North American Warmblood Breeders – The History of Success

We all know the import of traditional warmbloods from Europe to North America has been taking place for decades. Still, the establishment of reputable, organized warmblood breed registries on this continent didn’t start gaining traction until the 1970’s. KWPN-NA was established in 1983, the Oldenburg Registry of North America/ISR was also founded in 1983, while registries like the American Hanoverian Society took up roots in 1978, and the American Trakehner Association kicked off its start in 1975. There have been several others that have had fits and starts in trying to gain a toe hold in the North American market.  Of course, there are several others, but it’s hard to imagine that back then, these organizations started as offshoots of their foundational European registries. Driven by breeders ready to nurture, breed, and incorporate the impactful history, breed standards, and quality stock that their European counterparts had been cultivating for centuries. 

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So why breed to a North American stallion? Supporting North American stallion owners helps secure stronger breeding programs locally, gives mare owners easier access and options regarding semen shipping opportunities, helps strengthen our registry programs, and gives competitors and equestrians a bigger gallery to choose from when picking a mount.

In some cases, only a handful of organizing members and less than 100 breeders and horse owners decided to jump in head first to not only continue the registry’s high expectations for their broodstock but to ensure the qualities they grew to love and rely on would continue and be enjoyed by equestrians everywhere. Imagine the blood, sweat, hard work, tears, and steadfast determination that went into growing this small pool of imported, old-world bloodlines into the warmblood industry we know and love today. That’s a lot of dedication! Now, nearly 50 years later, with the addition of new and reorganized registries, standards, and operating practices, the accessibility for North American breeders to continue breeding high-quality, talented, exceptional animals has been made possible by not only the founders of these North American breed registries but the breeders who have been powering on for literal decades by carrying the proverbial torch.

Why Breed to a North American Stallion?

Don’t be mistaken – the selection of stallions only available internationally are some of the greatest, most talented, and most prolific horses of our current time. Most North American breeders see and recognize the influence these European bloodlines offer. Still, we’d be remiss if we didn’t recognize not only the established, competitive and successful stallions right here at home. Breeding “locally,” however, opens up your options for shipping availability, and believe it or not, thanks to the dedication and hard work of North American stallion owners, some of those highly sought-after international bloodlines can be found much closer than overseas. It is also important to consider that more and more European stallions are offering fewer and fewer straws per dose for frozen semen shipments – a fact that can negatively impact a breeding program’s bottom line and can make settling your mare a more arduous task. 

Along with shipping options and availability, utilizing a North American stallion for your breeding program also opens the door to a more cohesive and open relationship with your stallion owners and fellow breeders. These working relationships help network, and further breeding enterprises as your program progresses. Of course, the added benefits of helping expand the warmblood footprint and helping North America further its foothold in the international competition arena are another great reason to breed to North American stallions. More accessibility, options, and opportunity to help share our love for the industry! Expanding the industry means more people have the chance to be involved, and with greater numbers, we can all have a greater impact on our industry’s future. If we hope to continue to have high quality stallions available for fresh cooled option, it behooves us to support those North American stallion owners, as well!  

Looking for some assistance in how to choose the perfect warmblood stallion? Check out our article here, with some great tips to help you decide who to use in your breeding program. Be sure to check out our gallery of incredible N.A. stallions at Warmblood Stallions of North America

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2 Replies to “Supporting North American Warmblood Breeders”

  1. Jan Marquardt

    We imported most of our foundation stock to start our breeding program. Throughout the years, we have utilized both fresh and frozen semen. We still look to the new, upcoming stallions across the pond but have to say that the stallion selections that have we now have in North America is truly impressive. I hope that others will start looking at home first before going across the pond for their next partner in sport. We all need to support the stallion owners and breeders who have made the commitment to invest their time and money to try to make a better wheel (so to speak). Thank you to all who work so diligently at breeding, promoting and campaigning North American bred horses.

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