January 2016 - Breeders’ Baby Pix
Written by Kim F. Miller
Saturday, 02 January 2016 05:38
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produced by Kim F. Miller & Alicia Anthony

Horse breeders are like parents when it comes to taking pride in the youngsters they’ve produced. To kick-off this year’s breeding season, we invited several of our region’s sporthorse producers to brag on their “babies” and explain how each youngster represents their program’s priorities. In most cases, the breeders’ biggest challenge was picking just one horse.

Enjoy…

Sunsprite’s Fleurette
by Pamela Duffy

Finding and purchasing our KWPN Damiro B daughter Kamirette was a stroke of luck for Sunsprite Warmbloods, aka Sunsprite Ranch, LLC. On her dam side, Kamirette’s grand sire is Lucky Boy xx and that alone played a large role in feeling fortunate, since this excellent jumping bloodline is very hard to find up close in current day pedigrees.

On June 15, 2010 Kamirette gave birth to a large brown filly. Both mother and daughter recovered well and bonded successfully. Fleurette SRC looked strong and athletic from the beginning. Her sire, Riverman ISF, had excelled in both jumping (1.40 meters) and dressage (Z-level, equivalent to fourth level) before being imported by Iron Spring Farms. He was the winner of his stallion test at Ermelo in 2001.

There are many “stars” in the pedigree of Fleurette, who now competes as Sunsprite’s Fleurette. Several of them are known as producers of “all rounders.” Damiro B has competed internationally at 1.60 meters. Riverman ISF’s sire, Kenwood, was the winner of the Stallion Jumping Competition in Neustadt/Dosse Germany. Kenwood’s sire, Goodtimes, a son of the famous Nimmerdor, has produced numerous winners in both dressage and show jumping.

Fleurette boasts many valuable mares in her background, including the great Oludine, prestatie. Ramiro Z, Voltaire, and Almé Z are all present, as is Notaris.

Fleurette was put under saddle at age 3, but her early training was somewhat sporadic due to growth spurts. At age 4, Fleurette was going over small jumps and then allowed to develop slowly.

In 2015, Fleurette was in regular training in the capable hands of Emilee Libby of Emilee Libby Eventing. Fleurette’s 3-Day Eventing career was launched at Beginner Novice in May of last year at Galway Downs Horse Trials. Since that time, she has proved to be a quick learner. In a total of six shows, Fleurette has never placed below fourth.

Sunsprite’s Fleurette finished her first competition year with two straight wins: one at Novice and then at Training level. Fleurette is an important representative of the Sunsprite breeding program because she exemplifies versatility, elegance and athleticism, as well as a good work ethic.

Emilee elaborates, “The goal for 2015 was for her to get good exposure, by going to different venues and having to work under varying conditions. My plan for this year is to refine Fleurette’s technique, encouraging maturity and preparing for future successes.”

Breeder: Sunsprite Warmbloods, Temecula
Facebook: SunspriteWarmbloods


Diamond Affair ETC - by Crown Affair
by Gail Morey

This is a 2011 filly that is owned by Terry Bucher and Equine Trading Company. The filly lives at DiAnn Langer’s farm in South Carolina. Diamond Affair ETC is out of a Seattle Slew granddaughter and jumped out of her enclosure on the day she was weaned.

She was recently awarded the American Holsteiner Horse Association Championship at the 2015 Young Horse Show Finals. This filly has her mother’s Thoroughbred blood and therefore may be destined for the jumper ring, but she is a beautiful athlete, jumps well and is easy to work around.

Her sire Crown Affair had his biggest wins in the hunter ring, but his experiences in the eventing, dressage and jumper arenas make him a desirable sport horse stallion. This filly exemplifies that.

Diamond Affair ETC’s sire Crown Affair stands at Wild Turkey Farm in Wilsonville, OR.

Web: www.crownaffair.net, www.wildturkeyfarm.com


Good Luck
by Tish Quirk

With over 30 years of producing wonderful young horses, the only hard part of writing this story is choosing one!

Good Luck is part of the third generation of our breeding program that began with Best of Luck, an exceptional son of the legendary Lucky Boy xx. She is sired by More Than Luck, who proved himself in international jumpers and was champion Conformation Hunter and champion Working Hunter before a breeding injury ended his competition career.

The dam of Good Luck, Molly Malone, had a long and successful Hunter career.

It does take More Than Luck to produce consistent Good Luck. In addition to her great bloodlines, this super young mare has been in our young horse development program beginning the night I delivered her and began her education and nurturing.

I love the young horse programs that have been designed to help develop young hunters in age appropriate classes that showcase the special young horses. The Sallie B. Wheeler/US National Hunter Breeding Championship is the epitome of Hunter Breeding excellence. In 2013, handled by Carleton Brooks, Good Luck won the 2 Year Old Fillies and was Best Young Horse on the West Coast as well as being named Top Dutch Horse. On that special day she won every Hunter Breeding class for which she was eligible. She was Best Young Horse in the USEF Hunter Breeding Division and earned the Tish Quirk Perpetual Trophy.

The 2013 International Hunter Futurity Challenge Series, held on the same day as the SBW Championship, provided more victories for Good Luck. She was Champion Two Year Old Filly and Best Young Horse as well as Best Filly of all ages in the IHF and Best Turned-Out Horse.

Good Luck came back in 2014 and continued her spectacular success by winning every performance class in the International Hunter Futurity to earn the Grand Championship. Ridden by John French, she swept the 3 Year Old competition as Champion Working Hunter, Champion Conformation Hunter and Champion Working Hunter Under Saddle.    She topped it off by winning the SBW 3 Year Old Filly title handled by Emily Esau Williams and again earned the Top Dutch Horse Award.

After plenty of time to relax and play in the pasture and be a happy young horse, Good Luck continued her successful show career in 2015 by once again sweeping the IHF performance classes with John French riding to the Championship in the Working Hunters, Conformation Hunters and Hunter Under Saddle and earned another Grand Champion title.

A happy, healthy, beautiful young athlete that loves her life and her job, Good Luck is a good example of our goal as breeders and trainers of exceptional show horses.

Breeder: Tish Quirk, Rancho Santa Fe
Facebook: Tish Quirk LLC, Just The Best, More Than Luck


USA SE
by Rose Sullivan

USA SE was bred to be a top sporthorse with the bloodlines of the Holsteiner Liostro and the Selle Francais Alme. As a foal, she played with my daughter’s Olympic hat as I’ve always dreamed to breed one for the Olympics!

USA SE is now 10 and has competed in three disciplines: eventing, dressage and she’s now a very competitive jumper who I lease out yearly.  My goal in breeding is to utilize the best-proven bloodlines, by both the dam and sire to produce a top sporthorse with an easy rideability and a great mind. That is what USA SE has become.

Breeder: SE Farm, Newberg, OR
Web: www.sefarm.com


CCF Yasur
by Carol Parker

CCF Yasur is a 5 year old gelding sired by Ocean 1, out of an Andiamo mare and bred by Cross Creek Farms. Cross Creek is a mother-daughter collaboration between Carol Parker and daughter Michelle Parker, focusing on show jumpers capable of competing and winning at Grand Prix level. In addition, CCF operates a small but elite quality breeding program. The mares and babies are maintained at Carol’s farm in Tucson, AZ. When the youngsters are old enough to start their careers in the show ring, the responsibility shifts to daughter Michelle, a highly successful grand prix rider, who takes over their education at her Cross Creek West facility in San Diego County’s San Marcos.

Cross Creek’s broodmares are grand prix level quality, all purchased originally as competition mounts for Michelle, and later retired to the breeding farm.

In 2012 Cross Creek imported the Holsteiner stallion Clintord I (Clinton I ex Caletto I daughter) for Michelle to ride at the 1.60m level. This impressive stallion won the German Holsteiner Verband 70-day Stallion Performance Test as a 3-year-old with top scores including several 10s for jumping. He has produced many outstanding offspring in Europe. In the U.S. under Michelle, Clintord has garnered multiple prizes at the World Cup qualifier level as well as in Thermal’s AIG $1 Million class. Clintord is now Cross Creek’s sire of choice and several top quality offspring are currently growing up in Tucson.

The breeding program is built around proven performers for breeding stock, with the extra advantage of Michelle’s skill and talent for developing young horses for the jumper ring.

CCF’s first Warmblood filly was born in 1999.  CCF Caramel, now owned by Dana B. Nemeth, has had a highly successful career in the young jumper classes, winning this year’s $15,000 YJC 6YO Western League Finals and also winning Zone 10 Horse of the Year for 6-Year-Old Jumpers.  Last year Caramel won Horse of the Year for 5-Year-Old Young Jumpers in Zone 10 as well as placing 3rd in the national standings. Caramel is out of the Grand Prix mare, Charisma 57 (Contango ex Airport daughter) and sired by Durango La Silla (Darco ex Chin Chin daughter).

A year younger is CCF Yasur (named for a South Pacific volcano). Yasur is sired by Ocean I (South Pacific ex Ramzes daughter) and is out of Aida Z (Andiamo Z ex Karthago). CCF Yasur won Zone 8 Horse of the Year for 5-Year-Old Jumpers and reserve champion with three clear rounds in the $10,000 YJC 5YO Western League Finals.

Next year’s young jumper prospects now starting their education include another son of Ocean I and a daughter of Durango La Silla. Seven Clintord I offspring, ranging in age from weanling to three years, are still growing and waiting their turn in a few more years. – Carol Parker

Breeder: Cross Creek Farms, Tucson, AZ & San Marcos
Web: www.crosscreekfarms.com


Sookie Stackhouse
by Barb Gualco

Sookie Stackhouse is by Sir Caletto/Domiro//Wendekries/Bolero/Grande.

Silverhorse Sporthorse LLC started assembling a significant bank of showjumping mares from its show barn and added well-bred imports nearly two decades ago from strong German-based bloodlines.

In 2002 the Elite Hanoverian stallion Sir Caletto was brought on board. Most significantly after getting bloodlines assembled over a period of years, a top raising and starting program for the prospects bred on farm was carefully curated. Then attention was turned to the starting program that has evolved significantly over the past decade.

Silverhorne is working continually to meet breeding goals that reflect competitor and trainer needs to have well educated horses they can take into upper level competition, be it jumpers or hunters. The program remains deeply committed to getting its youngsters off to a great start as the best way to capitalize on the breeding program. It’s every breeder’s desire to have their prospects sold into show and training barns where they will get into the ring or develop them on farm, as we’ve done.

The program focuses on building partners that are confident, happy in their work and readily cooperative and responsive to their riders. In the process, their bodies are developed in a way that maximizes their natural athleticism.

We are producing very good-minded horses who are encouraged to think and be self-supportive. When they leave this program they are prepared to succeed as a result of the educational advantages the program has provided them.

Having seen the negative results of short-cuts in starting young horses Silverhorne uses care and kindness and methodical steps in the colt starting process which build confidence in the horse.

I like to think that we have brought colt starting for a program of this type to a whole new level of specificity. Every rider appreciates a great relationship with his or her horse. At Silverhorne, we spend a great deal of time cultivating those relationships, which translate very well for competitors looking for that type of connection. – Barb Gualco

Breeder: Silverhorne Sporthorse LLC in the Sacramento area
Web: www.silverhorne.com


Ringo Star
by Bettina Wise

This is our 2015 colt, Ringo Star, and his Oldenburg dam Itzy Doll. Ringo Star has been inspected and approved for the Oldenberg GOV Warmblood registry and he has been micro chipped. (Unlike other Warmblood registries I have used in the past, Oldenberg GOV no longer does branding, only microchipping for identification.)

This beautiful colt possesses all the things I like to see in a dressage type mover his age; he has a big bold step, beautiful head carriage and my favorite feature in this young colt is his attitude. He is kind, willing to learn, laid back and playfully friendly.

Ringo Star is by the outstanding Warmblood sire Rubignon, who stands at stud at Rainbow Equus Meadows in the Sacramento area’s Lincoln. Although I do some of my own breeding now, Ringo was conceived at Moon Valley

Stallion Station in San Miguel, where we left his mom for a week or more to be teased, prepped and bred by a very talented breeder.

Ringo Star is now a weanling and he resides in a big paddock with his half sister, also by Rubignon, who we call Ruby Dew. Our third foal of the year, a darling half-Warmblood/half Welsh pony has already sold. It has been entertaining to halter train, trailer and prep our foals for the inspections and for their futures. We look forward to his future as a dressage prospect.

Breeder: B Wise Sporthorses in San Luis Obispo County
Facebook: Bettina Wise


Of Wind And Sky
by Natalie Rooney

Our stallion Virginian Sky has won at Prix St. Georges level dressage (70%) and is schooling at Grand Prix. He has also successfully competed through preliminary level eventing, indicating great versatility as a sport horse. His first foals, including his oldest Of Wind And Sky, show incredible athleticism, wonderful work ethics and enjoy human companionship quite a bit.

Sky comes from impeccable European performance bloodlines. Sire Best Before Midnight was first developed as a show jumper, but then made a career switch to dressage and today has a performance record at FEI level (up to Intermediare I.) Best Before Midnight is a horse with versatile talent, and he reproduces that very consistently in his offspring.

Sir Shostakovich xx founded a highly performance proven stallion line. Among his many offspring are the Olympic eventer Boettcher’s Longchamps, the Rolex Kentucky placed Lester Piggott and the premium stallion Chateauneuf (S level show jumping, M level dressage), the approved international show jumper Donaumonarch, the approved S level show jumper Couleur-Fuerst, as well as a several second and third generation show jumpers at international 1.50 and 1.60m levels.

BBM’s dam sire Bajar ShA produced offspring competing internationally in show jumping (e.g. Bachus/Holst.) and eventing (for example, White Girl TSF) - to Olympic level. It is especially in combination with BBM’s direct mare line (Bergfriede) that the Bajar ShA-blood was most successful, for example in the international eventer Boo Bandit.

Dam Virginian Girl xx raced for seven seasons and was a Champion steeplechaser. The tail family of Virginian Sky also stands for the outstanding major sires Northern Dancer xx, Secretariat xx, Charlottown xx, Ballymoss xx, Hurry On xx, Precipitation xx, and Sir Gaylord xx. The family also produced the FEI show jumpers Belle Doudou, Lolipop, Tinapaei xx, and Caratella as well as Hunter/Jumper Un Beerenauslese.  This young mare has been inspected and approved to the purebred Trakehner mare book and is ready to start her show career.  I can’t say enough how excited I am about her future and what she means for the other Sky foals!

They are not only incredibly talented but they are kind and easy to work with. Every one of them has impressed me at every stage of their development with both their exceptional movement and their trainability.

Breeder: Four Star Farm,  Woodland
Web: www.Fourstarfarm.com, www.VirginianSky.com


For Innocence
by Dacia Peters-Imperato

For Innocence is 5 years old, 16.1hh and growing. She is out of a Hanoverian-approved Thoroughbred mare and sired by our stallion, For Play. She is a fantastic example of rideability, scope and athleticism. She is brave, beautiful and desires to learn and have a partnership. She is not for sale, however we do have frozen semen available for sale from her sire, For Play.

Breeder: Stepping Stone Farms, Temecula
Web: www.steppingstonesporthorses.com