American Breeder News


Arabian Horse Association Establishes Task Force on Genetic Diseases

The Arabian Horse Association (AHA) of Aurora, CO, has established a task force on genetic diseases. The task force was created under the direction of and announced by AHA President Lance Walters.

“The purpose of the task force is to have a group of AHA members regularly focused on genetic diseases. The end result will be an Arabian horse community that is educated about genetic diseases and knowledgeable about testing and disclosure. The task force will guide the association in developing policies and educational programs to educate the Arabian horse community about genetic diseases associated with the Arabian breed. The establishment of the task force emphasizes that we are a breed organization interested in preserving our breed,” said Walters.

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Breeding Season Can Lead to Gastric Ulcers

Breeding season can be a stressful time for owners and horses alike. While horse owners are hustling to prepare facilities, the broodmares may be just as tense. Especially for young and maiden mares, the stress from being trailered to new facilities and being separated from herdmates may lead to stomach ulcers.

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American Saddlebred Registry Kicks Off 2009 Grand National Prize Program with March Competitions

March 2009 will consist of three American Saddlebred Registry (ASR) Grand National prize program competitions. Conceived by dedicated owners, breeders and trainers, Grand National is a prize program for American Saddlebred horses, created to generate excitement in owning and showing this special breed of horse.

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American Hanoverian Society Announces Support for 2009 70-Day Stallion Performance Test at Silver Creek Farms

The American Hanoverian Society (AHS) announced that the association will recognize Silver Creek Farms in Broken Arrow, OK, as a central stallion testing station in the United States and furthermore will support their first 70-day test that will be held this fall. During a March 18 teleconference call in which the full board participated, AHS Executive Director Hugh Bellis-Jones and Mare and Stallion Committee Chair Suzanne Quarles reported on their recent visit to the facility during the conclusion of Silver Creek Farm's 30-day test. Quarles reported that Silver Creek was found to be a top-class facility in terms of stabling, training, management and horse care. Training Leader Harald Hoffman, whom she, Hugh Bellis-Jones and AHS President Doug Leatherdale had met in Germany last October, had developed a personalized training program for each of the horses that participated in the 30-day test. The testing was found to be satisfactory in every area.

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Various Sport Horse Registries Meet About Creating a North American Sport Horse Federation

March 6 and 7 marked the final days of the North American 30-Day Stallion Test hosted by Silver Creek Farms. Located in Broken Arrow, OK, Silver Creek Farms recognized the need for a universal stallion licensing format comparable to the 30/70-day tests held in Germany and accepted by the FN. Silver Creek Farms is establishing a program that will be accepted and embraced by most, if not all, of the sport horse registries currently operating in North America. To that end, a meeting took place on March 5 in which a majority of the North American sport horse registries participated. The American Hanoverian Society, American Holsteiner Horse Association, American Trakehner Association, Belgian Warmblood Breeding Association, Canadian Sport Horse Association, International Sporthorse Registry/Oldenburg N.A., KWPN of North America, Oldenburg Horse Breeders' Society, Rheinland Pfalz-Saar International, and Swedish Warmblood Association of North America were all represented at the meeting.

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Varian Arabians Excel During Scottsdale Arabian Horse Show

Recipient of the 2008 USEF/Performance Horse Registry Leading Arabian Breeder Award, Sheila Varian enjoyed much success at the 54th Annual Scottsdale Arabian Horse Show. With more than 2,500 Arabians competing, there were 50 horses bred by Varian Arabians that placed in nearly every discipline.

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At the Back Gate from the Pin Oak Charity Horse Show


ClubEquestrian.com will feature a blog from the Pin Oak Charity Horse Show, which runs March 18-29, at the Great Southwest Equestrian Center in Katy, TX. Wendy Cook, Executive Director of the show, will bring readers closer to the action of this multi-breed show. Known as one of the country’s oldest and most prestigious horse competitions, Pin Oak is the first United States Equestrian Federation competition designated as a Heritage Competition. Pin Oak has been holding charity horse shows for 64 years and has raised close to $4 million for the Texas Children’s Hospital and Ronald McDonald House of Houston.

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Reduced Registration and Transfer Fees Passed by the National Show Horse Registry Board of Directors; Revised Finals Criteria Announced

Effective immediately and until December 31, 2009, registration fees at the National Show Horse Registry (NSHR) for National Show Horses will be $250 for horses three months and older whose sire is NSHR Lifetime Nominated and $500 for horses three months and older whose sire is not NSHR Lifetime Nominated.

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Tampa Equestrian Festival Announces Expanded Hunter Divisions

Stadium Jumping, Inc., one of the nation's leading horse show production companies, is pleased to announce that the 2009 Tampa Equestrian Festival will feature three weeks of AA-rated hunter competition with some of the top hunter horses and riders in the nation. The show runs March 18 to April 4 at the Bob Thomas Equestrian Center at the Florida State Fairgrounds in Tampa, FL.
The 2009 Tampa Equestrian Festival is set to feature a full line-up of hunter divisions, including some new additions this year. The addition of hunter breeding classes, as well as an expanded schedule of non-rated hunter divisions, will greatly enhance the three weeks of competition.

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Jump Start Stallion Program Announced for the Shagya Arabian Breed

Board Members of the American Shagya Arabian Verband, Inc. (ASAV), have a new and truly innovative program that will give mare owners the chance to breed their mares for a stud fee of only $200. This promotion will bring attention to this amazing breed and assist those with limited budgets a chance to compete in today's market.

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Prominent Saddlebred Sire Callaway's Blue Norther Mourned

One of the Saddlebred world's leading stallions, Callaway's Blue Norther, passed away on Tuesday, March 17. Callaway's Blue Norther's breeding career is among the Saddlebred world's most prolific, having sired Five-Gaited World's Grand Champion CH Callaway's Forecaster, Ladies Five-Gaited World's Champion CH Callaway's Born To Win, and Amateur Five-Gaited Mare World's Champion Callaway's Winning Ways, among many others.

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New Study on Lavender Foal Syndrome Underway; Participants Needed

Researchers at Cornell University announced plans to conduct a new study focused on Lavender Foal Syndrome/Coat Color Dilution Lethal (LFS/CCDL). The project, led by Dr. Samantha Brooks and in collaboration with Dr. Doug Antczak and Don Miller at the Baker Institute for Animal Health, is funded in part by the Arabian Horse Foundation. The study seeks to locate the genetic marker(s) associated with LFS/CCDL and ultimately develop a diagnostic test to assist owners and breeders in identifying carrier breeding stock. To further develop this research project, assistance from the Arabian horse community is requested.

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Breeders Meeting Offered in Las Vegas

The Swedish and KWPN Studbooks invite you to a morning warm-up meeting in the arena at Thomas Mack on Friday, April 17, in Section 227, Balcony Level, from 8:00-9:30 a.m.

All attendees must have a Friday Dressage Session ticket for the Rolex FEI World Cup Finals Dressage to enter the arena. The box office will open at 8 a.m. for any attendees who wish to purchase a ticket.

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Successful Oldenburgs Show Their Talent

Out of 50 mares, geldings, and stallions in the three-year-old and four-year-old divisions each, the two mares, H.W.'s Saskia and Quithablue, stood out as the true champions that they were at the Oldenburg Free Jumping Day at the Horse Center in Vechta, Germany. Both mares were stunning in their form and explosive power over the fences, and earned top scores that were not at all easily given out by the tough judges, Ulrich Henschke and Gilbert Böckman.

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