Hank Wiescamp on Mares Vs. Broodmares

H.J. “Hank” Wiescamp in The American Quarter Horse Journal, 1949

The late Hank Wiescamp is a member of the American Quarter Horse Hall of Fame who was famous for his Skipper W-bred horses. But despite his connection to that famous stallion, Hank actually put more emphasis on his broodmare band. Here, in his own words, are details on what he looked for:

Many people refer to all mares and use the single term of “mares” without thought as to whether they actually mean mares or “broodmares.”

To me, there is as much difference between these two terms as there is between my Model A and one of those new Cadillacs, if you referred to both of them as “cars.”

In AQHA’s FREE Mare Care report, Dr. Racquel Rodeheaver explains the process of preparing your mare, targeting a breeding date, ordering semen, inducing a follicle to ovulate, receiving and evaluating semen and much more.

In selecting a broodmare, the first thing I look for and require is conformation; the next is type, breeding ability and speed. The first requirement in all breeds of livestock, whether it be horses, mules, cows or sheep is: Do they look like what you want in the first place? If you are a cow breeder, do you want Hereford or Angus; a sheep raiser, Corriedale or some other breed? In other words, do you think you see what you are looking for? This can be compared to the Army policy of preliminary screening, when they try to determine whether a person is best suited for the Navy, Air Corps or Marines; clerk, officer or private.

Type is hard to control, hard to get, hard to keep and, most of all, hard to set. Without type, regardless of what the quality, breeding or ability might be, you must ask yourself the all-important question: Will this animal fit in my program of trying to raise better animals in my line?

In selecting a mare, I want first a big feminine head, and intelligent and alert eye, for without these, I would look no further. However, if these points are satisfactory, I would look for that clean throatlatch, a little length in the neck, and, above all, a set of withers, depth of heart girth and a well-sprung rib, depth of flank, short back with strength in the loin and all the length I can get from the hip back.

To see the rest of Hank's preferences in broodmares, go to America's Horse Daily.

Photo:  Regardless of how good she might be in type, conformation, breeding or ability, she is not a broodmare until she proves that she can produce one like herself. Journal photo.

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World Equestrian Games

Friday, June 12, 2015 - 10:03
Equine journalist Diana De Rosa has again won a first place in the Press Club of Long Island annual awards contest. It was a photo taken during the 2014 Alltech World Equestrian Games in her coverage for Horsesdaily.com, one of the top equine websites in the world. “I call it ‘Horses Whisperer’ because it was a single man (Lorenzo) guiding a...
Thursday, September 18, 2014 - 14:23
FEI Communications
Italy’s Sara Morganti has been voted the International Paralympic Committee’s best female Allianz Athlete of the Month for August following her incredible performance at the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games™ 2014 in Normandy (FRA).
 
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Tuesday, September 16, 2014 - 12:36
Grand prix show jumper Danielle Goldstein has represented Israel in major international competitions in 2014, from Spruce Meadows and Thunderbird Horsepark in Canada to the World Equestrian Games in Normandy, France.  Upon returning to the United States, the dual US and Israeli citizen has been invited to compete in the Central Park Horse Show,...
Tuesday, September 9, 2014 - 13:20
Alltech Media
[CAEN, France] – After a successful 15 days of competition and celebration, the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games™ 2014 in Normandy have come to a close this evening with a farewell ceremony in the Michel d’Ornano Stadium in Caen. A cast of close to 2,000 of the world’s best equine and human athletes, more than 570,000 on-site spectators and 3,...
Tuesday, September 9, 2014 - 12:18
Diana DeRosa
Where to begin. I’m on the journey home with memories of Beezie Madden claiming the Individual Bronze Medal and Cortes C claiming the Best Horse title in the Final Four phase of Show Jumping at the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games 2014 in Normandy. Chester Weber did us proud as well claiming an Individual Silver in Driving and his team was...
Sunday, September 7, 2014 - 22:54
FEI Press Release
FEI President HRH Princess Haya officially closed the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games™ 2014 in Normandy at the D’Ornano Stadium this evening, bringing to an end two weeks of incredible sport.  The final medals of the Games were presented by IOC Member, Tsunekazu Takeda, Vice-President of the Tokyo 2020 Organising Committee and Member of the...
Sunday, September 7, 2014 - 22:47
Louise Parkes
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Wellness

Wednesday, July 1, 2015 - 15:01
Xenia, Ohio — When Ohio native Mandi Cool began riding six years ago and adopted her own Standardbred, she fell in love with the Standardbred breed. She began volunteering at New Vocations, where she adopted her horse, and before long Standardbreds were an incredibly important part of her life. “I was heavily involved with volunteering with their...
Wednesday, June 24, 2015 - 10:26
Ice Horse, the most trusted name in equine cold therapy announced today a major design change making the application of cold therapy for equine athletes easier than ever to apply. Over the past few years the company developed a breathable wrap using a pocket to hold the ice packs. The wrap itself stretches to provide even compression on the area...
Wednesday, June 17, 2015 - 10:20
Ocala, FL – The Sanctuary Equine Sports Therapy and Rehabilitation Center boasts a strong line up of therapies to condition and rehabiliate horses, canines and other animals. From the Cold Saltwater Leg Spa, which is invaluable for treating and conditioning the legs and joints of competitive equines, to their state of the art laser therapy used...
Wednesday, June 10, 2015 - 13:48
Brenda Mueller for ChicagoEquestrian.com
Oconomowoc, WI –Wisconsin Equine Clinic...
Wednesday, June 10, 2015 - 13:34
Tami George, Equine Nutrition Specialist
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Saturday, May 30, 2015 - 11:05
Eindhoven, The Netherlands — Omega Alpha Ambassador Danielle Goldstein is on a roll – recently winning on Dunotaire in the CSI 3* Eindhoven Youngster Tour in Eindhoven, The Netherlands, placing high in several other classes at the same show, and before that winning on Carnegie while showing in Tubbergen, The Netherlands. After enjoying success...
Tuesday, April 21, 2015 - 09:31
Wellington, FL - In between exciting show jumping classes, the 2015 Winter Equestrian Festival featured educational presentations called Lunch and Learns each week at the Wellington Club at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center. After this year’s festival, attendees of the Lunch and Learn events are more educated than ever on a variety...

Show Jumping

Saturday, July 4, 2015 - 09:33
Classic Communications
Lake Placid, New York - Devin Ryan of Long Valley, NJ rode Cooper to victory in the $30,000 CMJ Sporthorse Jumper Classic Friday at the 46th annual Lake Placid Horse Shows, Presented by Sea Shore Stables, LLC. Ryan was one of 11 entries from the field of 28 starters to advance to the jump-off by riding without penalty over the 15-jump first-round...
Friday, July 3, 2015 - 15:57
Parker, CO - The Colorado Horse Park (CHP) saw another sunny day of competition in its manicured rings overlooking the iconic Rocky Mountains on Thursday. Continuing competition for Summer in the Rockies IV, the $20,000 Colorado Horse Park Open Welcome Stake saw 29 entries contest a complex course designed by Marina Azevedo. The time allowed for...
Friday, July 3, 2015 - 14:56
Mill Spring, NC - The second day of FEI competition continued at Tryon International Equestrian Center (TIEC) with the $34,00 Suncast® 1.45m FEI Welcome. Venezuela's Angel Karolyi collected a big win aboard 2002 Dutch Warmblood mare, Venus, owned by Raylyn Farms. The duo bested a six-horse jump-off, tripping the timers in 40.341 seconds to secure...
Friday, July 3, 2015 - 11:23
Brenda Mueller, ChicagoEquestrian
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Friday, July 3, 2015 - 10:28
USEF Communications Department
Lexington, KY - The United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) is pleased to announce the following athletes have been named to Hermès U.S. Show Jumping Team competing in FEI Nations Cup events at CSIO5* Falsterbo and CSIO5* Mannheim. Robert Ridland will serve as the Chef d'Equipe at both events. The following athletes will represent the U.S. in...
Thursday, July 2, 2015 - 15:54
Parker, CO - The Colorado Horse Park (CHP) Summer in the Rockies IV began on Wednesday with a difficult $2,500 1.40-1.45m Open Jumper class, sponsored by Adequan®, in the Coors Family Grand Prix Ring. Seven riders contested the course, designed by Marina Azevedo, and only Armando Hassey, piloting his own Cassino, was able to lay down a clear...
Thursday, July 2, 2015 - 10:00
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Reining and Western Riding

Saturday, July 4, 2015 - 09:40
Simona Diale
Oklahoma City, Okla. – The 2015 NRHA European Affiliate Championship (EAC 2015) will take place for the second time in a row at le Petit Far West, in Le Pin, near Paris, this coming Tuesday, July 7 through Saturday, July 11. Nearly 180 horses and more than 140 riders are entered to compete with all entries coming from France, Belgium, Netherlands...
Friday, July 3, 2015 - 10:53
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Wednesday, July 1, 2015 - 15:20
USEF Communications Department
Oklahoma City, Okla. - Rising stars in reining came to the 2015 USEF Youth Reining National Championships on Saturday, June 27 with the goal of claiming a national title. Held in conjunction with the NRHA Derby at the State Fair Park in Oklahoma City, Okla., Emmy-Lu Marsh earned the USEF 14-18 Youth Reining National title and James Belden, Jr....
Monday, June 29, 2015 - 09:41
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Sunday, June 28, 2015 - 08:16
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Sunday, June 28, 2015 - 07:45
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Sunday, June 21, 2015 - 10:03
The deadline of the 2015 AustrianRHA Futurity...

Eventing

Saturday, July 4, 2015 - 09:22
FEI Communications
Lausanne - Michael Jung (GER) is back as world Eventing number one after his brilliant third-place finish with La Biosthetique Sam FBW at last month’s Luhmühlen CCI4* (GER) presented by DHL, fifth leg of the FEI Classics™. Jung (32) jumped to the top of the FEI World Eventing Rankings in May for the first time in his career, breaking the one-year...
Monday, June 29, 2015 - 17:20
Parker, CO - The Colorado Horse Park (CHP) and Colorado Equestrian Partners are pleased to host the United States Eventing Association's CCI1*/CIC2*, Training 3-Day and Horse Trials coming up August 13-16, 2015. The opening date for entries is this coming Tuesday, June 30. Classes offered include: CCI1*, CIC2*, Training and Novice 3-Day, Area IX...
Tuesday, June 23, 2015 - 16:50
Classic Communications
The Plains, Virginia- Despite a night of rain and thunderstorms, the final day of the Land Rover Great Meadow International presented by Adequan® went off without a hitch. With a top finish in Sunday's cross country phase after earning the leading Dressage and Show Jumping scores, Jennie Brannigan rode Cambalda victory in the CIC3*. Lauren...
Monday, June 22, 2015 - 09:53
Kate Green, FEI Communications
Ingrid Klimke (GER) rode brilliantly to produce a clear round under huge pressure to win her home CCI4* at Luhmühlen (GER), presented by DHL, for the first time and set up an unassailable lead in the FEI Classics™ 2014/2015. In a thrilling finale, her flawless round on the spring-heeled 11-year-old Hannoverian mare FRH Escada JS denied New...
Sunday, June 21, 2015 - 11:34
FEI Communications
Ingrid Klimke (GER) is on course to win her second CCI4* of the FEI Classics™ 2014/2015 after a breathtakingly bold Cross Country round on FRH Escada JS at Luhmühlen (GER), presented by DHL. “Escada was super fit and she jumps so big that she goes over the top of the hedges,” said a delighted Klimke, who remains on her Dressage score of 32.7. “...
Sunday, June 21, 2015 - 09:58
Classic Communications
The Plains, Virginia - Lauren Kieffer and Jennie Brannigan lead their respective divisions after the Show Jumping phase of the Land Rover Great Meadow International presented by Adequan®. Kieffer took the lead after riding clean on Meadowbrooks Scarlett for a two-phase score of 43.3 in the final preparation trial for the Land Rover U.S. Eventing...
Friday, June 19, 2015 - 11:06
Classic Communications
The Plains, Virginia - The Land Rover Great Meadow International presented by Adequan® is set to get underway on Friday, featuring the Land Rover U.S. Eventing team in its final preparation trial prior to this summer's Pan American Games. A $30,000 CIC3* will also be featured. The starting field in the international event that also includes...

Driving

Wednesday, July 1, 2015 - 14:45
Mary Phelps
Here is the first photo tour of our summer dog and pony show was off, on a tour that would cover 5 states in three weeks full of fun, competition, training, exploration, visits with friends and family. We loaded up three ponies, 2 carriages, 3 dogs, and 3 humans. We set off from our home base farm in south central Kentucky, on a relatively short...
Thursday, June 25, 2015 - 13:11
Mary Phelps
Kentucky is the place to be in October for the sport of Combined Driving as well as other related driving activities, and now there is one more event added to the roster. Two time Pony Driving World Champion, Bram Chardon (NED) will be coming to The Gayla Driving Center, October 9, 10, and 11, for a mega clinic and symposium covering all three...
Thursday, June 25, 2015 - 12:31
At the 2015 American Horse Publications Awards Banquet many outstanding equine publications were recognized for various achievements throughout the year. Driving DigestMagazine walked away from the banquet with two awards. Competing against publications such Equus, Western Horseman, and American Quarter Horse Journal, the magazine owned and...
Monday, June 22, 2015 - 14:17
Alexandra Hill Phelps Media Group, Inc. International
Bromont, Quebec - American driver James Fairclough is still leading the FEI2* Horse Four-In-Hand Division after the marathon phase at the Bromont International Driving, held June 19 to 21, 2015. After the dressage phase on Friday, James Fairclough was in first place with a total of 55.21 penalty points, ahead of Kentucky's Misdee Wrigley-Miller,...
Sunday, June 21, 2015 - 11:47
Alexandra Hill Phelps Media Group, Inc. International
Bromont, Quebec - The Bromont International Driving launched its 14th edition yesterday at the Bromont Olympic Equestrian Park where all teams competed in the first leg of the event, the dressage phase. In the FEI2* Four-In-Hand Division, driver James Fairclough (NJ) is in first place after the dressage phase with a total of 55.21 penalty points...
Wednesday, June 10, 2015 - 14:45
Create a Great Halt - June 18th-If you were in on the “Building a Half-Halt” and “Transitions” classes, this is a great followup class! It’s easy to overlook the importance of the humble halt, but if you understand how much this move effects the rest of your work, you’ll really appreciate this class. We’ll go into to detail about how to get your...
Thursday, May 21, 2015 - 14:11
London, England- It was a royal redux at England's Royal Windsor CAI3* as HRH Queen Elizabeth again congratulated Chester Weber, of Ocala, Florida, on his second consecutive victory in the four-in-hand division. The 11-time USEF National Champion and three-time World Equestrian Games Silver medalist returned to the 2015 Royal Windsor Horse Show...