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Breeding

March 7, 2012

What’s In A Name?

Our columnist takes a humorous look at the rules of naming your equine offspring.

As foaling season descends upon us, I decided to write about the issue currently weighing heavily on my mind: what to name my pending foals.

A breeder’s most difficult decision may not be who to breed, but “What should I name this thing?” We usually want something that defines the foal’s personality, pedigree or some similar characteristic.

June 16, 2011

First Three-Day Event Horse Successfully Cloned

Three is a charm for event horse Che Mr. Wiseguy—three “Wiseguy” clones were born in April. Wiseguy Too was foaled on April 15, and two weeks later Wiseguy Too Two and Wiseguy Too Top hit the ground.

Ecuadorian entreprenur Ronald Zabala-Goetschel competed Wiseguy, an 11-year-old Belgian Warmblood (Jolie—Noblesse), at advanced and completed the Rolex Kentucky CCI**** in 2009.

He was frustrated that he couldn’t use the gelding for breeding. “I always wanted to have more horses like Wiseguy…actually I always wanted more Wiseguys,” said Zabala-Goetschel.

February 27, 2011

Daring To Be Different Defines O'Connor's Breeding Program

Marion Dresel O’Connor loves a horse with “bling.” And a lot of it. Defying an unlikely background, modest means, remote location and some unconventional approaches, O’Connor has turned her love into consecutive national honors from the U.S. Dressage Federation as Dressage Sport Horse Breeder of the Year in 2009 and 2010, while her colorful horses make an impression on the dressage world.

January 30, 2011

Sue Lightner Has Found Her Niche Producing Young Horses

Sue Lightner is one busy woman. In between teaching lessons, riding, training and supervising horses on the farm for rehabilitation, she breeds some of the nicest young hunters in the country.

January 2, 2011

Didi Callahan Makes The Most Of Her Mares And Her Days

The farm belonging to the 2009 U.S. Equestrian Federation’s eventing breeder of the year isn’t a huge, slick commercial operation. Instead, it’s the 25 acres of the Eastern Shore of Maryland that Elizabeth “Didi” Callahan calls home.

At her Cool Na Grena Sporthorses in Oxford, Md., Callahan produces between two and four foals a year. Those foal crops deliver remarkable results, earning top scores in breed inspections and becoming consistent performers not only in eventing, but also in dressage and show jumping.

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