News of 2011

January

SPS Puppi

I have a new mare that I am very, very excited about. SPA Püppi is by the legendary Thoroughbred stallion Prince Thatch out of an Argentan/ Abend dam. Püppi's name means "little doll" and she seems quite well named. She is in foal to Quaterback for late March. Read more about her on her own page.

March

So much has happened since my last update that it is hard to keep it all organized. Much happiness, along with a terrible loss. I will start with the good news.

I have added another new mare in Germany. SPS Riou (pictured below) is a 15 year old mare with an outstanding record of production. She was bred by Alexandra Fischer and is by Rouletto out of a States Premium Prince Thatch xx/ Gigant mare. I feel very lucky to have her and to be able to breed her myself. She had superb scores in all phases of her MPT and will be a very versatile mare. Read more about her on her own page.

SPS Riou

Wolkenstanza has continued under saddle and her training is coming along quite well. She and trainer Maya Sniadecky have been showing successfully at First and Second Levels, with many wins and scores up to 77%.

The babies have almost all arrived. This year was a big foal crop and it is probably my best ever. It has also been very much a colt year, with eight colts and one lonely filly making their appearance to date. All of the foals are for sale this year.

First to arrive was EM Diva's Romanov colt Rococo, a very flashy, friendly and happy fellow on January 30th. As all the Romanov offspring have had, Rocky (pictured below) is a puppy dog in horse clothing, destined to be someone's best friend.

Rococo

Next to arrive was one of two embryo transfer foals out of EM Wolkenstanza. Renoir a bay colt by Rousseau, is a full brother to our 2009 colt Reflektion and he is very much a mirror image of that lovely fellow. Renoir is an outstanding mover, showing an uphill and powerful trot and canter and a clear, ground covering walk.

Renoir

On Saint Patrick's Day we received a lovely present — EMC Dominique's embryo transfer colt by the lovely dressage stallion Benidetto arrived. Benitas was a beautiful, tall, expressive and flashy chestnut colt. He may have been the best colt I have ever produced at Home Again Farm. Tragically, we lost him on April 22nd. He had very suddenly taken ill. Despite getting him to the clinic immediately and a very good initial prognosis, he ended up with a colonic ulcer that caused peritonitis. I will always remember this beautiful and happy little boy. I am hoping that my dear Gipetto has taken him under his wings across the rainbow bridge. Someday, I will share a video of him. But, not just yet.

Benitas

EM Wintermaske's Bugatti Hilltop foal certainly took his time arriving. On March 22nd, Balanchine finally arrived and he was well worth the wait. A full brother to EM Ballerina, Balanchine is a masculine version of his big sister, right down to the same markings. He is very outgoing, with a look at me attitude and three solid gaits.

Balanchine

March 24th brought EM Wolkenstanza's second embryo transfer foal, a gorgeous black colt by Stedinger. Segovia has the power and presence that I had hoped for from those two parents. He is one of the best foals Stanza has produced.

Segovia

March was crazy busy, with two more foals coming. Kabibi produced a black Hotline colt on the 28th and Frolichkeit produced a bay Hotline filly the very next day. Though Hotline is not known in Germany as a "foal maker" (his foals usually blossom later when under saddle), these two were top quality foals with much type, presence and elegance. Kabibi's colt Haiku (1st picture below) was a very tall fellow who would need some time to unfold. He showed very good movement and was as elegant as they come. Frolic's filly Halcyon (2nd picture below) was a full sister to last year's Haley (bred a lessee) who was an outstanding filly. Halcyon had tremendous presence and lots of powerful and uphill tendencies. Both Haiku and Halcyon died. Haiku succumbed to hyperthermia because of a reaction to a drug he was taking for a respiratory infection. He should have been kept out of the sun while on the drug. Halcyon had to be euthanized due to a neck injury that caused severe ataxia when she was less than 3 months old. What a terrible shame, to lose two more foals that looked likely to be such special horses.

Haiku

Halcyon

Next to arrive was Rohanna's Wolkentanz I foal, a full sibling to EM Wolkenstanza. I think lightning may have struck twice in this case, as Word of Honor is so similar to Stanza at the same age. He is a simply gorgeous black colt, with a lot of type and movement very similar to Stanza's.

Word of Honor

In Germany SPS Püppi had her Quaterback foal on April 30th — a beautiful bay colt that we have named Quantum Theory. Based on his quality, I am seriously thinking of breeding her back to Quaterback. On the other hand, I very much like the idea of using Don Schufro with her. Stay tuned for pictures of little Quantum Theory very soon.

That leaves only one foal still due. Rubizza is due very soon with a Fabuleux foal — a full sibling to the lovely Fantastica.

May

Update May 12 — SPS Riou is in foal to Licotus (Likoto xx/ Donnerhall/ Balou). Unfortunately, later in the year Riou lost that pregnancy.

Update May 11 — Today we lost Kabibi's beautiful Hotline foal Haiku. He had been being treated with Rifampin and died suddenly from Rifampin hyperthermia. This was a side effect of the drug that had not been made clear to us. I hope that my loss may spare other breeders. If you have a foal that is getting Rifampin, it is imperative that the foal only be turned out at night. Rifampin can cause a severe sensitivity to heat and direct sunlight that can be very quickly fatal. RIP Haiku.

Update May 7 — Thus far we have two foals due in 2012. The first is an embryo transfer foal from EM Wolkenstanza by Fidertanz (Fidermark/ Ravallo) and the second is a foal from EM Dominique by Bellissimo M (Beltain/ Romadour II/ Lucius xx).

Update May 6 — Rubizza had a beautiful black colt by Fabuleux tonight. Fable is a full brother to our lovely filly Fantastica. He is wonderfully put together and beautifully marked. He will be for sale. Details and more pictures soon.

Fable

Update June - We lost Halcyon to a neck injury that caused severe ataxia. This year has been simply devastating.

Last updated June 20, 2012