News

  • 30 September

    Mare Inspections

    WSI will hold mare inspections at the East Clare Equestrian Centre on 20 November 2018. Sport mares, dry brood mares, and mares with foals are invited. Reserve your place by downloading and returning the application form by 15 November.

    Photo: WSI Approved Mare Katorevel and Ita McDermott

  • 28 September 2018

    Successful Irish Warmblood Festival

    More breeders, more speakers and judges, more spectators, more sponsors, and most importantly more super foals created the best Irish Warmblood Festival and Foal Championship to date.

    Wednesday began with a very insightful presentation by Dr. Jan Greve of Watermolen Stud (Netherlands) highlighting the traits required of all successful sport horses, and the athletic and conformation traits that separate showjumpers from eventers.

    Peter Strijbosch, WSI Mare Inspection Committee Member and KWPN Judge, spoke next about how to assess functional conformation in sport horses. Peter highlighted the systems used by WSI and KWPN, including linear profiles. The group then moved to the arena where two very different horses, a warmblood and a Thoroughbred, were used to highlight some of Peter’s main points.

    Irish Warmblood showjumping foals were shown next, with each foal having its conformation and loose movement, elasticity, and athleticism assessed by Jan Greve, Peter Strijbosch, and the afternoon speaker, Gerald Lenaerts. The foals were judged “blindly” by the three judges, meaning that they were not informed about the pedigrees of the foals. (WSI’s Breeding Director assigned the pedigree score for each foal using the studbook’s standard methodology but this score was concealed until the other scores were decided.) Jan Greve presented the judges’ assessment of each foal to the breeder and the spectators.

    Following a delicious lunch prepared by the staff of our hosts, the CoilÓg Equestrian Centre in County Kildare, Niamh O’Donohoe, International Marketing Executive for Equilume gave an informative presentation about the many benefits of Equilume’s science-based lighting systems for breeding and sport horses.

    Irish Warmblood eventing foals next took centre stage, and the three judges assessed each foal and provided useful feedback to the breeders and spectators.

    Gerald Lenaerts, founder of Studfarm Overis (Belgium) and a very successful breeder of showjumping and eventing horses, next gave a presentation about the challenges and opportunities of trying to breed simultaneously for both top sport and the foal marketplace.

    The day concluded with a showjumping exhibition by one of WSI’s newly approved stallions, Holy Blue (Chacco Blue x Cassini I), and his rider Nicholas Connors. Finally Dr. Greve awarded prizes to the best foals and their breeders.

    Equilume Overall Champion Foals
    Filly: LSS Jacaranda (Cornet Obolensky – Belacqua x Caretano)
    Colt: Jewel of D’Arsouilles (Vigo d’Arsouilles - Helena x Emerald van ‘t Ruytershof)

    Horse International Champion Foals
    Showjumping Filly: LSS Jacaranda (Cornet Obolensky – Belacqua x Caretano)
    Showjumping Colt: Jewel of D’Arsouilles (Vigo d’Arsouilles - Helena x Emerald van ‘t Ruytershof)
    Eventing Colt: Ballyneety J’Adore (My O My - Mistress Clover x Master Imp xx)

    Irish Horse Gateway Reserve Champion Foals
    Showjumping Filly: LSS Jouët (Cornet Obolensky – Tosca x Cassini I)
    Showjumping Colt: LSS Justified HCS (Caretino – U. Renaissance M x Carthago)
    Eventing Colt: LSS Joie de Vivre (Golden Lariat xx – Unique x Guidam)

    Equine 74 Gastric Second Reserve Champion Foals
    Showjumping Filly: LSS Jewel in the Crown (Crown Z – Belacqua x Caretano)
    Showjumping Colt: Heathermore Jai Ho m2s (Clarcon – Cenita m2s x Abdullah)
    Eventing Colt: Ballinamurra Jupiter m2s (Asian Tiger m2s – Cathleen ni Houlihan m2s x Ulysses m2s)

    Please contact WSI on +353.87.827.4831 or by email (admin@irish-warmblood.com) if you are interested in discussing the purchase of one of these or other exceptional Irish Warmblood foals.

    • Dr. Jan Greve of Watermolen Stud

      photocredit: www.cahirmedia.com

    • Peter Strijbosch, WSI Mare Inspection Committee and KWPN Judge

      photocredit: www.cahirmedia.com

    • Gerald Lenaerts, founder of Studfarm Overis

      photocredit: www.cahirmedia.com

  • 22 September 2018

    Super Foals Entered in Irish Warmblood Foal Championship: Buy Your Future Star

    Sixteen outstanding foals suitable for showjumping, eventing, and dressage will compete for the Champion crowns at the Irish Warmblood Championship on 16 September at CoilOg Equestrian Centre. Fourteen of the foals will be offered for sale by their breeders, with no commissions or fees charged by WSI. Contact us today to reserve your free seat.

  • 21 September 2018

    Last Call to Book Free Tickets

    The Irish Warmblood Festival, Foal Championship & Marketplace takes place on Wednesday 26 September at CoilOg Equestrian Centre.

    Send us an email (admin@irish-warmblood.com), or message or ring the WSI office on 087.222.9701, to book your free seats. Click here to see the schedule.

  • 14 September 2018

    WFFS1 Update: All Clear

    Fragile Foal Syndrome Surveillance Update:
    122 Horses.
    All Non-Carriers.
    Testing Continues.

  • 4 September 2018

    Book Your Festival Seats Now

    Half the Festival seats are already booked. Contact WSI today to reserve your free seats: 087.222.9701 or send us a text or Facebook message.

    And the deadline is approaching to enter your foal in the Irish Warmblood Championship. Enter today.

    Foal Registration form.

    Festival Foal Championship Entry form

  • 1 September 2018

    Congratulations to Luke Cafolla

    Congratulations to WSI member Luke Cafolla on selling the Irish Warmblood filly foal LSS Jovellana tonight at the Irish Breeders Classic auction. The filly is by the WSI Recognised Stallion Cornet Obolensky and is out of the WSI Approved Mare Tosca (by Cassini I). WSI awarded LSS Jovellana the D-WFFS1 predicate and Tosca the D-OC predicate.

  • 31 August 2018

    Statement on VDL Stud & Stallions

  • 28 August 2018

    WFFS1 Update: All Clear

    Fragile Foal Syndrome surveillance testing continues.

    81 tests.

    All non-carriers.

  • 28 August 2018

    Irish Horse Gateway Re-Joins Irish Warmblood Festival as Sponsor

    We are pleased to announce that Irish Horse Gateway has renewed its sponsorship of the Irish Warmblood Festival, Foal Championship & Marketplace.

    The mission of Irish Horse Gateway is to connect buyers to sellers of Irish horses and ponies, and to promote the Irish horse and pony internationally. Their sponsorship will be used to augment the prize fund for the Foal Championship.

    Further details about Irish Horse Gateway can be found here.

  • 25 August 2018

    Letter to WBFSH Regarding Fragile Foal Syndrome

    Warmblood Studbook of Ireland wrote to WBFSH today and asked the organisation to create a central database containing the identification details of Approved Stallions and their WFFS1 status.

    WSI proposed that data could be entered only by a WBFSH official, and non-carrier status must be certified via a lab report.

    WSI also proposed that the database be searchable by anyone without charge.

    We will report back when we get a definitive response.

  • 23 August 2018

    Buy a Fantastic Irish Warmblood Foal

    You are invited to the Irish Warmblood Festival & Foal Championship on Wednesday 26 September. We already have confirmed guests coming from as far away as New Zealand! Enjoy a holiday in Ireland and bring home a top prospect for sport and/or breeding. Both showjumping and eventing foals will be inspected by three guest judges, and WSI staff will introduce you to the breeders of your chosen foals.

    If you cannot travel to Ireland contact WSI and we'll suggest a representative for you.

    See the schedule for more information, and contact us by message or email (admin@irish-warmblood.com) or WhatsApp (+353.87.222.9701) to reserve a free seat.

  • 22 August 2018

    Statement on HSI Lanaken Committee

  • 17 August 2018

    My O My Named an Accepted Stallion

    The bay stallion My O My (Loutano x Silvester x Cor de la Bryere) has been named an Accepted Stallion by WSI based on the results of this progeny in eventing sport.

    Among the successful sport horses My O My has sired are:

    TLB Interactive CCI3*

    O My Balladeer CIC3*

    Tom Boy CIC3*

    Romeo Z CIC2*

    Attyrory Nika CCI1*

    Killags Touch of Class CIC1*

    Ballypatrick Mimi CICJ1*

    Tell It Like CSI2* 1.45 m. showjumper.

    My O My is a half-brother to the approved stallions Catoki and Casco Z. Three half-brothers are 1.60 m. showjumpers: Casco Z, Calvano, and Catoki. He descends from Holsteiner damline 4705.

    WSI recommends My O May for blood mares (e.g. TB and true half-bred mares) lacking in elasticity, canter, and jumping traits. Note that although My O My was bred for showjumping his sire, Loutano, was a Grand Prix dressage competitor.

    My O My was awarded the D-WFFS1 predicate and is certified a non-carrier.

    Born in 1997, My O My was bred by Peter Boege. Information about semen availability may be obtained from the stallion owner, Ballyneety Stud Farm, by ringing 087.137.6848

  • 17 August 2018

    WFFS1 Insight

    A geneticist wrote this week to WSI asking about the WFFS1 status of an approved stallion. We provided the requested information (he is a non-carrier, as are all tested horses in our population so far).

    The geneticist is conducting research on the mutated allele by mapping it back through pedigrees and believes WFFS1 will be shown to be a big problem for breeders. As more and more alive and long-dead stallions are shown to be carriers WSI believes the scientist is correct.

    If your studbook does not require testing, take action yourself. Contact WSI today and we will help you test your breeding stock and give you the guidance you need to make the right decisions.

    Or better yet, become an Irish Warmblood breeder. WSI has the most comprehensive testing regime of any studbook in the world, and our testing program was approved unanimously by our members in a referendum.

  • 16 August

    WSI Filly from Direct Damline of Heraldik xx

    Name: Cushlas Juanita m2s

    Sire: Clarcon

    Dam: Boom Boom Pow m2s

    Damsire: Condios

    Predicate: D-WFFS1 (non-carrier)

    Breeders/Owners: Morningside Stud and John Peter Finlay

    Dam is a half-sister to Approved Stallion Ai Weiwei m2s.

    Second dam, Heresy m2s, is half-sister to:

    2 Approved Stallions

    1.60 m showjumper

    CIC2* eventer.

    Third dam, Herka xx, is a full-sister to 1.50 m showjumper and the great TB stallion Heraldik xx.

  • 14 August

    WSI Around the World

    Already WSI has registered foals in four countries on two continents this year. Whether you are near or far, you can get an Irish Warmblood passport for your well-bred foal.

    Start the process by visiting our 1 Click Foal Registration page. Pay only €60 for passport, microchip, and parentage test.

  • 14 August 2018

    New Approved Stallion: LSS Toscassini

    The final stallion selected at the Stage 3 inspection on 20 April for the veterinary and genomic examinations has successfully completed the requirements.

    Name: LSS Toscassini

    Sire: Hotspot

    Dam: Tosca

    Damsire: Cassini I

    Birth Year: 2016

    Size: 160 cm

    Colour: Bay

    Honorifics: D-WFFS1, D-OC

    Breeder: Luke Cafolla, Ireland

    Owner: Luke Cafolla

    Inspection Scores:

    8.5 Pedigree

    7.5 Type

    7.0 Topline

    7.5 Forelegs

    8.0 Hindlegs

    7.5 Walk

    7.0 Trot

    6.5 Canter

    7.0 Elasticity

    7.0 Athleticism

    7.5 Jumping Technique

    7.0 Jumping Scope

    7.5 Jumping Reflexes

    7.0 Balance

    Comments: LSS Toscassini has a very good pedigree and stallion expression. His canter is light but should be longer; the inspectors expect the canter will improve as he develops. He jumps naturally and with ease, and he enjoys jumping. The stallion must be re-presented to the Stallion Committee in 2019 and again in 2020, when he is under saddle.

    Breeding Recommendation: LSS Toscassini will suit mares with a large frame and lacking in blood or quality.

    Semen: Frozen semen from LSS Toscassini is expected to be available for the 2019 breeding season.

  • 12 August 2018

    Get Your Free Tickets to the Irish Warmblood Festival Speaker Sessions

    WSI Members, Irish Warmblood Breeders, and Friends of WSI:

    Entry to the three speaker sessions at the Irish Warmblood Festival will be free of charge. But due to seating limitations we must require advance booking for the speaker sessions.

    If you are coming to the Festival on Wednesday 26 September and would like to hear presentations and/or demonstrations by Jan Greve, Gerald Lenaerts, and Peter Strijbosch you can guarantee seating by sending a message, ringing (087.222.9701), or sending an email (admin@irish-warmblood.com) with your request.

    We will be publicising the free tickets to the public within the next ten days. Once the free tickets are gone you can still see all the action in the indoor arena but you will not be able to attend the presentations. Contact us today to reserve a seat.

  • 12 August 2018

    Katorevel Places 5th in RDS Broodmare Futurity

    WSI Approved Mare Katorevel (Quaid II - Shakira x Satisfaction I) placed fifth today in the Broodmare Futurity at the Dublin Horse Show. To aim of the class is to "identify young performance mares with suitable conformation, pedigree, and athleticism to be potential broodmares of top performing show jumping horses."

  • 11 August 2018

    Katorevel Reserve Champion 4-Year-Old Showjumper at RDS

    WSI Approved Mare Katorevel (Quaid II - Shakira x Satisfaction I), ridden by Ita McDermott, is Reserve Champion 4-Year-Old Showjumper at the Dublin Horse Show.

    The pair also placed second in both qualifiers earlier in the week.

    Congratulations to Ita, owners Cathy & Colm Cuffe, and breeder Jan Roede.

  • 11 August 2018

    Izzy Places 4th in 5-Year-Old Championship at RDS

    WSI Approved Mare Izzy (I'm Special de Muze - Ulrieke x Larino), ridden by Derek McConnell, placed 4th in the 5-Year-Old Showjumping Championship at the Dublin Horse Show.

    The pair also placed fifth in the first qualifier earlier in the week, securing their place in the Championship class.

    In 2017 Izzy was the Millstreet 4-Year-Old National Discovery Champion.

    Congratulations to Derek, owner Sorcha Hennessy, and breeder J. Saaltink.

  • 10 August 2018

    Equine 74 Gastric Renews Sponsorship of Irish Warmblood Festival

    Equine 74 Gastric, the effective and natural gastric ulcer prevention product, has renewed its sponsorship in the Irish Warmblood Festival and Foal Championship.

    Equine 74 Gastric is proven effective in preventing ulcers in horses both by independent scientific research and by the large number of professional and amateur riders and owners who feed the product every day to their horses.

    In Ireland and Northern Ireland orders may be placed via the Irish Warmblood Marketplace or by ringing 087.827.4831 / +353.87.827.4831

  • 10 August 2018

    WSI Introduces "Chip Check" Tool

    Need to check the identity of a horse? Use the new Chip Check tool on the top of every page.

    With the Chip Check tool you also can search on Name, UELN, Sire, or Dam and learn information about a horse including what predicates, if any, it has earned.

    You can also use the database to order a Zootechnical Certificate (ZC) by clicking on the Download Certificate pdf icon. Beginning on 1 November all studbooks in the EU must provide ZCs for horses they register upon request and payment of a fee. The ZC will contain information useful to purchasers when horses are sold.

    To give the database a spin go to

    http://www.irish-warmblood.com/zootechnical-certificate.html or click on the Chip Check box.

  • 6 August 2018

    You Decide

    Want to register your foal with WSI but the stallion owner or agent insists on sending the covering certificate to HSI?

    You should decide what passport your foal gets.

    We have it covered. Contact WSI and you’ll receive hassle-free service and get the passport you want for your foal.

  • 4 August 2018

    WSI Social Media Policy

    WSI’s social media platforms are a vehicle for the Studbook to communicate with members, breeders, and the wider equestrian community both in Ireland and abroad.

    We realise that social media has amplified the voices of good, insightful, and well-meaning people in the equestrian industry. This is good. And we all benefit from their participation.

    But social media also has amplified the voices of individuals who spend time stalking, berating, and defaming other people, their horses, and their businesses. Before the advent of social media these individuals’ voices were not amplified; today they are found on social media with hundreds of “friends”, many of whom find the behaviors of these individuals to be entertaining.

    WSI has a zero tolerance approach to individuals who stalk, berate, defame, and threaten others. We ban them from participating in discussions on Irish Warmblood pages as we owe our community a safe digital environment free of harassment. And we ban their aliases and surrogates. As individuals, WSI directors also choose not to engage with these people.

    We believe the best approach to deal with these individuals is to block them and to resist the urge to engage with them in a downward spiral of hate. A simple test we use: Would you let this person into your sitting room, and let him or her say the things they say on social media to you, your family members, and guests in your home?

    If the answer is “no”, then we believe non-engagement and blocking is the appropriate response for both organisations and individuals.

  • 3 August 2018

    Horse International Sponsors Irish Warmblood Festival

    Horse International, the world's leading equestrian magazine, is sponsoring the prize fund for the Showjumping Champion Colt and Eventing Champion Filly. Along with the cash prize the breeders of these foals will receive a three-issue subscription to Horse International.

    A full colour international equestrian magazine, Horse International is published 8 times a year and offers an insider’s view into the equestrian world.

    Each issue of Horse International contains WSI Report, which is seen by 19,000 readers in over 100 countries.

  • 3 August 2018

    WSI Representatives at Dublin Horse Show

    The Irish Warmblood community congratulates and wishes the best of luck to the following young horses competing at the Dublin Horse Show under the registration or approval by the Warmblood Studbook of Ireland.

    6-Year-Old Showjumping Championship:

    Clair du Lune

    Approved Mare
    (Quality Touch Adelaide x Argentinus)

    breeder: Maeve Hamilton Al Aidarous

    owner: Charlie Jayne

    rider: Francis Connors and Harmonie L

    Approved Mare
    (Dutch Design - Balou L x Sam R)

    breeder: H. Leusink

    owner: Ballywalter Bloodstock

    rider: Nicholas Connors

    5-Year-Old Championship

    Holy Blue

    Approved Stallion
    (Chacco-Blue - Nilima x Cassini I

    breeder: Bernard Demets

    owner: Ann Connors

    rider: Nicholas Connors and Izzy

    Approved Mare

    (I'm Special de Muze - Ulrieke x Larino)

    breeder: J. Saaltink

    owner: Sorcha Hennessy

    rider: Derek McConnell and Ici d'Hotot M

    Approved Mare
    (Eldorado van de Zeshoek - Hotot D x Animo's Hallo)

    breeder: E. Meijer

    owner: Emma & Myles Moody

    rider: Emma Moody

    4-Year-Old Championship

    Katorevel

    Approved Mare
    (Quaid II - Shakira x Satisfaction I)

    breeder: Jan Roede

    owner: Cathy Cuffe

    rider: Ita McDermott and Cushlas Fryday

    Irish Warmblood Gelding
    (Hector van d’Abdijhoeve - Une Ardente de Vie x Apache d’Adriers)

    breeder: John Peter Finlay

    owner: Brian Moran

    rider: Brian Moran and Oberon van't Lohof

    Approved Stallion

    (Eldorado van de Zeshoek - Ditto x Winningmood van de Arenberg)

    breeder: Dimfa Stadeus

    owners: Cathal McMunn & James O'Grady

    rider: Cathal McMunn

  • 31 July 2018

    Equilume Re-Joins Irish Warmblood Festival as Sponsor of Foal Championship

    Equilume, the high tech company founded by Dr. Barbara Anne Murphy, Head of Equine Science at University College Dublin, has renewed its sponsorship of the Irish Warmblood Festival and Foal Championship.

    Equilume's innovative lighting products have been scientifically proven to stimulate early reproductive activity in the mare, improve foal birth weight, and help prevent prolonged gestation lengths.

    WSI encourages breeders to visit Equilume's homepage and to use their scientifically proven lighting solutions to improve the efficiency of your breeding programs.

  • 30 July 2018

    Everyone is invited to the Irish Warmblood Festival on 26 September

  • 27 July 2018

    Statement on RDS’ Contested Decision on Stallion’s Eligibility for Dublin Horse Show

  • 26 July 2018

    WSI Approved Stallion Holy Blue and Nicolas Connors

    Video of WSI Approved Stallion Holy Blue and Nicolas Connors getting ready for the Dublin Horse Show.

  • 23 July 2018

    Festival Homepage Update

    The homepage for the Irish Warmblood Festival has been updated with the latest information.

  • 22 July 2018

    Super Irish Warmblood Colt

    Heathermore Jai Ho m2s

    Sire: Clarcon

    Dam: Cenita m2s (Abdullah x Ulysses m2s x Ahorn)

    Second dam of this colt is a half-sister to Wang Chung m2s

    Breeder: Morningside Stud & Noel Kilroy

  • 20 July 2018

    Festival Designated a KT Event

    Irish Warmblood Festival has been designated a National Knowledge Transfer Event by Ireland's Department of Agriculture.

  • 18 July 2018

    Mark your calendar!

    Three world-class experts (Jan Greve, Gerald Lenaerts, Peter Strijbosch) will be speakers and judges at the Irish Warmblood Festival

    Irish Warmblood Foal Championship.

    Exhibition of Approved Stallions.

    Marketplace to buy and sell Irish Warmblood foals for showjumping and eventing.

    Wednesday, 26 Sept, 10 am - 6 pm.

    CoilOg Equestrian Centre.

  • 18 July 2018

    WFFS1 Update: All Clear

    Fragile Foal Syndrome surveillance testing continues.

    49 tests.

    All non-carriers.

  • 17 July 2018

    Grand Marnier Excels on XC at CIC* Kilguilkey

  • 12 July 2018

    Video of WSI Approved Stallion Good Luck and Cian O'Connor

    https://www.facebook.com/cianoconnorofficial/videos/2603053243054366/

  • 12 July 2018

    Gerald Lenaerts to Speak and Judge at Irish Warmblood Festival

    We are very pleased to announce that Gerald Lenaerts, founder of Studfarm Overis in Peer, Belgium, has joined the Irish Warmblood Festival as a speaker and judge for the Foal Championship. With his partner Sigrid Gielen, Gerald is a well-known horse breeder whose horses carry the "van Overis" suffix all around the world. Examples of the successful showjumpers bred at Studfarm Overis include Ciske van Overis, Udarco van Overis, and Armani van Overis Z. Gerald is also a partner in and selector for the highly successful Flanders Foal Auction.

  • 11 July 2018

    Report on First Meeting of WSI Dressage Breeders Group

    The first meeting of the WSI Dressage Breeders Group was held today at the RDS Members Club. The group included Ireland's most experienced and successful dressage breeder, a List 1 Dressage Ireland Judge who is an experienced and successful breeder, and a Grand Prix rider building a top class breeding program.

    Each person discussed his or her breeding program and their goals. We discussed the pros and cons of using proven sires versus young stallions, and how WSI can help breeders make stallion selections through our Mare Inspection and Foal Inspection processes.

    Finally we discussed plans for the Irish Warmblood Festival scheduled for 26 September and how dressage breeders can participate and benefit from this action-packed day.

  • 10 July 2018

    Peter Strijbosch to Speak and Judge at Irish Warmblood Festival

    We are very pleased to announce that Peter Strijbosch, the KWPN judge who is a member of WSI’s Mare Inspection Committee, has agree to participate in the Irish Warmblood Festival on 26 September at CoilÓg Equestrian Centre.

    Peter will give a demonstration on assessing functional conformation and judge Irish Warmblood foals for the Championship with Dr. Jan Greve.

    Peter brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to his role. For over forty years Peter worked as an instructor at the Dutch National Riding School in Deurne, and he also served as coordinator of international programs from 2002 to his early retirement in 2015. Peter was two times Dutch National Champion in eventing (1972 and 1974), and he was a member of the Dutch team for the European Championships in Flyinge (1973).

    Peter also serves as a KWPN Judge for mares and for jumping style in stallion competitions. He is a Member of the KWPN Second Opinion Stallion Committee for jumping horses. Peter also serves as a Judge of the national jumping competition for 4-year-old horses. The Chairman of the Judges for the National Championship for Hunting Horses from 1990 – 2015, Peter also is very active in the FEI as a Member of the Advisory Group for Developing Countries and as a trainer, judge, and tutor in many countries on several continents.

    Further details about the Irish Warmblood Festival and Foal Championship will be published soon.

  • 9 July 2018

    Eris m2s Qualifies for Cavan Championship

    The 5-year-old Irish Warmblood mare Eris m2s (Consall B - Concordia m2s x Condios x Cor de la Bryere) has qualified for the Cavan Championship. A half-sister of the WSI Approved Stallion and German performance test stallion Ballistic m2s, Eris m2s was bred by Morningside Stud and is owned and ridden by WSI member Lukasz Skorupa.

  • 9 July 2018

    Chateau de Versailles m2s in First CIC2*

    Video of Chateau de Versailles m2s going clear on the cross-country at CIC2* Barbury Castle with Weerapat Pitakanonda of Thailand. This 7-year-old gelding, bred by Morningside Stud, is by Desir du Chateau and out of Utopia m2s by Calvados.

    https://www.facebook.com/496840237048839/videos/1868162906583225/

  • 10 July 2018

    Top sport breeders register their foals with WSI.

    Think Top Sport.

    Register WSI.

  • 9 July 2018

    Join WSI for Only €75

    Subscribe for a half-year membership in WSI now, and you pay €75 for the rest of the year instead of the regular €115.

    If you become a member now you can benefit immediately from special discount offers on the Irish Warmblood Festival and tickets for the World Young Dressage Horse Championships in Ermelo.

    WSI members receive numerous benefits including:

    • A subscription to the digital KWPN International magazine, filled with informative articles on breeding and sport (four times per year);

    • The opportunity to participate in WSI activities including inspections, educational events, and the Irish Warmblood Festival;

    • The option to register home-bred horses;

    • Complimentary online advertising of horses/foals for sale at WSI Marketplace;

    • Full access to the KWPN Stallion Database, which also contains extensive information on all stallions approved or recognized by the KWPN.

  • 9 July 2018

    Smart breeders register their foals with WSI.

    Think Smart.

    Register WSI.

  • 9 July 2018

    Reminder: First Meeting of WSI Dressage Breeders Group

    The first meeting of the WSI Dressage Breeders Group will be held on Wednesday 11 July at the RDS Members Club beginning at 3:30 pm.

    The agenda is:

    1) Introductions and description of our breeding and sport programs.

    2) Discussion on how WSI can help and support you.

    3) Discussion on what WSI could offer dressage breeders at the Irish Warmblood Festival 26 September.

    Please message WSI if you’d like to join us.

  • 8 July

    Creative breeders register their foals with WSI.

    Think Creatively.

    Register WSI.

  • 7 July 2018

    Report on First Meeting of WSI Eventing Breeders Group

    The first meeting of the WSI Eventing Breeders Group was held today at Barack Obama Plaza. Each person discussed his or her eventing breeding program. We then discussed what types of stallions are suitable for breeding 3* and 4* eventing horses, and how WSI can help breeders make stallion selections through our Mare Inspection process. Finally we discussed plans for the Irish Warmblood Festival scheduled for 26 September and how eventing breeders can participate and benefit from this action-packed day.

  • 7 July

    Progressive breeders register their foals with WSI.

    Think Progress.

    Register WSI.

  • 6 July 2018

    Foal Owners: Enter the HSI Foal Championship

    The rules for the HSI Foal Championship are illegal under European Council Directive 90/428/CEE and every foal must be eligible to compete in these classes.

    WSI has lodged complaints with DAFM about the exclusionary entry criteria but for some reason the civil servants believe that neither they nor HSI must comply with the law. The Directive went into effect in 1991, and is designed to prevent discrimination in equestrian competitions including showing classes.

    WSI recommends that you enter your foal even if it does not meet the current entry criteria ("For the horse section, foals must be registered in a studbook that is a member of the WBFSH or Weatherbys (pending DNA where this can be verified by the studbook is acceptable) ..." and "For the pony section foals must be registered originally in a DAFM approved studbook") because the criteria for both horse foals and pony foals do not comply with European law.

    WSI's view is the view of the Council Directive: No discrimination against any breed from any country.

    The HSI Foal Championship violates the Council Directive. It does not have a derogation from DAFM. A derogation cannot be granted by DAFM. So enter away if you have a foal of any breed born in any country. And make them prove to you and WSI how their entry rules comply with the law.

    Note: WSI foals are eligible to compete in the HSI Foal Championship under the current exclusionary rules. We are struggling for ALL foals to be eligible.

  • 6 July 2018

    Eventing Riders: Enter the Camphire Master Class

    The rules for the HSI Camphire Master Class are illegal under European Council Directive 90/428/CEE and your young horses are eligible to compete in these classes. WSI has lodged complaints with DAFM about the exclusionary entry criteria but for some reason the civil servants believe that neither they nor HSI must comply with the law. The Directive went into effect in 1991, and is designed to prevent discrimination in equestrian competitions.

    WSI recommends that you enter the Master Class even if your horse does not meet the current entry criteria ("All horses must be registered in a WBFSH studbook, with the sire and dam documented on their passport" and "Any stallion which has commenced the HSI Stallion Inspection procedure and has been awarded ‘Preliminary Approved’ classification is also eligible to compete.") because the criteria do not comply with European law.

    The initial entry criteria said only ISH and ID horses could enter. WSI complained and showed why this is illegal. Then the entry criteria were expanded to include all WBFSH horses, which now means that IDs are excluded. WSI has complained again and shown how these criteria continue to violate the law.

    WSI's view is the view of the Council Directive: No discrimination against any breed from any country.

    The HSI Camphire Master Class violates the Council Directive. It does not have a derogation from DAFM. A derogation cannot be granted by DAFM. So enter away if you have a 4- or 5-year-old horse of any breed born in any country (including Thoroughbred, Weatherbys Non-TB, Piebald & Skewbald, Irish Draught, etc.). And make them prove to you and WSI how their entry rules comply with the law.

    Entries close "at noon on 11 July unless maximum numbers are reached before that time".

    Note: WSI horses are eligible to compete in the HSI Camphire Master Class under the revised exclusionary rules. We are struggling for ALL young eventing horses to be eligible.

  • 6 July 2018

    Mare Owners: Save Money and Peace of Mind

    Ring or write the stallion owner (or the agent from whom you purchased or intend to purchase semen for your mare) and ask them to send you proof that the stallion has been tested for WFFS1 and is not a carrier.

    You should also test your mare. Use this form to have WSI do it for you.

  • 6 July 2018

    WFFS1 Update

    40 horses tested.

    All are non-carriers.

    Testing continues.

  • 5 July 2018

    Join the Genomic Revolution

    Join the genomic revolution and have your mares and fillies tested for the genes associated with osteochondrosis (bone chips). Already about 100 horses in the Irish Warmblood population have been tested. And breeders are using the results when they select stallions.

    Better breeding decisions ➡️ better and healthier foals ➡️ more success in sport and your bank account.

    Message WSI today for more information.

  • 28 June 2018

    Camphire Master Class

    HSI and Eventing Ireland recently announced a young horse Master Class restricted to ISH and ID horses. WSI lodged a protest with DAFM and demanded to see the derogation application by HSI and derogation decision by DAFM. Neither exists. This means that HSI had planned to run an illegal competition under EU law.

    Today we discovered that the classes have been opened to WSI and LHI horses. But the classes are still closed to BESIES horses. This is unacceptable. Sport horses registered by any and every licensed studbook in the 32 counties must be allowed to compete.

    It is also unacceptable that HSI and Eventing Ireland have continued restrictions on a WSI Approved Stallions but allow stallions “preliminary approved” by HSI- managed studbooks to compete. WSI has lodged a second protest with DAFM and we await action.

    All this shows that HSI continues to use every angle it can to maintain its monopoly position. Despite a complaint being filed with the European Commission concerning nearly €18 million in illegal State Aid granted to HSI by DAFM, and despite a complaint being filed with Ireland’s Competition Commission over HSI’s anti-competitive practices such as the ones described here, HSI does what it does. It is in the organisation’s DNA. Breeders, riders, producers, and owners in Ireland deserve better.

  • 28 June 2018

    First Meeting of Dressage Breeders Group

    The first meeting of the WSI Dressage Breeders Group will be held on Wednesday 11 July at the RDS Members Club beginning at 3:30 pm.

    The agenda is:

    1) Introductions and description of our breeding and sport programs.

    2) Discussion on how WSI can help and support you.

    3) Discussion on what WSI could offer dressage breeders at the Irish Warmblood Festival 26 September.

    Please message WSI if you’d like to join us or go to the event page on Facebook.

  • 28 June 2018

    Join WSI Eventing Breeders Group

    We've created a WSI Eventing Breeders Group and you're invited to join.The goal of the WSI Eventing Breeders Group is to help eventing breeders in Ireland communicate their needs and goals to WSI, and for group members to provide mutual support and advice.

  • 25 June 2018

    Join WSI Dressage Breeders Group

    We've created a WSI Dressage Breeders Group and you're invited to join.

    The goal of the WSI Dressage Breeders Group is to help dressage breeders in Ireland communicate their needs and goals to WSI, and for group members to provide mutual support and advice.

    If you'd like an invitation to join the group please "Like" Warmblood Studbook of Ireland's page on Facebook and then send us a message with the email address linked to your Facebook account.

  • 25 June 2018

    Contest: Help Us Select a Second Speaker for the Festival

    Is there someone in the sport horse breeding world you've always wanted to meet, hear a presentation from, and have a discussion with?

    Jan Greve has accepted our invitation to be a speaker at the Irish Warmblood Festival on 26 September. Help WSI select a second speaker and win a VIP Pass to the event.

    The VIP Pass provides:

    - free admission for you and companion to the Festival;

    - free lunch for you and your companion; and

    - free dinner for you and your companion on the night before the Festival with the speaker and Festival organisers.

    Here’s how to enter the contest:

    Send WSI a message with the name of your ideal speaker. Write a few words about the person and why you want us to invite him or her.

    We will go through the list and make a short-list of the persons with the broadest appeal. We’ll invite the first person on the top of the list. If that person cannot accept our invitation we will contact the second person on the list, and so forth.

    The person who nominated the second speaker will win the VIP Pass. If more than one person nominated the second speaker WSI will randomly select the winner.

    Contest closes on Sunday 30 June at 6 pm Irish time.

    You may nominate as many speakers as you wish.

  • 25 June 2018

    Jan Greve Joins Irish Warmblood Festival

    We are very pleased to announce that world-famous breeder, stallion owner, and veterinary surgeon Jan Greve will be a keynote speaker at the 2018 Irish Warmblood Festival. Jan also will serve as a judge at the Festival.

    Here are a couple of articles about Jan, courtesy of The Horse Magazine:

    Article 1

    Article 2

    The Festival will be held at CoilÓg Equestrian Centre on Wednesday 26 September. Further details will be announced soon.

  • 24 June 2018

    WSI Files Complaint Against Irish Horse Board with Competition Commission

    Two weeks ago Warmblood Studbook of Ireland filed a complaint with Ireland’s Competition and Consumer Protection Commission against the Irish Horse Board Cooperative Society Ltd (IHB).

    The complaint alleges that in collaboration with Horse Sport Ireland Company Limited by Guarantee (HSI), IHB has conspired to engage in monopolistic and anti-competitive practices designed to undermine WSI.

    Those practices include:

    a) In 1993 IHB received from the Department of Agriculture (DAFM) licenses to operate the ISH Studbook and Irish Draught Horse Studbook without competing in a public procurement process to allow other organisations in Ireland and in European Union Member States to compete for the opportunity to operate a profitable business in an industry structured in Ireland as a monopoly;

    b) IHB accepted the licenses without paying DAFM a one-time or annual royalty payment of any amount;

    c) IHB received from DAFM from 1993 to 2007 substantial and multiple forms of State Aid in the form of millions of pounds/euro in direct payments, payment of business expenses including free staff and premises, and preferential tax treatment in the form of non-payment of VAT on sales of a range of goods and services (passports, mare inspections, stallion inspections, memberships, publications, etc);

    d) Since 2008 IHB continues to accept State Aid in the form of non-enforcement of VAT legislation with respect to the organisation's annual membership fees;

    e) Since 2008 IHB continues to accept preferential income tax treatment in the form of being permitted to send substantial annual payments to HSI that have not been subject to income tax.

    f) HSI's Breeding Sub-Board and other HSI committees and councils are populated with representatives of the ISH Studbook and IDH Studbook through appointments by IHB's board of directors. However IHB has no employees, no staff, and no activities other than being a vehicle through which IHB membership dues, IHB's sole source of income, are transferred on a tax-free basis to HSI.

    g) IHB's income tax rate in 2015 was .0027% according to a computation from data found in the 2015 "Committee of Managements' (sic) Report and Financial Statements". This document also reveals that in 2015 IHB earned €189,131 in income (with no VAT having been collected on any of that income), and €185,050 of that amount was funnelled to HSI as an "Administrative Expense". This produced only €4,081 in "Profit before Tax" and an income tax liability of only €510.

    h) The Constitution of IHB states the following:

    "No person, or body corporate, which in the opinion of the Board is either directly or indirectly involved in the carrying on of any business in competition with that in which the Society is engaged, shall be eligible to become or remain as a member of the Society..." (Section 5)

    "be personally or a company of which he is a director or a society of which he is a director or committee member or a partnership in which he is a partner engaged in the provision of goods or services which in the view of the Board (as determined by Board resolution) is in competition with the Society, its subsidiary or associate or affiliate societies and companies..." [Section 48. (b)(ii)]

    "nor any company with which it is connected (as may be determined by the Board) shall in any way be engaged in the provision of goods or services which in the view of the Board (as determined by Board resolution) is in competition with the Society, its subsidiary or associate or affiliate societies bodies or companies; [Section 48. (c) (ii)]

    "No member shall be entitled to continue as a member of the Board if he/she becomes a member of the Committee or a Board of any Society, Body Corporate or business organisation which is in competition with the Society, subject to Rule 34, or personally engages in such activities, or ..." [Section 54. (f)]

    IHB's Constitution clearly states there is no opportunity for collaboration or membership in both WSI and IHB. The prohibition against an IHB member or director being involved in organisations such as WSI is troubling considering the millions of unauthorised State Aid received by IHB and HSI, the allegedly inappropriate funnelling of untaxed income from membership dues from IHB to HSI, and IHB and HSI's goal of maintaining the ISH Studbook's monopoly position. This prohibition also helps to explain why HSI refuses to allow WSI and another competing studbook to apply for affiliation.

    i) IHB conspires with HSI to maintain the dominant position of the ISH Studbook by allowing IHB to dominate and control the HSI Breeding Sub-Board and by refusing to allow other studbooks in competition with the ISH Studbook, such as WSI, from joining the Breeding Sub-Board.

    WSI awaits a decision from the Competition Commission concerning whether or not it will launch a preliminary investigation.

  • 17 June 2018

    Three Irish Warmblood Foals Sold to Germany

    Three Irish Warmblood foals and their surrogate dams are on the way to Germany. Congratulations to breeder Luke Cafolla.

    #qualityknowsnoborders

  • 17 June 2018

    Video of Greenvale Draco

    Video of WSI Approved Stallion GREENVALE DRACO and Jessica Burke. The stallion's semen is available by contacting Jessica.

  • 16 June 2018

    Grand Marnier 5th on CNC1*

    WSI Approved Stallion GRAND MARNIER and Declan Cullen placed 5th today at the Glaslough CNC1*.

    Semen is available from this purpose-bred eventing stallion by contacting his owner, Mandy Driesch.

  • 16 June 2018

    Video of New KWPN Stallions

    WSI Members: You can see videos of the recently approved KWPN stallions on KWPN.tv by logging in with your membership number and password.

    No a member? Join today!

  • 15 June 2018

    Irish Warmblood Filly: Jibba Jabba m2s

    Jibba Jabba m2s

    Born 08 June 2018

    Sire: Brantzau VDL

    Dam: Dolce Primavera m2s (Casall x Coronado)

    The second dam, Primavera B, is a half-sister to:

    - Marius (2 Olympic Gold Medals in Eventing)

    - Sprite (1.60 m showjumper)

    - Copyright (1.40 m showjumper)

    - Cefalo (1.60 m showjumper and Holsteiner Approved Stallion and WSI Recognised Stallion)

    - Quantas 15 (1.60 m showjumper)

  • 14 June 2018

    More Video of Imnotafraid Fortuna

    Video of Imnotafraid Fortuna and Liam O'Meara jumping a beautiful second round yesterday in the RDS qualifier.

  • 14 June 2018

    Video of Imnotafraid Fortune

    Video of recently approved stallion Imnotafraid Fortuna in round 1 of the RDS qualifier. The stallion jumped three clear rounds yesterday with Liam O'Meara but the air-time over the jumps led him to placing 12th (only the top 9 earned the ticket to the RDS). Fantastic round.

  • 14 June 2018

    WFFS: Suggestions for Irish Breeders

    Here are WSI's suggestions to deal with the Fragile Foal Syndrome problem:

    1) Test your mare.

    2) Only buy semen from tested stallions.

    3) If your mare is a carrier it is not the end of the world: Just be sure to use stallions that are not carriers.

    4) If the stallion you want to use is a carrier it is not the end of the world: Just be sure not to use a carrier stallion on an untested mare or a carrier mare.

    5) A foal will suffer from the disease only if it inherits the defective gene from both parents. When that happens the foal will be aborted or it will die soon after birth. Make sure you have zero chance of that happening by having the knowledge you need.

    WSI can help Irish Warmblood and ISH breeders to have their horses tested.

  • 14 June 2018

    WFFS1 Update: All Clear to Date

  • 13 June 2018

    Katorevel Qualifies for RDS

    Congratulations to WSI members Colm & Cathy Cuffe and rider Ita McDermott for qualifying WSI Approved Mare Katorevel (Quaid II x Satisfaction I) for the 4-Year-Old Championship at the Dublin Horse Show.

  • 13 June 2018

    The Gift that Keeps on Giving

    A wonderful gift idea, made in Belfast by WSI supporters.

  • 13 June 2018

    Harmonie L Qualifies for RDS

    Congratulations to Ballywalter Farms and rider Nicholas Connors for qualifying WSI Approved Mare Harmonie L (Dutch Design x Sam R) for the 6-Year-Old Championship at the Dublin Horse Show.

  • 13 June 2018

    Ici D'Hotot M Qualifies for RDS

    Congratulations to WSI member Emma Moody and her Approved Mare Ici D'Hotot M (Eldorado van de Zeshoek x Animo's Hallo) for qualifying today for the RDS 5-Year-Old Championship at the Dublin Horse Show.

  • 11 June 2018

    Boy Toy m2s is WFFS1 Non-Carrier

    WSI Approved Stallion Boy Toy m2s (Ekstein x Limmerick x Nimmerdor) is not a carrier of the mutated allele associated with Warmblood Fragile Foal Syndrome.

    Thirty-five horses in WSI's population have been tested, and none is a carrier.

  • 9 June 2018

    Video of four-year-old and newly WSI Approved Stallion Oberon van ’t Lohof (Eldorado van de Zeshoek - Ditto x Winningmood van de Arenberg) showing the jumping technique, canter, and rideability needed to produce a 2nd place in the RDS Qualifier at Maryville with Cathal McMunn.

    Semen will be available in 2019.

  • 9 June 2018

    Five-year-old and newly WSI Approved Stallion Investigator P (Diamant de Semilly - Pinot Rosso x Voltaire) showing his outstanding jumping technique with Hannah Rose.

    Semen will be available in 2019.

  • 9 June 2018

    Five-year-old and newly WSI Approved Stallion Imnotafraid Fortuna (Dallas VDL - Debutante Fortuna x Vingino) showing his exceptional scope and technique with Jennifer Kuehnle.

    Chilled and fresh semen are available; contact Jonathan Flynn (086.366.5010).

  • 9 June 2018

    Five-year-old and newly WSI Approved Stallion Holy Blue (Chacco Blue - Nilima x Cassini I) showing his athleticism and jumping ability with Nicholas Connors.

    Semen is available; contact David Connors (087.255.6487).

    Video 1 and Video 2.

  • 9 June 2018

    All four newly approved stallions have tested free of the Warmblood Fragile Foal Syndrome allele, and have been awarded the D-WFFS1 honorific:

    Holy Blue (Chacco Blue - Nilima x Cassini I)

    Imnotafraid Fortuna (Dallas VDL - Debutante Fortuna x Vingino)

    Investigator P (Diamant de Semilly - Pinot Rosso x Voltaire)

    Oberon van 't Lohof (Eldorado van de Zeshoek - Ditto x Winningmood van de Arenberg)

    To date 33 WSI stallions, mares, youngsters, and foals have been tested and all are non-carriers.

  • 8 June 2018

    Video of WSI Approved Stallion Good Luck. The stallion is back competing with Cian O'Connor after a long rest.

  • 7 June 2018

    New Approved Stallion: Holy Blue

    Name: Holy Blue

    Sire: Chacco Blue

    Dam: Nilima

    Damsire: Cassini I

    Birth Year: 2013

    Size: 170 cm

    Colour: Grey

    Honorific: D-WFFS1

    Breeder: Bernard Demets, Passy, France

    Owners: Ann Connors & David Connors

    Inspection Scores:

    8.0 Pedigree

    7.5 Type

    7.0 Topline

    6.5 Forelegs

    7.0 Hindlegs

    6.5 Walk

    6.5 Trot

    8.5 Canter

    7.0 Elasticity

    7.0 Athleticism

    8.0 Jumping Technique

    8.0 Jumping Scope

    8.5 Jumping Reflexes

    8.0 Balance

    8.5 Rideability

    Comments: Holy Blue is a long-lined/rectangular, appealing, and modern stallion with dry legs and a sloping croup. His canter is functional with a long stride, more than sufficient suppleness, and good balance. He jumps well and with very quick reflexes. The stallion is quick off the ground and careful. His front leg technique is very good but he could bascule and open more behind when finishing the jump. Holy Blue goes positively to the fences but he needs to be encouraged to come off his forehand and not position his head behind the vertical.

    Breeding Recommendation: Holy Blue will suit a variety of mares. All else equal mares with elasticity in their movement and are modern types should benefit from the stallion’s very good athletic and jumping traits. Mare that do not move in a downhill manner are desirable.

    Semen: Holy Blue’s semen is available from David Connors (087.255.6487).

  • 7 June 2018

    New Approved Stallion: Imnotafraid Fortuna

    Name: Imnotafraid Fortuna

    Sire: Dallas VDL

    Dam: Debutante Fortuna

    Damsire: Vingino

    Birth Year: 2013

    Size: 170 cm

    Colour: Grey

    Honorific: D-WFFS1, D-OC

    Breeder: P. & A.M. Rinkes-Tjeenk Willink, Peese, The Netherlands

    Owners: Jonathan Flynn & Diane Fletcher

    Inspection Scores:

    8.5 Pedigree

    7.5 Type

    8.0 Topline

    7.5 Forelegs

    5.0 Hindlegs

    8.0 Walk

    7.5 Trot

    8.0 Canter

    8.0 Elasticity

    8.0 Athleticism

    9.0 Jumping Technique

    9.5 Jumping Scope

    9.0 Jumping Reflexes

    9.0 Balance

    7.5 Rideability

    Comments: Imnotafraid Fortuna is a rectangular stallion with a sloping croup and neck that is somewhat ewe-shaped. His front and hind legs are correct except there is swelling in the hock that produced a low score for his hindlegs. However WSI’s Veterinary Committee judged the swelling to be cosmetic and of no clinical significance for the stallion’s breeding and sport careers. Both Imnotafraid Fortuna and his dam, Debutante Fortuna, passed the DNA-OC test for osteochondrosis and his second dam was awarded the PROK honorific from the KWPN for having good x-rays. Imnotafraid Fortuna’s canter is functional with a long stride, good suppleness, and very good balance. He jumps very well and with exceptional scope.

    Breeding Recommendation: Imnotafraid Fortuna will suit many mares that lack power and scope in their movement and jumping ability.

    Semen: Imnotafraid Fortuna’s semen is available from Jonathan Flynn (086.366.5010).

  • 7 June 2018

    New Approved Stallion: Investigator P

    Name: Investigator P

    Sire: Diamant de Semilly

    Dam: Pinot Rosso

    Damsire: Voltaire

    Birth Year: 2013

    Size: 165 cm

    Colour: Chestnut

    Honorific: D-WFFS1, D-OC

    Breeder: Pegasus Stables, Bentelo, The Netherlands

    Owners: Deirdre Rose

    Inspection Scores:

    8.5 Pedigree

    8.0 Type

    8.0 Topline

    7.5 Forelegs

    7.0 Hindlegs

    7.5 Walk

    7.0 Trot

    8.0 Canter

    7.0 Elasticity

    7.5 Athleticism

    9.0 Jumping Technique

    8.0 Jumping Scope

    8.5 Jumping Reflexes

    9.5 Balance

    9.5 Rideability

    Comments: Investigator P is a modern blood-type stallion. He could be slightly more rectangular. He is somewhat ewe-necked but he has a good topline. His canter is light-footed, functional, and exceptionally well-balanced but the stride could be longer. His jumping ability is very good and he is careful; he has a very good attitude toward work. His balance and rideability are exceptionally good.

    Breeding Recommendation: Investigator P should be bred to taller, old-fashioned mares or modern mares, that lack rideability, balance, and modern jumping traits. The mare’s canter should be elastic and long enough.

    Semen: Investigator P is not standing at public stud in 2018. His semen will be frozen before the 2019 breeding season.

  • 7 June 2018

    New Approved Stallion: Oberon van ‘t Lohof

    Name: Oberon van't Lohof

    Sire: Eldorado van de Zeshoek

    Dam: Ditto

    Damsire: Winningmood van de Arenberg

    Birth Year: 2014

    Size: 166 cm

    Colour: Bay

    Honorific: D-WFFS1, D-OC

    Breeder: Dimfa Stadeus, Eksaarde, Belgium

    Owners: Cathal McMunn & James O’Grady

    Inspection Scores:

    8.0 Pedigree

    7.5 Type

    8.0 Topline

    7.5 Forelegs

    7.5 Hindlegs

    6.0 Walk

    6.0 Trot

    8.0 Canter

    8.0 Elasticity

    8.0 Athleticism

    8.0 Jumping Technique

    8.0 Jumping Scope

    8.5 Jumping Reflexes

    8.0 Balance

    8.0 Rideability

    Comments: Oberon van’t Lohof is a careful stallion with a nice front and dry legs. He could be built slightly less downhill. His canter is functional and elastic; the length of stride is sufficient; and it has good balance and power. Oberon van’t Lohof jumps with good technique, scope, and reflexes. His balance and rideability are good.

    Breeding Recommendation: Oberon van’t Lohof will suit a variety of mares. Mares with size, a good walk, and a good trot should benefit from the stallions good canter, rideability, and jumping traits.

    Semen: Oberon van’t Lohof is not standing at public stud in 2018. His semen will be frozen before the 2019 breeding season.

  • 7 June 2018

    Two More WSI Approved Stallions Tested WFFS1-Free

    The WSI Approved Stallions Clarcon (Casall x Cassini I) and Grand Marnier (Steinburg x Mister Glitter xx) are not carriers of the WFFS1 mutated allele. They have been awarded the D-WFFS1 honorific by WSI along with eleven other stallions. There is one Approved Stallion still being tested

    Mare owners may use these stallions confident that they cannot sire a foal that may die from Warmblood Fragile Foal Syndrome. Likewise the foal cannot be a carrier of WFFS1 unless the mare herself is a carrier.

    To date every stallion, mare, and foal tested by WSI is a non-carrier and is free of the WFFS1 mutated allele.

  • 30 May 2018

    Questions about Warmblood Fragile Foal Syndrome?

    WSI Breeding Director Dr. Thomas Reed interviews Dr. Nena Winand, who first identified the mutated gene associated with Warmblood Fragile Foal Syndrome (WFFS1). The interview will appear soon in Horse International magazine (2018 Issue 4). Many thanks to Marilyn Powell for allowing us to use the graphic at the end of the interview.

    Download the file:

    http://www.irish-warmblood.com/pdf/NenaWinandInterview.pdf

  • 30 May 2018

    WSI Report 71

    Soon to appear in Horse International.

    Download the file:

    http://www.irish-warmblood.com/WSIreports/WSIReport71.pdf

  • 28 May 2018

    Irish Warmblood Filly

    LSS Julietta (Diamant de Semilly - WSI Approved Mare Tosca x Cassini I).
    Bred by Luke Cafolla.

  • 28 May 2018

    Irish Warmblood Filly

    LSS Jovellana (Cornet Obolensky - WSI Approved Mare Tosca by Cassini I).
    Bred by Luke Cafolla.

    Video:

    https://www.facebook.com/luke.cafolla/posts/10211995841547795

  • 28 May 2018

    Irish Warmblood Colt

    Irish Warmblood Colt

    Bred by Noel Kilroy.

  • 27 May 2018

    Congratulations to Team Hector

    Second place in the Rome Grand Prix! Congratulations to owner Noel Delahunty, breeder Hugo Boelens, and rider Bertram Allen and his team.

    Hector van d'Abdijhoeve was approved by WSI as a 5-year-old.

    If you have mares breeding within the Warmblood Studbook of Ireland, or stallions approved before 2016, or Irish Warmblood foals or youngsters, you can have them tested for the genes associated with osteochondrosis.

    Horses with good scores in the OC test are less likely than average to produce progeny with chips caused by genetics.

    Join the eight Irish Warmblood breeders in the month of May who ordered tests for their horses.

    Application: http://bit.ly/D-OC

  • 24 May 2018

    Worried about bone chips?

    Be on the cutting edge of equine genomics with WSI & KWPN.

    Evaluate your horses with the DNA-OC test.

    If you have mares breeding within the Warmblood Studbook of Ireland, or stallions approved before 2016, or Irish Warmblood foals or youngsters, you can have them tested for the genes associated with osteochondrosis.

    Horses with good scores in the OC test are less likely than average to produce progeny with chips caused by genetics.

    Join the eight Irish Warmblood breeders in the month of May who ordered tests for their horses.

    Application: http://bit.ly/D-OC

  • 24 May 2018

    Mare Inspections for KT Discussion Groups

    WSI offers mare inspections to members of KT Equine Discussion Groups and other breeders at Glenamaddy Equestrian Centre on 12 June. Please apply by 4 June. No WSI membership is required for mares inspected for the Genetic Development Program.

  • 24 May 2018

    WFFS Testing for Irish Sport Horses

    Research and testing suggest that approximately 10% of sport horses carry the defective gene associated with Warmblood Fragile Foal Syndrome 1.

    WSI is offering testing services to ISH breeders for mares, stallions, and foals.

    Our all-inclusive price of €65 includes the following services:

    • WSI will pay the lab charge plus VAT;
    • WSI will send the hair sample to the lab by registered post;
    • WSI will send you by email the lab test result;
    • WSI will explain to you by email how to interpret the test result.
    • WSI will assign an inspector you can telephone to discuss how you can move forward in your breeding program to minimise or eliminate the risk of producing a foal that dies from WFFS1.
    • WSI will keep the test result strictly confidential - it will be disclosed only to you.

    If you have a sport horse stallion or mare, and especially a horse with one or more warmbloods in the pedigree, the best practice is to have your horse tested. Contact WSI today if you'd like help testing your horses and support to understand how to move forward.

    Download the Application Form: http://bit.ly/WFFS-nmniw

  • 24 May 2018

    WSI Procedures for WFFS1 Test

    1. WSI inspectors take a DNA sample from every stallion and mare we inspect for approval. Those samples are used to perform the WFFS1 tests and parentage tests ordered by WSI.

    2. In the case of stallions and mares, WSI awards the WFFS1 honorific to N/N horses tested on order by WSI or on order by a fellow WBFSH member studbook that uses the same lab WSI uses (or, if a different lab, WSI has confidence in that lab). Results from tests controlled by the horse owner cannot be accepted.

    3. If an additional DNA sample is required to perform the WFFS1 test on a stallion the sample must be taken by a WSI inspector who at the same time has validated the stallion’s identity through his marking chart and microchip.

    4. WFFS1 tests and parentage verifications are done on a foal using one DNA sample (or on a split of one DNA sample if the two tests are done at different labs). If the foal has been inspected by WSI the DNA sample is taken during the inspection; if the foal has not been inspected the DNA sample is taken by the veterinary surgeon at the same time the marking chart is completed and the microchip is inserted.

  • 22 May 2018

    WFFS1 Test Results for First Group of WSI Approved Stallions:

    All Non-Carriers

    Today we received the test results for the first group of WSI Approved Stallions. Ten stallions were tested by WSI and one stallion was tested by another studbook. All eleven have been certified as non-carriers of the defective gene associated with Warmblood Fragile Foal Syndrome (WFFS1).

    Ai Weiwei m2s (Wang Chung m2s x Lanthano x Caramel xx)

    Asian Tiger m2s (Wang Chung m2s x Roselier xx x Boreen xx)

    Ballistic m2s (Ekstein x Condios x Cor de la Bryere)

    Goodluck VDL (Baltic VDL x Cassini I x Lord)

    Greenvale Draco (Dick Z x Voltaire x Uppercut xx)

    Guinness (Nabab de Reve x Katell xx x Nimmerdor)

    Hector van d'Abdijhoeve (Cabrio van de Heffinck x Utrillo van de Heffinck x Fuego du Prelet)

    Hitchcock van Overis (Darco x Corrado I x Schampus xx)

    Indigo VDL (Inshallah de Muze x Stakkato x Contendro I)

    Ulysses m2s (Ekstein x Voltaire x Le Mexico)

    Wang Chung m2s (Royal Bravour x Ahorn x Erdball xx)

  • 20 May 2018

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  • 13 May 2018

    Irish Warmblood Colt

    Jägerbomb PH (Womanizer x Desir du Chateau x Condios x Calvados) is owned and bred by Paul Hughes. This 5-week-old colt is for sale, and the mare and foal can be purchased together upon request.

    Video:

    https://www.facebook.com/paul.hughes.3344/videos/10156395974642258/

  • 13 May

    WSI Institutes Mandatory DNA-WFFS Testing for Stallions, Mares, and Foals

    Proposed Rules Overwhelmingly Ratified by Members in Referendum

    Horses Free of the WFFS Gene to be Awarded D-WFFS Honorific

    Warmblood Studbook of Ireland recently began addressing Warmblood Fragile Foal Syndrome (WFFS) by requesting all owners of Approved Stallions, Approved Mares, and Studbook Mares to voluntarily have their animals tested for the WFFS gene through WSI. WSI also requested funding from the Department of Agriculture for a breeder education program and to test the entire Irish Warmblood population.

    However a voluntary testing system is not sufficient to identify and control the disease in any population (to date there have been no WFFS cases reported to WSI). Therefore the following additions to WSI Studbook Rules were proposed to our members last week (WSI has members in thirteen countries), and all proposed rules were ratified by the indicated vote tallies:

    1) All Approved Stallions must be tested for the gene associated with Warmblood Fragile Foal Syndrome (WFFS) to maintain their approval. Approved Stallions that pass the test and are free of the gene (N/N) will be awarded the honorific D-WFFS and their status will be publicly highlighted by the Studbook. Approved Stallions that do not pass the test (N/WFFS) will be placed on a list available to Members in Good Standing. Approved Stallions whose owners do not cooperate in the testing program will lose their approval. Stallions going through the approval process will be tested after Stage 1 if they were not tested earlier.

    Yes 260
    No 0

    All Approved Mares must be tested for the gene associated with Warmblood Fragile Foal Syndrome to maintain their approval. Approved Mares that pass the test and are free of the gene (N/N) will be awarded the honorific D-WFFS. Approved Mares that do not pass the test (N/WFFS) will be placed on a list available to Members in Good Standing. Approved Mares whose owners do not cooperate in the testing program will lose their approval. Mares going through the approval process will be tested.

    Yes 258
    No 2

    All Studbook Mares must be tested for the gene associated with Warmblood Fragile Foal Syndrome to maintain their status. Studbook Mares that pass the test and are free of the gene (N/N) will be awarded the honorific D-WFFS. Studbook Mares that do not pass the test (N/WFFS) will be placed on a list available to Members in Good Standing. Studbook Mares whose owners do not cooperate in the testing program will lose their status as Studbook Mares. Mares being evaluated for Studbook Mare status will be tested.

    Yes 260
    No 0

    Foals sired by stallions awarded the D-WFFS honorific (or otherwise proven to be N/N) and out of mares awarded the D-WFFS honorific (or otherwise proven to be N/N) will not be tested during the registration process and will be awarded the D-WFFS honorific. Foals out of mares awarded the D-WFFS honorific (or otherwise proven to be N/N) but sired by stallions whose status is unknown will be tested during the foal registration process and will be awarded the D-WFFS honorific if free of the WFFS gene (N/N). Foals sired by stallions awarded the D-WFFS honorific (or otherwise proven to be N/N) but out of mares whose status is unknown will be tested during the foal registration process and will be awarded the D-WFFS honorific if free of the WFFS gene (N/N). Foals having two untested parents will be tested to determine if they are carriers (N/WFFS) or free of the gene (N/N); in the latter case they will be awarded the D-WFFS honorific. Foals having known carrier parents (WFFS/WFFS) will be tested to determine if they are carriers (N/WFFS), and their breeders will be advised by the Breeding Director to avoid breeding known carriers to one another. The foal’s status with respect to the WFFS gene will be included on its zootechnical certificate: D-WFFS (N/N) or Carrier (N/WFFS).

    Yes 260
    No 0

    Members are required to report to the Studbook within 48 hours of its death any foal that appeared to have symptoms of WFFS. Members are also required to send to WSI a DNA sample of 30-40 hairs from the foal suspected of dying from WFFS. This sample will be tested.

    Yes 260
    No 0

    Members pledge to take steps to ensure that they do not breed a carrier stallion to a carrier mare.

    Yes 260
    No 0

    Our members’ overwhelming support for these rules, despite there being no reported cases of WFFS in our population, shows once again that WSI and our members are committed to building a progressive studbook; developing a population that is healthy, sound, and excels in sport; and using genomics and other scientific methods as an integral component of our selection program. The adopted rules have been incorporated into WSI’s Studbook Rules as of 13 May 2018.

  • 12 May

    Grand Marnier Wins CNC1*

    The 2012 WSI Approved Stallion Grand Marnier (by Steinburg [TRAK] and out of Glitters Dream Girl [AA] by Mister Glitter xx) won the CNC1* at Kircubbin by finishing on his dressage score of 22.75 penalty points. Bred by Lori Whitley and owned by Mandy Driesch, the stallion was produced by Ross O'Hare and is now ridden by international eventing rider Declan Cullen. Semen is available by contacting the owner.

  • 7 May

    Referendum on Rule Changes

    Today WSI wrote to our Members to ask you to vote on six proposed additions to our Studbook Rules concerning Warmblood Fragile Foal Syndrome (WFFS). (Significant rule changes must be approved by our Members.) Please check your email inbox now and cast your vote via return email before 5 pm on 12 May.

    If you would like become part of Ireland's progressive breeding community, and enjoy all the benefits WSI and KWPN offer our members, please join today. If your membership has lapsed please contact us today to renew. Both new members and renewing members can also participate in this referendum.

  • 4 May

    WSI Takes Proactive Steps to Address WFFS

    Warmblood Fragile Foal Syndrome (WFFS) has been in the news recently. It is an inherited disorder caused by a single mutation in a gene. There is no cure for the disease, and foals either die or are euthanized shortly after birth.

    A foal may develop WFFS only if it inherits the defective gene from BOTH parents. When both the mare and the stallion are carriers of the defective gene, there is a 25% chance that the foal will suffer from WFFS and die; a 50% chance it will become carrier of the defective gene but not develop the disease itself; and 25% chance it will be normal (not inherit the defective gene and not suffer from WFFS). Horses that carry one copy of this recessive gene are normal but they can transmit the mutation to 50% of their offspring.

    A stallion or mare that carries the defective gene does not have to be excluded from breeding, but it is unwise, and perhaps irresponsible, to cross two carriers. Therefore it is important that owners, breeders, and studbook officials know the status of fillies, mares, and stallions in their population.

    The Warmblood Studbook of Ireland has never been informed of a case of WFFS in our population, and we are unaware of any Irish Warmblood foals that have died with symptoms similar to WFFS.

    However we are committed to proactive steps to ensure the health of our population, to maintain the confidence of buyers of Irish Warmbloods, and to continue to be in the forefront of scientific and genomic selection.

    Therefore WSI took the following actions this week:

    On Tuesday we wrote to two Assistant Secretaries in the Department of Agriculture, Food & the Marine (DAFM) and asked if they would be be open to receiving a funding application from WSI to investigate the prevalence of the defective gene in our population and to deliver an education program to breeders. We await a reply.

    On Friday we wrote to owners of Approved Stallions and asked them to participate in a voluntary testing program for stallions. Stallions that pass the DNA test will be awarded an honorific to send a clear signal to breeders and buyers that the stallion cannot produce progeny with the defective gene.

    On Friday we wrote to owners of Approved Mares and Studbook Mares with a similar proposal.

    The early responses to our proposals by both mare owners and stallion owners have been positive.

    WSI is on the forefront of using DNA analyses to protect the integrity and health of our population. Every foal has been parentage tested since our founding in 2009. Likewise every stallion and mare evaluated to be named an Approved Stallion, Approved Mare, or Studbook Mare must have its parentage verified before it can breed within our population. And since 2016 WSI has tested for the genes associated with osteochondrosis using the genomic technology developed by our partner, the KWPN.

    Our new initiative to address WFFS is another step in our path toward building a healthy, world-class population with the support and participation of our members.

  • 27 April

    King's Day Celebration at Dutch Embassy

    Today Dawn Kelly and Tom Reed visited the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands at the invitation of Ambassador Peter Kok and Terry Kok van de Kemp. It was a lively event with diplomats and guests from all over the world. We were treated to vocal performances of Amhrán na bhFiann and Het Wilhelmus before lifting a glass to the health of King Willem-Alexander. Wishing all the best to our Dutch friends and colleagues on King’s Day!

  • 24 April

    Galbraith Appointed WSI Representative on Lanaken Committee

    WSI is pleased to announce that Ms. Nicole Galbraith will serve as our representative on HSI's World Breeding Championship - Showjumping Committee.

    WSI directors and members thank Nicole for accepting this important role.

  • 23 April

    Driesch Appointed WSI Representative on Lion d'Angers Committee

    WSI is pleased to announce that Ms. Mandy Driesch will serve as our representative on HSI's World Breeding Championship - Eventing Committee.

    WSI directors and members thank Mandy for accepting this important role.

  • 23 April

    Dutch Ambassador Visits WSI's Stallion Inspection

    At the Stage 2 Inspections last Thursday we had the pleasure of welcoming Ambassador Peter Kok and two of his colleagues from the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Ireland.

    Ambassador Kok, Mr. Stijn Bijleveld, and Mr. Coen Boutesteijn were interested in learning more about Irish Warmbloods, WSI, and our partnership with the KWPN.

    It was an honour to welcome Ambassador Kok and his colleagues. Ambassador Kok's particular area of interest is agriculture policy. He is very much focused on the impact of Brexit on the sector.

  • 23 April

    Grand Marnier Places 3rd in CNC1*

    WSI Approved Stallion Grand Marnier and Declan Cullen placing 3rd last weekend in the CNC1* event at Tyrella.

    This stallion is fulfilling the WSI sport requirements, and his approval has been affirmed for the next twelve months. We look forward to registering his first crop of foals this year.

    It was an honour to welcome Ambassador Kok and his colleagues. Ambassador Kok's particular area of interest is agriculture policy. He is very much focused on the impact of Brexit on the sector.

  • 22 April

    Results of Stage 2 & Stage 3 Inspections

    Fourteen stallions were invited to the Stage 2 Inspection last Thursday, 9 came, and eight were permitted to advance to Stage 3 on Friday.

    Five stallions passed Stage 3 and were accepted for Stage 4.

    Stage 4 is the clinical and radiographic exams, laboratory tests, genomic profile, and DNA test for osteochondrosis.

    Stallions that pass Stage 4 will be named WSI Approved Stallions and be licensed for one year.

    Stallions will be required to fulfill sport and progeny requirements, and they all will be required to appear before the inspectors in 2019 so their development can be assessed and monitored. Stallions that show good development will have their license renewed.

    WSI thanks the owners, breeders, riders, handlers, and grooms. And we thank the Byrne Family and their fantastic staff at CoilOg Equestrian Centre who helped to make our two days of inspections efficient, safe, and welcoming.