Horse Previews Magazine website - Posted on 06/05/2001; 2:00:00PM.


Once again, it is going to be a dynamic year for the Wishing Star Foundation! This year marks the nineteenth Annual Stallion Services Auction and Gallop is well under way. There will be 44 champion stallions lined up for the August 18, 2001 event.

Last August this event was held in Spokane, Washington and netted over $80,000 for the Wishing Star Foundation. It is the largest all-breed Stallion Service Auction of its kind on the West Coast, and number one fundraising event for Wishing Star, a nonprofit organization that grants "wishes" to children with life threatening illnesses. With the help of Gallop Coordinator, Barbara Turner, each year Horse Previews - Wishing Star Gallop's exclusive equine magazine - updates you months prior to the Gallop event with behind-the-scene preparation and participating stallions.

The line-up is complete and Wishing Star Gallop is pleased to announce the Arabian, Hanoverian, & Appaloosa Stallions. Once again "Gallop" promises to offer one of the most exciting years of quality stallions for the auction.


PADRONS MAHOGANY: The highest selling Arabian stallion service of last years 2000 Gallop auction is back once again in our 2001 line up. Wishing Star feels blessed to have this Canadian National Futurity winner, a multi-champion halter and English Pleasure horse; and more importantly, one of the fastest up-and-coming young sires in the breed today. That statement is evidenced by his 1993 UNANIMOUS FIRST PLACE GET-OF-SIRE win at Scottsdale - where he sired one Champion, one Reserve Champion, and three Top Tens. From 1990 to 1998, his foals have earned more than 200 championships at halter and 100 in performance at class "A" shows, and are now winning Nationally at Halter and Performance! Very impressive for such a young stallion! His grand get are also winning, as evidenced most recently at Scottsdale 1997, as well as in 1994. Four of the Jr. Championships were of this breeding. Three of his sons and two of his daughters have been National Futurity winners to date. Padrons Mahogany combines a blend of Russian, Polish, and American blood. Over the past several years, Padrons Mahogany has had over 100 bookings per breeding season in the U.S. and Europe. He is owned by Padrons Mahogany Group and stands at Grand Arabian Farm in Grand Rapids, Michigan for $2,500.

BACHELOR BEY: 1991 Junior and Senior Champion stallion as a two-year-old. 1992 Region 5 Top 5 Halter Stallion. Sired by "JA Magnificat++" a multiple Champion and US National Top Ten Driving horse. His dam is a "Bey Shah+" daughter. Bachelor Bey is called "The Cross Of The Future." His offspring are following in his footsteps. Winning titles such as Sweepstakes Regional Champion, and Futurity Champion. He is an International Arabian Breeders Sweepstakes Sire. Owned by Sheri Boito of Spokane, Washington. "Bachelor Bey" stands for $1,500.

GH GENUINE MAHOGANY: The "Gallop" rarely invites a 2 year-old colt to participate in the auction, but he is a rare, young and promising upcoming stallion. Wishing Star is honored to have this Multi-Champion colt in the 2000 line-up. Sired by an International acclaim stallion, his bottom side offers such greats as "Desirea" and "Bayetta," both Champions and producers of Champions and winners at the National Championships. "GH Genuine Mahogany" was awarded Top Ten in both the United States and Canada in the IAHA Breeders Sweepstakes Colt Championships. He will continue in the show arena to establish and maintain his presence in both breeding and in the performance divisions. "GH Genuine Mahogany" is a Sweepstakes Nominated Sire. He stands for $1,500 and is owned by Glenn & Nancy Youmans of Spokane, Washington.


WINNETOU: Once again, Wishing Star Gallop offers one of the most sought after stallions for the Warmblood enthusiasts. Winnetou is a 17 hand, 1994 double Black Hanoverian Stallion. He was imported from Germany and is sired by "Nequen", out of a Wienerwald/Domspatz mother. Winnetou is a proven producer with over 120 foals on the ground. He is fully approved for AWS and his foals already earned him the third star in the 5 Star Recognition Program. Winnetou is licensed with RPSI and is AWR approved and performance tested as well. Winnetou consistently stamps his offspring not only with size, conformation and movement, but most importantly with his kind and willing attitude. He is owned by Patrick and Marion O'Connor of Careywood, Idaho, and will stand the 2002 breeding season for $1,000.

EUROPE: This beautiful stallion was imported to the U.S. in March of 1998. His dam is "Winzerin;" his sire is "Espri," who was the Hanoverian Stallion of the Year in 1995. Shortly after performing for his RPSI licensing in the fall of 2000, "Europe," spent three months training with Dean Voigt in California doing well at Liberty. "Europe," still on the move has recently taken up residence in Colorado, training and competing under the skilled handling of Robin Cole. He is beginning his Dressage career, competing in USDF shows at First Level. The year 2000 introduced his first foal crop with instant success. One of his sons, "Elijah", received Supreme status in his AWS inspection with the highest score of 82.45. In September 2000 "Europe" was successfully licensed with the Rheinland-Pfalz-Saar Registry. This is very exciting for his owners as his foals will now be eligible for that registry and receive German issued papers. In addition foals may be eligible to be registered with the American Warmblood Society, the American Warmblood Registry or the Pinto Horse Association. "Europe's" owners are, Don & Holli Lyons of Gaston, Oregon. He is standing for $900.


MR RE SKIP: Several time Wishing Star Gallop's highest selling Appaloosa Stallion Service is back in the lineup for our 2002 Gallop Auction. "Mr. Re Skip" is the 1997 Canadian National Champion Two-Year Old Halter Stallion, and the 1997 Reserve Canadian National Champion Sr. Grand Champion Stallion. He was Gallop's highest selling Appaloosa service in 1997, 1998 & 2000. His record includes 1995 ApHC World Champion Halter Horse - 3rd Place, he has won over $10,000 in Futurities; was 3rd in Non-Pro Yearling Colts at the 1996 National Show; Champion of Champions Stallion at the Tall Timber Circuit in 1996; and holds his ROM's in Non-Pro and Open Halter. He has a high background of color, including leopards. He is sired by two-time National Champion, two-time World Champion, two-time National Champion Get Of Sire, "Mister Re." His dam "Magna Bay," is the producer of a Reserve World Champion, top three placers at the World; and dam of three foals that have won over $100,000 in Futurity money. "Mr Re Skips" foals are repeating history as they too have made over $4,500. in Futurity money. "Mr Re Skip" is in the Breeders Trust, and is proudly owned by, Double L Ranch - Lonny & Linda Bitton of Post Falls, Idaho. He presently stands for a Private Treaty. With a limited booking to only ten outside mares, this service donated will be one of only two available to obtain. Don't miss out!

WAP SPOTTED: New to the auction this year comes an American dynasty. "Wap Spotted" is a founding stallion of the Appaloosa Sport Horse Association, and a two-time Maryland Horse Show Association High Point Champion. He is registered with the American Warmblood Society, the Appaloosa Horse Club, and the American Warmblood Registry. His striking Appaloosa markings have made him a big hit in the traditional world of Warmbloods. "Wap Spotted" has become the standard of the "new generation" of Appaloosa Sporthorses. As a "Medallion" sire, he has had a profound effect on the breeding of many horses. In fact, his real claim to fame lies in his get. He consistently sires athletic and brightly colored winners at both ApHC events and on the highly conservative AHSA rated circuits. His progeny of winning athletes include "Wap's Con Game" and Dressage at Devon champions, "NF Theodore" and "Wapsicle." Another honor bestowed upon "Wap Spotted" was being chosen as part of "Bryers" 50th Anniversary lineup! He and his progeny have been featured in many publications, calendars, and exhibits. "Wap Spotted" resides at Kismet Farms in Hanover, Pennsylvania where he currently stands for $1,400.

IMPRESS ME SHANON: It is with a great sense of pride that Wishing Star is pleased to offer the Appaloosa breeders (for the first time in many years) a Nationals & World Champion Stallion. "Impress Me Shanon" is the 1993 ApHC World Champion Three-Year-Old Stallion. He returned to the show ring the following year to earn himself another title as the 1994 American Nationals Champion Four-Year-Old Stallion. He is sired by "Impressive Shanon", a "Prince Shannon" son. His dam is "Impress Me Josie" an own daughter of "Impressive Mint", out of a "Mighty Bright" daughter, "May-Bee Bright". Is there any wonder why this tremendous stallion - himself a World and Nationals Champion - is also producing Reserve World Champion offspring? Such is true of "Shanonator," multiple halter futurity wins as a yearling gelding, Reserve ApHC World Champion Two-Year-Old Hunt Seat Champion; "Shamber," Reserve ApHC World Champion Two-Year-Old Hunt Seat Champion; "Shantactic," Nationals & World Champion - 3rd Place - both as a yearling and again as a Two-Year-Old, Top Ten in the Worlds in multiple performance events; "Im Gold To Impress," Top Five at the World in Two-Year-Old Halter Mares. Obviously these are offspring that have proven themselves to halter and ride successfully. Not enough can be said about this magnificent Nationals & World Champion stallion, "Impress Me Shanon". Appaloosa breeder, here's the opportunity of a lifetime! "Impress Me Shanon" is owned by Devon Farms (Mark & Deanna Akins) of Purcell, Oklahoma, standing for a fee of $1,000.

Clearly we can see that Gallop Coordinator, Barbara Turner has secured an impressive lineup of stallions for these breeds. With the help of Barbara, over the next several months, prior to the August 18th Wishing Star Gallop Stallion Services Auction, we will be updating you on the progress of the auction and wishes of some very "special" children.

Hi everyone! As Gallop Coordinator, I feel it is going to be another great year for Wishing Star and the Gallop. The line up of stallions this year is one of the strongest we have ever had. Again this year, the Gallop Auction will be offered on the Internet! You will be able to research everything you need to know on each stallion.

Research his pedigree, see his photo, read up on background information, and check out his normal standing fees.

You will even be able to bid by email on any of these fine stallions allowing you to participate if you are unnable to attend the event! This link to our Wishing Star web site should be up and running in June. You can locate us at: http://Wishingstar.org. This year will be special as it marks the nineteenth year for Gallop!! If you have not been to our event - mark your calendars. If you attended before do not miss out on attending this year's event - it promises to be very exciting!

Since our sale will offer services to breeds who will transport semen such as our Arabians, Paints, Hanoverian, Appaloosas, and Quarter Horses, I'd like to talk to you about the importance of transported semen and mare care when buying a service. Please take the time to read on and educate yourself on transported and live cover.

Shop and do homework on the selection of your stallion service, the facility where your mare will be going - or costs involved with transporting semen before purchasing a service. Our Internet web page and link to the auction is the easiest way for you to do this research. You need to be aware that the service you purchase from Wishing Star does not include mare care, or transported semen fees, that is a contract between the stallion owner and yourself. They will provide you with a mare care or transported semen contract from their facility. Although it is not required for the stallion owners to send any mare care contracts, feel free to contact my office to see if I have any information on breeding contracts of stallions you're interested in before notifying the farms. Generally we have some information on transported semen costs with some of our stallions. Check this information out on our web site. You will be able to e-mail the farms directly for all this information. With transported semen being accepted in so many breeds today, it is important that you understand the procedures before taking on the task.

If you plan to breed your mare with transported cooled semen, you are likely to follow a process to order semen that will be used by most stallion farms. The more research you do, the more it will help you learn about the stallion farm's procedures and costs and the more communication you have with the farm before you need to order semen will increase your success. Most farms will accept credit cards to pay for various fees.

Here are eighteen important points you will want to know when transporting semen:

1. Get a uterine culture done on your mare and have her checked for reproductive soundness before starting your transport.

2. Be aware of the breeding season months in which the stallion stands at stud. Some farms may not start breeding before March or April, some not after June or July. You will also have those stallions that are out being shown.

3. Call the farm. Many farms want their veterinarian to talk with your veterinarian to ensure that your mare is under appropriate care and that the semen will be capably handled.

4. With transported semen you'll want to know how much the collection fee is per shipment; and how many separate shipments that cost will cover. Sometimes a shipped semen fee will cover one, two or up to three shipments. Others may charge per shipment. Be sure you know what your shipments will run per container. Often this is called a "shipped semen fee", and can run from $100 to $500., depending on the farm.

5. You should know what each additional shipment will run you in the event your mare did not conceive with what has been sent. Many breeding farms only allow you three shipments per breeding season. With others, it may be unlimited shipments. Be sure you know this information from your transported breeding contract.

6. What (if any) additional costs will be in a "handler's fee" for transported semen. Sometimes it is a one-time collection per breeding season, others charge with each shipment.

7. How much will the refundable equitainer deposit be? Many farms offer a reusable-shipping container and charge a deposit to ensure you return the container. Generally it runs around $250.

8. How much is shipped semen for re-breeding the following year - if applicable.

9. What method of payment is required. Most farms will require that you pay for the shipped semen, handler's fee, method of shipping fees, and refundable deposit before they ship the semen.

10. Check to make sure of what kind of semen will be available - cooled or frozen.

11. Know how your semen will be shipped: in an Equitainer or Disposable Container. Disposable containers are great for short distance transportation or local hand carrying. Depending on distance and weather for the time of year you are shipping, disposable containers are not as reliable as an Equitainer when it comes to long distances. Disposable shipping containers cannot be opened by airport security without significant changes in cooling rate or internal temperature. All disposable semen shipping containers will undergo significant fluctuations in temperature if turned upside-down during transport or moved from cool to hot places. For the above reasons, disposable shipping containers are not recommended for shipping by commercial carriers. If disposable containers are the only method for transport from your interested stallions breeding farm, and is operated from a long distance location, discuss this with your veterinarian for advice.

12. Know how many days prior to the day a shipment is required that you notify the farm. Some farms might want you to call them on the first day of the mare's estrus cycle to tentatively schedule a shipping date for the semen. This will give the stallion farm an idea of the demand for semen on each day when the stallion is being collected.

13. Know how their shipping semen - UPS, Overnight Federal Express, Overnight Air, etc. A lot depends on how you and your vet want it shipped. Do not forget to ask for a tracking number, if one is available, so you can find the shipment if it is delayed.

14. Make sure you know what days the farm collects and has available semen to be shipped. Many farms only collect on a Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. Others will collect upon request.

15. Timing is crucial! Make sure you have a veterinarian who is experienced in transported semen breeding. He or she must be well versed in A. I. procedures and reproductive work. The time of ovulation and the time of insemination must be perfect. Do your research on finding a vet with a good track record in successfully settling mares through transported semen.

16. Make sure - in advance, that you know when your mare is ovulating - and that the farm will have a mare in heat, at their facility, to use when collecting the semen. Some stallions do not need to be collected with a mare in heat. Ask the farm about the stallion you're breeding to, and if this will be a problem depending on when your mare cycles in.

17. Know - from the breeding farm what the motility rate is upon collection of shipped semen to you. Make sure to have your vet check the motility rate after inseminating your mare. This information is very important and crucial in your success of transported semen. If it is low, make sure you or your vet contacts the breeding farm to discuss that with them before having them ship another container to you. If you do not communicate with the breeding farm, they will not know there is a problem to fix. Repeat this procedure with each shipment. Good communication between the sending farm and the mare management facility is absolutely essential for success in the use of transported cooled semen. Coordinating semen shipments will take planning and cooperation.

18. Check your mare at 16 days to see if she is pregnant. Breeding a mare with cooled semen involves a different set of charges that cover the stallion farm's costs of preparing, packaging, and shipping semen. Breeding with transported cooled semen is a team effort requiring the expertise of qualified professionals. With your goal probably being to produce a healthy foal in the most efficient, cost effective way, you certainly need to do everything in your power to prevent undue expense, loss of valuable time and disappointment. Transported cooled semen makes it possible for breeders to arrange mating between horses that might otherwise be impractical due to such factors as distance, economics or health of mares and/or foals. Staying at home to be bred insures the mares health, and special concerns since foals are particularly vulnerable to diseases and injury when exposed to other horses and strange environments. Mares with required special care due to age, injuries or other infirmities may also benefit from staying closer to home being bred with transported cooled semen. Today's breeding technology provides horse owners more options in the selection of stallions than were ever available in the past. The doors of opportunity are open. The choice is yours.

When taking your mare to the farm to be bred. Consider and check out these important points...

1. Know how much the mare care will daily run you, wet or dry.

2. Make sure you know how they will breed your mare. Hand bred, pasture bred, or A.I. bred. If your mare is best bred any of the ways above - make sure they can accommodate you.

3. Know how many days during the week the farm will breed. Some only breed three days a week, some service the mares at all times.

4. If possible, drive out and visit with the farm manager and stallion owner. This way you can see the facilities, and feel comfortable that your mare will be in good hands. Know where and how your mare will be cared for.

5. Ask what kind of a feeding program they will have available for your mare.

6. If you have a foal at the mare's side, look over their breeding operation to know how the foal will be handled during the teasing and breeding of your mare.

7. Make sure you know the stallions breeding season months.

8. Ask how soon in advance they want you to notify them that your mare is coming.

9. Ask the farm what they will require of your mare's health verification before breeding.

10. If you are breeding to a local stallion, find out who will be the attending vet.

11. Before purchasing a service - at the very least - make sure that your mare is halter broke and can be handled by others.

12. Ask about re-breeds the following year - if applicable. Check to see if re-breeds will be charged an additional "handlers fee".

We hope this information will help you in your decision when purchasing a stud service. We all realize that once our mare leaves home, we mare owners are no longer in control. However remember, bringing an unbroken, unmanageable mare to be bred because you could not do anything else with her, does not make that mare the best candidate to be bred. As important the stallion is to his owners, stallion owners realize the importance of your mare.

We promise to keep you up-to-date on behind the scene happenings with Gallop 2001 in the forth coming editions of Horse Previews. Wishing Star Gallop, a most worthy cause and opportunity for all involved!

Count Your Blessings! Sincerely, Barbara J. Turner

Wishing Star Gallop Coordinator * 509-466-8719

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