JUNE 1998 BACK ISSUE
Part of Horse Previews Magazine website. Posted on 6/5/98; 2:00:00PM.
Wishing Star Gallop Gears Up For 1998
Once again, it's going to be a dynamic year for the Wishing Star Foundation! This year marks the sixteenth Annual Stallion Services Auction.
Gallop is well under way. There will be 40 champion stallions lined back up for the August 15, 1998 event.
Last August this event held in Spokane, Washington netted over $62,000. for the Wishing Star Foundation. It is the largest all-breed Stallion Service Auction of its kind in 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 only exclusive equine magazine - up-dates you months prior to the Gallop event with behind the scene preparation and stallions participating.
The line-up is completed and Wishing Star Gallop is pleased to announce in this issue its Arabian, Hanoverian, & Appaloosa Stallions. Once again "Gallop" promises to offer one of the most exciting years of quality stallions to be offered at the auction.
ETERNETY: Back in the Gallop line-up, proudly Wishing Star Gallop's multiple top selling stallion service - U.S. National Champion Halter Stallion - Eternety! This magnificent stallion has also held the Triple Crown Reserve title in 1993 as Scottsdale, Canadian, and U.S. Reserve National Champion Halter Stallion; 1992 U.S. Reserve National Champion Stallion; 1991 Canadian National Futurity Champion; Scottsdale Junior Champion and Reserve Grand Champion; and Canadian National Futurity Champion. Eternety is the sire of Scottsdale; Ohio Buckeye, Futurity, Scottsdale Top Ten, Regional, Incentive, and Sweepstakes Champions. No other young stallion in the National Show Ring has this record as a sire! Eternety is owned by Bad Barn Arabians in Hudson, Wisconsin and stands for $2,000. In our fight to make wishes come true, Steve & Kim Erickson have graciously blessed us with our sixth service to be offered to Eternety. This stallion and his owners have made countless dreams come true for our children!
ZODIAC MATADOR+: One of the greatest Arabian Park Horses of all time. He is a two-time U.S. National Champion Park Horse, and Canadian National Champion Park Horse. First *Bask++ son to win the U.S. National Champion Park title twice. He is also the Buckeye Champion Park Horse and Star World Champion Park Horse. Zodiac Matador+ holds the highest percentage of National winners of any stallion currently at public stud. He is producing as a sire - motion horses. All of his champions to date have won in the English division! He has sired Regional, U.S. and Canadian National Champions in English Pleasure, Informal Combination, Park Horse, Pleasure Driving, and Country Pleasure Driving. Wishing Star's highest selling Arabian stallion service at last year's auction, he is owned by Tom Chauncey Arabians of Scottsdale, Arizona and stands for $5,000.
STAR OF FAME V: Canadian Reserve National Champion Halter Stallion; U.S. Top Ten Stallion; Regional Champion in two regions; Buckeye Reserve Champion Stallion; and multiple Class "A" Halter Championships. In addition to these titles, he won his required performance points when he won his Country English Pleasure class at the prestigious Scottsdale show. He is sired by "Fame VF+", out of a Regional Champion mare, "Sweet Illusion V." Siring offspring who have been champions in various Class "A" competition across the U.S., "Star Of Fame V" is the sire of the 1996 Canadian National Top Ten Sweepstakes stallion, "Kahlua Bay," Region XVII Champion half Arab Sweepstakes Filly, "French Vanilla," Region 1 Top Five Sweepstakes Filly, and 1997 Scottsdale Top Ten Two Year Old Mare, "Balalinkas Star V," as well as the 1995 Michigan Futurity Champion Weanling Colt. Wishing Star is honored to have him back in the 1998 auction line-up. He was the 2nd highest Arabian stallion service at last years Gallop event. "Star Of Fame V" is owned by Emerald Valley Arabians in Sagle, Idaho and stands at Shada Arabian Sanction in Elk River, MN for $2,500.
PADRONS MAHOGANY: 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 grandget are also winning, as evidenced most recently at Scottsdale '97, 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. including Europe. He is owned by Padrons Mahogany Group and stands at Grand Arabian Farm in Grand Rapids, Michigan for $2,500.
GS KHOCHISE+//: This unbelievable stallion holds two National Champion and 4 Reserve National Champion Titles. He has a total of 16 National Awards. He was the 1994 Canadian National Champion Halter Stallion - AOTH; 1994 Reserve Canadian National Champion Lady's Side Saddle Western; 1994 U.S. National Reserve Champion AAOTR Western Pleasure 40 & Over; 1993 Canadian National Champion Trail Horse; 1993 U.S. Reserve National Champion AAOTR Western Pleasure 40 & Over; and 1993 U.S. National Champion Lady's Sidesaddle Western. In addition, he holds ten National Top Tens; 12 Regional and 8 Reserve Regional Championships in Halter, Western Pleasure, Side Saddle, and Trail; and 13 Top Five's. Following in his footsteps, he is siring National Champion and Top Ten offspring. One of Gallop's Highest Selling Stallion Service, Wishing Star is once again honored and pleased to have GS Khochise+// back in the Gallop line-up helping to make special dreams come true for Wishing Star children. He stands at Kharousel Farms in Puyallup, Washington with owners Larry & Betty Chapman 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." He is an International Arabian Breeders Sweepstakes Sire. Owned by Pete Seiler of Paint The Wind Arabians in Newport, Washington, he is standing for $875.
DESERT DARK FIRE+: Zone Three's Horse Of The Year, Regional Champion performance horse, and sire of champion get. He is an International Arabian Breeders Sweepstakes Sire. Desert Dark Fire+ is one of two stallions that has made history in his participation in the Gallop. He has sold for - or over his stallion fee - ever since his first participation into the Gallop line-up six years ago! He is proudly owned by Desert Dark Fire+ Group - Spokane, Wa. standing for $700.
*BEKAS: Imported directly from Warsaw racetrack has proved his breeding heritage to be true. He is a multiple race winner, as well as being stakes-placed three times against the elite of racing Arabians in Europe. *Bekas not only has tremendous athletic ability, but outstanding conformation, along with a wonderful disposition. Standing 15.2 HH, this stallion has an incredible shoulder, top line, heart girth, head, and overall correctness. He is listed in the IAHA Breeders Sweepstakes, National Show Horse, and Arabian Racing Cup. *Bekas is owned by Donn Sunn & Penelope Pappas of "Cheval du Soleil" in Kelso, Washington, and stands for $2,500, at "FireSteed Farm" in Newman Lake, Washington with trainer, Pete Rasmussen.
KAZMORAFIC: Multiple Champion of Halter, Western Pleasure, Liberty, & Most Classic Head. This year he will debut in Driving and English Pleasure. He is a Breeders Sweepstakes Nominated sire, and to date has sired Halter and Sport-Horse Champions. His pedigree includes lines back to the great foundation sires and dams from Glennloch Farms, Kale Arabians, and Kellogg Farms. All of whom were the leading Egyptian show horse breeders. Included in his pedigree you will find U.S. and Canadian National Champions as well as Regional Champions in Halter, English Pleasure, Park, and Western Pleasure. Kazmorafic stands for $750. at Command Performance in Ridgefield, Washington, and owned by Lynn Hartmen of Amethyst Arabians in Oregon City, Oregon.
SUNWOOD BRUTUS: This five-year-old stallion is sired by the U.S. and Canadian Top Ten English horse, "Rezus++," who was imported from Poland. His dam is "MS Electra" by National Champion "MS Santana," by "*Bask++." With an impeccable pedigree, his show record is great too! He is a multiple Class "A" Champion and is headed for the 1998 Regionals. Brutus is a proven sire of foals with his beauty and conformation. Whether you want a show horse or race horse, he'll do the job for you. He presently stands for $1,000 owned by Sunwood Farms of Veradale, Washington.
WINNETOU: Once again, Wishing Star Gallop offers one of the most sought after stallions for the Warmblood enthusiasts. Winnetou is a four-year-old black Hanoverian Stallion. He is sired by the French imported stallion from Germany, "Neuquen." On his dam's side, Winnetou shows the legendary "Wienerwald" as a grandsire. "Wienerwald" is known for his excellent gaits and superb jumping ability. Given "Winnetou's" genetic background he has a promising future development. He presently stands 17 hands at the age of four. His calm and willing attitude make him a pleasure to work with. He possesses three beautiful, flowing gaits which already reflect the effortless elegance of a future Dressage horse. Winnetou passed his stallion licensing with the American Warmblood Registry with the highest score ever given to a stallion in this test. He averaged a 9 under all judges! Winnetou's foals will be eligible for registration with the American Warmblood Registry. The Registry fully accepts Thoroughbred, AQHA, Morgan, Arabian, Half Arabian, Paint, Appaloosa, Saddlebred, Standardbred, or any other registered mare for crossbreeding. He is owned by Patrick and Marion O'Connor of Careywood, ID., and will stand the 1998 breeding season at Kruger Ranch in Post Falls, ID., for $950.
MR. RE SKIP: Wishing Star Gallop's highest selling Appaloosa Stallion Service at last year's auction is (once again) back in the line-up for our 1998 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 last year. His record also 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 $35,000. 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 fee of $750.
BIG TIME ZIPPO: One of Gallop's Highest Selling Appaloosa Stallion Services, is back in the line-up for 1998. This eight-year-old bay blanket stallion standing 15.2 HH is bred with the bloodlines of top leading sires of the American Quarter Horse Association. He is sired by AQHA's Leading sire of Youth, Open and Amateur Performance Horses - "SCOTCH BAR TIME." His dam "Zippo's Miss Sundancer," is an own daughter of AQHA's leading Performance sire "ZIPPO PINE BAR." He hold multiple points in Western Pleasure. With the bloodlines in his pedigree, you can't find any better stallion in the Appaloosa breed. Always a crowd pleaser, "Big Time Zippo" stands at Elrod Training Stables for $1,000. in Olympia, Washington with owners John & Tawnya Elrod.
MIGHTY ANDREW: Two-Time World Qualifier, Multiple Grand and Reserve Champion in Halter. Cow Palace Grand Champion Halter Stallion - 1990. AQHA's "Impressive," and ApHC's "Mighty Bright" bloodlines, a winning combination! Tested HYPP N/N. Mighty Andrew stands for $600. in Selah, Washington with owners Art & Debra Reis.
RHYTHM INTHE WIND: R.O.M. in Halter; tied 5th in the Nation for Hi-Point 3-year Halter Stallions; Multiple Year-End High Point Championships in Halter Stallion - Open, Non Pro and Most Colorful Stallion; Multiple winner of Grands & Reserve Championships; 1996 third highest selling Appaloosa Stallion at the Gallop Auction, "Rhythm Inthe Wind" stands for $500. in Chattaroy, Washington with owner Monica Taylor.
Clearly we can see that Gallop Coordinator, Barbara Turner has secured quite an impressive line-up of stallions for these breeds.
With the help of Barbara, over the next several months, prior to the August 15th 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 Barb Turner, I feel it's going to be another great year for Wishing Star and the Gallop. This year will be special as it marks the sixteenth year for Gallop!! If you haven't been to our event - mark your calendars. If you attended before, don't 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, Hanovarian, 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. 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 you. 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.
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 homework you do to 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 questions you'll 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'll also have those stallions who 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 it will cost you for a collection fee 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'll want to know what each additional shipment will run you in the event your mare did not conceive with what has been sent to you. Many breeding farms only allow you three shipments and then no more for that 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 there will be in a "handlers fee" for transported semen. Sometimes it's 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 for shipped semen for re-breeding the following year - if applicable?
9. How is payment required? Most farms will require that you pay for the shipped semen, handlers fee, method of shipping fees, and refundable deposit before they ship the semen.
10. Check to make sure 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're 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 stallion's 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 need to notify the farm. Some farms might want you to call them on the first day of the mare's estrous 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 they're shipping semen - UPS, Overnight Federal Express, Overnight Air, etc. A lot depends on how you and your vet want it shipped. Don't 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 when you request.
15. Timing is crucial! Make sure you have a veterinarian who's 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 homework on finding a vet with a good track record in successfully settling mares through transported semen.
16. Make sure - in advance of knowing when your mare will be ovulating - that they'll have a mare in heat to collect off of, to ship you the semen. Some stallions don't 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's 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 don't communicate with the breeding farm, they won't know there's 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's 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 mare's 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 with 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 questions...
1. Know how much the mare care will daily run you. Wet or dry?
2. Make sure you know how they'll 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 do 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'll 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 said stallion's 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 the decision you make when purchasing a service. We all realize that once our mare leaves home, we mare owners are no longer in control. But remember, bringing an unbroken, unmanageable mare to be bred because you couldn't do anything else with her, doesn't make that mare the best candidate to be bred. As important as the stallion is to his owners, stallion owners realize the importance of your mare.
We'll keep you updated on the behind the scene happenings with Gallop '98 in he upcoming 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