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standards, keeps records, collects, preserves and publishes all documents relating to those breedings and carries out a system of registration under the Canadian Livestock Records Corporation.

Incorporated under the Livestock Pedigree Act, ASHA of Canada is a non- profit organization open to anyone who wants to join. The goal is to give a national unified voice and face to the activities of those breeders who have been producing top quality American Saddlebreds in Canada for over 60 years.

Visit the Web site at www.saddlebredcanada.com.

The American Saddlebred Horse Association of Canada is the single administrative body responsible for American Saddlebred horses in Canada and is represented on the Web by an interesting site featuring all things ASB and Canadian -- plus news from the various Canadian breed organizations from Ontario, British Columbia, Quebec, Manitoba and Saskatchewan.

The club is also responsible for the registration and transfer of Canadian-owned American Saddlebreds, their papers and pedigrees. As of December 31, 2004, there were 5,285 American Saddlebreds registered in Canada.

The ASHAC has as its objective the encouragement, development, promotion and regulation of the breeding of purebred American Saddlebred horses in Canada. The group establishes breeding

Saddlebreds in Canada supported by ASHAC

the auction from 9-12 Saturday, May 6 with lunch available at noon.

Offered will be a select group of horses, including young stock, broodmares and finished show horses. Sires include Futurity French Command, Nobility, Lamborghini In Black, Tedwin Topic, MEM Bailamos, Liberation First Star, HVK Bell Flaire, Cedar Creek Harlequin, and others. For more information, contact Rick Lane at (207) 797- 9815 or go to www.cabotmorgans.com.

Thirty registered Morgans will be offered for sale Saturday, May 6 beginning at 1 p.m. at the Maine Event Morgans Spring Event Sale. The auction will be at the Pineland Farms Equestrian Center, Portland ME. The complete sales list is available on line by clicking here.

An open barn will be held from 3-6 p.m. Friday, May 5, including a presentation of sale horses followed by a reception at 6 p.m. The barn also will be open before

MEM Spring Event Sale in Maine May 6

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documented a 2.7% foaling success rate with the cloned mule embryos. In 2005, a Texas A&M University team reported a .7% foaling success rate with cloned equine embryos. Genetic programming errors were the most likely source of losses in the early stages of cloned equine pregnancies, Vanderwall reported.

He added that in horse breeding cloning can salvage genetic heritage of geldings or stallions that had been castrated for training reasons.

Click here to read the entire article. Go to our Topics & Opinions page for breed organization reaction and rules on horse cloning.

An article published on the Science Daily  web site offers an interesting up-to-date summation of the status of equine cloning, a subject always of interest to breeders. The article reports the findings of University of Idaho veterinarian Dirk Vanderwall, director of the UI program that produced three healthy mule clones. The presentation was made at a January 2006 conference of the International Embryo Transfer Society, Orlando, FL.

Dr. Vanderwall reports, in brief, that the up side of cloning is that once an equine pregnancy is established, the births are successful and the clones are healthy. The down side is that the loss rate of pregnancies is very high, like more than 80% in horses. The University's three mule clones are healthy and vigorous as three year olds and other scientists have reported the births of three horse clones.

According to Vanderwall, the Idaho team has

Equine cloning: some successes, many challenges

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insemination; foaling & neonatal care; updates on materials, techniques and procedures for collecting, processing and transporting fresh-cooled and frozen stallion semen.

The hands-on workshops will include demonstrations of ultrasound, teasing procedures, semen collection and processing, artificial insemination and frozen semen handling plus the important step of training the inexperienced stallion to the breeding phantom.

The $250 registration fee includes workshop materials and meals. Spaces are limited to 25 participants and become filled well in advance. Call the UVM Morgan Horse Farm at (802) 388-2011, Monday through Friday, for further information.

The University of Vermont Morgan Horse Farm, Weybridge, VT along with the William H. Miner Agricultural Research Institute, Chazy, N.Y., and Middlebury Large Animal Clinic will host the 18th annual Reproduction Workshop April 7-8.

Presentations will be by Dr. Donald Hunt and Associates, veterinary practitioners in equine reproduction and physiology, Dr. Josie Davis of UVM's Equine Studies Program, and Katie Ballard, director of research and equine program coordinator at Miner Institute. Discussion will include managing the uses of lights, hormones and ultrasound in your breeding program; anatomy and physiology of the mare and stallion; embryo transfer; artificial

Equine reproduction workshop at UVM

The University of Vermont Morgan Horse Farm

a shortage of large animal veterinarians in the state.

However, now it is believed that Tennessee lawmakers will sign a bill detailing that artificial insemination of horses will be considered a livestock procedure and all fines for practicing AI will be refunded and charges dropped.

You can read a report appearing in the Shelbyville (TN) Times-Gazette by
clicking here and a reply from veterinarians published by the Walking Horse Report by clicking here.

Rulings such as this in Tennessee are not new concerns in the horse industry. Both farriers and equine dentists have faced similar proposed restrictions in several states.

Breeders and breeding managers across the country will be interested in a situation that has been playing out in the walking horse industry in Tennessee. In February, the Tennessee Board of Veterinary Medical Examiners voted to uphold its rules that artificial insemination of horses must be performed by a state licensed vet -- and not by breeding managers or other farm employees -- and denied petitions from several Tennessee horse trainers and breeders accused of violating the Tennessee Veterinary Practice Act.

Opponents to the board's decision indicated that the ruling will have adverse effects on the Tennessee Walking Horse breeding industry, mainly by raising breeding costs and crippling procedures because of

Artificial insemination becomes issue in TN

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If you're a Saddlebred or Morgan owner, you should plan to be in Lexington , KY the third week in February. For the first time in recent memory, both associations are holding their annual conventions on the same dates and in the same town.

The American Morgan Horse Association Annual Convention and Board Meeting will be Feb. 15-18 at the Hyatt Regency, Lexington . You can make your reservations by calling 1-859-253-1234 or 1-800-633-7313.

Hyatt Regency, Lexington

The schedule includes:

Wednesday : self-guided farm tours; Meet and Greet the Directors Reception 5:30 -7 P.M. Thursday : Demonstrations and Clinics at the Kentucky Horse Park, Reception at the Carriage Association of America,Tour and Reception hosted by USEF, Morgan Marketplace Welcome Reception and AMHI Gala Auction.
Friday : Committee Meetings; Seminars, Forums and Round Tables; Annual Meeting of Members; AMHA Board of Directors Reorganizational Meeting and the AMHA Awards Banquet.
Saturday :
Seminars, Forums and Round Tables; AMHA Awards Luncheon; AMHA Stallion Service Auction.

The Saddlebred Summit, the American Saddle Horse Association's Annual Meeting and Youth Conference will be Thursday, Feb 16 – Saturday, Feb. 18 at the Embassy Suites Hotel, Lexington, KY. For schedule, contact the association.

ASHA Annual Meeting and Youth Conference

If it's February, it's Lexington

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Ruffles toasts the New Year!

(Photos by Pj Wamble)

Ruffles toasts the New Year!

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scenes from the convention

Hundreds of walking horse trainers and owners gathered in Franklin , TN Dec 2-3 for the annual TWHBEA and WHTA annual meetings. More than 500 copies of the 2006 Walking & Spotted Breeders Guide were given away during the two days.

Pictured are scenes from the convention, including meetings and silent auction. Also seen are Breeders Guide Sales Manager Pj Wamble talking with an advertiser; and Ron Roesink , left, Preston Hill Equine, leather product manufacturer, being interviewed by Jerry Harris of What A Horse, a TV show aired on Cable TV.

WH Guide goes to conventions

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Dale Rickford

More than 110 Morgans from across the country were offered for sale Nov. 4 and 5 at the Annual Cochran Auction held at Tattersalls in Lexington, KY.  The Auctioneer was Harold Cochran with Ron Roesink reading pedigrees. Pictured at right, trainer Dale Rickford of Ft. Collins, CO presents the successful Roadshow Robin Hood (Reland Big Eddy x Kendalwood N-Love).

As an added incentive to promote Morgans at auction, Cochran Auction Service pays $500 to any horse bought through the annual consignment sale who goes on to win a class at OKC. To date 17 horses have shared in the honor with dozens more listed on the Honor Roll of Champions. For more information, phone (724) 528-0248. (Photos courtesy of Christine McDermott, Pittsfield, MA)

Annual Cochran Auction held at Tattersalls

Annual Cochran Auction
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The schedule is Dec. 7, Tack Sale and Sale Preview; Dec. 8-9, Catalogued Horse Sale.

Bidding can be in person, by phone, or on line.

More than ever a sale for breeders and horse-show exhibitors, manager David Lantz of Lebanon, PA reports that consignments have been growing steadily year by year.

To request a catalog, contact David Lantz at (717) 949-6882. For more information and to register to bid, visit www.dvauction.com or phone Tami McIntosh at (308) 870-3661.

Want to bid on horses but can't get to the Mid Atlantic Breeder's Sale? Not to worry.

New this year is live Internet bidding which will make it possible for you to watch the auction and bid on horses without leaving home, thanks to DV Auctions.

Dedicated to the promotion of Morgan, Hackney and Saddlebred horses, the 3rd Annual Mid Atlantic Breeder's Sale, LLC will be held Dec. 7-9 at the PA Farm Show Building at the corner of Cameron & McClay Streets, Harrisburg, PA. More than 200 horses are being offered.

Internet coverage new for Mid Atlantic Breeder's Sale

Mid Atlantic Breeder's Sale
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copy of the official rules. To view the horses offered, go to www.eastofequinox.com. Photos and pedigree copies are available on that horse’s page in the Sale Section of the site, and all the horses are available for inspection at the farm.

East of Equinox Farm, established in 1958, is located at 1696 Barnumville Rd., Manchester Center, VT 05255. Phone / fax (802) 362-2286. Email eqnxmrgn@vermontel.net.

Equinox stands six stallions: Issues ‘N Answers (Noble Flaire x B-L Superfection), Equinox Challenge (Courage of Equinox x Equinox Allegra), White Rock’s Caliopy (Elm Hill Charter Oak x Ulenfield Gayselba), Courage of Sweet Meadow (Courage of Equinox x Char-Mar Charmaranne) and Equinox Beaubrook (Royalton Ashbrook Darling x Equinox Sarah Mia).

From show ring to sports arena, from carriage competition to trail, from breeding shed to family back yard, Equinox Morgans are there, willingly giving their all to please their owners and to prove a point − that the traditional Morgan is still the best, most versatile breed of horse in the world today.

East of Equinox in Manchester Center, VT, is proud and excited to announce its 2nd On-Line Production Sale through the month of November. Twenty one Morgans from the Equinox Sales List are at auction on their website. Equinox has been known for decades as breeders of fine Morgans.

The minimum starting bid for each horse is one-half of the advertised price of that horse on the Sales List. All horses that have received a qualified bid as of 10:00 p.m., November 30, 2005, will be sold. There is an opportunity for really great bargains!

Bidding can be accomplished on line, by phone, by mail or in person at the farm. A horse may be purchased out of the sale at any time by bidding the full advertised price for that horse. Click here to read a

East of Equinox offers 21 Morgans in an On-Line Sale

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In the mail the first of December this year, the Guide will be printed in COLOR with 1,000 copies to be given away at the TWHBEA and Walking Horse Trainers Association semi-annual meetings Dec. 2-3 at the Marriott in Franklin, TN.

The Guide's 2006 mailing list has been expanded to include members of the Walking Horse Owners Association, the National Walking Horse Association and the Spotted Saddle Horse Breeders & Exhibitors Association, in addition to the thousands of our advertisers, regular subscribers and breeders. Free copies will be mailed upon request until Dec.1, copies are $5 thereafter.

To complete our promotional package, stallions advertising in the print Guide are viewable online at Breeders Guide On The Web. Other Web options include Profiled Stallions, which include links, pop-up images, offspring history and video!

The new Breeders Guide On The Web Walking & Spotted Horse page will continue to feature a variety of different stallions and farms with the site updating the first and third Mondays of every month.

Frank and PJ

Publisher Frank Gassmann and editor/sales manager Pj Wamble put the finishing touches on the 2006 Walking & Spotted Horse Breeders Guide at the Guide office, Pendleton, KY.

Guide goes to TWHBEA & WHTA convention in Dec.

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TWH industry’s best at Rising Star Ranch

Eight top ASB stallions at Willowbank

Tug Hill Whamunition stands in California

Unwanted Horse Coalition joins AHC

Morgan Gold Cup Regional Show was held June 13-17, Springfield, OH.

Bar-Bar-A delivers a perfect drink of water

Visit the Little King Miniature Horse Heritage Sale;
see slide show & NBC-TV advertising promotion

New KY law addressing horse sales effective in July

Guide goes to TWHBEA & WHTA
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East of Equinox offers 21 Morgans
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Internet coverage new for
Mid Atlantic Breeder's Sale

Annual Cochran Auction held at Tattersalls

WH Guide goes to conventions

Ruffles toasts the New Year!

If it's February, it's Lexington

Artificial insemination becomes issue in TN

Equine reproduction workshop at UVM

Equine cloning: some successes, many challenges

MEM Spring Event Sale in Maine May 6

Saddlebreds in Canada supported by ASHAC

Willowbank Mare doing double duty this spring!

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The first colt,  Zagnut by Undulata's Nutcraker (CH Caramac x Christmas In New York by The New York Times), was foaled April 2. When he was born his dam, With Memories (The Blythe Spirit x Super Socialite by Super Supreme) had no milk, he was very overdue and was maladjusted. He spent a day and a half at Rood & Riddle in Lexington, KY and came home bright eyed & bushy tailed -- but with no mama. To make matters worse, his nurse mare wouldn't adopt him because he smelled like the clinic, not a baby horse. While the Willowbank staff persevered and improvised, another mare, Tender Mercies (Jamestown x Desert Amber by CH Sensational Spirit), foaled a gorgeous colt on April 7.

Amazingly, Mercies adopted Zagnut to go along with her own Ziggy Pop by Con Heir (Supreme Heir x Whisperwind’s Irish Rose by CH Irish American). She loves them both and woe to any other mare who questions this!

Mercy deserves an extra star in her crown for taking care of “the Twinkies!”

Willowbank stands six premier Saddlebred stallions, Con Heir, Undulata’s Nutcracker, Belle Reve’s Voodoo Magic, Finally Attached. Attache’s Thunderbolt, CF I’m A Prowlin’ and the Hackney stallion Forewood Commander.

Contact Willowbank at (50)-722-8073. Email to w8073@aol.com.

 

Willowbank mare doing double duty this spring!

The Saddlebred mare, Tender Mercies (Jamestown x Desert Amber by CH Sensational Spirit) has her job cut out for her this spring at the Simpsonville, KY Willowbank Farm. She is taking care of two foals, pictured here. (Farrell Palmer photos) No, they are not twins!

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(Thoroughbred) bloodstock agents andothers who charged secret commissions when Jackson bought horses and horse farms in Kentucky.”

His campaign to reform horse industry sales practices prompted the Kentucky General Assembly to pass a new state law that requires written bills of sale and full disclosure of commissions in most horse sales.

Keeneland (race track) President Nick Nicholson is quoted as saying: “Keeneland ‘for years’ has urged its customers to have a business plan and to use common sense when investing in horses as a business or a hobby. Don't just shake hands with a guy in a bar -- get it in writing. What he's going to do for you and what he's not going to do. What you are going to pay him and what is somebody else is going to pay him.”

Click here to read full coverage on the Lexington Herald-Leader site.

 

Kentucky trainers, breeders and owners of all breeds will be affected by a new state law passed by the Kentucky General Assembly that requires written bills of sale and full discloser of all commissions in horse sales exceeding $10,000. The state law goes into effect July 15.

The law was prompted by efforts to bring sales integrity to the Thoroughbred racing industry in the state and, as expected, has brought mixed reactions from the show-horse industry. Some believe the law is needed, others that the law is not needed and will be ignored.

An article in the Lexington Herald-Leader explains the circumstances surrounding passage of the law:

“Jess Jackson, a billionaire California winemaker, filed a lawsuit last March, claiming that he was “defrauded by

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patriarch Boone's Little Buckeroo, led by Little King owner Marianne Eberth, and 15 of his sons, grandsons and great-grandsons.

The Heritage Sale was attended by miniature horse breeders and owners from coast to coast.

Covered by the NBC-TV affiliate in Louisville, the event was advertised on NBC-TV during the week of the Kentucky Derby and three weeks prior to the sale in the Lexington and Louisville areas. The advertising campaign was directed to horse owners and breeders in the enormous horse-oriented market. Click here to view the ad that appeared on NBC-TV.

Little King owners Ed and Marianne Eberth along with their children, sons Brian, John & Melinda Eberth, Robin & Steve Mingione, and Kenny & Heather Teike are celebrating their 30th year in the miniature horse business.

For more about the Heritage Sale click here. Contact the Eberths at lkfarm@seidata.com.

Seventy-six miniature horses were sold Saturday, May 26 at the Little King Heritage Sale, Madison, IN. Click here for an auction slide show. The horses were consigned by owners & breeders across the country and Little King Farm.

The horse auction was part of a four-day celebration at the farm which included the Gelding Sweepstakes Auction, the Derby Bell Derby, seminars, the Buckeroo Avenue of Outstanding Stallions, the only Miniature Horse Texas Hold 'em Tournament, a swap meet, new Breeders Connection to the World and an arcade of vendors.

With the auction available live on the Heritage Sale web site, bidding was accepted in person, by phone and by email.

A homecoming for miniature horse folks, auction goers were treated shuttles to and from parking, dinner and beverages, music, comfortable dining seating on the grass-covered arena, and shopping for both gifts and miniature-horse items.

Highlight of the auction was the Stallion Presentation that included the 28-year-old

Visit the Little King Miniature Horse Heritage Sale;
see slide show & NBC-TV advertising promotion

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No Electricity. Self-Cleaning. Non-Freezing. Fully Automatic. Maintenance Free. Continual Fresh Water. Durable.
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Say "goodbye" to your watering chores. No more buckets to fill or ice chipping in the winter. This is the original automatic outdoor waterer sold factory direct from Bar-Bar-A.
The system delivers fresh, clean water to the water bowl/trough with every drink your horse requests. After drinking, the remaining water drains from the bowl back into the earth. There is no standing water, no algae or slime to collect.

The water bowl fills with fresh clean water each time your horse puts its nose into the drinker. After the drink, the excess water drains away, leaving an empty bowl.

Also, the Bar-Bar-A is self-cleaning, so you don’t have to bother with the weekly cleaning that other automatic systems require. Don't worry about freezing either, because Bar-Bar-A installs the valve below the frost line. The results are: warmer water for your animals in the winter and cooler in the summer. With pleasing water temperatures animals drink more and that means healthier horses all

Go to the Bar-Bar-A site : for full details, a schematic of the waterer and contact information for ordering.

Bar-Bar-A delivers a perfect drink of water

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New KY law addressing horse sales effective in July

Unwanted Horse Coalition joins AHC

The Unwanted Horse Coalition, which started as the Unwanted Horse Summit during the American Horse Council’s annual convention in April, 2005, is being folded into the American Horse Council (AHC), announced Nick Nicholson, AHC Chairman.

“The issue of ‘unwanted horses’ has faced this industry for some time,” said Nicholson, President of Keeneland Assn. “It is an important and challenging national issue that faces all breeds and all activities in the horse world. Putting this initiative under the umbrella of the AHC, which represents all segments of the horse industry, is a natural fit.”

The Unwanted Horse Coalition grew out of a workshop that the American Association of Equine Practitioners (AAEP) organized as part of the 2005 AHC National Issues Forum in Washington, D.C.

That meeting, and a subsequent summit in Chicago five months later, drew equine and welfare organizations together to begin discussions about the tens of thousands of horses that are unwanted each year and sent to slaughter facilities.

Over the last 18 months, the group developed a mission statement, began identifying long-term solutions for improving the quality of life for unwanted horses, and considered an operating plan that ultimately led to the suggestion that the AHC provide a permanent administrative home for the group’s work.

The mission of the Coalition is to explore ways to reduce the number of horses that

are unwanted each year and to improve their welfare through education and the efforts of organizations committed to the health, safety and responsible care of the horse. Owner education will be a focal point. Advocacy in the legislative arena is not part of the mission. In fact, the Coalition will not involve itself in any federal or state legislation dealing with slaughter or the processing of horses for human consumption.

“The horse industry has a responsibility to its horses,” said Jay Hickey, president of the AHC. “All organizations and individuals, whether they use their horses for breeding, sport, show, work, recreation or pleasure, have a responsibility to ensure that everything is being done to minimize the number of horses that might fall into this unwanted group.”

Several members of the Coalition have already indicated they will continue to be involved with the effort through the AHC and provide funding. The list includes the American Association of Equine Practitioners, the American Quarter Horse Association, National Horsemen’s Benevolent and Protective Association, National Thoroughbred Racing Association, Professional Rodeo Stock Contractors, The Jockey Club and the U.S. Trotting Association.

“We expect other organizations to be added to these groups,” said Hickey. “Several have already indicated their interest in staying involved in this effort.”


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Few Morgan stallions own such a successful show record and now claim an extensive list of World Champion get as Tug Hill Whamunition, standing at and owned by Boston Morgan Farm. Sired by one of the greatest Morgan breeding stallions, "Jesse" is proving himself, earning a legion of fans coast to coast. He is now enjoying "the good life" in his new southern California home.
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Tug Hill Whamunition stands in California

Eight top ASB stallions at Willowbank

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Willowbank Farm in Shelbyville, KY currently stands eight premier American Saddlebred stallions and a Hackney Horse stallion.
Undulata's Nutcracker is a record-breaking stallion, topping the All American Auction as a three-year-old, a feat he repeated for two more years. He is a truly gifted individual, possessing the most desirable qualities of a breeding stallion; impeccable pedigree, dynamic presence and upright motion that he is passing on to his offspring.

 

TWH industry’s best at Rising Star Ranch

Rising Star Ranch is a Tennessee Walking Horse breeding and training facility located in the heart of the walking horse industry in Shelbyville, TN.

Rising Star boasts an accomplished and diverse lineup of stallions that have produced nearly 40 world titles among them. Our breeding management team has nearly 70 years of Tennessee Walking Horse experience and is dedicated to providing you with the best breeding experience possible.

 


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