NEWS: breeding

Rockridge sires Trinniberg, Midas Touch, and Posse to Shuttle to Uruguay

Thursday, June 23rd, 2016

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Rockridge Stud in Hudson is announcing today that three of their stallions will shuttle to Uruguay for Southern Hemisphere breeding in 2016.

Trinniberg (2009 by Teuflesberg out of Bella Dorato) will shuttle to Haras La Concordia y Haras Cuatro Piedras for the 2016 and 2017 Southern Hemisphere breeding seasons. The deal was brokered by Ricardo Colombo. Trinniberg previously shuttled to Brazil in 2014, where he bred 138 mares.

Midas Touch (GB) (2007 by Galileo (IRE) out of Approach (GB)) has been sold to Haras Rapetti & Associates and will ship to Uruguay for their 2016 breeding season. Haras Rapetti already shuttles Rockridge stallion Posse, who will return there for the coming season as well, both under the care of stallion manager Juan Carlos Montenegro.

Said Rockridge Stud’s Lere Visagie, “The farm [Haras Rapetti] has shown interest in Midas Touch since he came to us and we were hoping to work out a shuttle arrangement. Unfortunately, the untimely death of Midas Touch’s owner, Andres Rodriguez, forced the estate to find a buyer for him. He has found a very good home.” The sale and shuttling agreements for both Midas Touch and Posse were brokered by Miguel Ezcurra Bloodstock.

Trinniberg and Posse will return to Rockridge in December2016 for the 2017 breeding season in New York.

“Straight from the Horse’s Mouth”: Dr. Ahlschwede on the development of young foals

Friday, June 10th, 2016

LilyYawnBy Tom Gallo

This week our guest is Dr. Scott Ahlschwede resident expert on foal development as part of his many responsibilities at the new Rood and Riddle clinic in Saratoga Springs New York.

Dr. Scott Ahlschwede, Partner and Vet for Rood & Riddle Equine Clinic in Saratoga Springs, NY, graduated from Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine and began his veterinary career in Lexington, KY as an intern at Rood & Riddle Equine Hospital in 1996. He practiced in the Lexington area for 15 years as an ambulatory veterinarian specializing in reproduction, primary and preventative care, and sales evaluation. In 2012 Dr. Ahlschwede moved to upstate New York to develop Rood & Riddle’s first practice outside of Lexington, KY.

Now that breeding season is coming to an end and most of the foals out of our numerous mares are safely on the ground, standing and nursing I quizzed Dr. Scott about what our priorities and options would and should be moving forward to raise a healthy and correct foal. As we know as breeders we are essentially stuck with what Mother Nature gives us and have to make the best of it. But there are different things we can do to improve things if deemed necessary by a qualified, objective eye. I think objectivity is the key because nobody has an ugly baby. Add to that the fact that you see them every day after a while you may not notice subtle changes. So here we go . . .

Dr. Scott how do we approach the many ways foals growth and development can be augmented and improved with modern day intervention techniques?

Just generally speaking, proper management of foal conformation is part patience and part active intervention at appropriate points in the timeline

When’s the soonest a vet should look at the way a foal stands and walks?

Newborn foals should be assessed early to make sure there aren’t gross abnormalities that can be corrected early. Examples are contracted knees or fetlocks that might need treatment with oxytetracycline or splints. Oxytetracycline relaxes tendons and helps them stretch. It is surprising, for example, a contracted foal that might be knuckling over at the fetlock can be brought back to normal with a couple treatments and a properly applied splint.

There are some foals that are extremely crooked in knees or hocks and they might need a screw and wire very early. Most mild to moderate problems improve with time.

When’s the latest you can do ankle screws?

Foals that turn in should be looked at by vet before 60 days to see if bridging with screws might help. Ankle screws involve place a single screw across the growth plate along one side of the ankle to stop growth while the other side keeps growing to effectively straighten the limb. So for a foal that toes in the screw goes on the outside of the fetlock. The growth plates on fetlocks run out of room for manipulations around 90-120 days. A lot of foals are in at the knee and turn out a little but also have a tendency to toe in from the fetlock. They look okay in the ankle until the knees naturally straighten, then they are pigeon toed. Most foals need some correction on there trims taking more foot off of the inside to effectively “push them out”.

When should a blacksmith start running a rasp around the foal’s hooves?

A blacksmith should be making initial corrective trimming at 2-3 weeks of age. They should be following up with routine trims at least monthly going forward. Maybe a little more frequently if you’re working on a problem.

When’s the latest you can do stripping?

Stripping in another procedure utilized to correct angular deformities. It involves cutting down to the growth plate and lifting the periosteum (bone covering) to increase growth on one side. The maximum effectiveness of this surgery is early in the growth stage.

I use it most commonly for foals moderately in at the knees that are improving on their own but need a little help.

When’s the latest you can do knee screws and wires?

Knees don’t close until after a year of age so there is plenty of time to be patient. Lots of foals are in at the knee mildly but turn the whole leg out from the shoulder down. These are hard to look at and most people want to fix them, but this is an example of ones where it pays to be patient. As the chest expands these horses improve. Surgically there is no fix.

Should foals be eating grain or will it lead to GI issues like ulcers?

It is normal for foals to start eating feed concentrates alongside their mothers. I don’t necessarily believe this is a contributing factor to ulcers. Foal rearing to me is about having a balance and supporting mother nature. There are many ways to raise a horse correctly. Fundamentally, shelter, good nutrition for mare and foal, good grass and turn out, good water and access to salt are the basics. Once those are met, good horsemanship to me is the ability to observe and monitor the growing foal and know when human intervention will be of benefit.

If I get 2 bad foals from a mare from two totally different sire lines should I think about selling her?

That is the question we all wish we had the answer to. There will always stories of mares who were sold then produced their best offspring. From a production standpoint it makes sense to go with the odds and move on. Sometimes the next owner will have better luck.

Thank you Dr. Scott Ahlschwede. Watch for more helpful interviews and if you have any questions for Dr. Ahlschwede or comments, questions, feedback or suggestions for future dialogue, feel free to email them to

Champion NY broodmare Naughty Natisha dies at 22

Thursday, February 25th, 2016

By Evan Hammonds courtesy

Drs. Bill Wilmot and Joan Taylor of Stepwise Farm near Saratoga Springs reported the death of Naughty Natisha Feb. 24.

The 22-year-old mare is the dam of 2007 New York-bred Horse of the Year Naughty New Yorker and the stakes-winning Pupil, and was herself voted Champion  New York Broodmare in 2007. The mare was found Wednesday morning in her paddock.

“She was my favorite broodmare,” Taylor said. “She’s 22 and since her first foal, she’s done everything right.”

“She had been a great broodmare for us,” Wilmot said. “She was such a cool horse. She was demure and self-contained. Nothing excited her. She set the tone for our broodmare band. She had all those little things.”

Naughty New Yorker won 11 stakes and earned $1,089,884. He won the Red Smith Handicap (gr. IIT) in 2006 and placed in four other graded stakes, including the 2007 Hill ‘n’ Dale Cigar Mile Handicap (gr. I).

Naughty Natisha, by Known Fact—Noble Natisha, by Noble Commander, was bred in Kentucky by John A. Chandler and Garrett O’Rourke. She was winless in seven starts on the racetrack. Stepwise Farm purchased her for $150,000, carrying Pupil (by Unbridled), at the 1998 Keeneland November sale.

Wilmot and Taylor are eagerly awaiting the debut of Naughty Natisha’s 2014 Tapizar colt (named Carthon), for whom they have high hopes.


Alpha’s first foal is a colt

Friday, January 29th, 2016

Sequel StallionsThe first reported foal by 2012 Grade 1 Travers Stakes winner Alpha was a colt born Jan. 28 at Sequel Stallions near Hudson.

Bred by Eddie Woods’ Other Things, the colt is out of stakes winner Silence Dogood, a half-sister to stakes winner Silver Haze and to the dam of Grade 3 winner and Grade 1-placed Rodman.

The colt’s second dam is the multiple Grade 1 winner Taisez Vous and his extended family includes European champion Bint Pasha and grade I winner Beautician.

“It’s just so exciting and meaningful to reach this moment with our promising young sire, Alpha,” Sequel Stallions owner Becky Thomas said. “As they say, ‘hope springs eternal,’ and we are eagerly looking forward to seeing more of his foals arrive this year.”

Alpha, a son of Bernardini campaigned by Godolphin, is one of three Darley stallions standing at Sequel Stallions, where his 2016 fee is $8,500.

Honorable Dillon produces white foal

Thursday, January 28th, 2016
Photo by Barbara Livingston.

Photo by Barbara Livingston.

Princesspatseattle (Airdrie Apache – Finance by Seattle Slew) has produced her second white foal – this one by first crop sire Honorable Dillon, Rockridge Stud announced on Wednesday.

The colt born on Sunday, Jan. 24, is the mare’s third foal and was bred by Rockridge Stud and Auggie & Patricia Renzine’s Hollywood Star Stable. Princesspatseattle also has a white two-year-old colt by Bluegrass Cat, her first foal, currently in training in New York.

The mare resides at Rockridge Stud in Hudson.

Hold Me Back to stand at Irish Hill Century Farm in 2016

Tuesday, January 19th, 2016

IrishHillCenturyFarmCroppedLogoHold Me Back, a Top 10 Second-Crop Sire in North America in 2015, has been sold and moved to Irish Hill Century Farm in Stillwater, where the son of Giant’s Causeway will stand the 2016 breeding season for a fee of $5,000 S&N.

“Hold Me Back is a young stallion that is getting solid runners, and he’s an absolutely gorgeous physical by a leading sire of sires in Giant’s Causeway,” said Bowling Bloodstock’s Matt Bowling, who brokered the deal along with Sullivan Bloodstock. “I believe Hold Me Back presents tremendous value for New York breeders.”

Campaigned by WinStar Farm and trainer Bill Mott, Hold Me Back was a Grade 2-winning, multiple Grade 1-placed 3-year-old on the racetrack. He earned his biggest career win in the $500,000 Lane’s End S. (G2) while on the Kentucky Derby trail in 2009. The grand-looking son of Giant’s Causeway was also runner-up in the Blue Grass S. (G1) and Travers S. (G1), and he went on to win the Dominion Day S. (G3) as a 4-year-old.

Hold Me Back earned $872,610 before retiring to stud at WinStar, where he’s stood since 2011. The 10-year-old is out of the multiple stakes-producing Unbridled’s Song mare Restraint, and his second dam is two-time Canadian champion Avowal.

The Top 10 Second-Crop Sire of 2015 was led by Jet Black Magic, Hold Me Back’s graded stakes-winning 2-year-old filly from a year ago. Jet Black Magic was a dominant winner of the $400,000 Delta Downs Princess S. (G3) last November, and heads into 2016 on the Kentucky Oaks (G1) Trail.

For more information, please contact Irish Hill Century Farm at (518) 584-1515, or visit

Central Banker’s first foal is a filly

Tuesday, January 12th, 2016

By Sarah Mace

Central Banker’s first foal, a filly, was born Monday, January 11, 2016 at Chester and Mary Broman’s Chestertown Farm in Chestertown. The filly, bred by Jeffrey Raine & Elisabeth T. Raine, is the first foal out of Marketable Miss, a winning daughter of Noonmark also bred by the Raines.

Central Banker, a Grade 2 winner of $598,786 by leading sire Speightstown, joined the roster of McMahon of Saratoga Thoroughbreds after being purchased for a session-topping $400,000 at last year’s Keeneland’s November Breeding Stock Sale.

A $200,000 Keeneland yearling purchase, Central Banker was bred by WinStar Farm, LLC and campaigned by Klaravich Stables, Inc. and William H. Lawrence. Trained by Albert M. Stall, Jr., he recorded three triple digit Beyers at 3 and 4, including his lifetime best 107 Beyer in his win in the Grade 2 Churchill Downs Stakes on Kentucky Derby day 2014. Out of multiple stakes winner Rhum, by Go For Gin, the young stallion is a half-brother to multiple stakes winner Gantry ($822,531) and multiple stakes-placed Song of Pirates.

Irish Hill Century Farm announces Jan. 23 stallion show showcasing Zivo

Monday, January 11th, 2016
2014 Suburban

2014 Suburban

Irish Hill Century Farm, located at 281 Burke Road near Stillwater, has announced that its 2016 stallion show to showcase Thomas Coleman’s Grade 2-winning New York-bred Zivo will take place on  January 23 from noon until 3:00 p.m. A hot buffet lunch will be served and there will be an opportunity to obtain free seasons.

Trained by New York native and leading trainer Chad Brown, Zivo retired to stud as a nine-time winning millionaire, whose career-defining win came in the Grade 2 Suburban where he defeated Graded Stakes winners Moreno, Micromanage, Last Gunfighter and Vyjack. Zivo then went on to run second in the Grade 1 Jockey Club Gold Cup Stakes behind Classic winner Tonalist while beating Moreno and Micromanage again.

Important New York stakes wins include the Whodam, Kings Point and the Commentator Handicap. In Zivo’s career of 19 starts, 18 took place in the state of New York with the lone start out of New York taking place in the Breeders’ Cup Classic at Santa Anita.

Zivo’s marketing is being handled by Sean Feld of Feld Family Stallions, who can be contacted at (859) 519-9665. For more information, please contact Rick Burke of Irish Hill Century Farm at (518) 527-2701.

Annual Keane Stud Stallion Show Set for January 16

Saturday, January 2nd, 2016

The annual Keane Stud stallion show will take place on Saturday, January 16, 2016 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Welcoming four new stallions to their roster, Keane Stud will have seven stallions available for inspection.

New for 2016 are Spendthrift Farm’s Normandy Invasion (Tapit) and Adam Wachtel’s Al Khali (Medaglia d’Oro). Relocated Stallions Cosmonaut (Lemon Drop Kid) And Stonesider (Giant’s Causeway) have joined the Keane Stud roster for 2016 along with returning stallions Dublin (Afleet Alex), Frost Giant (Giant’s Causeway) and NY-Bred Horse of the Year The Lumber Guy (Grand Slam).

Food will be served and one free season to each stallion will be drawn through a lottery. For further details contact Keane Stud at (845) 373-9601; location address is 217 Depot Hill Road, Amenia, NY 12501.

Honorable Dillon’s first foal arrives early morning New Year’s Day

Friday, January 1st, 2016

Happy Bird (Showing Up – Search the Church by by Holy Bull) had the honor of having Honorable Dillon’s first foal in the early morning hours of January 1. The bay colt, bred by Lansdowne Thoroughbreds,  is the second foal out of Happy Bird, a winning mare out of G3SP Search the Church. The mare and foal reside at Jerry Bilinski’s Waldorf Farm.

Honorable Dillon is a G2SW son of Tapit who stands at Rockridge Stud in Hudson, NY.