• SBS World Headquarters
  • 961 Cayots Corner Rd
  • Chesapeake City, MD 21915 USA
  • P: (410) 885-3202
  • P: (877) 658-3328
  • F: (410) 885-3206
  • info@selectbreeders.com

Select Breeders Services Inc.

About

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Select Breeders Service provides stallion collection, semen freezing, storage and distribution, mare management and embryo transfer services to horse owners in Cecil County, Maryland and the surrounding Mid-Atlantic Region (MD, DE, NJ, and PA).

After many successful years located at Hilltop Farm in Colora, MD, Select Breeders Services relocated January 2011 to a new 13,000 sq ft custom built facility in Chesapeake City, MD. This state of the art equine reproduction facility includes research and clinical laboratories, breeding shed, mare exam room, administrative offices and our frozen semen storage and distribution center. There is also an 8 stall stallion barn, round pen and numerous turnout paddocks within the gated perimeter fencing that secures the entire property.

"I am very excited for the opportunity to put nearly 30 years of experience towards the design of this new facility", says Paul Loomis, Founder and CEO of Select Breeders Service. "While we have very much enjoyed the relationship with Hilltop Farm over the past 18 years and will be forever grateful to them for providing such a wonderful place to develop SBS, we have simply outgrown our facility there. The new location will provide much needed additional laboratory space for development of new techniques and services and enable us to serve our clients more effectively".

SBS will continue to provide Hilltop Farm collection services for their resident and guest stallions.

The SBS facility in Maryland is the production laboratory for all SBS proprietary media and extenders for the North American SBS Affiliate laboratories. A separate media preparation laboratory provides a controlled environment for the production of these extenders under ideal conditions. SBS Maryland also administers the SBS quality control program for the entire SBS Affiliate Network under the direction of Dr. Julie Skaife. In addition the Maryland office is headquarters to the global SBS affiliate network comprised of SBS Europe (based at SBS Italia) and SBS Australasia (based at Goulburn Valley Equine Hospital).

Services

Fencing

Stallion Management

CollectionAt our facility in Chesapeake City, MD, we offer the following stallion services; breeding soundness examination, phantom training, semen collection and evaluation, processing for cooled semen shipment and semen freezing, storage and distribution. With nearly 30 years experience working with hundreds of stallions of all breeds, SBS can also provide consultation for the problem stallion and investigate semen quality concerns. Our new hydraulically controlled breeding phantom is slowly lowered after the stallion ejaculates to ease the stress of dismounting and minimize injuries and fatigue to the stallion’s back and hocks.

Our laboratory is equipped to perform advanced semen processing techniques and customized freezing protocols for individual stallions to maximize semen quality in a cooled or frozen semen breeding program. We can also perform quality control analysis of shipped in cooled or frozen semen. Our frozen semen storage and distribution program is professional, cost effective and efficient. We ship nearly 700 containers of frozen semen each breeding season. Approximately 30,000 breeding doses are stored in liquid nitrogen in nearly 90 specially designed cryogenic containers that are maintained from a 1500 gallon bulk nitrogen tank located at the facility. SBS is always available to our clients to offer guidance on stallion management, maintenance of breeding records and management of breeding contracts. 

Veterinary Services

FoalSBS-VS offers complete equine ambulatory veterinary services in the areas surrounding our Chesapeake City, MD office. We strive to provide the highest standards of care for your equine companion and to form lasting relationships with our horse owning clientele. Our partnership with Unionville Equine Associates in Oxford, PA allows access to advanced diagnostic and laboratory services. It also allows SBS-VS to consult with a board certified veterinarian in internal medicine and experienced practitioners in lameness and other performance issues. Appointments for general horse health, dental prophylaxis, vaccinations, medical colic therapy, ophthalmic examinations, foal care, lacerations, respiratory problems, minor surgery, and other related issues can be scheduled by calling SBS-VS at (410) 885-3202.

Mare Management

Mare and FoalSBS-VS offers mare management services at a newly renovated facility in Chesapeake City, MD. We provide complete breeding management, artificial inseminations with fresh, cooled, and frozen semen, low-dose and deep-horn insemination techniques, reproductive evaluations, diagnostic, and therapeutic treatments for the mares in your broodmare herd.  A dedicated staff veterinarian, boarded by the American College of Theriogenologists, ensures the knowledge and experience to provide optimal reproductive care for your mares and foals. Dr. Scofield can provide detailed information to mare owners regarding other advanced reproductive technologies and help them determine the most appropriate therapy for sub-fertile horses.  

While a normal mare's gestation averages 340 days, some mares can have normal foals at 320 days until over 360 days. During this foaling window, veterinary staff should monitor a high-risk mare closely. Some owners elect to monitor calcium carbonate values of mammary secretions to help approximate the time of foaling. 

We offer foaling services to limit the anxiety and risk of your mare foaling unpredictably and unattended.  Foaling services are offered on a first-come-first-serve basis, so please call SBS-VS to enroll your mare today. 

Embryo Transfer

BlastEmbryo transfer is an advanced technique that places a donor mare’s fertilized embryo into the uterus of a recipient mare that has been correctly synched with the donor mare’s cycle. With Paul Loomis’ 20 plus years of experience in equine ET and with Dr. Scofield’s training and experience, SBS-VS provides the necessary attention to detail that produces embryo transfer success. 

At SBS-VS, we can manage and flush your donor mare for an embryo, package and ship the embryo to a recipient herd, utilize your own recipient mare, or place the embryo into one of SBS-VS’s recipient mares. SBS and Unionville Equine Associates (UEA) in Oxford, PA have been collaborating since 2009 to bring ET services to UEA clients. We will continue to provide ancillary support to UEA veterinarians for their clients requiring embryo transfer services.   

Embryo transfer is a proven reproductive technique that can be used for older mares that can donate fertilized embryos yet cannot carry a foal to term, performance or show mares in the height of competition, or mares where multiple pregnancies are desired. SBS-VS looks forward to expanding the availability of equine ET in and around Chesapeake City.

Mobile Service

mobile labSelect Breeders Services in Maryland has two mobile laboratories and offers mobile service to farms and veterinary clinics in the Mid-Atlantic region and East Coast. The mobile lab is fully outfitted with all the equipment to process and evaluate semen including a controlled rate cell freezer and Hamilton-Thorne computer assisted semen analysis system. Our primary travel area extends from our facility in Northeastern Maryland to Southern New York State, New Jersey, Delaware, Southeastern Pennsylvania, Harrisburg, PA region, and Maryland. Regular trips up to New England and down to Virginia are also available by special arrangement. Please call for more information or email info@selectbreeders.com.

Frozen Semen Import and Export

SpermSBS-MD is a USDA approved center for the collection of semen intended for export out of the United States. We regularly process and ship semen with export qualification for the European Union, Australia, New Zealand, UAE and South America. Depending upon the countries involved, export freezing requires additional health testing and possibly quarantine of your stallion during the freezing session. Please call or visit our FAQ page in the Knowledge Library for more information on what is involved with export freezing.

Interested in breeding to a top European stallion? Select Breeders can also assist you with semen import and we can perform a quality control analysis to determine sperm concentration and motility. This will enable you to adjust the breeding dose if necessary to provide the recommended minimum number of progressively motile sperm/dose.

Standing at SBS for 2016

Russell Hanover

Russell HanoverSelect Breeders is excited to announce that Russell Hanover (Somebeachsomewhere x Rich N Elegant) is standing at SBS-MD for the 2016 season. He is new for Maryland and registered with the MD Standardbred Breeders Association. Service fee is $2000. Call SBS-MD (410-885-3202) for more information. Dr. Bridgette Jablonsky of Hanover Shoe Farm notes:

“Russell Hanover is one of the best bred pacing stallions to ever stand at stud, being by one of the greatest racehorses and stallions of the modern era and a brother to another (Rocknroll Hanover). His dam is considered to be the greatest pacing broodmare of modern time. Russell Hanover is a well conformed athletic and smart horse who has passed those attributes on to his foals.Untrained due to injury and bred to small crops of mares in 2013 -2015, his oldest foals are now 2. We will never know how good a racehorse he may have been if he wasn’t injured but I am optimistic that his genetics will have a chance to shine in the breeding shed. Maryland breeders would be wise to take advantage of a horse with such unlimited potential.”

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Staff

Group photo 2014

Paul Loomis MS, Founder and CEO of Select Breeders Services Inc.

PaulPaul established Select Breeders Services in 1987 and developed the company to become the largest provider of equine semen preservation services in the world. As president of the company, Paul directs the international network of affiliated laboratories. During 1987-1992, Paul was also Director of Biological Research at Hamilton Thorn Research Associates. Hamilton Thorn is best known in the horse industry as developers of the Equitainer system for cooled transported semen and instrumentation for computerized sperm motility analysis. Prior to SBS and Hamilton Thorn, Paul was VP/General Manager of Green Hills Farm, Inc in Aiken, SC a large sport horse breeding facility. Here Paul developed (what was then) the largest commercial frozen semen breeding program for horses in the U.S.

Paul is a recognized expert in the field of semen preservation. He is a graduate of Colorado State University with a M.S. in Physiology (Equine Reproduction). He is the author of numerous scientific journal articles and regularly lectures worldwide in the areas of equine reproduction and semen preservation. 

David B. Scofield DVM, MS, Diplomate ACT, SBS Veterinarian

Dr. David ScofieldDr. Scofield grew up in Delaware and on the eastern shore of Maryland. After college in North Carolina, he received his DVM from Oklahoma State University in 2009. Following graduation, Dr. Scofield completed an internship at Weatherford Equine Medical Center in Weatherford, Texas and later joined Colorado State University’s Equine Reproduction Laboratory for a residency in Equine Reproduction. His research focused on anti-microbial agents for bacterial and fungal infections in mares. His day-to-day activities included managing reproductively challenged mares and stallions, embryo transfer, foaling mares, high-risk pregnancies, and neonatal foals.

Julie Skaife PhD., Director of Quality Control Assurance

JulieOriginally from the Lake District in England, Julie came to the US to study at UC Davis. She graduated with a PhD in Comparative Pathology from the School of Veterinary Medicine in 2003. Her area of research specialization was membrane physiology and cryopreservation of equine and primate sperm. Julie joined SBS-MD in 2006 and manages the Affiliated Laboratory Network and SBS Quality Control Program. Julie also has an MSc in Equine Science from the University of Wales, Aberystwyth and competes regularly in dressage and eventing.

Jonathan Clark, Laboratory Manager

JonathanJonathan is the senior freezing technician and laboratory manager at SBS-MD. His other responsibilities include off-site freezing projects and leader of the import/export department. Jonathan is a graduate of the University of Delaware with a B.S. in Animal Science and has been a member of the SBS team since 1994.

Karley Milburn, Laboratory Technician

KarleyKarley Milburn is a graduate of The Pennsylvania State University with a B.S. in Animal Science and a minor in Equine Science. While at Penn State she was a chair and active member of the Reproductive Research Team and worked in one of the reproductive physiology labs. In June of 2015 Karley joined the SBS-MD team; her responsibilities include semen collection, processing for cooled and frozen semen and media production.

Kathryn Williams, Distribution Technician

Katie WilliamsKatie is a graduate of the University of Delaware with a B.S. in Animal and Food Science and loves being able to incorporate her passion for animals into her professional career. After graduation she became the herdsperson for an Angus cattle farm where she helped manage a cow-calf breeding operation, USDA quarantine facility, as well as overall farm maintenance. Katie joined the SBS-MD team in March of 2016 to manage the frozen semen storage and distribution department. In her free time Katie enjoys long distance running, the great outdoors, and taking care her own menagerie of animals.

Pat Blailock, Office Manager

PatPat joined the SBS team in February of 2012 as Office /Sales and Marketing Manager. She has over 18 years of experience in business operations, office management and customer service. Her focus is to ensure that every customer, current or prospective, is informed of the services we provide at SBS and that they receive the highest quality of customer service.

Bud Emmons, Stallion Handler and Facility Manager

BudBud is originally from Upstate New York and has worked as a stallion handler for >15 years. He has previously worked with Thoroughbreds at North View Stallion Station (MD, 1999-2001 and PA, 2009-2010), sport horses at Hilltop Farm, MD (2001-2009) and a variety of breeds at Cornell Equine Research Park, NY (1995-2000). His knowledge and experience working with stallions makes him a valuable member of the SBS staff and he will take care of your stallion just like one of his own.

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