SBS Headquarters Moves to New Facility

March 17, 2011

Posted by SBS-MD in Affiliate News

LabIn what Paul Loomis, Founder and CEO of Select Breeders Service, calls “the opportunity of a lifetimeSBS has moved into a brand new facility allowing for the expansion of SBS’s services to the breeding industry. The staff spent several days packing and preparing for the facility relocation which occurred over 2 long days and multiple trips with rental trucks and horse trailers containing office and laboratory supplies and equipment.

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Ruminaja Ali Foals Born 13yrs After Stallion Dies

March 17, 2011

Posted by SBS in Industry News

Ruminjara AliIn 2010 the Arabian horse industry witnessed history in the making with the first Ruminaja Ali foals born in 13yrs. David Cains of Stonewall Farm Arabians, Scottsdale, AZ was assisting the Dubai Arabian Stud director, Mohamed Al Tawidi, in selecting horses for their breeding program. Daughters from the legendary Arabian sire Ruminjara Ali were on their wish list, but these mares were rare and seldom available for purchase. Whilst researching the possibilities, David learned about Intracytoplasmic Sperm Injection (ICSI) and realized what a fantastic opportunity the technology offered. Al Tawidi and Cains carefully selected a group of elite mares to breed to Ruminjara Ali using this technique. Frozen-thawed sperm were injected directly into harvested oocytes, then the fertilized oocyte was transferred into a surrogate mare. The resulting foals (pictured below) demonstrate that dreams can come true and what was once considered a possibility, could be reality. Ruminaja Ali is owned by Bergren Family Arabians and was frozen by Select Breeders Southwest.

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Gold Hope Farm

March 17, 2011

Posted by SBS in Focus on Our Breeders

Good as GoldA tragic accident serves as a reminder of the benefits of frozen semen. Many of you may already know that in August 2010, a promising young stallion, Good as Gold, owned by Lauren Efford of Goldhope Farm in Coatesville, PA, was humanely euthanized after suffering from a tragic pasture accident. Good as Gold was a product of Goldhope Farm’s breeding program and they had great hopes and expectations for him as a breeding stallion and performance horse. As a 3 year old in 2009, Good as Gold received his provisional breeding license with the Oldenburg Registry of North America. Next stop would be the Advanced Stallion Test in October of 2010 held at Majestic Farm in Batavia, OH, during which he would be evaluated for basic gaits as well as participate in the discipline specific test for dressage stallions in hopes of receiving his lifetime breeding certificate. Sadly, he never made it.

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Frozen Semen Triumps in the Jumper Ring

March 17, 2011

Posted by SBS in Frozen Semen

Furioso IIIt’s always exciting for us at SBS to hear about the success of breeding with frozen semen and the horses that have been produced via this method. We were particularly intrigued by an article published last summer at the beginning of the prestigious Aachen jumper show in Germany. On July 16, 2010 a then 12 year old Oldenburg gelding named Ferrari won the RWE Prize of North-Rhine Westphalia at the opening of Aachen. What makes this horse special, other than his ability, is that he was conceived via frozen semen. His influential sire, Furioso II, passed away 24 years ago, 11 years prior to the breeding of Ferrari and because of frozen semen these valuable genetics are still present today. To read the full article that caught our eye click here.

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Canadian Option for US Stallion Owners

March 17, 2011

Posted by SBS in Import and Export

Canada FlagThe import permit and health certificate requirement for both cooled and frozen semen entering Canada from the United States is still in effect for the 2011 breeding season. In order to avoid shipping delays and additional expense to your Canadian breeders, stallion owners with SBS frozen semen should consider exporting and storing a limited amount of frozen semen at our Select Breeders Affiliated Laboratory in Ontario, Canada, Emerald Ridge Farm. Semen would then be immediately available to ship domestically to Canadian mare owners.

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Congratulations to 6666s Ranch

March 17, 2011

Posted by SBS in Affiliate News

6666 L BarnRoad to the Horse, the World Championship of colt-starting is unlike any other event in the equine or entertainment industry. This event matches three of the country's best horse trainers and clinicians against one another as they train unbroken colts to ride in just a few short hours in front of a packed live audience and television cameras. Each year a notable Quarter Horse ranch is invited to provide the Road to the Horse remuda of ten three-year-old geldings for this electrifying competition.

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Olde Country Farm

March 17, 2011

Posted by SBS in Focus On Our Breeders

SopranoAlain Seheut of Olde Country Farm gained an early education in breeding horses working alongside his grandfather, who was a successful breeder in France. Thus it was inevitable that when Alain moved to the US several years later he would develop his own breeding program. Olde Country Farm, in Glyndon MD, breeds Warmbloods predominantly for dressage, although many go on to careers in jumping and eventing. They stand the Premium German Oldenburg Stallion, Soprano (left). Alain’s goal is to breed the type of horse that can compete at the national and international levels. He believes that longevity in performance is key; so in addition to athletic ability, he breeds for soundness in both character and conformation.

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EU Export Update From USDA

March 16, 2011

Posted by SBS in Import and Export

As of September 1st 2010, the USDA implemented changes to the regulations qualifying frozen semen for export to the European Union. These changes affect the specific timing of when the required testing must occur. It is important for stallion owners to be aware that in the case of the non-resident stallion, more responsibility may be placed on the owner for scheduling testing dates with their local veterinarian. A brief summary of testing schedule options are presented below. For further information, please contact your local SBS Affiliate Lab.

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Cool Na Grena Sporthorses

March 16, 2011

Posted by SBS in Focus On Our Breeders

BalmoralDr. Elizabeth Callahan of Cool Na Grena Sporthorses, Oxford, MD was the recipient of the 2009 USEF Leading Event Breeder of 2009. Didi, a practicing equine vet, has been breeding horses for the last 25yrs. Although she only produces 2-3 foals a year the matings are carefully selected with the goal of producing a well rounded athlete that has both the movement for dressage and talent for jumping.

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Congratulations to SBS Frozen Semen Clients

March 16, 2011

Posted by SBS in Industry News

  Claudio RissoMr. Claudio Risso (left) of Roberta’s Stable was recognized as the Best Breeder and Best Stallion Owner of 2009 by the IRHBA (Italian Reining Horse Breeders Association). It is his third consecutive year winning both awards! SBS Italia freezes semen for international distribution from his stallions Spat Olena and RS Great Jac Feona.

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Cre Run Farm

March 16, 2011

Posted by SBS in Focus On Our Breeders

DA AdiosMany horse owners may be unfamiliar with the Arabian racing industry, but for Cre Run Farm in Doswell, VA, it is their passion. For the past 25 years, Cre Run has been breeding and developing some of the world's top Arabian race horses such as Da Adios (left), the US all time money earner, 2008 World Arabian Horse of the Year and 5 time Darley Champion and Sam Tiki (below right, photo credit: Leslie Gicewicz), a member of the Racing Hall of Fame as well as siring 4 Darley champions. Cre Run's goal has been to "breed for the ultimate Arabian. One that possesses Arabian type but also has correct confirmation, bone and substance," says Cre Run owner Deborah Milahoff. Countries such as Poland, Egypt and Russia developed their herds through racing and it made perfect sense for Cre Run to do the same.

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Answers to your FAQ on Frozen Semen

March 16, 2011

Posted by SBS in Frozen Semen

ConnemaraJulie Skaife at SBS-MD recently responded to FAQ presented by the American Connemara Magazine in the article, The Frozen Option

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Fox Creek Farm

March 16, 2011

Posted by SBS in Focus On Our Breeders

HalifaxDianna Orona of Fox Creek Farm is utilizing the SBS international affiliate program to the full advantage. Located on a 160 acre farm 5 miles west of Manhattan, KS, Fox Creek Farm has a world class breeding program founded upon the German Riding Pony. Their goal is to produce an athletic sport pony, correct in both conformation and movement, with a quiet, friendly temperament suitable for smaller adults or children.

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Please Note - photos used in these news articles are available in the public domain, have been purchased through istockphoto or (when referencing breeders or horses) have been submitted to Select Breeders Services Inc. by the breeding farm or horse owner. Photo credit has been provided where applicable. If at anytime you see something that needs to be addressed please feel free to contact us directly.

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