SBS World Headquarters and Veterinary Services

October 31, 2014

Posted by SBS in Affiliate News

SBS - Maryland Aerial View In January we will celebrate 4 years at our new facility in Chesapeake City, Maryland - how time flies! If you have not been here to visit us, you must come for the tour – we’d welcome you at any time! Right now we are preparing for our Select Breeders Services Annual Meeting which we will host Nov 6-7th. We look forward to catching up with our affiliate members from around the world and sharing our educational program. Before the Annual Meeting we have a training session for new affiliate members Nov 3rd-5th, so it will be a busy week! We have 5 new affiliate labs joining the SBS International Network this year, stay tuned for an announcement of our new partnerships in the December issue of the SBS Newsletter.

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8 Tips for Using Video to Promote Your Horse Business

October 31, 2014

Posted by Chad Mendell in General Interest

istock_Stallion 2 Video has always been a great marketing tool, especially in the horse industry. Let’s face it, horse people like seeing horses, and what better way to do that than through video. However, one thing that has kept many horse businesses from using video in their marketing toolbox in the past was cost. But that has since changed. Effective, good-looking videos no longer require expensive cameras or huge production crews. Today, most quality cameras and even smart phones have the ability to shoot high-definition video that can be easily edited and uploaded online. With a little work and some planning, video can be a huge asset to any horse business.

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Southwind Farms

October 31, 2014

Posted by SBS in Focus On Our Breeders

Muscle Hill - racing In 1978, Mr. and Mrs. Allen Skolnick decided to partner in the purchase of three Standardbred yearlings. More than 35 years later their Southwind Farms is a household name in the Standardbred racing industry. After the success of their first yearlings they decided to purchase property to expand their broodmare band and breeding program. In 1980, the first property they purchased was 390 acres in the Catskill Mountains of New York. Six short years later they decided to move their facility to a more strategic location near four major race tracks and other prominent Standardbred breeding farms in New Jersey. The 235 acres, which was originally a dairy farm, is home to Southwind Farms broodmare band and nursery for their foals from the time they are born until they are sold as yearlings.

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New Alternative to Putting Your Mare Under Lights

October 31, 2014

Posted by Dr. Jerry Longworth in Mare Management

Equilume mask - closeup It has long been a goal for equine breeders to produce foals born as early in the year as possible. Foals born early in the year have a distinct economic advantage for breeders. However, Mother Nature, has a different plan.

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Sport Ponies on the Rise

October 04, 2014

Posted by SBS in General Interest

Pony Article_Julie and Sassy When thinking of a “Sport Horse” one might think of large Warmblood horses flying over oxers, dancing across an arena or jumping into a water jump. The mere size of some of these horses (some over 17 hands high) can be daunting to smaller adults and younger riders. Smaller than their larger counterparts, the Sport Pony is bred to excel in all of the same events yet they are more suited for younger and smaller competitive riders. Typical sport pony breeds include the German Riding Pony, Connemara Pony, New Forest Pony, Welsh Pony and Fell Pony. Standing between 13.2 and 14.2 hands tall Sport Ponies are known for their tremendous ability, big movement, great temperament, and high level of ride ability. Although ponies were once considered mounts for children, many adults are experiencing the benefits of riding a Sport Pony and they are holding their own against the big boys in open competition. Below we further explore reasons to freeze pony semen and highlight a few Sport Pony breeds along with a few of our clients who are experiencing great success with their pony stallions.

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Lazy E Ranch

October 04, 2014

Posted by SBS in Focus On Our Breeders

Lazy E_Barn Three hundred rolling acres in Guthrie, OK have been home to the breeding division of the Lazy E Ranch since 1984. In 1989, following the acquisition of the Quarter Horse racing stallion, Special Effort (Raise Your Glass x Go Effortlessly), who is the only Triple Crown Winner in Quarter Horse racing, the Lazy E Ranch began to earn recognition as one of the top Quarter horse breeding operations in the country. The Lazy E Ranch was also later home to Easy Jet (Jet Deck x Lenas Bar) who was inducted into the American Quarter Horse Hall of Fame in 1993. Easy Jet was considered the “sire of sires” in the racing world and sired more than 2500 offspring in his lifetime.

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Leann Newton

October 04, 2014

Posted by SBS in Affiliate News

Leann Newton_head shot Born and raised in Pretoria, South Africa, Leann Newton is one of five children. At a young age she watched her three older siblings participate in pony club. However, just as her interest in horses grew her father sold the horses and all the gear. When she asked him why he sold them she remembers him saying, “you too will grow out of horses, it is just a passing phase.” However, it wasn’t a passing phase for Leann…it was her life’s passion which has taken her all over the world.

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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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