Dr. Ed Squires and Paul Loomis, MS will be heading to Foz do Iguaçu, Brazil for the International Symposium on Equine Reproduction (ISER) meeting to be held on July 10th – 14th, 2023. The ISER organization was formed to provide a format for equine scientists, veterinarians and educators to present the latest research findings on both mare and stallion reproduction.
International Symposium on Equine Reproduction – Dr. Ed Squires Recognized as Honorary Chair
June 26, 2023
Dr. Phil Matthews of PetersonSmith Retires
May 23, 2023
After more than 40 years of practice, Dr. Phil Matthews of PetersonSmith Equine Hospital & Complete Care has put away his ultrasound and microscope. He retired at the end of 2022 so he can do more traveling as well as focus on his own Thoroughbreds and the Angus cattle he raises on his ranch.
Dr. Glenn Blodgett - A Legend In Our Hearts
December 20, 2022
On November 20th, 2022 our SBS family was shocked and saddened to learn of the sudden passing of our dear friend and colleague, Dr. Glenn Blodgett. He began working as the resident veterinarian and manager of the Four Sixes Ranch horse division in 1982. Our relationship with Dr. Blodgett and the 6666 Ranch began 20 years later when Doc asked us to provide semen freezing services for 6666 Ranch managed stallions. In 2008, the 6666’s Ranch became an Affiliate Laboratory of SBS. Dr. Blodgett would have turned 74 years old on December 21st. Therefore, we wish to pay honor to him on this special day by sharing our thoughts about this very special man.
20th Gathering of the SBS Affiliate Laboratories
November 21, 2022
The 20th gathering of the SBS Affiliated Laboratories returned to Chesapeake City, Maryland on November 7th & 8th. Each year we meet to review procedures and policies, share information and experiences, discuss recent developments in the industry and set plans for the future. Our affiliate network is ever expanding as we add more affiliate members to our group. In the past few years we have welcomed two new affiliates in the state of Oregon. They are Dr. Ryan Ferris of Summit Equine and Dr. Thomas Timmons of Rogue Equine Hospital.
SBS Affiliate Program is Celebrating 20 Years
September 20, 2020
Paul Loomis’ vision of creating a company dedicated to the responsible development of the equine frozen semen industry has taken several creative turns. Most notably are his first partnership in a facility in Texas and the implementation of the SBS Affiliate Laboratory Network which is celebrating its 20th Anniversary this year. Formerly incorporated in 1987, Select Breeders Services, LLC (SBS) has grown into an internationally recognized leader in the industry of processing, storing and distributing equine frozen semen.
SBS Veterinary Services offers Transvaginal Follicle Aspiration for Oocyte Recovery (TVA)
April 16, 2020
With the recent addition of Dr. Elena Martinez de Andino, board-certified theriogenologist, SBS Veterinary Services is excited to promote transvaginal follicle aspiration for oocyte recovery (TVA) as one of its available assisted reproductive techniques. Trained at Texas A&M University under the guidance of Dr. Katrin Hinrichs, Dr. Charles Love, and the Equine Embryo Laboratory, Dr. Martinez de Andino has extensive clinical and research experience in TVAs in both reproductively challenged mares as well as fertile mares whose stallion’s semen may be limited or of poor quality. Oocytes collected from TVA are sent to an ICSI lab, and the ICSI-embryos, fresh or vitrified, can be sent back to SBS Veterinary Services for transfer into one of our recipient mares. This procedure is invaluable for production of ICSI-embryos for immediate transfer or for preservation of genetic material (vitrified ICSI-embryos) from mares for future embryo transfer.
19th Annual Meeting of SBS Affiliated Laboratories Held in Lexington
November 15, 2019
Select Breeders Services (SBS) hosted its 19th Annual Meeting of SBS Affiliated Laboratories in Lexington, KY on November 11th and 12th, 2019. As the largest provider of frozen semen services in the world, SBS has been a leader in the frozen semen industry for more than 30 years. Currently, we have 26 affiliate laboratories throughout the United States, Canada, Central America, Europe and Australia. Each year, we gather together as a group to review our policies and procedures, discuss research results and recent developments in the industry, share information, learn from each other’s experiences and set plans for the future.
Dr. Sandro Barbacini Elected President of the World Equine Veterinary Association
October 14, 2019
During the 16th World Equine Veterinary Association (WEVA) Congress held in Verona, Italy this month, Dr. Sandro Barbacini was named the WEVA President. The WEVA has been promoting equine education since 1985. According to their website, the goal of WEVA “is to advance the health and welfare of horses worldwide by promoting and offering quality continuing education for equine practitioners, specifically in countries with limited access to high quality, broad-based professional education.” Prior to his current position, Dr. Barbacini served as their Jr. Vice President.
SBS Veterinary Services Welcomes Second Board Certified Theriogenologist to Veterinary Team
September 16, 2019
We are excited to welcome Dr. Elena Martinez de Andino, VMD, DACT, to the veterinary specialist team of SBS Veterinary Services. She will be an asset to our team as she assists our clients with their equine and canine reproduction needs as well as basic veterinary care. Dr. Martinez de Andino has hit the ground running as she begins to familiarize herself with SBS, its protocols, and clientele.
SBS Assists with International Genetics Program
August 08, 2019
For the past several years, Select Breeders Services has had the honor of assisting the American Quarter Horse Association (AQHA) in the fulfillment of grants they have been awarded through a USDA supported program called the Quality Samples Program (QSP). This program assists in providing monetary support for the export of livestock genetics from the United States to international markets. Rather than exporting live animals, the export of frozen semen allows for a much larger impact in the genetic pool of foreign countries. Most recently, the destination was the Czech Republic in Eastern Europe. Frozen semen from several stallions was processed at the 6666 Ranch, an SBS Affiliate Laboratory, then exported by Select Breeders Southwest (SBSW) in Aubrey, TX to the Czech Republic. Though there have been many frozen semen shipments of American Quarter Horse stallions to Western Europe, this was the first request from the 6666 Ranch for an Eastern European country and the first shipment SBSW has facilitated to the Czech Republic.
SBS Welcomes Dr. Kristin Klohonatz
May 09, 2019
We are happy to welcome Dr. Kristin Klohonatz to the team at Select Breeders Services, Inc as the Director of the SBS Affiliate Laboratory Program and Co-Director of Research and Development. She arrived in February 2019 and has been using her time to familiarize herself with SBS protocols and introducing herself to the SBS Affiliate Members.
18th Annual Meeting of SBS Affiliated Laboratories
January 15, 2019
Select Breeders Services (SBS) hosted its 18th Annual Meeting of SBS Affiliated Laboratories in Chesapeake City, Maryland on December 10th and 11th, 2018. As the largest provider of frozen semen services in the world, SBS has been a leader in the frozen semen industry for more than 30 years. Currently, we have 26 affiliate laboratories throughout the United States, Canada, South America, Europe and Australia. We are pleased to announce our newest affiliate member, Dr. Claire Plante of Therion Science, Inc. in Ontario, Canada.
Dr. Angus McKinnon Receives Order of Australia Medal
October 13, 2018
We wish to congratulate Dr. Angus McKinnon of Goulburn Valley Equine Hospital in Australia on his receiving the Order of Australia medal last month. The Order of Australia was established by Her Majesty The Queen in 1975 as an "Australian society of honor for the purpose of recognition to Australian citizens and other persons for their achievement or for meritorious service." Dr. McKinnon received this as recognition for his more than 40 years of service in the veterinary science industry but particularly for his work in the area of equine reproduction.
Dr. Ed Squires Receives Prestigous Award
August 01, 2018
Congratulations to Dr. Ed Squires! In July, he was a recipient of one of the first Life Time Achievement Awards presented by the International Equine Reproduction Symposium. This award was established in 2017 to honor individuals who have made significant contributions to the discipline of Equine Reproduction, either through research or clinical practice. These contributions, whether they have been in research, leadership or mentorship, have had a lasting impact on the discipline of equine reproduction, and candidates have demonstrated a lifetime commitment to progress in the discipline.
Bella Vista Equine Reproduction Services
January 04, 2018
Select Breeders Services wishes to welcome our newest Affiliate Laboratory, Bella Vista Equine Reproductive Services (BVERS) in Ohio. The clinic was founded in 2005 by Dr. Elizabeth Martinsen, a Board Certified Theriogenologist with 20 plus years of clinical experience. Their specialty is equine reproduction. They are located approximately one-hour northeast of Columbus, Ohio. The facility is nestled on approximately 40 acres where they also maintain an embryo transfer recipient herd for their embryo transfer program. They also offer services to Ohio and the Midwest region through their in-house and ambulatory practice. BVERS provides breeding and management of problem mares, complete embryo transfer services, on site foaling, frozen semen services and comprehensive stallion work-up.
2017 SBS Annual Meeting Review
December 09, 2017
This year the 17th Annual Meeting of SBS Affiliated Laboratories returned to Chesapeake City, Maryland on December 4th and 5th. Each year our team members from around the world gather to review procedures and policies, share information and experiences, discuss recent developments in the industry and set plans for the future. Our network is ever expanding as we include more affiliate laboratories. This year we welcomed Jadem Arabians in Belgium and we will welcome our newest affiliate member, Dr. Elizabeth Martinsen of Bella Vista Equine in St. Louisville, OH, to our team in 2018.
November 05, 2017
Marta Agrò (photo left) works alongside Dr. Sandro Barbacini at Studio Veterinario Associato Luretta, an SBS Affiliate Laboratory located in Piacenza, Italy. She has always had a passion for horses and was thrilled when one of the founders of the Luretta veterinary clinic asked her to join his team which she has now been a part of for several years. She grew up in Italy with her parents and two older sisters. After graduating high school she studied at the University of Parma where she completed courses to become an equine breeding technician. She also began working for a well-known fast food restaurant at this time. She began to save the money she earned to achieve her long time dream of owning a horse. In September 2008 that dream came true when she had saved enough money to purchase an 8 year old gelding named Kevin. She said, “He’s been so good and patient with me ever since we met.”
Thank You for Helping Us Celebrate Our First 30 Years
October 04, 2017
We would like to say a big “THANK YOU” to all who came to our World Headquarters in Chesapeake City, MD on September 9th to help us celebrate the first 30 years of Select Breeders Services. It was an absolutely beautiful afternoon with partly sunny skies and warm yet cool temperatures. We celebrated with more than 200 of our wonderful clients, past and present employees and friends from 3pm - 7pm in the evening.
What is a SBS Affiliate Laboratory?
August 03, 2017
SBS is the largest provider of frozen semen services in the world, with unrivalled expertise accumulated over its 30 years leading the frozen semen industry. Two SBS labs - Select Breeders Services, Inc. (SBS-HQ) in Chesapeake City, Maryland and Select Breeders Southwest (SBSW) in Aubrey, TX - are owned and operated by Paul Loomis, CEO and founder of Select Breeders Services, Inc. The SBS Affiliate Program is a network comprised of some of the top equine reproduction laboratories from around the globe. Currently there are 25 affiliate laboratory locations (15 in North America, 7 in Europe, 2 in Australia and 1 in Central America). These are veterinary clinics or large breeding farms that have joined the SBS Affiliate Network so they can market their frozen semen services under the SBS brand and take advantage of the many benefits SBS Affiliate Laboratory Program has to offer.
Rood and Riddle Equine Hospital
August 03, 2017
Rood & Riddle Equine Hospital began as an ambulatory practice in Lexington, Kentucky in 1982 and established a full-service equine hospital in 1986. Today the practice is known and respected throughout the world for their innovative and highly skilled treatment of horses. Rood & Riddle employs over fifty veterinarians with three board certified theriogenologists staffing our LeBlanc Reproduction Center (photo left). Our reproductive center was established in 2002 and was named in honor of our beloved colleague, Dr. Michelle LeBlanc, who was a widely respected practitioner, professor, mentor, leader, and cherished friend whose legacy lives on in our reproductive team.
SBS Stallion Guide Instructional Video
June 28, 2017
Dr. Glenn Blodgett Receives 2017 Golden Spur Award
June 28, 2017
We wish to congratulate Dr. Glenn Blodgett, resident veterinarian and manager of the 6666 Ranch horse division, for being awarded the 2017 Golden Spur Award. The six livestock and ranching associations which sponsor the Golden Spur Award are the American Quarter Horse Association, National Cattleman’s Foundation, Ranching Heritage Association, Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association, Texas Cattle Feeders Association and the Texas Farm Bureau. In order to receive this award Dr. Blodgett was recognized due to the respect he has earned from his peers and contributions he has made to the ranching and livestock industries.
Peterson and Smith Equine Reproduction Center Introduces New Company - EQUIGEA
May 31, 2017
Peterson and Smith Equine Reproduction Center, a SBS Affiliate Laboratory in Ocala, FL, has launched EQUIGEA, a company founded by three prominent individuals in the field of assisted equine reproduction. Dr. Phil Matthews, Dr. Cesare Galli and Dr. Ed Squires each have over 30 years of experience in not only developing techniques in the reproductive industry but also making them applicable within a commercial setting. EQUIGEA offers a complete and all-inclusive Intracytoplasmic Sperm Injection (ICSI) program consisting of aspirations, maturation, sperm injections, embryo development and transfers. All of these services are provided “in-house” at Peterson and Smith Equine Reproduction Center to ensure the highest probability of success.
May 31, 2017
Patrick Rollins has been a part of Select Breeders Southwest (SBSW) since January 2010 after receiving his Bachelor of Science Degree from Texas Tech University. As Senior Freeze Technician, he is responsible for many aspects of the operations at SBSW. They include processing frozen semen in both the main lab and the mobile lab and overseeing the collection and processing of cooled semen as well as the processing of semen using EquiPure. During the breeding season, he enjoys spending time with the horses while overseeing the mare management services provided by SBSW. The storage and distribution of the frozen semen at SBSW is also under his watchful care.
RSVP by August 25th – SBS 30th Anniversary Celebration
May 09, 2017
Please RSVP by August 25th to let us know you’re coming to help us celebrate on September 9th! Paul Loomis’ business of freezing equine semen began in a small farm laboratory and a home office in 1987. Throughout the past three decades SBS has grown into the largest provider of frozen semen services in the world. It now consists of 25 Affiliate Laboratories in 7 different countries.
SBS Welcomes Three New Affiliate Laboratories
April 10, 2017
We are excited to share with you the addition of three new laboratories to the SBS International Affiliate Laboratory Network. Two of the new labs are located within the United States while the third is located in Belgium. With the addition of McKinlay & Peters Equine Hospital we have our first affiliate lab in the upper Northwest of the United States. Rood & Riddle Equine Hospital has come on board as our third affiliate in Kentucky. Jadem Arabians, located in Belgium, is our most recent addition in the European Union. Be watching upcoming editions of our newsletter as we will be highlighting each of these facilities in the near future. We are glad to welcome them to the SBS Network and look forward to developing new friendships and extending our SBS services to more clients throughout the world.
SBS Italia Moves to New Facility
March 07, 2017
Since January 1, 2017, Select Breeders Services Italy (SBS Italia) transferred their business to Studio Veterinario Associato Luretta. Their facility is located in Gazzola, which is not far from Piacenza, and provides veterinary care for small animals and horses. The practice was founded in 1997 and is owned by three partners: Dr. Antonino Calza, Dr. Carlo Brigati and Dr. Roberto Casaroli. Dr. Sandro Barbacini of SBS Italia and Dr. Casaroli have known each other for many years since they both attended the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine of Parma.
Pioneer Equine Hospital Client Appreciation 2017
March 04, 2017
Pioneer Equine Hospital (SBS Affiliate Laboratory) hosted their 6th annual client appreciation and education seminar on February 11th, 2017 at their facility in Oakdale, California. There were 110 clients who were eager to learn that joined us on a beautiful Saturday afternoon. The event was graciously catered and sponsored by Janice Egan of Merial, Stuart Nelson of Patterson Veterinary Supply, Brent Brown of Boehringer Ingelheim, Joycalyn Wininger of Luitpold Animal Health, Jessica Morris of Dechra, Gerri Brown of Aurora Pharmaceutical, Patrick and Amie Grohl of Premier Equine Center and Platinum Performance.
Equine Reproduction Days Seminar at SBS North Germany
December 27, 2016
The Equine Clinic Luesche/SBS North Germany, in cooperation with Task Force Horse (Arno Lidner), will be hosting their annual Equine Reproduction Days seminar from February 24 – 26, 2017. This year’s meeting will provide advanced equine reproduction practitioners with state-of-the-art lectures, wet labs and demonstrations on equine embryo transfer, embryo freezing, ovum pick-up (OPU) and intra-cytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI). Participants will have the opportunity to improve their own clinical skills in small groups (not more than 7 persons) and sufficient time will be reserved for discussions.
October 06, 2016
Ute grew up in a rural suburb of Bremen, Germany and began riding horses when she was 10 years old. She would have loved to own her own horse as a child but she didn’t. However, she would provide riding lessons to children at the local riding stables and in return she was allowed to ride and care for one of the private owned horses as well as the lesson horses.
Team Member: Kamaria Kuhn
July 06, 2016
Kamaria Kuhn (photo left) is a Reproduction Technician at Pioneer Equine Hospital (PEH), an SBS Affiliate Lab in Oakdale, California. Born and raised in the Silicon Valley, she didn’t know she was born with the “horse gene” until she was eight years old and went with a friend to a horse show. With a chuckle she said, “It was all downhill from there!” That’s when all other activities and sports became a part of her past and she began riding horses. She knew from that point forward she was going to be happiest in a career working with horses.
What's New at SBS in Maryland?
June 05, 2016
Breeding season is a crazy time of year for us but we all relish in the long, hard days and generally unpredictable schedule because there are so many pay-offs. Not least among these pay-offs is the arrival of long anticipated foals and the opportunity to help our clients with their new breeding plans as there is so much excitement in the planning and realization of breeding goals. We at Select Breeders Services (SBS) are all horse crazy and love the opportunity to share in this with our clients. So far, 2016 has been a great year for us. Continued growth in our mare management services division has meant an increase in staffing, so we have several new team members to introduce.
SBS Standing Several Stallions for 2016
March 31, 2016
Select Breeders Services (SBS) in Maryland and Select Breeders Southwest (SBSW) in Texas are standing several stallions for the 2016 breeding season. SBS and the processing, storage and distribution of equine frozen semen go hand in hand. However, we offer a wide variety of equine reproduction services which includes the management of stallions for cooled semen shipments during the breeding season. Some of the stallions we manage remain resident at our facilities in Maryland or Texas whereas others may trailer in and out of the facilities on collection days while they remain in training at other facilities. At SBS in Maryland we also provide the collection and processing of cooled semen on farm at two of the largest Sporthorse farms in the country. The breeds and disciplines we work with stretch to both ends of the spectrum from draft horses to miniature horses as well as successful show stallions to stallions used for trail riding.
Team Member: Nicole Webster
February 25, 2016
Nicole Webster works alongside Dr. Justin Ritthaler at Weatherford Equine Breeding Center (WEBC), an SBS Affiliate Lab, in Weatherford, Texas. Due to her father’s military service her family had an opportunity to live in California and Germany as well as many places in between. All of the moving around didn’t allow her to have horses while she was growing up. However, her parents did all they could to support her interest in horses.
January 07, 2016
Rachel Weese has been working alongside Dr. Jerry Longworth since 2004. Born and raised in Phoenix, AZ she can’t think of a time when she didn’t love horses. When she was nine years old her brother, who has autism, began riding horses as a form of therapy. Rachel began volunteering with the program which was the first time she was able to actually be around the animals she loved so much. Her love for horses continued and she began competing in barrel racing, poles, goat tying, team penning and started roping anything that walked.
2015 SBS Annual Meeting Review
December 11, 2015
Select Breeders in Maryland welcomed affiliate members from around the world on November 17th and 18th, 2015 for the 15th Annual Meeting of SBS Affiliated Laboratories. The purpose of the SBS Annual Meeting is to review procedures and policies, share information and experiences, discuss recent developments in the industry and set plans for the future. This year we welcomed two new affiliate labs. One is Reid and Associates Equine Hospital in Wellington, FL and the other is our first affiliate in Central America, I.A. Servicios de Costa Rica S.A.
Reid & Associates Equine Hospital
December 10, 2015
Located minutes from the heart of the America's Winter Horse Capital, Reid & Associates has been servicing South Florida horsemen for over 20 years. Known for it's expertise in providing high quality medical and surgical care, the full-service equine hospital and referral center was established in 1995 by Byron V. Reid VMD. The clinic manages preventative equine care, as well as elective and urgent medical and surgical cases.
September 30, 2015
Zach Kahn from Houston, TX is a member of the team at Select Breeders Southwest (SBSW) in Aubrey, Texas. While attending college he participated in a research project which included stallions he managed at the Texas Tech University Ranch Horse Center. This project led him to SBSW where he became intrigued with all of the technology used at SBSW and the knowledge he acquired while at the facility.
Pioneer Equine Hospital
August 27, 2015
As the breeding season at Pioneer Equine Hospital (PEH) comes to an end, we can look back and feel like we accomplished a lot this year, as we have been able to see significant growth in our reproductive program. As the economy in California continues to improve little by little, so does the demand to breed mares. Our embryo recipient herd has grown from just a few mares a year ago to a substantial herd, in order to serve the increased interest in the area to transfer embryos. We have been very fortunate this year to have had an exceptional embryo recovery rate and equally fortunate to have acquired high-quality recipient mares that have helped us maintain excellent pregnancy rates post transfer. We have also seen a renewed interest in breeding with frozen semen in the area and our barns were often full with mares waiting to be bred. Now that there are fewer mares in the barns, we are ramping up to start freezing semen again and hope to welcome a number of new stallions.
Why Utilize a SBS Mobile Laboratory?
July 29, 2015
A mobile semen freezing laboratory is the perfect solution for stallion owners, managers, and/or trainers who wish to have their stallions remain at “home” rather than sending them to a facility for semen freezing. Select Breeders Service (SBS) pioneered the equine mobile semen freezing industry and to this day remains the leader in the industry. The SBS Affiliate Network has four mobile laboratories within the United States and one in Sweden. In this article we will discuss why you may choose to use a mobile lab, where our mobile labs travel, and whether semen can be qualified for export when processed in a mobile lab.
Team Member: Maike Dueser
July 29, 2015
Maike Dueser (photo left) grew up in the countryside of North Germany near the city of Bremen. She has loved horses since a very young age. Thus, it’s no wonder she has made a career of working with them. In 2013, she began working for the Select Breeders Services (SBS) Affiliate Laboratory in Bakum, Germany. SBS North Germany is part of equine vet clinic of Tierklinik Lüsche.
Annual Reproduction Management and AI Courses at Goulburn Valley Equine in Australia
July 01, 2015
Goulburn Valley Equine Hospital is presenting its annual Equine Reproductive Management Course and Artificial Insemination Course from July 13th - 17th, 2015. The reproduction course covers a range of subjects relating to the mare, stallion and foal, while the AI course combines theory and practice on all aspects of artificial breeding.
Equine Services in Germany
June 25, 2015
Equine Services was founded in 2001 by Nicole Germann-Oberstein. She grew up in a small town in the Black Forest area of Germany. She has loved horses since she was a little girl which is an interest she shares with her dad. Throughout her childhood she owned her own horses and competed in Warmblood jumping competitions. It was her dream to make a career of working with horses.
May 28, 2015
Caitlyn (Caity) Hood serves as a technician for the SBS Affiliate Laboratory, Oklahoma City Equine Center (OCEC). She grew up in Southwestern Oklahoma in the town of Mountain Park. Her family owns a cattle ranch/wheat farm which is mostly a cow-calf operation. Growing up there were always several horses used for ranch work and she would watch her father team rope. However, at the age of thirteen, Caity’s mom gave her English riding lessons as a Christmas present. It took only one lesson and she was hooked!
Humphrey, Giacopuzzi and Associates
May 02, 2015
In 1988, cousins Mike and Richard Giacopuzzi opened Humphrey, Giacopuzzi and Associates Equine Hospital (HGAEH) to provide high quality medicine and surgery to the horses of Ventura County, California. It soon became apparent that there existed a void in reproductive services, especially with respect to assisted reproductive techniques. In response, Dr. Richard transformed the then seldom used HGAEH farrier shop into what is now the clinic’s Equine Reproductive Center.
Dr. Glenn Blodgett named AQHA President
March 26, 2015
We wish to congratulate our SBS Affiliate member, Dr. Glenn Blodgett (left), on his new position as the American Quarter Horse Association (AQHA) President. He obtained his bachelors of science degree in Animal Science from Oklahoma State University before attending Texas A&M University where he received his degree in veterinary medicine. It was in 1982 that Dr. Blodgett became the resident veterinarian and manager of the horse division of the historic 6666 Ranch. For the past 33 years he has been a key factor in the success of the 6666 Ranch horse division and their reputation as an all-time leading breeder of both racing and performance Quarter Horses.
March 02, 2015
Knocke Arabians was founded in 2004 by Mr. and Mrs. Paul Gheysens (photo left with QR Marc). In 10 years, it has expanded to one of the largest stud farms of Arabian horses in Europe with a unique collection of horses, including the Arabian stallion QR Marc (World Champion in 2012 – Salon du Cheval, Paris). To optimize the reproductive performance of his horses, Mr. Gheysens insisted on becoming an EU recognized semen center and a well-equipped embryo transfer lab with approximately 150, mainly Arabian, recipient mares. The ET lab also works in close collaboration with Keros nv, one of the largest ET centers in Europe.
Ovum Pickup Available at SBS Veterinary Services Beginning in April 2015
February 26, 2015
In April 2015, Dr. Scofield and the staff at SBS Veterinary Services are pleased to announce the addition of Trans-Vaginal Oocyte Aspiration (TVA) as a service offered at their clinic in Chesapeake City, Maryland. TVA, also known as Oocyte Pickup, shows promise in producing foals from the most reproductively challenging mares and stallions with limited frozen semen reserves. As Dr. Young explained in last months Blog article, Ovum Pickup in the Mare, TVA and Intra-cytoplasmic Sperm Injection (ICSI) offer the latest in assisted reproductive technology to help produce foals.
Big Star Breedings Available at SBS Italia
January 29, 2015
SBS Italia is pleased to announce they will be breeding mares with frozen semen from the famed KWPN stallion, Big Star, during the 2015 breeding season. The frozen semen breedings from Big Star (Quick Star x Jolanda x Nimmerdor) will be managed by Stallion AI Services in the United Kingdom. They will be sending a limited number of breedings from Big Star to AI centers within the European Union including Italy, France, Germany, The Netherlands, Belgium and Southern Ireland. However, SBS Italia will be the only facility in Italy where Big Star’s semen will be available.
January 29, 2015
When you don’t own your own horse the next best thing is finding a way to be around horses owned by other people. Mallory Canaday (photo left) grew up in a town just outside of Dallas, Texas. Like most working in the horse industry, she has loved horses since she was a little girl. She was the only one in her immediate family interested in horses. However, the majority of her extended family was involved in agriculture so finding her way to the horses was pretty easy. All these years later she is now the Stallion Reproduction and Freeze Technician at the 6666 Ranch in Guthrie, TX.
SBS Agreement with Paul Schockemöhle for the Italian Market
January 05, 2015
SBSItalia is pleased to announce to the Italian sport horse breeders that we have reached a strategic agreement for managing the frozen semen of Paul Schockemöhle’s (photo left with Totilas) stallions. The agreement will be operational beginning in 2015 and was achieved thanks to the contribution of Mr. Schockemöhle’s Italian partner, Matteo Delmiglio. He will take care of all marketing aspects related to breeding sales while SBSItalia will be solely responsible for the logistical aspects regarding the import, storage and distribution of frozen semen from the entire stallion catalog of this prestigious German breeding farm. Also, breeders will be allowed to bring their mares to the two Italian SBS Affiliate Laboratories, SBSItalia and Centro di Riproduzione Equina Centauro, to be inseminated with frozen semen of particular stallions which are currently only available if bred at Paul Schockemöhle’s (P.S.) facility in Mühlen, Germany.
January 02, 2015
In the western performance horse industry Weatherford, Texas is known as the “Cutting Horse Capital Of The World.” In 2000, three veterinarians joined forces to establish Weatherford Equine Medical Center in order to cater to the ever growing population of western performance horses in north-central Texas. From their small beginning 14 years ago the facility has blossomed into a twelve doctor referral practice that services horses of all breeds and disciplines. The veterinarians are specialized in surgery, internal medicine, reproduction, performance horse care, podiatry, and dentistry as well as overall general practice.
Julie Skaife, PhD
December 04, 2014
Julie Skaife has been working for Select Breeders Services in Maryland for over 8 years now. Her primary responsibility is management of the SBS Affiliate Laboratory Network. However, as Julie explains, “One of the great benefits of working for a small company is that you get the opportunity to participate in just about everything. We have no HR department; we have no marketing or sales division; so we all get to wear multiple hats and pitch in where we can. It’s a great learning opportunity and I enjoy building new skills.” Julie was very much involved in the development of the SBS website and monthly email newsletter and continues to take an active role in directing the marketing efforts of the company.
14th Annual Meeting of SBS Affiliated Laboratories
December 03, 2014
On November 6th and 7th Select Breeders in Maryland welcomed affiliate members from around the world for the 14th Annual Meeting of Affiliated Laboratories. The turnout this year was excellent with the addition of representatives from the five new affiliate labs. They took advantage of the opportunity to meet their peers from partnering clinics who have been affiliated with SBS for anywhere from one to thirteen years. The purpose of the SBS Annual Meeting is to review procedures and policies, share information and experiences, discuss recent developments in the industry and set plans for the future.
Five New Labs Added to the SBS International Network
December 03, 2014
We are excited to share with you the addition of five new laboratories to the SBS International Affiliate Laboratory Network. The three new SBS Affiliated Labs in the US are Weatherford Equine Clinic in Texas; Humphrey, Giacopuzzi and Associates in CA; and Equine Services Hospital in Kentucky. Two new labs were added to the International Network; Knocke Arabians in Belgium and Qatar Racing and Equestrian Clubin Qatar. We shall be highlighting each one of these equine clinics in future issues of the newsletter. We are glad to welcome them to the SBS Network and look forward to developing new friendships and extending our SBS services to more clients throughout the world.
SBS World Headquarters and Veterinary Services
October 31, 2014
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.
October 04, 2014
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.
Tamworth Equine Veterinary Centre
September 08, 2014
Tamworth Equine Veterinary Centre is a three vet practice located in Tamworth, New South Wales which is halfway between Brisbane and Sydney, Australia. Situated on 30 acres on the highly fertile river flats it is in close proximity to the town centre and conveniently located across from the new Australia Equine and Livestock Centre. The region is in the center of the country’s burgeoning Quarter Horse industry and also has a strong population of Australian Stock Horses which participate in the uniquely Australian sport of Campdrafting.
Dr. Gianmaria Postinger
August 02, 2014
Since childhood Gianmaria’s dream was to work with animals as a veterinarian especially with large animals such as cattle, sheep and horses. At the age of seven, he received a small Shetland pony which stood only 95 cm tall. From that point forward horses became his main focus. He was indulged by his parents over the years through the breeding of Haflinger horses.
Do You Know the History of SBS?
July 15, 2014
You may know what Select Breeders Services (SBS) is but do you know how it all began? Select Breeders Service was the vision of Paul Loomis (SBS CEO and founder) in 1981 while he was in graduate school at Colorado State University. As he conducted experiments for developing methods to successfully freeze equine semen he believed then, as he does now, that frozen semen would one day be the preferred method for breeding quality horses. So in 1987, Paul incorporated SBS as a company dedicated to the responsible development of the equine industry.
USDA Training Seminar Held at SBSW
July 06, 2014
On June 26, 2014, Select Breeders Southwest (SBSW) in Aubrey, TX opened their doors and welcomed a group of 30 plus USDA Veterinarians from across the United States as part of a 3 day Equine Semen and Bovine Embryo Export Facilities Inspection Training. Official veterinarians from the USDA are responsible for conducting facility inspections in order to certify centers are in compliance with all of the rules and regulations required by the European Union (EU) for semen to qualify for importation into any EU member country. SBSW is an EU approved equine semen collection, processing and storage facility. Other countries require similar certification: Australia, New Zealand and Brazil. SBSW is certified to collect and export equine semen to all of these countries.
SBS and Minitube International Sign Agreement
May 30, 2014
Select Breeders Service, Inc (SBS) and Minitube International AG of Tiefenbach, Germany have signed a strategic collaboration agreement that will align the world’s largest provider of equine frozen semen services with the global innovation leader and provider of products and technologies for animal reproduction.
May 07, 2014
In 1992, Paul Loomis moved the headquarters of SBS from Massachusetts to the grounds of Hilltop Farm in Maryland. During this time, Jonathan Clark had been working for Hilltop Farm doing odd jobs, mowing grass, painting, cleaning stalls and cooking. Growing up near Rising Sun, MD Jonathan had no clue he would one day have a career with horses. He did not grow up showing or breeding horses like most who work in the horse industry and actually has never owned one of his own. Even so, he has now been working as a valuable member of the SBS team for the past 20 years.
Goulburn Valley Equine Hospital
April 01, 2014
As autumn arrives in the Southern Hemisphere the team at Goulburn Valley Equine Hospital (GVEH) reflect on another successful breeding season. We have been providing specialized care to the horses of Victoria, Australia since our foundation in 1988 by Dr. Angus McKinnon and Dr. Jim Vasey. The practice has expanded rapidly since and now routinely attracts horses from across Australia and New Zealand. The 85 acre irrigated farm is home to the main hospital, the reproduction center and the international quarantine facility. With the increasing popularity of our embryo transfer program it quickly became apparent this property was not big enough to cater our needs prompting the purchase of a second farm a few kilometers from the practice.
Update - SBSW Genetic Disease and Testing Seminar
March 04, 2014
On February 19, 2014 Select Breeders Southwest in Aubrey, TX hosted a seminar about genetic diseases and testing. The wacky winter weather gave us a break and it turned out to be a warm and altogether pleasant day for our seminar. A congenial crowd of over 55 people made up of veterinarians, horse breeders and college students filled the beautiful western themed meeting hall at Lantana Lodge for this highly anticipated event. Our guests were treated to gorgeous views of Lake Ray Roberts and mingled happily over a delicious selection of light fare before finally taking their seats for an interesting presentation by Dr. Sharon Spier from UC Davis California.
March 04, 2014
From the age of four Erin Bishop knew horses would be a part of her life. What she didn’t know is that decades later she would be a part of the largest international equine reproduction company in the world. She was the first in her family to pursue riding horses so her mom signed her up for English riding lessons at the farm a mile down the road. In return for free riding lessons she would spend hours at the stable taking care of the horses, cleaning tack, and traveling with trainers as a groom. The only horse she ever owned was when she was 6 years old, her Shetland pony named Star. She would ride the horses owned by the farm or other clients at the stable. “Due to financial constraints I wasn’t able to own my own horse. However, I never felt deprived because of the kindness and generosity of others allowing me to ride theirs.”
Peterson and Smith Equine Reproduction Lab
February 04, 2014
Peterson & Smith Equine Reproduction Center (PSERC) had another successful year in 2013. Our embryo transfer program enjoyed the high standard of success we have been able to maintain for almost 15 years. We continued to share in our client’s success through our mare and stallion management services. The promising Arabian stallion, Trussardi, was added to our resident stallion roster and had a very successful cooled semen campaign. We were also able to freeze and export Trussardi’s semen to Australia and are anticipating the arrival of his first foals “downunder” later in 2014. We thank Tamworth Veterinary Center for their assistance in opening this new market for Trussardi, as well as their continued support in the management of the Australian distribution program for Smart Sugar Badger, another resident stallion.
Delta Equine Center
January 12, 2014
When hurricane Rita roared through the Gulf of Mexico in 2005 and then slammed into southwest Lousiana it was disasterous for Delta Equine Center (DEC). Dr. Larry Findley, Sr., founder and primary owner of DEC, took this catastrophe as an opportunity to build a better, state of the art facility. Through faith and hope the new DEC was constructed as it is today. It is a full service veterinary hospital located just south of exit 7 on I-10 in Vinton, Louisiana. Staffed with five veterinarians and a 24 hour crew of knowledgeable technicians the services provided by DEC include equine reproduction, equine sports medicine, surgery, treatment, and small animal care. They also have the ability to provide hyperbaric oxygen therapy and MRI.
Genetic Disease and Testing Seminar
December 03, 2013
Many breed registries now require testing for specific genetic diseases in order to be accepted into their registry. As research continues into the genetic diseases of specific breeds it’s possible the number of required tests could increase. Do you know what your breed registry requires? Do you know how these diseases can affect the foals you produce?
Scottsdale Equine Reproduction Center
December 03, 2013
Nestled in the Rio Verde Foothills section of the “West’s Most Western Town”, Scottsdale, AZ, is Scottsdale Equine Reproduction Center (SERC). They are proud to be one of the newest additions to the SBS Affiliate Laboratory network. The Sonoran Desert offers great weather and a diverse population of breeds and disciplines. SERC is able to take advantage of a very long breeding season and a climate that enables them to deliver foals very early in the year without the complications of a harsh winter environment. There are large Quarter Horse and Arabian Horse populations in the area but they also assist clients with other breeds including Warmbloods, Gypsy Vanners, American Saddlebreds, Andalusians, Friesians, Lusitanos, and many more.
October 22, 2013
SBSItalia was relocated to Medesano (PR) in Via Carnevala, 17 from San Daniele Po (CR), Italy where they had been located since 1994. This decision was made solely for organizational and logistical reasons and to improve the services given to our customers. With this article we take the opportunity to thank the Marchi-Balestreri family, owner of Cascina Cristella, for having given to SBSItalia the opportunity to perform its clinical activities for over 15 years. Medesano is a small town at the foot of the hills of Parma strategically positioned with easy accessibility via either the motorway A15 (exit at Parma Ovest and Fornovo) or A1 (exit Parma and Fidenza).
Oklahoma City Equine Clinic
September 25, 2013
Oklahoma City Equine Clinic P.C. is a full service equine veterinary practice situated on 24 acres just minutes from Remington Park and the Oklahoma State Fairgrounds, one of the most popular horse show facilities in the nation. Although staffed by five veterinarians and twelve dedicated support personnel and equipped as a state of the art medical and surgical hospital, reproductive services comprise a significant share of the case load. Consequently, OCEC is pleased to be one of the most recent additions to the prestigious Select Breeders Services affiliate lab network.
Undergraduate Internships at SBS and US Affiliate Locations
August 21, 2013
From breeding and horse management to laboratory work, Select Breeders Services (SBS) and its affiliate labs in the United States offer various internship opportunities for college undergraduates looking to further their knowledge and skill within the equine industry. SBS is the largest and most professionally managed provider of frozen semen services in the world. In addition, many SBS locations offer a full range of equine reproduction services, and most of the affiliate labs are state of the art veterinary hospitals as well. SBS labs provide excellent teaching and training opportunities at some of the best equine reproduction facilities in the country. There is plenty of exposure to hands on experience and on the job training.
News From Select Breeders Southwest
August 19, 2013
Aubrey is described on billboards and in travel guides as “Horse Country, USA”, a perfect location for Select Breeders SW. In fact, based on the work being done at SBSW, that slogan could more accurately read “Horse Country, Global”. Year after year, SBSW has been shipping frozen semen from multiple breeds and disciplines worldwide; our 2013 roster for collection included the biggest stallion names in QH racing shipped to South America, champion cutting horse semen to Australia, New Zealand, South America and the European Union, and semen from prize winning Arabian show horses shipped to Qatar, Israel, the EU and Australia. Some of these champions stand at Select Breeders SW Stallion Center; others are collected from our Mobile Labs, but all of this globally bound semen is stored and then distributed from our state of the art facility in Aubrey, Texas.
Three New Labs Added to the SBS Affiliate Network
July 24, 2013
We are excited to share with you the addition of three new laboratories to the SBS Affiliate Laboratory Network in North America. The new SBS affiliated labs for semen freezing are Delta Equine Center in Louisiana, Oklahoma City Equine in OK and Scottsdale Equine Reproduction Center in AZ. We shall be highlighting each one of these equine clinics in future issues of the newsletter. We are glad to welcome them to the SBS Network and look forward to developing new friendships and extending our SBS services to clients in more states throughout the US.
We Welcome a New SBS Laboratory in Italy
March 19, 2013
Centro di Riproduzione Equina Centauro (CREC) is located at Bagni di Tivoli near Rome on a historical Standardbred farm. The facility, situated on an almost 100 acre property, is a state of the art veterinary practice, built according to the latest guidelines for animal welfare. The care of the horse is of utmost importance at CREC; horses are housed in stalls at night with turn-out in large paddocks during the day. Every day the CREC team provides the most advanced reproductive techniques to the equine breeding industry by bringing together specialized experience and the best in patient care.
January 23, 2013
With 2013 officially here, preparations for breeding season are in full swing at the Four Sixes Ranch. You don’t have to look far to see new faces around the ranch as interns from various parts of the United States have arrived at the ranch. And speaking of new arrivals, we are also welcoming our first foals of 2013! The breeding season will officially begin the first week of February, and is always a busy, yet exciting time for us. The Four Sixes Ranch currently stands 21 resident stallions as well as manages the frozen semen of several off-site or deceased stallions. Throughout the season we will breed more than 1,500 mares and welcome more than 150 foals into the world.
Equine Reproduction Symposium
January 18, 2013
Select Breeders Services and Hassler Dressage present an Equine Reproduction Symposium on February 16th 2013 at the Riveredge Training Center in Chesapeake City, Maryland. Be prepared for breeding season by attending this informative seminar conducted by leading equine professionals. Please see the flyer below for more info.
New Veterinary Services Division at SBS-MD
November 20, 2012
2012 marks the 25th anniversary of the formal incorporation of Select Breeders Service and we continue to expand and grow in our effort to be a leader in equine reproduction services and technology. This year we are very excited to share with you some big news! Select Breeders Service is pleased to announce a partnership with David Scofield, DVM, Board Certified in Equine Reproduction, to expand our veterinary care and mare management services in Chesapeake City, Maryland. Through a newly formed division of SBS, operating under the name SBS-Veterinary Services (SBS-VS), Dr. Scofield and the SBS team will offer services including management of breeding and foaling mares, advanced diagnostic techniques and therapies, embryo transfer, and routine veterinary care from a newly renovated facility. Dr. Scofield brings to SBS-VS a strong background in general equine practice, embryo transfer, mare management, foaling services, and infertility of the mare and stallion. Coupled with SBS’s proven commitment to stallion reproduction and quality service, SBS-VS is excited to offer expanded mare management and veterinary services in Chesapeake City.
Select Breeders Southwest
September 18, 2012
It is the time of year when temperatures begin to cool down, the leaves on the trees start to change color and the number of daylight hours decreases. Although Fall is known for a time of “getting rid of the old” we at Select Breeders Southwest in Aubrey, TX are celebrating the new. The new foals born at our facility, the new pregnancies for the mares we bred, the new stallions we managed for this breeding season and the new collections we will perform this Fall for frozen semen processing.
August 30, 2012
Tamworth Equine Veterinary Center is one of two Select Breeder Services laboratories in Australia, in the southern hemisphere. Being at the center of the Quarter Horse and Stock Horse breeding industries, we are well positioned to meet the needs of stallion owners wishing to utilize artificial insemination techniques. The veterinary center is situated on a 30 acre alluvial river flats property and we receive mares throughout the breeding season for artificial breeding procedures. Additionally we have access to a 400 acre grazing property in which to turn out broodmares and embryo recipient stock.
SBS Mobile Lab Schedule
July 25, 2012
Mobile lab trips scheduled from our facilities in Maryland and Texas.
May 30, 2012
SBS-North Germany is part of Tierklinik Lüsche, a 12 veterinarian practice and full service equine hospital that offers one of the most advanced sport medicine, lameness, surgical, diagnostic imaging and reproductive medicine clinics in Germany. Situated near Bremen, SBS-North Germany is located in the middle of many well known Hanoverian and Oldenburg breeding centers.
Peterson and Smith Equine Reproduction Center
April 19, 2012
At Peterson and Smith Equine Reproduction Center in Summerfield, Florida, the breeding season got off to a great start and is now in full swing! Just like the other SBS affiliates, we provide a full line of stallion reproductive services. Although we are certainly freezing semen this time of the year, we are also busy providing cooled semen services on our outpatient and resident stallion clients. One of our resident stallions is Smart Sugar Badger (Smart Little Lena - Badger San Doc). This is our third season standing this wonderful cutting stallion for Flying M Ranch.
News From SBS Maryland
March 20, 2012
At Select Breeders in Maryland we have two new staff members we’d like to introduce you to. At the front desk welcoming visitors and answering the phone you will meet Pat Blailock our new Office and Sales Manager. Pat (photo below right) joined the SBS team in February 2012 and 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. Be sure to introduce yourself to Pat next time you call. Our previous office manager, Tiffany Bragdell, left us in December to pursue a full time career as a professional rider at Trevalyan Farm, Lancaster, PA; we wish her all the best and have no doubt that she will be successful, she’s a fabulous rider and trainer.
Nadir di San Patrignano to stand at SBS Italia
March 20, 2012
SBSItalia is proud to announce that Nadir di San Patrignano, the renowned Sella Italiana international show jumper, will be standing at SBS Italia for the 2012 breeding season. Born in 1995 Nadir di San Patrignano is by Corrado I and out of Lancerina. Corrado I was an International champion ridden by Franke Sloothak. Lancerina attended young horse competitions on the international circuit with excellent results and with Fernando Fourcade won the CSI Grand Prix in Cervia and the Grand Prix “Memorial Dalla Chiesa”. From 2002 to 2008, the international jumping career of Nadir di San Patrignano was studded with numerous placings in Grand Prix CSI, CSIO and CSIW competition and the Nations Cup. In 2005 Nadir was introduced as a member of the Italian National Team that placed 4th at the European Championships in San Patrignano, and in 2007 was proclaimed Italian Champion.
Luxury As & Southwind Vernon standing at SBSI for 2012 breeding season
February 16, 2012
We are glad to announce that in 2012, as in the last 3 years, Select Breeders Services Italia will host LUXURY ÅS (Pine Chip x Nobella Lobell) and SOUTHWIND VERNON (Pine Chip x Valley Gogo), two 12 year old Standardbred stallions, for collection and distribution of cooled semen. In 2009 SBS Italia produced frozen semen from these two stallions, distributing it in Italy and all over the world. In fact in 2010, quite an innovation for European stallions, some frozen semen was shipped to renowned breeding farms in Australia and New Zealand.
News From Pioneer Equine Hospital
February 16, 2012
Pioneer Equine Hospital is located in California's central valley near Oakdale, CA. We are nestled between the foothills of the Sierra Mountains and the valley's vast agricultural landscape. Pioneer Equine Hospital opened its doors in 1973. Since then has evolved into an eight veterinarian practice with a newly constructed 22,000 square foot full service equine hospital that offers the most advanced lameness, surgical, reproductive, and diagnostic imaging on the west coast and is regarded as one of the most recognized equine hospitals in the country. The doctors and staff have been successful in not only excelling in equine patient care but more importantly creating an atmosphere that welcomes a diverse population of equine disciplines to Pioneer Equine Hospital.
Stallions Standing at SBSW for 2012
February 16, 2012
World Champion stallions standing at SBSW for the 2012 breeding season include Radical Rodder and Never Compromise.
News From Emerald Ridge Farm
December 28, 2011
For the convenience of your Canadian breeders and in order to avoid shipping delays and additional expense, US stallion owners with SBS frozen semen should consider sending some frozen semen to our SBS Affiliate Laboratory in Ontario, Canada - Emerald Ridge Farm - for storage and distribution. Semen would then be immediately available to ship domestically to Canadian mare owners. To facilitate transfer, Select Breeders in Maryland and Texas will coordinate and combine the shipment of semen stored at their locations for transfer to Emerald Ridge, enabling participating semen owners to share the associated costs of the export shipment. Interested stallion owners should contact SBS-MD, SBSW or Emerald Ridge for more information by January 20th so we can gauge the level of interest and timing of shipment.. Emerald Ridge Farm, in Rockwood, Ontario has been the only Canadian affiliate lab of the SBS network since 2007. The farm, sitting on 134 acres of land, situated 10 kilometers outside of Guelph, Ontario, has been in operation since 1997.
Congrats to SBS Affiliate Member Dr. Glenn Blodgett
December 28, 2011
Dr. Blodgett received the 2011 Racing Council Special Recognition Award for Lifetime Achievement. Since 1982, Dr. Blodgett has been at the Burnett Ranches’ Four Sixes Ranch near Guthrie, Texas, where he is the resident veterinarian and manager of the ranch’s horse division. In his tenure at the Four Sixes, the ranch has become an all-time leading breeder of both racing and performance American Quarter Horses, and in 1993 won the AQHA Best Remuda Award.
News from 6666's Ranch
November 29, 2011
Legendary Quarter Horses and superior Black Angus cattle are hallmarks of the Four Sixes Ranch, a historic Texas ranch established in 1870, located just west of Guthrie, Texas. We are dedicated to the production of the greatest American Quarter Horses and Black Angus cattle in the country, but also to our role in reproductive technology. A member of Select Breeders Services for more than four years the ranch has a state of the art full-service equine clinic where we breed more than 1,200 mares annually, maintaining a 95% conception rate. The facility offers on-site breeding, transported cooled semen, on-site semen freezing and storage, mare management, embryo transfer and foaling.
Dr. Sandro Barbacini Named to WEVA Board
November 29, 2011
Dr. Sandro Barbacini from SBS Italia recently presented at the World Equine Veterinary Association (WEVA) conference in Hyderabad, India, November 2nd-5th 2011. The exciting news is that Sandro has been elected to join the WEVA board, replacing Dr. Fernando Canonici as the representative for SIVE. Dr. Canonici has admirably represented Italian equine veterinarians for the last four years, he commented. "This turnover is an example of cohesion and Italian elegance. I wish Sandro a good job and I am certain he will represent us with active participation and professionalism."
News from SBS Italia - October 2011
October 25, 2011
Select Breeders Services Italia has had a busy summer period with the organization of the 2nd Embryo Transfer course held at SBSItalia’s facility “Cascina Cristella” in San Daniele Po (Cremona). SIVE (Italian Association for Equine Veterinarians) and SBSItalia hosted eighteen enthusiastic participants, veterinarians from all over Italy and Europe (photo left), for a two day intensive program. Drs. Sandro Barbacini and Denis Necchi spoke about Advantages and Disadvantages of Embryo Transfer technique and Mare Management of the ET Recipients. A full day was dedicated to the practical course and the participants were able to perform flushing and embryo search using six recipient mares provided by SBSItalia.
SBS Italia Collaborates with Arabian Horse Journal
October 25, 2011
Did you know, SBS Italia has a collaboration with the Arabian Horse Journal to provide articles on veterinary and reproduction topics for publication in their magazine. We have a few of these articles already posted in the Knowledge Library of our website, see the topics below. The articles are well presented in both English and Italian and for sure this magazine is a feast for the eyes with all the stunning photos of Arabian horses. For those in the Arab Horse Industry it is also a valuable source for information on show results and special interest articles.
News from Hagyard Equine - September 2011
September 28, 2011
It’s a busy and exciting time at Hagyard Equine Medical Institute in our 135th year of existence! In the Fertility Unit (we are optimists, though the vast majority of our patients are subfertile), we are seeing a steady stream of mares barren from the 2011 breeding season, working with researchers to find solutions for barren mares, and still breeding non-racing sport horses and Southern hemisphere Thoroughbreds. The remaining time is currently being filled with freezing semen from Standardbreds and Warmbloods for both domestic and overseas use. We have recently updated our breeding shed including modifying our phantom with hydraulic lifts to improve fine adjustability as we see a disproportionate number of stallions with musculoskeletal deficits.
US Breeders Should Consider the Australian Market
August 29, 2011
Here in the US breeding season is winding down, but for our affiliate labs in Australia it is just getting started. At Goulburn Valley Equine Hospital they just bred their first mare August 21st. Many of their mares are currently under lights and they will start breeding Thoroughbreds on September 1st. As a full service vet clinic GVEH is a busy place and the repro department is no exception. Every year they breed about 500 mares in the clinic and many more on farm visits. With >300 mares in their recipient mare herd they perform >200 embryo transfers a season. They also stand stallions during the cooled semen season, receive local clients that trailer in for semen collections and freeze semen as an SBS affiliate lab year round. In addition, GVEH serves as headquarters for SBS Australasia.
Peterson and Smith Expands Services with ICSI Program
July 27, 2011
Peterson and Smith Equine Hospital in Ocala FL was established in 1981 by Dr John L. Peterson and Dr. Johnny Mac Smith. This state of the art, full service equine clinic has become one of the most highly recognized veterinary practices in the United States. The Equine Reproduction Center at Peterson and Smith (PSERC) joined the SBS Affiliate Network in 2000. Based out of their 92 acre facility in Summerfield, FL (20mins south of the main clinic), PSERC offers a full range of equine reproductive services under the guidance of Dr. Phil Matthews.
SBS-MD Open House Review
July 27, 2011
SBS would like to send a big “Thank You” to all who attended our open house celebrating the completion of our new headquarters in Maryland. The event turned out to be a huge success with approximately 140 guests despite the 90 +F degree temperature and stifling humidity. The first visitors arrived right at 4 pm and a steady stream followed up until 7 pm when the winners of the door prizes were announced.
At Select Breeders Southwest Our Stallion Center Is Open For You!
June 27, 2011
Select Breeders Southwest (SBSW) in Aubrey, TX is not just a facility for freezing semen…we are a full service Equine Reproduction Center offering our expertise in stallion management to you during the 2012 Breeding Season. Select Breeders has pioneered the practical application of modern breeding technologies. Our state of the art facility is equipped to assist you with live cover, breeding mares on farm, and processing cooled semen shipments, as well as freezing semen for domestic and international shipments.
SBS in Sweden Participates in Gene Bank Project
May 26, 2011
Dr. Kerstin Darenius of Caballa, our SBS affiliate lab in Sweden, has recently become involved in the preservation of Swedish horse breeds with the creation of a frozen semen gene bank. For endangered or rare breeds, where the number of animals available for breeding is small, collection, freezing and storage of semen is a valuable method for preserving genetic material for future use. Many countries within the European Union have been taking action to preserve a number of valuable livestock species. During the last several years semen from cattle, sheep, horses and goats has been collected for this purpose.
Our Place or Yours? SBS Mobile Freezing Labs
May 26, 2011
Several labs in the SBS affiliate network have mobile semen freezing labs. In the US there are two mobile labs at SBS-MD and two mobile labs at Select Breeders Southwest. In Australia, Stu Keller of Tamworth Equine and in Europe, Kerstin Darenius of Caballa, also have mobile freezing labs. These mobile labs are outfitted with the same high-tech equipment for semen processing and freezing as you would find at the affiliate lab home base location. The photo below shows the interior of a mobile lab from SBSW, with programmable cell freezer, automatic straw filler and computer assisted sperm motility analysis (CASA) set-up.
SBS Affiliate Members Contribute to New Edition of Equine Reproduction
May 26, 2011
Select Breeders Services Inc., wishes to congratulate SBS affiliate member Angus McKinnon, our consultant Ed Squires, and co-editors Wendy Vaala and Dickson Varner on the publication of the 2nd edition of Equine Reproduction. This is a significant achievement indeed! The book can be purchased here:
In addition to several chapters authored by Ed and Angus, SBS Affiliate Members contributed to the new edition by writing the following chapters:
SBS Headquarters Moves to New Facility
March 17, 2011
In what Paul Loomis, Founder and CEO of Select Breeders Service, calls “the opportunity of a lifetime” SBS 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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