Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Lucy the warmblood?

I have been quietly musing over the idea of getting Lucy approved through one or more warmblood registries as a broodmare for a while now. I don't personally plan on breeding her anytime soon, but in my completely unbiased (haha) opinion, I do think she's a nice enough mare that if I ever had to sell her, she possesses qualities that a prospective buyer might want to pass on to a foal.

If Lucy ends up being very successful and I magically come into a vast amount of money, I may consider breeding her myself but that would be a long way off.

Lucy is a fully registered Thoroughbred but when I bought her, she came with only a copy of her Jockey Club papers. This was to prevent anyone from racing her again, since you have to have the original papers to race a Thoroughbred. All of the registries I looked into require an original copy of the horses papers, so I either need to figure out who has her papers or request a duplicate copy from the Jockey Club, which would cost $150.

Then there's the question of which warmblood registry to pick. I looked specifically at Zweibr├╝cker (Rheinland Pfalz-saar/RPSI), Trakehner, Hanoverian, and Holsteiner. Each registry has different requirements, studbooks, and fees, but in general they are all looking for a horse with a suitable type, three swinging and powerful gaits, and excellent conformation. Fees range from $150 to upwards of $600 depending on the registry. I'd also probably need to pay a handler to show her since I have approximately zero experience in this area. I don't know how much that would cost but I'm guessing somewhere between quite a lot of money and an absurd amount of money, as these things tend to go.

Does anyone have experience with this type of thing? Any wisdom (which registry to pick, details on hiring a handler, etc) would be awesome.


  1. Izzy's momma, the OTTB mare I leased in highschool, got approved through as an Oldenburg mare. That was with Izzy at her side, so I'm not sure if that changed the procedure--as far as making her a proven producer. Anyways, one more registry worth looking in to.

  2. You would do fine showing her yourself in the inspections. It's not hard, and there's some good videos/cds on how to show her, and how to prepare her. "Showing Your Sport Horse in Hand" is an oldie but a goodie. Why not watch a few inspections in your area - you'll see what's expected. The judges usually explain to the viewers how they are evaluating the horses. It's very interesting.
    Terry at Moondance

  3. This is one of the blogs that I follow and you may be able to find out some things from them. It's a great blog too, great writing. They just blogged about this today.


  4. Riva is registered RPSI - was inspected as a weanling. I would need to have her inspected again to have her entered in the Mare book.

    I am wanting to register her with the Belgium registery also - we have watched inspections for the past two years at a barn near us. Have my eye on one of their studs, maybe a few years down the road to bred Riva to.

    I am betting you would do just fine at showing her in hand for the inspection. The judges want to see a big trot - so you have to run big and fast!

  5. Kate, may I copy a pad photo for my blog? I want to post about your contest.

  6. Terry, sure!

    You guys are so awesome. Thanks for the link to Literary Horse. That is very helpful. :) Kelly, that's interesting you have to get Riva reinspected for the mare book.


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