Presto’s got a new little half-sibling! Well… he will (hopefully) in about 325 days. Sadie is officially in foal.
It was an end of season hail mary, one last attempt before wrapping things up for this year. Michelle decided to try fresh instead of frozen, and after we wracked our brains for a few days trying to think of a stallion available fresh that got us both excited, we landed on a bit of an “outside the box” option.
When we were in Ocala for the FEH symposium in February, we both really loved one colt in particular. He’s still a baby, but there was something about him that grabbed both of us. His pedigree is superb, he’s a fantastic mover, really nicely put together, and should be able to jump a house. He’s stuck with me ever since. Michelle got in touch with his owner, who agreed to have semen collected and shipped, and now here we are. It worked! This will be his first foal.
He’s by the showjumper Herald 3, who jumped through the 1.60m level. Herald 3 is by Heraldik xx, my personal favorite, out of a mare with L and M holsteiner lines on the bottom. If a lot of that sounds familiar it’s because you’ve seen it before in Presto’s sire, Mighty Magic, who’s dam is by Heraldik with L and M Holsteiner lines on the bottom. What can I say, I have a type.
Hopefully that little black dot settles in there and makes itself at home.
We’ve also still got Peyton in foal to Ramiro B, and Daisy and Stormie are in foal to the French jumper pony Usandro. First time using the frozen Usandro semen that WTW imported, and first pregnancies! These will be his first foals in the US. So that makes 4 foals coming in 2020, hopefully, which is a good number. For the ones that didn’t get pregnant this year for whatever reason, they’ll start early next year.
And if you haven’t seen this video of Stormie’s 2019 sportpony foal, Nunez… you’re missing out. He’s the zoomiest little creature I’ve ever seen! Too bad pony racehorses aren’t really a thing.
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Actually, here on the east coast pony racing is getting more and more popular as a part of the steeplechase circuit!
Ooooohhh, Sadie’s baby dddy is gorgeous! Looks like he is moving on springs!!
And Nunez is the sweetest thing.
That’s totally his calling in life
I was JUST going to comment that pony racing really IS a thing…a kid in my barn in Maryland raced Shetlands (at WIHS and Devon) and now he has his own legit racing pony in this circuit: http://www.usponyracing.com/welcome/schedule/
It is so much fun!
This one is probably going to be a large pony.
OMG NUNEZ. I WANT TO HUG HIM AND LOVE HIM AND SQUEEZE HIM AND KISS HIM.
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Nunez is super cute!
And as if Nunez wasn’t uber desireable enough, I cannot WAIT for the Stormie+Usandro baby!
Nunez is on my Christmas list! HE’S SO FREAKING CUTE!!
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I would not say no if Nunez showed up at my doorstep. Just saying. Even if I couldnt ride him he is perfection to look at.
Hope all the pregnancies come to term and we have TONS OF FOALS NEXT YEAR to ooh and ahh over!!
How old is the baby daddy?
These are the only kind of babies I really get excited about.
Nunez is hilarious! So much energy!
I follow WTW on insta and died when his video popped up! Looked like a remote control car zipping around.
LOVE the holsteiner M line. Have a gelding with Merano as the grandsire on the dam’s side. He could probably glide across water. The stallion you guys picked is lovely. Can’t wait to see all the babies in 2020!
He zoom! I love watching baby anything run around. You know they are running just cause its the most awesomest thing to do.