Insert some EDM and cue the lights because IT IS TIME for the best part of the entire year – foaling season!
This year we’ve got seven, yes SEVEN, foals due at Willow Tree Warmbloods. The biggest foal crop ever, and extra exciting with two sets of full siblings coming via embryo transfer. It will be fun to see how they compare.
First and foremost lets get to the good stuff: prizes. This year we decided to make it easy and offer a $100 e-gift card to the winner, and you can choose whether you would like for it to be from Corro or Riding Warehouse. Yup, somebody will get a hundred bucks just for guessing the stats on some cute baby horses.
We’ll do the rules just like always. All you have to do is exercise those psychic powers and comment here with your guesses for the following, for each foal:
- Foaling Date
- Foaling Time (doesn’t have to be to the minute accurate, just to the hour is fine – ie 2AM. If it happens anytime in the 2AM hour, you get the points.)
- Face Markings (star, stripe, star/snip, none, etc)
- Leg Markings (again doesn’t really have to be as specific as sock vs stocking or whatever – “one sock”, “none”, “four socks”, etc will work. I’m looking for how many.)
So your submission should look something like this for each mare (feel free to copy my format to make it easier):
- Peyton: 3/30 7AM bay colt, star, two socks
- Daisy: 3/25 8AM bay dun colt, star, one sock
- ChanelSurrogate: 4/22 12AM bay filly, stripe, two socks
- Chanel: 5/1 10PM chestnut colt, blaze, four socks
- Stormie: 5/11 6AM grulla filly, stripe, one sock
- LissaSurrogate1: 5/12 5AM bay filly with a star and no socks
- LissaSurrogate2: 6/1 7AM bay colt with a star/snip and two socks
But filled in with your actual guesses, of course. Everything you guess correctly will earn points. 10 points each for foaling date and time, and then 5 points each for gender, color, face markings, and leg markings… each foal can potentially net you up to 40 points. So even if you get a few things wrong, there are still ways to rack up the points you need to win. If there are any ties, I’ll put them all in a hat and get Michelle to pick a winner.
Submit your entries via a comment here on this post or you can message them to me on the blog’s facebook page. Just PLEASE make sure you leave a link or an email address or your full name in your comment so I can contact you if you win.
The “Due dates” I’ve listed are based on the average 340 days gestation, but keep in mind that average gestation can be anywhere from 320ish to 360ish. I’ve included pictures of both parents and whatever info is important so you can make your best guesses.
Peyton x Leprince des Bois
Last year was Peyton’s first foal and she went at 344 days gestation but if we’re working off of the average of 340 days then that would be 3/28. As far as color genetics, both parents are obviously fairly plain bay, but they also both carry the red gene (and we know that Peyton produced a chromey chestnut last year from a fairly plain bay stallion). For those who want to get really specific, Peyton’s genetic color panel is Aa/Ee (psssst… here’s a foal color calculator if you want to look at the % chances for each color with each pairing) and she carries a W20 gene for white markings which may or may not get passed on.
Daisy x Usandro Tilia Derlenn
Last year Daisy foaled at 328 days, but 340 days would put her “due date” at 4/4. The color possibilities with this one are a little more fun – Daisy is a grulla with a color panel of aa/Ee D/D. Usandro is bay/brown and EE. The only options are bay dun or grulla since Daisy is homozygous dun and Usandro can only produce a bay or black base coat.
ChanelSurrogate x Faustino de Tili
We don’t know the foaling history of the mare (Lark) that’s carrying the first Chanel x Frosty foal, so that’s anybody’s guess. 340 days would be 4/19. Chanel’s color panel is AA/ee and she has two copies of W20, which can sometimes express as more white markings (but obviously not always). Frosty is gray and we think he was born bay. He does have a red gene since his dam was red. Since gray is at play here I’m looking for guesses about the base color only (bay or chestnut).
Chanel x Faustino de Tili
Chanel has had a couple foals in Europe (foal one looks like this, foal two looks like this) but we don’t know any specifics about her foaling history so again it’s anybody’s guess. 340 days would be 5/4. Since this one is a full sibling to the above foal, all the other info is the same. Will they look alike?
Stormie x Usandro Tilia Derlenn
Stormie’s 340 days is 5/16, although with her last two foals she went a few days early. Stormie was originally grulla and turned gray, with a color panel of aa/Ee/Gg/Dd. Usandro is bay/brown and EE. Again since gray is at play here I’m looking for guesses about the base color only.
Lissa Surrogate One x Utrillo vd Heffinck
We don’t know the foaling history of the mare (Ginger) that’s carrying the first Lissa x Utrillo foal, so that’s anybody’s guess. 340 days for her would be 5/20. Lissa’s color panel is AA/Ee. Utrillo obviously is gray and we think he was born bay. Since gray is at play here I’m looking for guesses about the base color only.
Lissa Surrogate Two x Utrillo vd Heffinck
Pretty much exactly the same story as above except the surrogate’s name is Blazen and her 340 days would be 6/11.
I’ll leave entries open through 3/15, so that gives you 2 weeks to get your guesses in! The contest winner will be calculated and announced after the last foal is born. Obviously I have no idea exactly when that’ll be, hopefully early June, so you’ll just have to stay tuned!
27 thoughts on “2021 Baby Bets Contest”
SO MANY BABIES!!!! Foal Fridays are going to be SO FUN!!!!
Peyton: 3/27 4AM bay, colt, star
Daisy: 3/28 6am colt, grulla, 2 socks, star
ChanelSurrogate: 4/15 1AM chestnut, filly, 1 sock, star
Chanel: 4/30 7am, chestnut, colt, stripe, no socks
Stormie: 5/10, 9am, colt, grulla, star
LissaSurrogate1: 5/15 6am bay filly, one sock
LissaSurrogate2: 6/1 8am, bay, colt, star
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Peyton: 4/1 3AM bay filly, blaze, 1 sock
Daisy: 3/23 4AM grulla filly, star, 2 socks
ChanelSurrogate: 4/19 1AM chestnut colt, blaze, 4 stockings
Chanel: 5/4 11PM bay filly, star, 3 socks
Stormie: 5/11 2AM black colt, no markings
LissaSurrogate1: 5/20 9AM bay colt, snip, 1 sock
LissaSurrogate2: 6/11 1AM chestnut filly, star, 2 socks
Any award I win will be donated to Red Wing Farm to help replace what they lost in last October’s barn fire. (All horses made it out okay, 2 humans had minor injuries, smaller barn was a complete loss.)
email address: cygnata at yahoo
Also, the fire was in July, not October. I have definitely lost all sense of time…
Peyton: 3/31 5AM bay filly, star, 1 sock
Daisy: 3/23 11PM bay dun colt, no socks, no star
ChanelSurrogate: 4/21 3AM chestnut filly, star/snip, 4 socks
Chanel: 5/12 2AM chestnut colt, blaze, 2 socks
Stormie: 5/11 6AM bay dun colt, stripe/snip, one sock
LissaSurrogate1: 5/19 10PM bay colt with a stripe and 3 socks
LissaSurrogate2: 5/20 7AM bay filly with a star/snip and 1 sock
Peyton: 4/1 1 AM chestnut filly, star, 2 socks
Daisy: 3/25 10 PM bay dun filly, stripe, 2 socks
Chanel Surrogate: 4/22 3 AM chestnut colt, stripe
Chanel: 5/8, 8 PM chestnut filly, blaze, 3 socks
Stormie: 5/12 3 AM bay colt, star, stripe, 2 socks
Lissa Surrogate 1: 5/28 12 AM bay colt, 2 stockings
Lissa Surrogate 2: 6/11 2 PM bay filly, star, 1 sock
email: equus06 at AOL dot com
I *just* found out today that my almost 3-year-old mare is pregnant, due probably by May. Or sooner. I’m freaking out a bit, but playing my own version of Baby Bets!
1. Peyton: 3/31 6AM bay filly, star + snip, one sock
2. Daisy: 4/1 10PM bay dun filly, stripe, 3 socks
3. ChanelSurrogate: 4/25 2AM bay colt, stripe, three socks
4. Chanel: 5/2 8PM bay filly, star, four socks
5. Stormie: 5/12 5AM grulla colt, blaze, one sock
6. LissaSurrogate1: 5/22 10PM bay colt no face marking/socks
7. LissaSurrogate2: 6/8 11AM bay colt with a snip and two socks
So excited to see pictures of all the babies!!!!
Sadie’s getting the year off, then? Then again, she deserves one!
She foaled kinda late (for Texas) last year and that filly was so big she had a lot of fluid for quite a while after. Better to just give her some time to heal up and wait til this spring to breed her again.
That makes a lot of sense. Birthing an Ellie-phant would tax the bodies of most females!
Peyton: 4/1 11am, bay filly, 1 sock and a snip
Daisy: 3/26 1am, dun, 2 socks colt, 1 stocking, and a star
ChanelSurrogate: 4/15, 3pm, chestnut colt, 2 socks, 2 stockings, stripe
Chanel: 5/10, 8am, chestnut filly, 3 socks, 1 stocking, blaze
Stormie: 5/11, 930am, bay filly, 2 socks, 1 stocking
Lissa Surrogate 1: 5/28, 3am, bay colt, 2 socks, star
Lissa Surrogate 2: 6/16 9am, bay colt, 3 socks, star, snip
Peyton: 3/29, 1:00 pm, bay colt, 1 sock, small star
Daisy: 3/26, 1:00 am, bay filly, 2 socks, star and snip
Chanel Surrogate: 4/17, chestnut colt, 3 stockings, blaze
Chanel: 5/5, chestnut filly, 2 socks, strip
Stormie: 5/14. bay colt, 3 socks, star
Lissa Surrogate 1: 5/21, bay filly, no white on legs, no white on face
Lissa Surrogate 2: 6/12, bay colt, 3 socks, blaze
Peyton: 3/28 6am Filly Bay Stripe 1 sock.
Daisy: 4/2 7am Filly Baydun Snip 1 sock
ChanelSurrogate: 4/23 11am Colt Chestnut blaze 3 socks
Chanel: 5/3 9am Filly Chestnut star none
Stormie: 4/28 5am Colt Baydun stripe 2 socks
LissaSurrogate1: 5/25 5am Colt Bay snip none
LissaSurrogate2: 5/27 6am Filly Bay star 2 socks.
I’m already looking forward to foal fridays!!!
Peyton: 4/1 4AM chestnut colt, blaze, two socks
Daisy: 3/27 Noon, grulla filly, star, one sock
ChanelSurrogate: 4/19 11PM chestnut filly, stripe, four socks
Chanel: 5/4 1AM chestnut colt, star, one sock
Stormie: 5/13 6PM bay colt, stripe, no white markings
LissaSurrogate1: 5/20 7PM bay filly, stripe, one sock
LissaSurrogate2: 6/15 2AM bay colt, star, no leg markings
Peyton: 3/31, 6AM, bay colt, two socks, stripe, snip
Daisy: 3/29, 1AM, grulla filly, one sock
ChanelSurrogate: 4/30, 9PM, chestnut colt, stripe
Chanel: 5/17, 9AM, chestnut filly, one sock, star, snip
Stormie: 5/9, 4PM, bay colt, no white
LissaSurrogate1: 6/2, 3AM, bay colt, one sock, stripe
LissaSurrogate2: 6/20, 7AM, bay colt, two socks, snip, star
Peyton: 4/2 5AM bay filly, stripe, one sock
Daisy: 3/24 3AM grulla colt, star/snip, two socks
ChanelSurrogate: 4/16 11PM chestnut colt, stripe, four socks
Chanel: 5/8 2AM bay filly , blaze, three socks
Stormie: 5/13 6AM bay dun colt, star, one sock
LissaSurrogate1: 5/28 3AM bay colt , plain
LissaSurrogate2: 6/12 2AM bay colt, star, two socks
Peyton: 3/31 4 pm, bay colt, snip, two socks
Daisy: 4/1 5 pm, bay dun colt, no face markings, one sock
Chanel Surrogate: 4/21 9 pm chestnut filly, blaze, four socks, belly spot
Chanel: 5/12 3 pm bay filly, stripe, one sock
Stormie: 5/17 6 pm black colt, star, no leg markings
Lissa Surrogate 1: 5/14 2 am bay colt, star and snip, two socks
Lissa Surrogate 2: 6/14 9 pm bay filly, stripe, one sock
Peyton: 3/29 10 pm, chestnut filly, star, 2 socks
Daisy: 3/27 6 pm, grullo colt, star, 2 socks
Lark: 4/21 2 AM, chestnut filly, stripe , 4 socks
Chanel: 5/7 12 AM, chestnut colt, stripe, 4 socks
Stormie: 5/11 7 PM, grulla filly, star, 1 sock
Ginger: 5/22 9 PM, bay colt, star, 2 socks
Blazen: 6/15 8 pm, bay filly, star, 2 socks
How exciting! Betsy in WI betsy dot wood at wisc dot edu
OMG Foal Fridays are going to be AMAZING come June. I really need Lissa’s Surrogate 2 to foal early (healthy early) so we can bring on the joy of WTW bebes!
Peyton: 3/31 4am black filly, stripe, 1 sock
Daisy: 4/1 11pm bay dun colt, no face markings, 2 socks
ChanelSurrogate: 4/18 1am bay colt, star, no leg markings
Chanel: 5/5 9am chestnut filly, blaze, 4 socks
Stormie: 5/13 grulla filly, star/snip, 2 socks (all I want for my bday is Michelle to get her grulla filly out of Stormie!)
LissaSurrogate1: 5/22 10pm, bay colt, star/snip, 1 sock
LissaSurrogate2: 6/8 7am bay colt, blaze, 2 socks
Peyton: 2nd April 7am, bay filly with no markings
Daisy: 22 March 3am, dun colt with no markings
Lark: 7 April 5am, chestnut colt with a star and 4 socks
Chanel: 10 May 2pm, chestnut filly with a blaze and 4 socks
Stormie: 14 May at midnight, dun filly with no markings
Ginger: 31 May at 1pm, bay colt with 2 socks and a star
Blazen: 1 June at 10pm, bay filly with a star
Peyton: 4/2 1am bay filly, stripe, sock
Daisy: 4/5 8pm bay dun colt, star, 2 socks
ChanelSurrogate: 4/12 3am bay filly, star, sock
Chanel: 5/1 4am bay colt, stripe, 2 socks
Stormie: 5/15 11pm grulla filly, star, 2 socks
LissaSurrogate1: 5/20 12am, bay colt, star, 2 socks
LissaSurrogate2: 6/1 5am bay colt, stripe, no socks
Peyton: 4/1 5am bay colt with star and 2 socks
ChanelSurrogate: 4/15 9pm chestnut filly with store stripe and 1 sock
Chanel: 5/1 1am chestnut colt with 1 sock
Stormie: 5/14 8am bay colt with star and 2 socks
LissaSurrogate1: 5/14 6pm bay filly with stripe
LissaSurrogate2: 6/11 4am chestnut colt with star and sock
Sad about Daisy 😦
Here are my guesses and they are wild effing guesses 🙂 literally could be no more random if i was pulling out a hat 🙂
Peyton: 4/3 230 AM chestnut filly, blaze 1 sock.
ChanelSurrogate: 4/20 12:00 PM chestnut filly with 2 socks and stripe
Chanel: 5/6 9 am chestnut colt, blaze, two socks
Stormie: 5/10 1030 pm grulla colt, snip, one sock
LissaSurrogate1: 5/25 5 pm bay filly no white on face, one sock
LissaSurrogate2: 6/5 9 am bay colt snip with one sock
Peyton: 4/1 2AM, chestnut colt, star and strip, three socks
ChanelSurrogate: 4/12 10PM, chestnut filly, blaze, one sock
Chanel: 4/27 3AM, chestnut filly, star, three socks
Stormie: 5/10 1AM, bay filly, stripe, two socks
LissaSurrogate1: 5/24 11PM, bay colt, stripe, one sock
LissaSurrogate2: 6/9 4AM bay filly, blaze, three socks