2023 Baby Bets Contest

Man, this has really snuck up on me this year. Can you believe that it’s already almost foaling season?!

As has become tradition around here by now, that means it’s time for our annual Willow Tree Warmbloods Baby Bets contest! Last year we had only one foal due, so we just did a smaller contest in the Patreon group. This year though, we’ve got a full line up, so we’re bringing it back out to the public.

First thing’s first: the prize (aside from extreme bragging rights, amazement at your psychic powers, and a virtual fist bump). The winner of this year’s Baby Bets contest will receive a Willow Tree Warmbloods swag bag, including a shirt, decal, cup, towel, and some other fun surprises. 😉

We’ll do the rules the same as we have before. Basically 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 in the 2AM hour, you get the points.)
  • Gender
  • Color
  • Face Markings
  • Leg Markings (again doesn’t have to be specific – “one sock”, “none”, “four socks”, etc will work)

So your submission should look something like this for each mare (there are 6 this year):

Mare Name: 4/2 3AM bay filly with a stripe 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 some serious points. If there are any ties, I’ll put them all in a hat and get Michelle to pick a winner.

Still the cutest WTW foal of all time if you ask me. Definitely not biased.

Submit your entries via a comment here on this post or you can message them to me on my social media. Just make sure you leave a link or an email address so I can contact you if you win! Easy peasy.

The “Due dates” I’ve listed below are based on the average 340 days gestation, but keep in mind that normal 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!

Sea Lion x Kilpatrick Grace

Embryo Transfer (Carried by recipient mare Glo)

Due 2/17

One of our most anticipated foals ever! This will be Grace‘s first foal, carried by a recipient mare. The sire is the full Thoroughbred stallion Sea Lion, who competed to the Advanced level in eventing with an amateur. Sea Lion is plain bay (and throws a lot of fairly plain bay) and Grace has 3 socks and a stripe.

Utrillo x Lasilissa

Embryo Transfer (Carried by recipient mare Champ)

Due 3/16

This will be a full sibling to Percy, definitely bred to jump with two Grand Prix parents! Lissa’s color panel is AA/Ee (homozygous agouti, carries the red gene… so she can throw bay or chestnut). Utrillo obviously is gray and we think he was born bay. Since gray is at play here and isn’t always immediately obvious at birth, I’m looking for guesses about the base color only. Chestnut, bay, black, etc.

Lingo van de Watermolen OR DSP Araldik x Vonhra xx

Due 4/18

We don’t know yet who the sire is for this one, because we used partial doses from both stallions to make up a full dose… it’ll be a fun surprise on so many levels for all of us. This will also be Vee’s first foal! We do know that she has a red gene, since her dam was chestnut. Vee is fairly plain bay and so are both potential baby daddies. Lingo is still quite young, his oldest foals were born in 2021 and he’s currently jumping at the 1.30m level. Araldik is a full sibling to Ingrid Klimke’s superstar 4* mare Asha P and he’s jumped to 1.40m.

Future Hepsilon x A Firm Question xx

Due 4/24

I’m really excited about this one because I love this young UK stallion by the famous eventing stallion Upsilon, and of course I love Peyton. Future Hepsilon is gray (born bay) and also carries a red gene, and Peyton is a pretty plain bay although if you remember her first foal Remi was by a plain bay stallion and came out a very flashy chestnut. Her second foal by a plain bay stallion came out fairly plain bay. Peyton has a hidden white-markings gene at play that shows up sometimes and since she’s had a chestnut foal already she obviously also carries a red gene. Since gray is on option here also and isn’t always immediately obvious at birth, I’m looking for guesses about the base color only. Chestnut, bay, black, etc.

Philanderer x Daisy

Due 4/25

The color possibilities with this one are a little more fun – Daisy is a grulla with a color panel of aa/Ee D/D. Philanderer is black, but I’m unsure of his red status. If he carries red then there’s a chance of red dun, but otherwise it’s grulla. They’re both pretty plain as far as markings go. Philanderer has evented through the 4* level in Europe.

Usandro Tilia Derlenn x Chanel Z

Due 4/28

Yup that’s right, there’s a hony superstar en route! Chanel is obviously chestnut but Usandro is homozygous, meaning that the foal will have to be either bay or black. Usandro is plain, Chanel has a stripe and a couple socks. Usandro is the #1 pony jumper stallion in France, and Chanel competed to 1.40m. She had two foals in Europe before being imported to the US – her offspring have competed to 1.50m and 1.45m, and she also has a granddaughter that has so far competed to 1.35m. This one will JUMP.


I’ll leave entries open through 1/24, so that gives you 2 weeks to get your guesses in! The contest winner will be announced after the last foal is born. Obviously I have no idea exactly when that’ll be, hopefully by early May.

15 thoughts on “2023 Baby Bets Contest

  1. Grace
    2/14, 11pm Bay Filly, small star

    Lissa
    3/22 6am Bay Colt, 2 socks

    Vee
    4/20 3am Bay filly, star, 1 sock

    Peyton
    4/28 5am Chestnut colt, blaze, 3 socks

    Daisy
    4/30 11am Grulla colt, 1 sock

    Chanel
    5/1 2am bay filly, no markings

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  2. Grace, 2/21, 11am, colt, bay, star, 1 sock

    Lissa, 3/15, 7am, filly, bay, star, 2 socks

    Vee, 4/20 (lol), 4am, colt, bay, no markings

    Peyton, 4/24, 2 pm, colt, star, 2 socks

    Daisy, 4/28, 6pm, filly, grulla, stripe, 1 sock

    Chanel, 4/30, 12pm, filly, bay, no markings (if this one is born on the 30th which is my birthday, and happens to be a colt, I’m gonna need it…. But I still think it’s a filly.)

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    1. Grace – 2/20, 5am, red filly, stripe, 3 socks.

      Lissa- 3/14, 8am, black colt, star, 2 socks.

      Vee – 4/18, 3am, bay filly, star, 1 white foot.

      Peyton – 4/25, 2am, red filly, blaze, 4 stockings.

      Daisy – 4/28, 11pm, grulla colt, 1 white foot.

      Chanel – 4/25, 10pm, black filly, star & snip.

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  3. Grace: 2/20 4AM bay colt one sock
    Lissa: 3/14 5AM chestnut filly white stripe 2 socks
    Vee: 4/21 3AM bay colt star
    Peyton: 4/20 6AM bay colt 3 socks star
    Daisy: 4/28 11PM black grulla filly 1 small white foot
    Chanel: 4/26 4AM black colt white star

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  4. Grace – 2/15 – 9PM – bay colt with star and one sock
    Lissa – 3/18 – 2PM – bay filly with strip
    Vee – 4/20 – 3AM – bay filly with blaze and one sock
    Peyton – 4/25 – 3PM – bay colt with star and snip
    Daisy – 4/25 – 9PM – grulla filly with star
    Chanel – 4/29 – 2AM – black colt with star and 2 stockings

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  5. Grace: 2/14, 11PM, bay colt, stripe, no white feet
    Lissa: 3/18, 2AM, chestnut filly, star, 2 socks
    Vee: 4/1, 1AM, bay colt, star, no white feet
    Peyton: 4/28, 12AM, chestnut filly, stripe, 4 socks
    Daisy: 4/22, 2AM, grulla colt, no markings on face or feet
    Chanel: 5/2, 3AM, bay filly, stripe, 3 socks

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  6. Grace: 2/20, 3 AM, bay filly, 2 socks

    Lissa: 3/14, 9 PM, bay colt, no markings

    Vee: 4/20, 8 AM, bay filly, 2 socks & star

    Peyton: 4/28, 10 AM, chestnut filly, 3 socks & stripe

    Daisy: 4/30, 2 PM, grulla colt, no markings

    Chanel: 5/2, 6 AM, bay colt, 1 sock & snip

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  7. Grace: 2/11, 4AM, bay filly, 2 socks
    Lissa: 3/20, 11AM, bay filly, no markings
    Vee: 4/18, 7AM, bay colt, star, 1 sock
    Peyton: 5/2, 11AM, bay colt, stripe, 2 socks
    Daisy: 5/2, 7AM, grulla filly, 1 sock
    Chanel: 5/6, 6AM, bay filly, stripe, 1 sock

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  8. Grace: 2/6 7PM bay colt with two socks
    Lissa: 3/25 3AM chestnut colt with star
    Vee: 4/7 10PM bay colt with no markings
    Peyton: 5/2 5AM bay filly with four socks
    Daisy: 4/20 12PM grulla filly with no markings
    Chanel: 5/4 black colt with stipe and one sock

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  9. Grace/Glo: 2/18 (my birthday, so I gotta put it down), 1AM, star, snip, 2 socks, bay, colt
    Lissa/Champ: 3/20, 7am, 3 socks, star, chestnut base, filly
    Vee: 4/30, 2pm, bay, 1 sock, colt
    Peyton: 5/1, 6am, star, 1 sock, bay base, filly
    Daisy: 5/3, 9pm, 2 socks, grulla, filly
    Chanel: 5/5, 4am, 2 socks, stripe, bay, colt

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  10. Glo/Grace: 2/25, 11 pm, Bay filly, star and 2 sox

    Champ/Lissa: 3/10, 10 pm, bay colt, 1 sock

    Vee: 4/21 9 pm, bay colt, star and 1 sock

    Peyton: 4/21 9 pm, Chestnut filly, stripe and 2 sox

    Daisy: 4/21 9 pm, grulla colt, 1 sock

    Chanel: 5/1, 8 pm, black filly, stripe, 1 sock

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  11. Grace: 2/16-4 am-bay colt, 1 sock, star
    Lissa: 3/12-6 am-plain bay filly, no markings
    Vee: 4/23-1 am-bay colt, no leg markings, star
    Peyton: 4/22-8am-chestnut filly, 3 socks, stripe
    Daisy: 4/24-5 am- grulla filly, 1 sock, no face markings
    Chanel: 4/26-2 pm-bay colt, 2 socks, snip

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  12. Grace/Glo: 2/15 2AM bay colt, snip, 1 sock
    Lissa/Champ: 3/13 11PM bay filly, stripe, 2 socks
    Vee: 4/14 1AM bay filly, star, no socks
    Peyton: 4/25 12AM bay colt, star, 3 socks
    Daisy: 4/21 2AM grulla colt, 1 sock, no face markings
    Chanel: 4/30 10PM bay filly, stripe, 2 socks

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  13. I know voting is closed already, but I still wanted to document my guesses.

    Grace: 2/19 1am bay colt stripe 1 ankle sock
    Lissa: 3/15 11pm chestnut filly blaze 2 socks
    Vee: 4/18 6am bay filly star no leg marking (and if you have paternal DNA testing, my bonus point guess that Lingo is the sire)
    Peyton: 4/26 chestnut colt stripe 3 socks
    Daisy: 4/25 grullo colt snip and small sock
    Chanel: 4/26 (busy couple of delivery days!) black filly 1 sock stripe

    I love foaling season!! Hope it goes well for all involved.

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