The Canadian Sport Horse Association would like to extend a heartfelt “Thank You” to all of the stallion owners who generously donated a breeding to the 2009 CSHA Stallion Service Auction.  A total of 34 stallions were offered to mare owners in this year’s auction which fittingly took place over the Valentines Day weekend.

The Spruce Meadows  “bidder’s choice”  offer of a breeding to either of their top stallions, Le Primeur (Laptop x Pinkus) or Salito (Stakkato x Celine Dion/Calido) garnered the top bid and was won by Alberta based breeder, Cathie Bruner. Both stallions, Salito and Le Primeur, are 300 Day Tested and have had extensive competition career in Europe.  Equitop  Farm’s Silver Premium stallion Portland L (Pilot x Ranaschun/Ramiro) generated the highest number of bids and ended up with the 2nd highest price won by Jeff Orlando of Babbling Brook Farm, Millbrook, Ontario. Portland’s Silver Premium status was achieved through his impressive results show jumping in Europe.

Depth of Bloodlines

There was a good deal of well known and respected  bloodlines on offer in this year’s auction including Pilot, Libero H, Weltmeyer, Regazzoni, Merkur*E*, Rio Grande, Pablo, Parabol, Glorieux, Corrado I, Laptop, Stakkato, Raphael, Santorini, Corland, Ahorn, Le Tot de Semily, Dublin, Irish Castle xx, Corland, Ahorn, Rio Grande, Raja Baba xx, Jus de Pommes, Ramiro Z, Grannus, Beaute, Narcos II, Coudelaria Nacional, Nimmerdor, Olden Times xx, Grundstein, Flipper, Dublin, Corrado, Alme Z, Calido and Night and Day xx.  The depth of performance bloodlines was impressive, to say the least. This speaks to the great future of the CSHA’s studbook and the Association’s commitment to Canadian breeders.

Rio Grande

Three F1 sons of the grand old man of Canadian breeding, Rio Grande were featured in 2009.  Rio’s Filius W, Riot and Rupert present some well established Canadian Sport Horse bloodlines displaying the depth of breeding in the studbook. The Weltmeyer bloodline was represented by the west coast stallion, Westporte while the Regazzoni/Rubinstein line was represented by Regardez of Creekside Farm.  Creekside also gave us Ikoon, the only son of Libero H standing in Canada, if not North America.  Ikoon himself is a CSHA approved Gold Premium stallion that has the unique distinction of siring the winning foals in the National Foal Championship three years in a row! 

The CSHA is fortunate to have a few excellent sport horse type Thoroughbreds in the studbook.  Rather Well (Gold Premium) and Yellow Creek (Bronze Premium) are both individuals who have proven themselves in open competition whose offspring are carrying on their winning ways.

Lucky CSHA Member, Jeff Orlando, won 3 breedings for his Babbling Brook Farm. “We were very pleased to have been the successful bidders in the stallion service auction for three CSHA approved stallions with both strong jumping pedigrees and equally strong performance backgrounds.   All three stallions have premium status in the CSHA stud book and these stallions were our first choices for some of our current broodmares. “

Jeff qualifies his bidding decisions: “Kupido K is a flashy, black stallion with lots of chrome and a great Dutch pedigree by the fabulous, Grannus. He will be bred to one of our pinto Art Deco mares. Ikoon, the Dutch stallion by Libero H, is a gold premium stallion.  He will be bred to another one of our pinto warmblood mares who is by Eastern Ruler.  Portland, a flashy bay with a great front end over fences will hopefully be the proud sire of a foal out of one of our thoroughbred broodmares by Majestic Regent.  This combination should give the foal lots of “flash” as the mare he is being bred to has 4 socks and a large blaze.”

Jeff echoes the sentiments of many sport horse breeders in North America, “It’s encouraging to know that the CSHA has such wonderful stallions in their studbook available to Canadian breeders.  The CSHA Online Stallion Service Auction is a great opportunity for breeders to breed to quality stallions at a fraction of their regular posted stud fees. “

Lisa Murphy, president of the Canadian Sport Horse Association aptly summed up this annual event, “Thank you again to the stallion owners for your support of the Association by donating to the Auction and to the mare owners who made bids and supported our efforts.  I hope that we will see the resulting offspring in the 2010 National Foal Championship competitions.  To all those who worked in the “background” of the auction to make it happen – thank you for your time, attention and diligence; your efforts are greatly appreciated.”

Copies of the CSHA 2009 Stallion directory are available through the National Office and further information on all of our stallion participants can be found in the CSHA searchable online stallion directory at