Breeding News and Announcements

Sea Lion: Offspring Report 2019

Ruffian Stables is proud to report that three out of the fifteen foals of 2019 by Sea Lion have been born, and are looking good! Sea Lion’s oldest offspring are starting careers as well. Sea Lioness (shown) just qualified for the FEH National Championships, while Sargasso Sea has a new home with a USET Team member. more


Is the Stallion's Age Important for Fertility?

According to Dr. Ryan Ferris, in a podcast on, a stallion's fertility usually peaks around 12 to 15 years of age, and drops a bit after that, and again after age 20. Horses are individuals, of course, more


New Stallion Story: LioCalyon

Our new Stallion Story is about LioCalyon, the founding stallion of Wild Turkey Farm. It’s a particularly poignant story, as LioCalyon passed away as the Stallion Story was being planned. But his memory and his story live on, in tributes and in his offspring. more

Breeding News and Announcements

In Memoriam: LioCalyon of Wild Turkey Farm

Wild Turkey Farm has sadly announced the passing of LioCalyon, April 2, 1992 – February 26, 2019. Lio was the founding stallion of the farm, an elite stallion with the AHHA, and had three approved sons. He competed successfully for over 10 years, and then started a second career as a breeding stallion. more


Exciting young Franziskus son available via cooled semen!
Hilltop Farm is excited to welcome Lisa & Howard Smith’s young stallion Frisantos to our 2019 Stallion Roster! This eye-catching young stallion brings a fresh pedigree, modern type, and excellent potential for sport to secure his spot in our program. Frisantos was licensed in Germany and completed his 14-day test earning 9’s for his character and work ethic.

Frisantos sire is the highly popular Franziskus who is currently competing at Grand Prix with Ingrid Klimke and descends from a established line of Grand Prix horses. His dam, the States Premium mare Esprina, adds a valuable and versatile pedigree that provides a needed fresh outcross for many of today’s mares. Her oldest offspring are competing well in dressage and she is already the granddam to two approved stallions. Esprina’s sire Espri was the 1995 Hanoverian Stallion of the Year and has sired Olympic competitors in both show jumping and dressage.

Frisantos is already licensed AHS, GOV, and Westfalen. We are excited to develop him in sport under Michael Bragdell as well as offer him to our breeders as a new and interesting choice for their breeding programs.


Gloria Dei
Reine Freude
Eiger I
Garduelan I
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