Canadian Warmblood Horse Breeders Association - general


Date: October 1, 2006
Contact: Barbara Daley

Northern Alberta Breeders Show a Success

Spruce Grove, Alberta – On Saturday, August 26, the annual Northern Alberta Breeders’ Show, was run from Spruce Valley Equestrian Centre in Spruce Grove, Alberta, just 10 minutes west of Edmonton. The purpose of the show was two-fold: to ensure breeders are meeting top-class breeding goals; and to showcase these successes to the public so that more awareness of these top standards is achieved. 

Gary Bredin, a dedicated breeder and one of the long-time participants remarked on the event. 'The show was well organized. The venue location was fantastic and worked exceptionally well for showing foals.'

 The Breeders Shows, run by various Canadian Warmblood Chapters across Canada, offer breed based classes, along with a Mare Inspection and the annual Foal Futurity class. Breeders and owners present their warmblood horses for assessment or judging by a selection of accredited individuals. The panel at this year’s Northern Alberta Show consisted of Heather Smith-Oberten, DVM, a Senior Inspector with Canadian Warmblood; Cathy Chalak, Intermediate Judge and Head of Equine Studies at Olds College, Olds, Alberta; and Joanne Wright, Senior Judge and Olds College employee.

The program represents three very important stages of the breeding process. The Mare Inspections provide Mare Owners with scores on conformation, movement and overall suitability for breeding within the Canadian Warmblood Stud Book. Successful mares are granted breeding approval, and those with scores of 7 or more are awarded a premium status. The Foal Futurity, open to offspring of nominated stallions, provides owners with early assessment on the outcome of their selection process. Finally the breed classes, judge older age groups for suitability in sport.

Foal Futurity Winner - Last Time Twister
Time Breaker x Tango Selune. Photo by  Cindy Tarrabain

The Foal Futurity was won by a horse named Last Time Twister by Time Breaker and out of a Tango Selune mare, owned by Eugene Landsbergen & Carla Foolen. The Young Horse Champion was awarded to Bling, by Bratt Z out of a Matterhorn mare, who was presented by Shawna Cook of Carousel Ridge. A total of five mares from all three age groups were awarded a premium in their inspections.

Young Horse Champion


Bratt Z x Matterhorn

Photo by Cindy Tarrabain

A key to the day’s success was the participation by many stakeholders, which was noted by Laure deGroot, breeder and competitor. 'We were very impressed with the hospitality of the show and competitors as everyone chipped in to lend a hand.'

Equi Products, D & R Veterinary Services, Sue & Don Maull of Maull’s 77 Stock Farm, Shaw Insurance, Excell Warmbloods, New House Farms, Equitop Farm all made generous donations to the program. Spruce Valley Equestrian donated the facility and put the proceeds of the stabling fees back into class prize money. 

 Premium Approved Mares






Dam Sire



Dartmouth Dido


Cheops Z

Never Do

Kenley Legacy

Gary Bredin




Eastern Ruler


Kenley Legacy

Excell Warmbloods


CF Tella Tot


Holme Park Vincent

CF Tinka Tot

Turn About

Bruce & Marilyn McGhan/Cheylee


Destiny II


Cheops Z



Gary Bredin







Jennifer Arbuckle

The show committee is already planning for 2007, where they expect even more growth through participation and sponsorship. Inquiries on participating can be directed to Jennifer Stephenson at 780-696-2506 or More information on Canadian Warmblood, including breeding approval and registration, can be found at

Added: October 15, 2006