Whether you come to us as a breeder or someone who is otherwise interested in horses, my team and I will do everything we can to find the right horse for you. You can purchase from us one of the highly-ranked foals or the trained Grand Prix horse. As breeders, we can provide you with interesting and successful bloodlines from our own approved stallions.
Take a look at our website or visit us at the stud farm, to convince yourself of our range. Should you have any questions or wish to take up further contact with us, we shall be pleased to be of assistance to you at any time.
Using the method of E.T. has already given us some very talented horses.The best known is Valverde (Vitalis x Ampère) currently in ownership and on stud at Helgstrand Dressage. Valverde is the 2016 Westfalian Licensing Champion.
From the same mare we still have a half-brother from Valverde, the well mannered stallion J’Aime Chagall (Chagall x Ampère). A promise for the future!
Another example from this method is an Escolar foal out of our sport and breeding mare Grazia Begijnhoeve. Grazia Begijnhoeve is a daughter of our breeding mare Roxane, mother of the GP stallion Glock’s Johnson TN.
Intracytoplasmic Sperm Injection
We recently started using the ICSI method, with succes!
For example this Fürstenball foal out of our mare Gotango.
Intracytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI) is an advanced reproductive procedure that involves the direct injection of a single sperm into an egg. The procedure is done using a specialized microscope and a device called a micromanipulator, which has joystick-like controls, enabling precise movements of the microtools. The sperm is sucked into a fine, sharp, glass injection needle, or capillary pipette. The egg is held in place by a small amount of suction on another blunt-ended glass pipette. The laser is then used to create a few tiny holes in the outside of the egg. The injection needle punctures through, aided by the openings made by the laser. The sperm is then injected into the cytoplasm near the center of the egg. The fertilized egg is then transferred to an incubator to grow for eight to 12 days. If the embryo successfully develops to the blastocyst stage, the blastocyst is then transferred to the recipient mare.
Ovum Pick Up Intracytoplasmic Sperm Injection
The most recent technology is the Ovum Pick Up which consists in the collection of oocytes from donor mares, their in vitro maturation and fertilization by direct injection of the sperm (intracytoplasmic sperm injection, ICSI) followed by culture of the fertilized oocytes in incubator for about a week, until they reach the stage of embryos suitable for transfer in recipient mares.
The collection of oocytes is a procedure that can be repeated every 10-15 days without interfering with the normal activity of the donor even if the animal is involved in sport activity. The collection can be made in any period of the year also outside the breeding season.
A small quantity of semen, either fresh or frozen, is used for each oocyte collection and fertilization. For this reason, the Ovum Pick Up-ICSI technique can be also successfully applied when the semen is available in limited amount or it is of poor fertility when used in for artificial insemination or natural mating.
The technology of Ovum Pick Up-ICSI is suitable for:
mares with reproductive problems (ovarian, oviductal and uterine pathologies) also related to aging;
mares with an history of recurrent abortions;
mares in competition that cannot carry a pregnancy;
mares from which more foals or embryos are desirable;