There is something special about broodmares. They just know. They know how to raise a foal and how to get through life without complaining. At least, that was the way Vienna did it! She was a kind, gentle mare but she was all business when it came to her job as a mother. She gave us numerous quality foals that are proving themselves as wonderful companions and athletes. We will miss her uncomplicated, good natured presence in the breeding herd.
Anyone who has ever brought their stallion to the Equine Park during the last 20 years knows that Norma Jean was a key player in the Equine Reproduction program. Norma arrived as a young race horse drop out and quickly took over control of the breeding shed. She loved her job and did it so well, she made everyone look good! Norma was a kind, generous (but somewhat opinionated) mare, but never failed to get the job done! We will miss Norma Jean. She is truly the end of an era!
Horses have a way of touching our hearts and leaving permanent hoofprints in our memories. Grande Aurora was one of those mares that was loved by all that knew her. She was generous, affectionate, intelligent and produced numerous exceptional foals that will carry on her legacy for years to come. The loss of Aurora is a blow to the breeding program at the Equine Park and her absence will be felt for a long time.
It is with deep sorrow that Cornell University announces the loss of the wonderful Hanoverian stallion Benvolio in November, 2007. He was 24.
Benvolio was the Hanoverian Young Horse Champion in 1987. In 1988, Benvolio returned to Hamilton Farm and began a highly successful show career in the US that was prematurely cut short due to an injury. However, with his extraordinary movement and incredible temperament , Benvolio proved himself through his outstanding offspring. An approved breeding stallion with Oldenburg Horse Breeders Society and the Oldenburg Registry North America, Benvolio has produced many premium foals that have shown tremendous potential.
Benvolio was graciously donated to Cornell University by Hamilton Farm in 2002 for use in their warmblood breeding program. Benvolio immediately took over and became a favorite in every way. His loving nature and personality won the approval of everyone who was fortunate to meet him in person. He produced quality foals with movement, outstanding temperaments and eye appeal. Benvolio's extraordinary fertility gave many mare owners an excellent chance of getting a very fancy foal on the ground with relative ease. His presence at the Equine Park at Cornell University will be sorely missed. He was an exceptional horse and a great friend. Truly an exceptional horse in every way. Farewell, good friend.
March 1990 - December 2006
PHOTO BY ALIX COLEMAN
DaVinci's life was tragically cut short by liver failure in December 2006. He was just starting to make his mark with offspring going on in training in their sire's footsteps. Da Vinci was an impressive stallion with his size, strength and energy. However, he was kind, gentle and responsive at the same time. Most mare owners breeding to Da Vinci repeated the breedings to duplicate the overall quality, movement and potential they saw in his foals. All visitors that came to see him were impressed by his outstanding character. We hope his sons and daughters will excel in the coming years, which would be a fitting tribute to this wonderful stallion. Our special thanks to Nan Sexton at South Gate Farm for sharing her special friend with us.
SHAIKH AL SHAHLIM
March 1986 - May 2007
Shakh al Shahlim was part of the reproduction program at the Equine Park at Cornell for 13 years. Although his primary assignment here was as a very effective teaser, he also sired numerous purebred and part-bred Arabians. Shaikh also made huge contributions to the teaching and research programs. He taught many students the techniques of stallion handling and semen collection. He was always at his best for demonstrations in front of large groups of visitors! Shaikh also provided semen for numerous research projects during his tenure here. He has left a huge void at the Equine Park and we will miss him a lot!
DOLLAR GIRL S
March 3, 1993 - May 5, 2007
We are blessed to have a band of beautiful mares that have been excellent friends and teachers as well as producing exceptionally nice foals that have gone on to make many new owners very happy and proud! Dollar Girl S was the favorite of many who knew her. She was the kindest, most generous mare. She would seek your companionship and be content to get a scratch on the neck or her favorite, a nice face rub. Her biggest fault was that she produced huge foals and it may have been this factor that contributed in part to her demise. Shortly after delivering a big bay colt by L'Andiamo, Dollar Girl lost her life due to a ruptured uterine artery. We will miss this great mare for a long time!
Suddenly Swift, known as "Suds", came to the Equine Park at Cornell at the end of her show career during the early days of the warmblood breeding program. Although she is a registered Quarter Horse, she was a successful show hunter and produced two nice foals by Cornell stallions. Suds then began the career of a teaching horse, which involved being used in a wide variety of class situations including everything from grooming to floating teeth! She has done it all!!! Then in 2003, a protocol to induce lactation in mares was developed. The owner of a rejected foal was looking for a mare to use as a foster mare and we tried to think of an open mare that had been a good mother that would be a candidate. Suds was induced to lactate and the moment she laid eyes on the orphan we knew the fostering would be a success. Suds would again be a mom!
Then, in 2006, Suds was again called to duty and once again, gladly accepted an orphan as her own. The tragic loss of Dollar Girl S this year has been made somewhat bearable due to Suds' willingness to again raise an orphan at 23 years of age! She may be a little stiff and opinionated, but we know Suds will do her best, something that she has been doing for a long time!
April 1982 - September 2001
We were honored to have this stunning charismatic stallion stay with us during his last years when he was retired to breeding duties full time. He has left his legacy in a number of sons and daughters that are making their mark as performance horses. Anriejetto knew he was a special horse and he convinced everyone who came to see him that this was the case. He was bold yet sensitive, full of animation but attentive and always tried to steal the show. A special thank you to Dorothy Morkis for trusting Anriejetto to our care and for letting us be a part of his life.
April 1973 - July 1997
From the day he stepped off the van at Cornell University in 1988, Obelisk stole the hearts of everyone who got to know him. This handsome mahogany bay stallion had such a generous nature that he invited the attentions of even the most timid visitors. Horse lovers from all disciplines were impressed by his balance, quality and ageless presence. Without exception, his foals were stamped with his outstanding character and temperament. During his tenure at Cornell University, Obelisk served as the principle breeding stallion in a breeding program dedicated to teaching equine reproduction. Through the many people whose lives he touched, Obelisk served as an ambassador of the Dutch Warmblood and he will be sadly missed by those who knew him. Our sincere thanks to Jennifer O'Neil for sharing Obelisk with us.