New Colt Arrives, The Result
Of A Unique Gift To UNH
Contact: Sharon Keeler
UNH Media Relations
September 21, 2004
DURHAM, N.H. -- While it’s not the largest gift in the history
of the University of New Hampshire, it may certainly be the most
A foal was recently born on the Durham campus – the offspring
of two parents with golden pedigrees. The colt will be sold to benefit
the university’s equestrian program, and is expected to command
a price of between $8,000 and $10,000.
|States Premium Mara with her
new foal at UNH. Photo Credit: Tim Delgado
Movie of the new
“It’s a story that demonstrates how special the relationship
is between our equine program and the horse community,” says
Sue Bruns, manager of the UNH horse barns. “It’s how
two industry people felt they could help.”
Those people are Anne Whitten, owner of Horses Unlimited in Albuquerque,
N.M., and Verne Batchelder, owner of River House Hanoverian in Piermont,
N.H. Both farms train and breed hunter/jumper and dressage champions.
Whitten developed a relationship with UNH when she brought her dressage
champion Pik L to the university to have his semen frozen for artificial
insemination. An 11-year-old Hanoverian, Pik L is one of the top
U.S- owned dressage horses and last year was named the American
Hanoverian Society FEI and PSG Horse of the Year.
At that time, Pik L was living in Gloucester, Mass. There are very
few semen freezing facilities offering such services to stallion
owners in the United States and Whitten says it is Invaluable to
the horse community. As a way of saying “thanks,” she
donated a sample of Pik L’s frozen semen to the university
so that a mare could bear his foal.
The search began for a mare. Enter Batchelder.
“We’ve had a relationship with UNH for a long time,”
Batchelder says. “My wife’s parents and my wife are
grads. We’re familiar with the riding program, do some teaching,
and have competed at many shows. We were aware that UNH had Pik
L’s frozen semen and that they were limited in quality mares.”
Batchelder says he had a mare, States Premium Mara that matched
well with Pik L, and has proven offspring of her own. Mara is a
13-year-old German Hanoverian who descends from the legendary Matcho
X. She has been on loan to UNH since she conceived last September.
“Matcho X mares are the jewels of the best breed bands in
the world and especially
States Premium ones,” Batchelder says. “Mara earned
8’s on all three gaits under saddle, and she represents the
best of the bloodline.”
According to Bruns, Mara’s newest son is a “beautiful
colt” and a “bit of a fireball. Both mom and baby will
remain “guests” of UNH until the foal is weaned.
Note: Interested buyers should contact Bruns at 603-862-0027.