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immediately placed into the recipient mare. She learned on May 6th that the embryo in the recipient didn’t take. Fortunately mares that produce double follicles do that frequently. On Dreamcatcher’s next cycle, she had two new follicles and both were inseminated. Using two dif- ferent recipient mares, each received an embryo, and luckily both transfers were successful. Then Jill decided to go for a third embryo in the mare’s next cycle, hoping for a third baby to eventually help pay for all the expenses of this endeavor! The third embryo was transferred with no problems. Her first year of ET bore three beautiful Dreamcatcher foals known as the triplets, yet Dreamcatcher was only ever pregnant for 7 days!

Eventually Jill moved Dreamcatcher and the triplets to their current farm in Pemberton, British Columbia, where her experience with embryo transfer inspired her to set up her own ET opera- tion. Today she has a herd of about 11 recipient mares at Dreamcatcher Meadows, all rescued mares, and they built a special lab and bought the necessary equipment to con- duct embryo transfer services for her horses as well as for those of others.

“Our facility is unique because we run a training barn as well as provide breed- ing with our own stallions and embryo transfer,” Jill explains. “This means mares in work that come here for ET can stay in training. We have a large covered arena and plenty of pastures so that each mare can settle in and continue living the normal life that she’s used to.”

She also credits local veterinarian Dr. Quinn Gavaga and her partner John Dingle for a big part of their success since they conduct all the embryo transfer work. Dr. Quinn and John have determined fresh semen from a young, fertile stallion brings the highest success rates. “Embryos from fresh semen are noticeably stronger – actually visible to the naked eye,” John comments.

To provide the highest chance of positive results,

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Dreamcatcher Meadows currently stands two stallions. One of their triplets from the first year of embryo transfer is her stallion Dreammaster, performing well in dressage. They also imported a second stallion called Lokomotion, a fully approved Hanoverian with great Holsteiner jumper bloodlines. Besides exceptional jumping form, at his 4- Year-Old FEI Dressage Tests he won every competition with scores up to 77.4%.

(Above) John Dingle and Dr. Quinn Gavaga flush out a mare during embryo transfer at Dreamcatcher Meadows.

(Below Left)John Dingle and the stallion Dreammaster, one of the original ET triplets.

(Below Right) The young stallion Lokomotion performing with John Dingle.

Jill’s plans for the future? Their stallion Dreammaster and John look forward to continuing their wins in dres- sage. For their exciting stal- lion Lokomotion, they will pursue the world FEI five- year-old dressage champi- onship. Numerous ET babies by Lokomotion are expected this spring (two from Dreamcatcher) with several more in the works for 2010. Client mares are lined up for embryo transfer at her farm this year, with room for a few more. And what about Dreamcatcher? Jill will con- tinue competing her at Prix St. Georges and Intermediare I while schooling the Grand Prix, with her sights set on the Pan Am Games. Not bad for a working mom!

SE Farms in Camarillo, CA

Rose Sullivan at SE Farms unintentionally took embryo transfer breeding to the next level. When she decided to open her breeding operation, she planned to use her mare Mystery, a champion grand prix jumper she imported from Argentina and shown in the junior division by her daughter Mickey, as her foun- dation mare for the farm. Mystery was by the legendary Belgian Warmblood stallion

Darco, one of the top breeding stallions of show jumpers in the world and one of the most successful show jump- ing horses ever. Rose had also fallen in love with a won- derful Holsteiner jumper gelding called Sapphire, who at the time was winning many Grand Prix classes and also won the Pan Am Games with his owner and trainer Mark Watring. She decided that the perfect match to Mystery’s impeccable bloodlines was Sapphire’s sire, Liostro, who would become the foundation sire for her farm. Page 1  |  Page 2  |  Page 3  |  Page 4  |  Page 5  |  Page 6  |  Page 7  |  Page 8  |  Page 9  |  Page 10  |  Page 11  |  Page 12  |  Page 13  |  Page 14  |  Page 15  |  Page 16  |  Page 17  |  Page 18  |  Page 19  |  Page 20  |  Page 21  |  Page 22  |  Page 23  |  Page 24  |  Page 25  |  Page 26  |  Page 27  |  Page 28  |  Page 29  |  Page 30  |  Page 31  |  Page 32  |  Page 33  |  Page 34  |  Page 35  |  Page 36  |  Page 37  |  Page 38  |  Page 39  |  Page 40  |  Page 41  |  Page 42  |  Page 43  |  Page 44  |  Page 45  |  Page 46  |  Page 47  |  Page 48  |  Page 49  |  Page 50  |  Page 51  |  Page 52  |  Page 53  |  Page 54  |  Page 55  |  Page 56  |  Page 57  |  Page 58  |  Page 59  |  Page 60  |  Page 61  |  Page 62  |  Page 63  |  Page 64  |  Page 65  |  Page 66  |  Page 67  |  Page 68  |  Page 69  |  Page 70  |  Page 71  |  Page 72  |  Page 73  |  Page 74  |  Page 75  |  Page 76
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