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14.2h | 2002 | Westfalen Pony Stallion

FS Pour l’Amour – Night Star I – Nobel

The result of many generations of selective breeding for the ultimate sport pony, Popeye showed his quality early on.  He began his competition career in Germany, earning scores as high as 9.0 in materiale classes. At his Stallion Performance Test, Popeye finished fourth overall with an 8.3.  His score highlights include a 9 and 9.5 for his walk and a well-deserved 9 for character.  Summit Sporthorses presented Popeye to ISR/Oldenburg while he was still in Germany and he received his lifetime approval in 2006. His Stallion Index scores of 227.5 points rank him among the top 20 of all ISR/OldenburgNA stallions (horses & ponies).

Popeye moved to Hilltop Farm in the summer of 2007 for training  and was first shown at the Fair Hill Breed Show where he won Stallions 4 & Older class, the Stallion Championship, and the Mature Horse Championship. These wins qualified him for the USDF/GAIG East Coast Stallion Final to be held at Dressage at Devon. Under the lights in the Dixon Oval, Popeye impressed both the spectators and the judges and was the Reserve Champion of the USDF/GAIG East Coast Stallion Final. He returned the next day to in the Westfalen class with a score over 80% – one of the highest of the entire weekend.

In 2008 Popeye had an excellent show season at Second Level, including winning the East Coast Pony Cup at Saugerties, earning a Reserve Championship at the USDF Region 1 Finals, and finishing the season with multiple USDF All-Breeds Awards.  2009 was a training year for Popeye as he stayed at home to polish the Third and Fourth Level work instead of competing heavily as he had done the previous year.  In 2010 Popeye showed at Third and Fourth Level with scores into the 70s and was 1st for Westfalen All-Breeds Awards at Third Level. He consistently earns an 8 on gaits and was Reserve Champion at Fourth Level for the 2011 BLM Finals.To showcase his versatility, Popeye began eventing in the fall of 2012. He easily tackled Novice courses and moved to Training Level in the fall of 2013.

Popeye’s pedigree represents some of the finest German sport pony bloodlines.  His sire, FS Pour l’Amour was Champion of both his Licensing and his Performance test.  He competed in the Bundeschampionat three times and has sired numerous Bundeschampionat qualifying offspring; he also has a number of approved sons, including Piccolo and Panco, and has several highly decorated mares to his credit.  FS Pour l’Amour’s grandsire Power Boy is standing at Flyinge, the Swedish National Stud and is the sire of the famous Power and Paint.  Power and Paint has been a Bundeschampionat winner, Silver Medal winner at the European Championships, and six-time National Champion in Holland.

Popeye’s dam, Nice Touch, a Westphalian breeding federation show winner, is a States Premium mare by Night Star I. She has produced four St. Premium daughters in addition to Popeye.  Night Star I, won his licensing and placed second at the Bundeschampionat for show jumping ponies in 1987.  He has sired approved stallions, including North Star and Nanuc, States Premium mares, and Bundeschampionat winners such as Night Dream.

In 2008 we saw the arrival of Popeye’s first foals and they show the potential of these powerful genetics.  His first two fillies to be inspected by ISR/OldenburgNA received scores of an overall 8 and an overall 8.2.  Popstar (Popeye – Fascination) was named a Premium Foal and Champion Filly of her inspection.  A Popeye filly out of a Grosso Z mare was the Champion Filly at the large Hilltop Farm inspection in 2009 for owner Suellen Myers.  As one of the inspectors commented, “the only problem will be finding someone who can ride this movement.”  His oldest offspring proved sensible and willing to start under saddle. In 2014, Popportunity SFF (ds. Native Regent) was USDF Dressage Breeding Horse of the Year for Yearling Colts/Geldings with a median score of 80.5. Older offspring, Piper (ds. Fascination) and Popgun (ds. Oliver Twist) made their Beginner Novice eventing debut in 2014.

Kind eyes, intelligent and willing characters, and three quality gaits have come through strongly in Popeye’s early foal crops.  Popeye has been bred to both pony and horse mares with outstanding results.  He had a 75% Premium success rate with his first two foal crops and those that have been out showing are winning against the horses.

Video & Pedigree

Summit Sporthorses LTD.
Hans Bockholt
FS Pour l'Amour FS Picasso Power Boy
SPS Veruschka
Eileen 2 Black Magic
SPS Nice Touch Night Star I Nalet ox
Nibelungenblut Nobel

Career Highlights

Performance Test:

8.3 Overall Dressage Index 80, Jumping Index 75, Received 9 & 9.5 on walk and 9 on character

Approved ISR/OldNA, Westfalen Approved but not currently activated RPSI

The ultimate sport pony, Popeye is an excellent choice for breeders looking to produce offspring with all of the movement, trainability, and competitiveness of the larger horses in a smaller package.”  

Natalie DiBerardinis, Hilltop Farm's Breeding Manager

5-Star Stallion with ISR/OldenburgNA

2011: Reserve Champion BLM Finals ~ Fourth Level

2010: USDF All-Breeds Awards ~ Westfalen 1st Third Level

2008: Champion Second Level ~ East Coast Pony Cup

2008: USDF Horse of the Year Awards 9th Second Level Jr/Yr

2008: USDF All-Breeds Awards ~ Westfalen 1st Second Level Jr/Yr, 2nd Second Level Open

2008: USDF Region 1 Reserve Champion Second Level Jr/Yr

2007: Fair Hill Breed Show, MD – Champion Stallion & Champion Mature Horse

2007: USDF/GAIG – Reserve Champion East Coast Stallion Final

Breeding Information

Stud Fee:

$1,100 2-Year Cooled or Frozen Semen
EVA Negative


Cooled Semen available April 15th – July 15th.  Frozen semen may be shipped year-round.
REMINDER: The SBS lab is closed and stallions will not be collected on Easter Sunday, Sunday and Monday of Memorial Day weekend, or July 4th.

Special Discounts Available

Additional Fees - Cooled Semen

Additional Fees - Frozen Semen


Shipment Notification Schedule

**Please review this information with your veterinarian at the beginning of your mare’s cycle** PLEASE NOTE: We don’t accept semen shipment requests via fax or email. Call 410-658-9898 ext. 120 when requesting semen. We appreciate a “heads-up” if possible when your mare enters the start of her heat cycle. Cooled semen stallions may be collected any day except Saturday and can be shipped either via FedEx overnight or same-day Airline. Frozen semen is able to be shipped Monday thru Friday via FedEx overnight. Pick-up of both cooled and frozen semen is also available at Hilltop Farm or Select Breeders Services in Maryland. Our cooled semen season runs from March thru August for most of our stallions. Frozen semen may be shipped year-round. See each specific stallion’s webpage and/or contract for availability.

Monday - Friday: Pick-up, Fed Ex Overnight, or Airline shipments

Please notify our office before 9:00pm eastern time the day prior to collection/shipping. For example: If you want semen collected & shipped on Friday, we need to know by 9:00pm on Thursday evening.

Frozen semen cannot be sent by same-day Airline, so must be sent Monday thru Friday via FedEx or picked-up at Hilltop Farm or Select Breeders Services.

Sunday: Pick-up or same-day Airline Shipments Only

Please notify our office before 5:00 P.M. eastern time on Saturday evening.

Cooled semen stallions will not be collected on Easter Sunday, Memorial Day, or July 4th. (Please note that shipments scheduled the day before and after Holidays may be restricted to airlines or pick-up only depending on FedEx’s schedule)

Call 410-658-9898 ext. 120 when requesting semen.

Canadian Breeders Shipping from Moore Equine

To help our Canadian breeders save on shipping expenses and the hassle of getting an import permit, Hilltop Farm ships a limited amount of frozen semen to Moore Equine in Calgary, Alberta at the start of each breeding season for distribution within Canada. We will ship four doses of frozen semen to Moore Equine for each contract booked prior to this group shipment. Doses will be distributed at a max of two doses per cycle. If a mare is not confirmed in foal after utilizing those doses, it would be necessary for the mare owner to follow our typical import procedure to obtain semen for any additional breeding cycles. All shipment requests for semen in Canada will still be sent to Hilltop Farm and follow Hilltop’s standard notification schedule. For more information on deadlines to be included in the group shipment to Canada or to inquire about frozen semen already located in Canada contact Brittany.

Mare Management Reminders

At Hilltop Farm we want to work closely with you and your veterinarian to ensure a successful breeding season and are available for questions at any time. The following information includes some basic suggestions as well as reminders on a few requirements for your breeding contract.

Links & Downloads

Download Mare Owner's Checklist Download Mare Breeding Passport Submit Foal Announcement

A Breeding Soundness Exam including a uterine culture is recommended, but not required, for all mares prior to breeding. If a mare fails to settle after two breeding cycles, Hilltop Farm will require a culture and cytology to be done at that time prior to any additional shipments of semen. We always recommend your vet checking your mare post-breeding to confirm ovulation. If a mare hangs on to a follicle longer than expected, it can be less expensive to ship additional semen than it would be to breed a second complete cycle. Getting your mare settled in foal is just the beginning. We recommend multiple pregnancy checks to help prevent cases of twins, misdiagnosed pregnancies, or lost time in the breeding season. The following schedule is what we recommend; only the first and fourth checks however are required by your breeding contract.
  • 1st check (Required): 14-16 days post ovulation - optimum time for vet to pinch off a twin if more than a single ovulation is noted.
  • 2nd check (Recommended): 28 days post ovulation – to confirm a viable pregnancy as the heartbeat normally appears by day 25.
  • 3rd check (Recommended): 35-40 days post ovulation – to confirm maintained pregnancy prior to endometrial cup formation. Mares that slip foals early may not come back into heat.
  • 4th check (Required): 55-60 days post ovulation – final confirmation of pregnancy in its critical first trimester.
Following your mare’s 55-60 day pregnancy check, please have your vet finish completing the Mare Breeding Passport and return it to Hilltop Farm by September 15th. This Passport is used in all stallion reports to various breed registries and is used to generate a Breeding Certificate so that you can register your foal.

Registration Information

Your mare’s registration and approval play just as important of a role as the stallion’s approvals when determining registration options for your foal. Please keep in mind that in order to register your foal with a specific association, your mare may first need to be presented to that registry for approval. In addition to the registries a stallion is approved with, there may be additional registration options based on your mare’s eligibility and the stallion’s credentials. If you are confused at all on registration options for a potential foal, please speak with Hilltop Farm and your breed registry PRIOR to booking your breeding.

Popeye's Approvals

Approved ISR/OldenburgNA & Westphalian

Approved but not currently activated with RPSI

Additional Registration Possibilities

The following are additional registries with which you may be able to register your offspring. Please contact Hilltop Farm and the Registry directly to discuss your specific mare and requirements.

Rheinland Pfalz-Saar International (RPSI): Popeye has been approved with the RPSI, but is not currently activated with them.

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Popeye News

Popeye Foal Announcements: 06-13-16:Lori Cooley of Plymouth, IN has proudly announced the arrival of her new Popeye colt, born to her GRP mare Sierra de Aoalta! Congratulations Lori! >>>

USEF Leading Sire Rankings: A quick guide to pedigree, competition results, owners, breeders, and riders, the USEF Leading Sire Rankings continues to be a good resource for information on horses competing in the United States. >>>

Popeye Offspring Earn USDF Awards in 2015: For breeder Angela Mirarchi the combination of Popeye and Welsch Cob mare Clanfair Mary Kay (Lonetree’s Romeo) has been very successful; resulting in one licensed stallion, premium foals, and numerous year-end awards. The 2015 season certainly further validated the success of this cross with Phenix and Peppermynt Pati earning top standings in the ISR/Oldenburg All-Breeds Awards rankings. >>>




(Popeye x Faschon/Fascination)
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Popportunity SFF

(Popeye x Anotha Toughcookie/Native Regent)


(Popeye x Clanfair Mary K/Lonetree's Romeo)


(Popeye x Eleganz/Art Deco)