Vallado (aka Praise)

Photo By: Aly Howse

16.1h | 2002 | Dutch Warmblood Stallion

Now or Never M – Saros xx – Important

Homozygous Black

Registered as Vallado, but shown for most of his career under the name Praise, this beautiful stallion embodies the modern hunter type and style.  In the High Performance Hunter division Praise racked up wins at shows such as Lexington, Devon, and Wellington.  Praise excelled as an International Derby horse under Kelly Farmer.  With 28 International Hunter Derby competitions in his career, Praise still ranks 16th on the Lifetime Earnings for money won.

As a young stallion he was champion of his 30-day Performance Test and earned scores of 9.25 for character and rideability and no score less than 8. He completed his stallion licensing requirements by qualifying for the 6-year old Young Jumper Championships and competed up to 1.40m.  The scope for the jumpers and the style for the hunter ring, Praise has proven himself in both venues.

This scope and athleticism is no surprise as Vallado’s sire is the Voltaire son Now or Never M.  Now or Never M has many approved sons to his credit and is well on his way to establishing his own line in Hanoverian breeding.   Now or Never M currently has a very high breeding value of 152 points for jumping on the German FN’s ranking system and has shown to consistently improve the canter.

Vallado’s dam was sired by the improvement Thoroughbred sire Saros who comes from a strong line of successful steeplechasers, race winners, and sport horses. The infusion of Thoroughbred blood is essential in warmblood breeding and this particular line has had an excellent influence which we also see through the Trakehner stallion Consul.

Vallado is producing elegant, modern offspring with great athletic ability and sensitive, rideable minds. The colt Silver Creek’s Victorious was Champion jumper bred colt for the Oldenburg Verband’s North American tour in 2011. Approved son, Silver Creek’s Validation, was Champion of his 70-day Stallion Test with an impressive score of 135 points overall.  He has been exported to Germany and won the Consolation Finals at the 2013 FEI World Championships for Young Horses.  He is currently competing at 1.40m.  In the hunter ring, Vindaloo and Silver Creek’s Vanity are showing the winning style that made their sire such a success.

Video & Pedigree

Dr. Kenneth and Selma Garber
F.J. Morssink
Now or Never M Voltaire Furioso II
Gogo Moeve
Imke Nimmerdor
Ecaranda Saros xx Charlottown xx
Sayonara xx
Nacaranda Important

Career Highlights

Performance Test:

Lifetime Approval based on 30-Day Test & Sport Record

Approved AHS, GOV, ISR/OldenburgNA, Rhineland, and Westfalen

 Praise was the ultimate show horse.  He did anything & everything I ever asked of him.”

Kelly Farmer

2016: Approved with Hanoverian Verband & American Hanoverian Society

2013: 7th in USHJA National Hunter Derby ~ Kentucky Summer Horse Show

2013: 3rd in USHJA National Hunter Derby ~ Horse Shows By The Bay

2013: Adult Amateur Hunter 18-35  Champion ~ WEF weeks 1, 2, 3, 5, & 9

2013: Adult Amateur Hunter 18-35 Reserve Champion ~ WEF 7

2013: Adult Amateur Hunter 18-35 Champion ~ Equestrian Sports Productions, LLC.

2012: 4th in USHJA International Hunter Derby ~ Holiday and Horses

2012: 3rd in USHJA Hunter Derby ~ St. Louis National Charity

2012: 3rd in USHJA International Hunter Derby ~ Horse Shows By The Bay, Series II

2012: 3rd in USHJA International Hunter Derby ~ Summer in the Rockies VI

2012: 3rd in USHJA International Hunter Derby ~ Summer in the Rockies IV

2012: 2nd in USHJA International Hunter Derby ~ Keswick Hunt Club

2012: 6th in USHJA International Hunter Challenge Derby ~ Aiken Spring Classic Masters

2011: 12th in USHJA International Hunter Derby Finals

2011: 2nd in USHJA Hunter Derby ~ Horse Shows By The Bay Series III

2011: 3rd in USHJA International Hunter Derby ~ Lion Country July

2011: 3rd in USHJA International Hunter Derby ~ State College Classic

2011: 2nd in USHJA International Hunter Derby ~ Country Heir II

2011: 5th in USHJA International Hunter Derby ~ Showplace Spring Spectacular II

2011: Winner of Chronicle of the Horse  USHJA Hunter Derby ~ Keswick Hunt Club

2011: Winner of USHJA International Hunter Derby ~ Lexington Spring Encore

2011: Champion High Performance Working Hunter & Reserve Champion Regular Conformation Hunter ~ Lexington Spring

2011: 2nd in USHJA International Hunter Challenge ~ Aiken Spring Classic Masters

2011: 7th in 1.35m Jumpers ~ WEF 12

2011: 5th in 1.30m Jumpers ~ WEF 1

2011: Reserve Champion Level 5 Jumpers ~ Equestrian Sport Productions, LLC.

2010: 3rd in North American League Adult Jumpers ~ I Love New York

2010: 1.25m Jumper Champion ~ Venice Hunter Jumper Spring Concours II

2007: Champion of his 30-Day Stallion Test

Breeding Information

Stud Fee:

$1500 2-Year Cooled or Frozen Semen
EVA Negative


Cooled Semen available March 15th – August 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, July 4th, and July 27th.

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, Sunday and Monday of Memorial Day weekend, 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.

Vallado's Approvals

Approved AHS/ARS, ISR/OldenburgNA, GOV, & Westfalen

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.

Dutch Warmblood Studbook in North America (KWPN-NA): Offspring out of KWPN mares and by stallions approved with an Erkend Studbook (including Vallado) are eligible for Register A papers.

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Vallado (aka Praise) News

M-Zinfendel (Vallado-Lotus T): M-Zinfendel (Vallado x I-Elvira/Lotus T) was named First Premium at the Pennock Point KWPN-NA Keuring this past weekend. >>>

Vallado Foal Announcements: 06-06-17: Congratulations to Eric Taddeo of Warwick, NY on the arrival of his new Vallado foal, born to his mare Star in the month of May! >>>

AHS/ARS Inspection: We were happy to welcome back the judges from the American Hanoverian Society/American Rhineland Studbook on July 23-24. >>>


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