14.2h | 2002 | Westfalen Pony Stallion
FS Pour l’Amour – Night Star I – Nobel
Popeye finished fourth overall at his 30-Day test in Germany with an 8.3 overall. His walk and character were highlights, each receiving scores of 9 or higher. In his first year in the US, Popeye was the Reserve Champion of the USDF East Coast Stallion Final at Dressage at Devon. Popeye has shown through Fourth Level dressage with scores into the 70’s and was the 2011 Reserve Champion at Fourth Level at the BLM Finals. To showcase his versatility, Popeye began eventing in the fall of 2012. He has been successful up to Training Level, competing with two different riders and often finishing on his dressage score.
Popeye’s sire competed in the Bundeschampionat for dressage ponies three times and has sired a number of approved sons and several highly decorated mares. Popeye’s dam is a Westphalian breeding federation show winner and received her States Premium status. She has produced four States Premium daughters in addition to Popeye. Popeye’s grandsire, Night Star I, won his licensing and placed second at the Bundeschampionat for show jumping ponies in 1987.
Popeye has sired many Premium offspring and two licensed stallions. He is the only pony stallion (and one of only a handful of all stallions) that has been awarded 5 Stars with ISR/OldenburgNA. His offspring have been successful in multiple disciplines and inherit his kind eye and intelligence. 2021 was a particularly exciting year for the Popeye kids, Midsummers Night’s Dream earned a top ten placing at the USDF Region 8 Training Level AA Championship, Pegasus PVF won a USDF Westfalen All-Breeds Award for Current Year Colts/Geldings, and, in his first trip to USEF Pony Finals, Meant To Be earned a top ten placing in the Large Green Pony Hunters Undersaddle. Popeye is a wonderful choice for pony breeders as well as breeders looking to downsize their larger mares.
Video & Pedigree
Performance Test: 8.3 Overall Dressage Index 80, Jumping Index 75
- Scores of 9 & 9.5 on walk and 9 on character
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 Fees & Contracts
Stallion Health Information
Popeye is not available via cooled semen. Please see Frozen Semen for shipping costs and details on Popeye’s frozen semen.
Frozen semen may be shipped year-round. Frozen semen is only shipped at the request of the breeder or their veterinarian, click here for instructions to Request A Semen Shipment.
Frozen Semen distribution is handled by Select Breeders Service, Inc. The Distribution Fee must be paid in advance of each shipment by check or credit card.
- $410 for FedEx Overnight or $380 for FedEx 2-Day US shipments; $680 for Canadian shipments + duties/customs charges. These include round-trip FedEx shipping. $15 additional for Saturday delivery.
- $155 for pick-up/return at Hilltop Farm or SBS with our container (does not include return by FedEx)
- $55 for pick-up or shipment from SBS with own container (does not include return by FedEx); $55 additional client owned tank recharge fee for tanks that arrive warm.
- $46 for each additional stallion if multiple stallions are being shipped together
- Late Fee for requests received after the published notification time: $88
- Container Deposit – $1350 (Secured by credit card – not charged unless container is not returned or is damaged)
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.
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 14-16 day pregnancy check, please have your vet complete the Mare Breeding Passport received with your semen shipment and return it to Hilltop Farm. Any changes in pregnancy status after the 14-16 day check must be communicated to Hilltop Farm immediately. 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.
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.