By Chris Gould/CWHBA
Photography: Lorrie Jamieson, Andrew Ryback, Amanda Ubell
A Canadian Warmblood breeding farm, located in the heart of Alberta, near Red Deer, has developed a formula for success that incorporates high tech breeding, astute horse acquisitions, a solid training and development program, a busy show and lesson schedule, and active volunteerism. It is a formula that has bridged the gap between breeders and the show world and made them friends throughout the industry.
A Canadian Warmblood breeding farm, located in the heart of Alberta, near Red Deer, has developed a formula for success that incorporates high tech breeding, astute horse acquisitions, a solid training and development program, a busy show and lesson schedule, and active volunteerism. It is a formula that has bridged the gap between breeders and the show world and made them friends throughout the industry.Klondike Victory Farm (KVF) is operated by Lorrie Jamieson and her sister Coreen, along with their parents Dave and Ruth Jamieson. Working closely with her husband, veterinarian and reproduction specialist, Rick Katchuik (Alberta Veterinary Centre), Lorrie and her team have successfully added embryo transfers to their breeding program and Rick is now working with the Intracytoplasmic Sprerm Injection (ICSI) protocol.
Over the years KVF has imported young stallions with excellent bloodlines and Lorrie has developed them into high level jumpers. Tacorde (Concorde x Goodtimes), Tempranillo (Calvados x Damiro B), Zeno (Quattro B x Burggraaf), and most recently Jethro Tull (I'm Special de Muze x Voltaire). In addition to horses from their own breeding program, KVF has been an active buyer and reseller of locally bred Warmbloods. Once in their comprehensive training and show program, many of these horses go on to successfully compete at high levels.
Recent highlights of KVF achievements:
• Three Tacorde daughters, all bred by KVF, received premiums with very high jumping scores in the 2018 CWHBA National Mare Test: Ilana 2013 (ds: Contender), Izzabria 2013 (ds: Calvados), Klover 2015 (ds: Zeno)
• Elle Carrera, a 2009 Tempranillo x Indorado mare, successfully making her debut in FEI classes with top-10 placings in the 1m45 at Royal West and Las Vegas
• Hooz Da Kat 2012 (Zeno x Tempranillo) National CWHBA mare champion in 2017, and multiple 1m20 champion in 2018 with success to 1m30
• Izzabria (Tacorde x Calvados,) five-year-old jumper champion 2018 at the Royal West with owner Tayler Vick
• Jethro Tull, champion jumper at the 2018 NA Stallion Sport Test.
• Hiroko (Tacorde x Burggraaf), approved stallion at 2017 CWHBA SPT and successful six-year-old jumper
• Two KVF-bred horses competed and placed in the $25,000 Atco Cup at the Edmonton Classic Horse Show: Elle Carrera and Anthony (Ovidius x Damiro B)
• The embryo of Jethro Tull x Ilana, sold at the 2018 Fall Classic Breeders Sale auction for $11,000
Capping their success as breeders, trainers and competitors, Lorrie and Coreen bring a huge volunteer component to the CWHBA. Every year Coreen and her team of volunteers, clients and students from KVF take on the task of decorating the venue for the Fall Classic Breeders Sale. KVF supplies and sets up the jump material as well, and Rick, through Alberta Veterinary Centre, hosts a reception and does the pre-sale vet checks.
With an expected foal crop for 2019 of 23 foals, 75% of them via embryo transfer, KVF with its strong commitment to community engagement, is well positioned to continue leading the way for Canadian Warmblood sport horse breeding.