Hank Wiescamp on Mares Vs. Broodmares

H.J. “Hank” Wiescamp in The American Quarter Horse Journal, 1949

The late Hank Wiescamp is a member of the American Quarter Horse Hall of Fame who was famous for his Skipper W-bred horses. But despite his connection to that famous stallion, Hank actually put more emphasis on his broodmare band. Here, in his own words, are details on what he looked for:

Many people refer to all mares and use the single term of “mares” without thought as to whether they actually mean mares or “broodmares.”

To me, there is as much difference between these two terms as there is between my Model A and one of those new Cadillacs, if you referred to both of them as “cars.”

In AQHA’s FREE Mare Care report, Dr. Racquel Rodeheaver explains the process of preparing your mare, targeting a breeding date, ordering semen, inducing a follicle to ovulate, receiving and evaluating semen and much more.

In selecting a broodmare, the first thing I look for and require is conformation; the next is type, breeding ability and speed. The first requirement in all breeds of livestock, whether it be horses, mules, cows or sheep is: Do they look like what you want in the first place? If you are a cow breeder, do you want Hereford or Angus; a sheep raiser, Corriedale or some other breed? In other words, do you think you see what you are looking for? This can be compared to the Army policy of preliminary screening, when they try to determine whether a person is best suited for the Navy, Air Corps or Marines; clerk, officer or private.

Type is hard to control, hard to get, hard to keep and, most of all, hard to set. Without type, regardless of what the quality, breeding or ability might be, you must ask yourself the all-important question: Will this animal fit in my program of trying to raise better animals in my line?

In selecting a mare, I want first a big feminine head, and intelligent and alert eye, for without these, I would look no further. However, if these points are satisfactory, I would look for that clean throatlatch, a little length in the neck, and, above all, a set of withers, depth of heart girth and a well-sprung rib, depth of flank, short back with strength in the loin and all the length I can get from the hip back.

To see the rest of Hank's preferences in broodmares, go to America's Horse Daily.

Photo:  Regardless of how good she might be in type, conformation, breeding or ability, she is not a broodmare until she proves that she can produce one like herself. Journal photo.

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Wednesday, August 27, 2014 - 11:24
USEF Communications
Caen, France - The Adequan U.S. Reining Team kicked off the opening week for the United States with a spectacular performance at the 2014 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games earning the Team Gold medal. Andrea Fappani riding Custom Cash Advance, Shawn Flarida riding Spooks Gotta Whiz, Jordan Larson riding HF Mobster, and Mandy McCutcheon riding...
Wednesday, August 27, 2014 - 09:50
FEI Press Release
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Tuesday, August 26, 2014 - 14:29
Alltech Media
Germany has set the dressage statistics back to normal, regaining the team world championship title on 241,7 points, leaving silver for Great Britain (231.343) and bronze for the Netherlands (227.4). It was a marathon finish towards the podium for the team medals in dressage at the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games 2014 in Caen’s D’Ornano...
Tuesday, August 26, 2014 - 14:18
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Tuesday, August 26, 2014 - 09:11
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Tuesday, August 26, 2014 - 05:19
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Monday, August 25, 2014 - 18:31
Helen Murray for USEF
Caen, France - The first day of dressage competition at the 2014 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games got underway Monday beneath rainy skies at the d'Ornano Stadium with the first half of competitors completing the FEI Grand Prix Test. Forty-nine combinations performed in front of the Ground Jury of Stephen Clarke, Elizabeth McMullen,...


Friday, August 22, 2014 - 10:07
Cynthia McFarland for AQHA Corporate Partner Farnam
If you could snap your fingers and remove all the water from your horse’s body, there wouldn’t be a whole lot left. The average adult horse’s body contains approximately 70 percent water. In other words, there are roughly 700 pounds of water in the average 1,000-pound horse. This makes it obvious just how important it is that your horse has a...
Thursday, August 21, 2014 - 12:27
Hits E-News
In the United States, July through October coincides with peak mosquito activity, which places your horse at the highest risk of contracting West Nile virus (WNV) during this time of year.1 However, with the right vaccine and preventive measures, it’s not too late for horse owners to help protect their horses against this life-threatening disease...
Wednesday, August 20, 2014 - 05:21
Megan Arszman
Summertime means a busy time for everyone in the horse industry because when the temperatures heat up, so does the competition. It’s easy to get swept away in the drive for perfection, but riders need to be more conscious of their horses’ health in the sweltering summer heat now more than ever. First and foremost, ensure that your horse has...
Saturday, August 16, 2014 - 08:51
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Thursday, July 24, 2014 - 12:00
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Wednesday, July 16, 2014 - 05:06
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Over my career, I’ve been fortunate enough to see and to take care of some pretty great horses. I have a picture that I took of Secretariat in my family room, taken when I worked at Claiborne Farms for a couple of days as a senior veterinary student. I’m still taking care of Richard Spooner’s great horse, Robinson (and his best friend Nanny, the...
Thursday, July 10, 2014 - 12:39
Luitpold Animal Health helps horse owners understand joint anatomy, function and traumatic joint dysfunction. A healthy equine joint is a complex system of internal and external issues that provide stability and protect the joint while allowing for freedom of movement. During routine activity, a functioning balanced joint is in a constant state...

Show Jumping

Wednesday, July 30, 2014 - 11:10
Emily Riden for Phelps Media Group, Inc. International
Lexington, KY - June 29, 2014 - Cardozo just became a hunter three days ago, but today at the Kentucky Summer Classic he showed signs of a promising future ahead in his new found division. Evan Coluccio guided the 7-year-old Dutch Warmblood through his first hunter courses and to his first blue ribbon hunter win today in the High Performance...
Wednesday, July 30, 2014 - 10:56
Kendall Bierer for Phelps Media Group, Inc.
Wayne, IL - July 30, 2014 - Jennifer Alfano exhibited her brilliant winning style once again with stellar performances aboard her many mounts during the Equifest I Horse Show held at the Lamplight Equestrian Center last week. SBS Farms, Inc. and Alfano dominated in the hunter rings, adding blue ribbons and championship titles to what has already...
Wednesday, July 30, 2014 - 10:37
Rebecca Walton for Phelps Media Group, Inc. International
Lexington, KY - July 29, 2014 - Many top riders consider the Kentucky Horse Park horse heaven, and today, they took the opportunity to prepare their mounts for upcoming events during the Kentucky Summer Classic. With the fourth event in the Hagyard Challenge Series and the $50,000 Kentucky Summer Grand Prix, sponsored by GGT Footings, coming up...
Wednesday, July 30, 2014 - 10:24
FEI Communications
The hunt for heroes continues, with nominations for the FEI Awards 2014 - the Oscars of the equestrian world - open for another six weeks until 9 September. Commitment, dedication and courage are just some of the qualities rewarded in the five categories in the FEI’s annual global search for excellence in equestrian sport.
Wednesday, July 30, 2014 - 09:43
Classic Company, Ltd.
The Classic Company will take a break from show jumping action over the next few weeks while it gears up for a busy fall and winter season. The next show to watch for is the Atlanta Fall Classic held at the Georgia International Horse Park in November.
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Wednesday, July 30, 2014 - 09:32
Classic Company, Ltd.
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Tuesday, July 29, 2014 - 10:24
USEF National Affiliates Department
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Throughout the competition, held Tuesday, July 22 - Friday July, 25 as...

Reining and Western Riding

Tuesday, July 29, 2014 - 09:15
Carrie Wirth for Phelps Media Group, Inc. International
Wellington, FL - The Wellington Summer Festival is coming up soon and it is more than just a horse show. Running August 1-3, the USEF A-rated hunter/jumper show will be presented by LaLa Land Productions and Castlewood Farm. In its first year, the Wellington Summer Festival is proud to announce their charity partnership with Kids Cancer...
Sunday, July 6, 2014 - 13:11
Louise Parkes
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Thursday, July 3, 2014 - 11:14
USEF Communication
Lexington, Ky. - The top youth reiners in the U.S. went head-to-head on June 28 at the State Fair Arena in Oklahoma City, Okla., to stake their claim on coveted National Titles in the Adequan/USEF Youth Reining National Championship. At the competition held in conjunction with the NRHA Derby, Amanda Hurd claimed top honors in the 14-18 division...
Thursday, July 3, 2014 - 06:19
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Wednesday, July 2, 2014 - 16:06
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Tuesday, July 1, 2014 - 05:04
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Friday, June 6, 2014 - 09:18
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Wednesday, July 30, 2014 - 10:48
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The occasion paid tribute to Stives, who donated one million dollars to create the...
Monday, July 28, 2014 - 10:06
Jenni Autry for Eventing Nation
Team USA had nothing but good things to say about the WEG Prep Trials in the press conference following cross country at Great Meadow, and Kim Severson went so far as to declare this the best final outing the team has ever had. “If I was still a selector, I’d be very pleased with today,” Kim said, which is high praise coming from a rider who has...
Monday, July 28, 2014 - 10:00
Jenni Autry for Eventing Nation
Buck Davidson and Ballynoe Castle RM turned in the fastest time of the day on cross country at Great Meadow, picking up just .4 time penalties with a cracking round. But it wasn’t quite enough to catch Phillip Dutton and Mighty Nice, who ultimately clinched the win in the WEG Prep Trials with a clear trip and 1.2 time penalties to win by just .2...
Sunday, July 27, 2014 - 16:50
Helen Murray, USEF
The Plains, VA -  A successful weekend at the  Preparation Event for the Squad and Alternates for Squad for the Land Rover U.S. Eventing Team for the 2014 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games wrapped up Sunday morning with 11 U.S. combinations completing David O'Connor's cross country. Crowds of 3,500 people came from throughout the...
Friday, July 25, 2014 - 15:29
Helen Murray for USEF
The Plains, VA - Great Meadow is set to host elite eventing combinations July 26th and 27th as the Squad for the Land Rover U.S. Eventing Team for the 2014 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games and alternates take part in their official Preparation Event. The U.S. combinations will be joined Canadian horses and riders as they too will use the...
Thursday, July 24, 2014 - 16:00
Lynndee Kemmett
College was initially on David Ziegler’s mind when he graduated from high school. Only problem was he couldn’t figure out what to study. He changed his mind about his major on a weekly basis, which led his frustrated mother to give him this advice: “Just go ride and figure it out.” David took his mother’s advice and as he put it, “and here we...
Thursday, July 24, 2014 - 14:38
FEI Communications
Tommy Brennan, the legendary Irish Olympic event rider and championship course designer, has passed away after a short illness. He was 74.
Tommy Brennan was born in Kilkenny on 29 January 1940 and grew up on the family farm at Dunnamaggin, where his love of horses started at an early age. He hunted with the local Co Kilkenny...


Sunday, July 20, 2014 - 16:12
By Andrew Minnick
Aachen, Germany - A fantastic four-in-hand driving season for American star Chester Weber got even better on Saturday with a hard-earned win at CHIO Aachen. The CAIO4* field full of international talent and former world champions, and the crowd of spectators at the historic show, made the weekend's win one of the biggest of Weber's career. With...
Thursday, July 17, 2014 - 11:35
Aachen, Germany – In keeping with his nickname “Mr. Dressage,” Chester Weber and his team of KWPN geldings owned by himself and Jane Forbes Clark took an early lead at the prestigious CAIO4* in Aachen. Weber topped the Individual Driven Dressage with a score of 35.67, the only score below 40. Due to inclement weather at Aachen over the past...
Friday, July 11, 2014 - 11:19
Exciting competitions, an excellent atmosphere and top world-class sport – that is the most apt description of the vaulting competitions at the CHIO Aachen. The Saturday (July 12th) and the Sunday (July 13th) are both completely sold-out and there are only a few tickets left for today (July 11th). For those, who can't make it to the Albert-Vahle...
Wednesday, July 2, 2014 - 15:22
Cindy Timmer
Sandringham Estate (GBR), the much-loved country retreat of HM The Queen, provided the gorgeous backdrop for the ninth FEI World Para Equestrian Driving Championships which took place last weekend. Germany was the strongest nation taking home the team title as well as individual gold in Grade II thanks to the 27-year old Alexandra Röder. Jacques...
Wednesday, July 2, 2014 - 13:52
Suzy Stafford
Coatesville, PA – Champion carriage driver Suzy Stafford is prepared for a busy summer of doing what she loves best—competing in driving competitions and passing her remarkable skills on to others. With a record of victories that includes winning a FEI Live Oak International CDE and the title of World Champion in both Morgan Carriage Driving and...
Monday, June 30, 2014 - 13:30
USEF Communication Department
Sandringham, England- The United States closed out a successful weekend at The Royal Estate in Sandringham, England on Sunday by capturing Team Bronze at the 2014 FEI Para-Equestrian Driving Championships for Singles and adding Individual Silver to their medal haul. The team of Bob Giles, Virginia "Boo" Fitch, and Diane Kastama kicked off...
Thursday, June 26, 2014 - 11:11
USEF Communication Department
Lexington, Ky. - A team of three U.S. drivers and two individuals are set to take on the challenge at the 2014 FEI World Para-Equestrian Driving Championships for Singles. Taking place at The Royal Estate in Sandringham, England, the championships will run from June 27-29. Virginia "Boo" Fitch, Bob Giles, and Diane Kastama will represent the U.S...