Good evening everyone,
First and foremost, I am so grateful for this forum. Though not an active user i find it is most helpful out of a lot of information that can be found online. I am a ‘gaining experience as i go along’ breeder. And have found that stallion owners and agents have an agenda so I do rely on the brilliant knowledge provided here to make some decisions and deductions.
I breed in UK so i am lucky in terms of what i can get but i do find horse and hound forum to not be as helpful about show jumper breeding.
If I still have your attenion I would love to get some suggestions for my mares.
I have 3 broodmares currently (4 if you count Embryo mare). 2 of them are pretty solidly decided for. 1 paid for and one awaiting the arrival of the current foal to make a decision. But seeing as i can get such educated advice here I would still include their info in this post for research purposes.
The mare I am struggling with at the moment is one that should be easiest as i know her so well as I used to compete her. She is a KWPN mare bred following dr Greves philosophy. Here is her pedigree:
She was fiesty and sharp to compete and ride. Really quite talented but had a freak reaccuring injury stopping her reaching her potential. As a competition horse, though sharp, she had the right amount of fire. She never used it against the rider, gave it her all, and I (and top trainers and riders) thought a lot of her. I must point out that I evented at the time. She has had 2 fillies for me and both of them are sassy and sharp, very big personalities. Her 2019 filly by Goodtimes got very nice score at a foal show (8.1 from kwpn judges) but the negative comment was that she was a bit on the stockier side. The mare herself is toed in infront but it is due to poor trimming in early life and 2 fillies i have bred are correct. Apart from that she really is what I want to breed. She is 16.1, she moves well, she has scope, she is short, she is quick, she is athletic, she is brave, she is blood enough at 63%. I dont want a very big horse, I like a lighter type, a scopey 130-140 amateur friendly horse who can have a go at dressage is my goal. I would love for stallion suggestions for her as I had her booked in for Dominator Z but with current COVID 19 situation didnt want to drive her and a foal across the country for the AI (Zangersheide are extremely strict with Dominator) so i have taken her off the list. A decision i may live to regret…
I am now trying to come up with plan B. So far:
- Diamant de Semilly - I mean this guy is as close as you can get to a sure bet in breeding?
- Komme Casall - I think this young stallion is lovely. He seems to have the phenotype of my mare.
The next ones are decided for but I would LOVE opinions for future.
2 - Wendela B. She is an absolute dream of a mare for beginner breeder. She is ster graded with kwpn and has by now progeny competing at 120 in UK. She is an older type of warmblood with by Hold Up Premier x Recruut breeding. She throws size to her offspring and maybe not most beautiful heads. That being said, they all (i have 3 from her now) seem to have most beautiful minds, very trusting, confident, quiet, smart but a little inwradly stressy. She is going in foal to the beautiful Escape Z this year. She throws size, I want smaller, refining stallions. I have a Contendro yearling from her, he is refined, but still seems quite tall.
3 - Investment. What a name! A new addition to my herd. She is a posh girl Clinton x Heartbreaker x Calvados. From damline of Consul dl vie Z. She is small (how i like them) but absolutely beautiful. VDL stud have recommended Glasgow for her, who i love and she is currently in foal to a son of Glasgow so it bodes well.
4 - Chacco Blue x Jumbo mare. She has had an embryo foal in 2019 by Zinedine. Not to be put in foal currently as still in work, but emryo to be considered. The Zinedine colt is a Beautiful and relaxed person, moves loose and seems nice and gangly (think he will be taller that the mother and looks to move nicer than the sire) but does have a parrot mouth which is gutting… I know it skips generation, but cant find any info where in came from? The mare is extremely correct in every respect. Scopey, powerful BUT a bit too relaxed and a tad slow.
I am so thankful for anyone who replies. Educated, non-biased opinions are absolutely priceless!
Keep safe everyone,