Sadly, I have decided to retire my TB event mare to a life of adventuresome trail rides.
I feel that there is still not enough TB blood in the sport world following the explosion of the WBs, so I would love to produce another TB event horse, in which case I need to find a stallion that does live cover for eligibility to register with the JC. However, I have yet to find a TB stallion in my area that really impresses me. My mare was bred to race, so she does not have necessarily the most exceptional natural movement, so a sire with a lovely natural way of going, particularly in the trot, is important. Also, I am seeing a lot of upright pasterns in the TBs, which is one of those conformation flaws I cannot overlook.
After a lot of TB stallion searching, I have decided that I might need to broaden my horizons and look at other breeds. My mare is 15.2 and solid bodied with good bone, so I do not want anything very wide or heavy (think, eventing!). A lot of TB blood would be nice! Unfortunately, now I am having a difficult time finding WB stallions in Virginia that are offered for live cover. :o Will consider AI if all else fails, but still want the stallion to be located nearby because it is important to me that I meet him in person.
Does anyone have any stallion suggestions? Any and all opinions and recommendations are welcomed!