Originally Posted by Allison Finch
You're kidding me, right?
Every top breeder I know has the goal of producing horses that will go to the very top of the discipline they are breeding for. Otherwise, what would be the point?
You really think their goal is to produce training level horses? It all boils down to producing horses that will bring the greatest value...and there is not that much value in a good training level only horse.
Every top breeder. I'm talking about your run of the mill breeder, and around here, 80% of our "warmblood" horses produced are done with the amatuer in mind - because that's where the money is. If an amatuer can buy a Hano TB cross that might make it to third level but will be safe, when compared to a Jazz bred for GP but a bit on the crazy side, they're going to go with safe over GP talent.
I also never said "training level only" - that's you putting words in my mouth. I said not grand prix. Biiiig difference.
If every breeder was looking to breed Olympic calibre horses, we would not have any WBs for the amatuer - which is the base of the sport. The money is not in putting Jazz semen in your Ferro mare and producing a horse that only the highest calibre dressage rider can sit on - it's in producing a safe, quiet horse. If you can get it to flick it's toes, good on you. Why do you think you have such trouble finding something in NA that is bred for top sport??? Because so many of the horses are bred for an amatuer. I myself have also been looking for a suitable young horse to be my next FEI prospect, for 2 years now I've been keeping my eye out with the only criteria that it's nicer than what I'm already sitting on. I look over ads for hundreds of amatuer bred horses, and then the Jazz, Flemingh, and Ferro bred horses.
Anyways, this is off topic, if you want to discuss it further, feel free to PM me.