I would love the conformation scores for these Sugarbush Draft horses...
The above horse is shown around 18 months of age. She has been a very awkward filly to raise, but now at 4 years of age she has finally stopped growing and started fitting herself. We often joked about her being a "Moose" while she grew. She was the last horse bred by the founder of the breed, and born after his retirement from the last breeding pair.
This is a Foundation mare. Shown is probably one of her worst pictures, but she has proven herself well enough to have articles written on her by Chronicle of the Horse as an example of a non traditional horse performing well in dressage.
This mare barely made the cut, and brings a long neck and straighter legs to the breed. Naturally, the picture of her immediately post foaling is the one shown. The foal is less than 48 hours old in this picture. This is my own mare, whom I admitted was less than stellar, but her daughter (on the ground before her) is the goal that the SDHR is trying to achieve with allowing this mare to breed.
This mare is a sibling to the last stallion of the breed, and was born into the breed (Sugarbush x Sugarbush crossing). Her image is very unflattering, as she's leaning forward and about to take a step. I didn't even know this picture had ever been published, and you would never recognize the mare from it... it's simply horrid.
This filly is a short yearling in this image. She had only recently had her sire approved, and hence gained registration through him. She was not at her most flattering stage of growth, and has been doing her best to grow like a weed.
This filly is a yearling (14 or 16 months, can't recall now) and the new owner had applied for Foundation Evaluation. This horse is not SDHR registered.
This gelding is a G-1, or first generation SDHR horse. He is 2 years old, and meets the "more than 50% draft blood" criteria. He was sired by the last stallion of the breed. He was gelded because he did not meet the ideal criteria, but is proving to be an amazing novice horse.
This picture was posted while awaiting the baby. The image was posted because of the owner's concern over how her weight had suddenly shifted down. The mare foaled within 2 days of this image, and returned to a normal appearance.
This is the last mare unrelated to Sugarbush Harley's Classic O, from the original SDHR bloodlines. She is shown in foal (I can't recall how close to foaling this picture was)
This gelding is a half brother to both the last stallion, and the last unrelated mare (O and Rose).
This mare was the dam to Sugarbush Harley's Classic O, and shown as an aged mare. She is now deceased (in her 20s when she died, but I can't recall the exact age) and this image was taken a year or so before.
Interestingly, most of the horses shown here are from the old lines, and are examples of the horses we are trying to improve because they were all that is left. Many of these horses are the reasons we are trying to bring in new blood, to correct the overly strong emphasis of Percheron breeding in the last decade (because the lines were getting limited) and to improve upon the shorter necks, weak hips, and leg issues.