I have seen several similar threads about TWH bloodlines, but I haven't seen one specifically for Rockys. I would like all you Rocky owners to tell me which bloodlines you have experience with,prefer or not, and why. Every horse has different strengths and weaknesses no matter what their bloodlines, I am really curious about what traits/capabilities seem to go along with bloodlines.
My gelding is a grandson of Storm Warning and Napiers Princess, his dam was a grade mare. My BO owns his sire, Legends Storm Traveler, and I have worked with many of his offspring. In my experience they are all EXTREMELY gaited, average about 15hh,very athletic with excellent conformation and are very smart(almost too smart). They also tend to be relatively stout, I much prefer a stoutish horse to the narrow build, don't want to feel like I am sitting on a rail! May have something to do with the fact I've never had a "narrow" build,lol. One of the trademarks of the breed is their sweet temperament and Travelers babies are no exception. Of the few I have worked with that aren't Travelers, the daughter of Red Buds Comanche by far has the most show potential, speed and lift.
I have a 4 year old gelding out of Ventures Black Fury owned by EMDEE stables in Illinois. He is a finer build, but when he turned 4 this year he filled out everywhere. Smoothest gait I have ever ridden. As a 3 year old with no previous halter handling or ground work he broke out in 2 weeks and is the most sane and sensible mount I have ever had. The trainer who had him was using him to park cars at the local fair in the third week. Seems all his sire's get have the same temperament. He runs back to Chocolate Venture and Kilburns Chocolate Sundown and traces back to Tobe. I wouldn't hesitate to buy another or to breed to this stallion.
Also have a 5 year old mare out of the Chief Desparado line, I don't know of the stallion, but she is with our trainer now and seems to have good days and I am going to do what I want bad days filled with attitude. She is a work in progress and may be progressing down the road to someone who will use her energy up. She appears to be a go go type of mare. I am guessing her sire is probably a hotter type horse which I don't prefer for trail.
Our third is 3 and has been worked for all ground manners. Her sire is Moon One More Time out of Moon, once again a very well mannered tame temperament stallion which traces this onto his get. You can tell when you have her at halter. She knows what "two eyes" means and will give you attention right away.
The other line I have heard is very good is the Dock Holliday line for a nice even temperament, as long as there isn't a great deal of linebreeding.
The other one that I have had experience with is a Sam I Am baby. Sam I Am is out of Sewells Sam and is the most in your pocket gelding I have ever met. We originally had him and sold him to a friend. At 3 he is a very curious and one of the most openminded horses I have ever seen. He takes everything in stride. Like my 4 year old Mac he is very tolerant of every new situation, learns very quickly and super trusting of his new owner. I have a feeling he will break out as easily as mine.
Overall of the Rockies I have had I found that the best way to buy them is to find out who the sire is. And for once I do have to say buying one from a show ranch that is the way to go. They are really breeding their stock with the temperament in mind which not all breeders are doing.
Also most of the horses with Nuncio (who passed not long ago) carry that same wonderful temperament.
My stallion is a Robinson Sundown Rocky son, KCS grandson. All of his foals are lovely gaited and have the most in your pocket loving personality. They are the first to run to the fence to see you and love to be worked with. My yearling filly is by this stallion and a Yankee mare (daughter) and I believe this is the best cross I have. She is beautiful, well made and has the perfect attitude. She loves to be involved in whatever you are doing, very VERY quick learner and WANTS to work for you. I can't wait till she is 3 so I can start breaking her out. This year she will get to go camping with us to be ponied and learn patients on the highline.
Charmin's White Cloud, by Amigo Blue...I've always like Blue bloood, grew up riding and being around horses out of him, deffinitly my favorite stud we own, he's classic
MT Fire Walker, by Nuncio and out of a Sewell's Sam mare...he's really old blood 54% Tobe...easy going calm, that's the Sam blood coming out in him...he's trail pleasure
G.S. Apollo, he's a full brother to P&Ts Stone Cold, by French's Stormy (same sire to VBFs Storm Warning), and out of a 30yo Foundation mare...I like his lines a lot, French's Stormy though is known for throwing trotty foals, as is Storm Warning...he's park
Misty's Silver Dream (FOR SALE). He's by Nuncio's Silver Fable, by Nuncio, and out of a Smith's Ginger mare...I like his blood a lot, Smith's Ginger was a great stud, his blood is responsable for quite a few high breaking horses...he's low classic
Our coming 3yo G.S. Summer Rain, is by a Storm Warning stud who's dam was by Sewell's Sam, he was a high classic horse and his dam is by Boaz...he's ASD and should go high classic or park.
Mare's we've got a Nick mare, Johnson's Toby mare, Mountain View's Jubulation mare, Venture's Black Fury mare, Pence's Blue Boy/J Toby granddaughter mare, and a Frost On the Medow mare whos dam was by Stone's Special Edition...all those mares are classic or park...
Sam Clemon's Tim
Blue Smokin Sambo
Mountain View's Jubilation
Jubal T's Rockstar
Kilburn's Chocolate Sundown
Pence's Blue Boy
Robinson's Sundown Rocky
There isnt much out of Yankee and Maple's Squirrel that I like enough to list, but those foundation sires and their grand, great grand, and great great grand get you can't beat I don't think, if any of those horses are listed as sire (or maternal grand sire) its usually a great horse...
We own a mare out of Storm Warning and two of her five sons. Her grandsire was Smiths Ginger and dame Smiths Backie. She is wonderfully Gaited as are her sons. They are taller than her but very muscular when mature. You can see photos on my forum. Her name is Post Rock Storms Echo. They are calm, want to please, almost too smart and love people. The easiest and best horses I've ever been involved with. Can't say enough good things about them.
I've owned a Rocky gelding for about six years (he's almost twenty) and found out today that he was at stud for about a year in California. He was brought to Alaska when he was four as a gelding. I'm curious if he was fertile and sired any foals. His full name, Nuncio Moon Shadow, indicates a bit of his bloodline. He has the chocolate body and flaxen mane with a faint star, tiny snip and fetlock/socks. I really love this guy and would be thrilled to hear of any leads. Thanks.
Excuse me if this is duplicated. I just joined and thought I posted a reply but I don't see it.
I have a twenty-year-old Rocky that I just found out today that he was at stud for about a year before he was gelded (maybe around 4 years). I would love to learn if he sired successfully. His name is Nuncio Moon Shadow. I've had him about 6 years and just love him. I would appreciate any leads. Oh, he was originally in California (central part of the state) and brought to Alaska when he was four.