Anyone have a favorite APPROVED stud? I've been contemplating importing a mare from Europe and raising a foal out of her. Not RIGHTATTHISVERYPOINTINTIME obviously, but in a couple years when my farm is better setup, and my investments start paying back.
I just googled 'Approved US Friesian Stallions' and was overloaded
I'll be looking for an excellent mare, possibly a proven one (i.e, with foals on the ground). So far I've set in stone the following guidelines:
-First four generations on both sides must be Ster or highly Ster bred, preferably with Preferent in the first two generations.
-Sire and Dam must be notable.
-Mare must be an approved First Premium if younger, Ster if older than three years.
I've been browsing many a Friesian from Europe. I especially like the fact that almost ALL of the horses I have found are trained in Dressage and Driving. Quite a few come with a Health Certificate and full-body X-rays, which is another huge plus.
The reason I only want to breed to an Approved stallion is that it is against the rules for the stud to be crossbred. If I'm going to pay that amount of money for a foal, I want to get a foal from a stud where I know that not everyone with a mare in their backyard can have a baby from him. I.e, the stallion was bred for quality and breeds for quality. NOT for quantity or 'purdy horseths'.
It's hard resisting the sheer temptation of buying that super cute Friesianx in utero. It will be quite a bit to raise and train it, and in the end it's JUST a Friesian CROSS and not a purebred Friesian.
Hard as it is (it would be such an adorable baby) I feel my money's better spent buying a purebred in-utero from two parents that I like. The cross would be shorter Friesian look-alike. If I really want another short horse, I could get a purebred Fell Pony.