I have thought this over and over, and decided I really want to do this. My friend has an amazing mare who I've been riding for the last year. She really has some good dressage potential - she is rideable, good temperament, very nice gaits, easy to collect, nice conformation.. Sadly, my friend refuses to sell her as she is too dear to her. I completely understand, she is an amazing little girl :) But luckily, my friend (meaning her owner) has agreed that I could breed her to a stallion of my choice, and get her foal. That suits me perfectly - I have time to improve myself till the mare foals + 3 more years till my potential filly or colt grows up.
Now, I would like to breed her to a nice dressage stallion (since I myself am really into dressage). I hope you all won't jump on me all at once because of this, as yes I know there is a lot of random breeding going on everywhere. But this is not one of those ''oh I want to grow up with my pretty foal and we both will be best friends'' , no. I have really, truly thought about this and have a set goal in mind.
In the future I'm thinking of doing some upper-level amateur classes with this potential foal, firstly. I need him/her to have good gaits and conformation, but not too highly strung. I myself will be riding this foal and competing.
I do have dreams of Grand Prix, so ideally this potential foal should be able to go as far as that. I don't know if I'm maybe pushing it too much, hoping for a relaxed-minded horse that could go to that level? Are my expectations too high? Probably though I won't go that far with him/her. Mostly amateur upller-lvl classes..
Why I won't use a local stud to do the job? I would use a stallion from Estonia, but we don't have many dressage horses here - all seem to be showjumpers. I also can't really buy a good dressage youngster locally either, because we just don't have any.
Anywho, the reason why I started this thread is because I would love some help on choosing the stallion.
The stallion should be in Europe. The semen will be ordered frozen, to arrive in Estonia. My price range would stay below 1000euro. Ideally around 500, but for the right stallion I'm willing to pay more (+ ofcourse the shipping costs).
I don't really have much preference other than nice confo, good moving, willingness to work. This may sound a little bit stupid, but I have a thing socks/stockings. So if he would happen to have white feet, that would definitely be a plus (:
So far I've been looking around here - Elite Stallions: Home
but all the stallions there seem to be very, very hot. Still, two I've had my eyes on are:
Sarkozy - link here
Denario - link here
Any thoughts on them or other studs listed there?
I've also scanned various forums for similar threads. So far I like the idea of the Rubinstein line, but sadly all his sons seem to be priced out of my reach.
Oh, just in case, I added some pictures of the mare too - please do keep in mind that she is only 4 and needs a lot of work. We both do.