Okay so my plans for doing a 2013 breeding are not going to line up. Which means I am doing a 2014 breeding. I have narrowed down the choice to 4 stallions.
I am breeding for a potential eventer. Should I get a colt that has all the right stuff he will be kept intact and shown and should he do well he will be used as a breeding stallion(again only if he has all the right stuff that make him a worthy stallion).
I want athletic ability, conformation and a good quiet personality. My mare is very well bred and throws nice quiet foals. Her weak point is her front end as she is a bit more narrow then I like. But she has a big beautiful jump and lovely movement as well as a lovely personality.
My mare is nicely bred out of the Belgian Warmblood stallion Buntspecht who did well in the show ring holding records for his jumping ability. Her dam was a TB mare who has produced lovely foals who have gone on to successful careers in hunters, jumpers and eventing.
This isn't the best picture as she had been out of work for a few months so muscle tone isn't there.
My stallion choices
A Fine Romance - TB. He throws fantastic babies who have proven themselves up to CCI*** level. They are sound, sane and easily trained. Tamarack Lane Farm - A Fine Romance Thoroughbred Stallion in Ontario, Canada
Jamestown - Selle Francias. I have worked with a 4 year old from him who is super quiet and very well put together. He has been throwing beautiful quality foals that are doing very well in the jumper and eventing circuits. Info for Jamestown
Goldmaker - TB. He hasn't had a chance to prove himself in the show ring yet. However I like his look and he scored very well in his stallion testing. He is nicely put together and I suspect he is going to do very well. Goldmaker - Avalon Equine
Mannhattan - Oldenburg - Again love his look, he has done well in the show ring, had strong scores in the stallion testing and is nicely put together. Mannhattan - Avalon Equine
So thoughts and opinions? I am open to other options as well. At this point I am heavily leaning towards AFR as I just drool over all his offspring and I have seen them doing very well in the eventing world. I also am in love with Jamestown though... such a hard decision!