If possible, I'd like to get some opinions based mostly on conformation as to which stud would cross up best with MY mare. My goals are to hopefully achieve a longer neck/shorter back ratio, and add to her hind end a bit. Height would be pretty great, but "height" to me is anything over 15.2hh lol :) I would like to add a bit of refinement. I realize that stallion achievements and awards are important, but also that I do not (and do not plan on) show at very high competitive levels.
I've been in touch with all stallion owners except two (still waiting to hear back - so no guarantees if they're even an option). I have an order of preference in my head, but would really love some input from another few sets of eyes! I'd also love to hear which studs you would definitely NOT breed River to, and WHY.
Thanks to everyone who posted stallion suggestions on my other thread! The thing to remember is that I am a multi-discipline rider. River and I have competed successfully in dressage, hunter, show jumping, gymkhana and trail class... and not so successfully haha (but just as fun!) in reining and western rail classes. Currently I'm focused more on jumping and dressage and hoping to get into cross country. I imagine I'll always ride in several different disciplines.
Remember - I am located in Canada. The first four stallions are too. State of the Art is actually in the province where I may be working this summer, and the owners have an ultrasound and do AI right on the farm which would be great.
Can't seem to figure out how to post a photo directly on here??
Really wish I had more pictures of my mare! ... without me in them
I REALLY like this guy... but I feel like he should have a longer neck, Riv's could use length as it is.
COLOR GUARD Reg. ECLIPSED BY COLOR Stallion Katriina Ruotsalo : 2010 International Stallion Guide for Sport Horses
This guy is HUGE, like 17.2hh... maybe TOO big!
Glorioso Noir - Kaiser Stud
This is the stallion who is located near where I may be working. From what I've seen of his foals, he really does add refinement. His owner has been very nice too, which is a bonus haha.
State of the Art
Boulder Ridge Ranch - SOTA
This dude is incredible... but he seems to be build a bit sturdier than the others. Not a bad thing, but River is sturdy enough haha.
Diamond Stud - 2003 Oldenburg Stallion - (Diamond Hit x Lavarino x Rohdiamant) - Dreamscape Farm, Langley, BC, Canada
And then these two are located in the states. Goldmaker was recommended by several people on this board, and I must say the owner is very nice to deal with :) I originally emailed her in regards to another stallion of hers, but was persuaded to look harder at this guy.
Goldmaker - Avalon Equine
Silverwood Farm's Stallions : : : Sempatico