My plans to have a small breeding operation are starting to get on track
I have been offered an embryo out of this mare:
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She is a cremello ASH - 3yo this year and is bred to the nines. She is broken in and has been to a couple shows and has done well, and will be going to the nationals in a couple months. I have been following her since a foal and was planning on purchasing her but owner has decided not to sell - Hence the embryo. In owners opinion she is in the top 1-2% of horses she has sat on and she has broken 100's of them.
I am hoping to breed a foal that will be the cornerstone of my future breeding plans. I want to breed horses that are talented in cattle work (Campdrafting and team penning mainly) but are pretty enough to show and really good natured. Colour will be a huge bonus - there isn't a great deal of colour in the breed. I have been looking out for a double dilute I liked enough to use to introduce some colour but so far there has been nothing, until her. As far as I know she is the ONLY working bred double dilute ASH in existence. (Well except for a colt born a few days ago but he is part QH as well). I would prefer a colt to keep and use over a select few mares of my own and perhaps stand to outside stud. If I kept a colt I would send him to a professional to be broken in and campaigned. I would still be happy with a mare though.
So, I have been looking at stallions and have a few that I am tossing up. I really want to choose the right one be cause if the foal is a colt I REALLY want it to be quality enough to keep a colt - It will be a 'wasted' breeding as such if I end up with a gelding because it isn't the quality I want. I bred a colt this year who will be gelded and kept as a riding horse for me so I have no use for another gelding as my goals lie in breeding.
So here are the boys! All are registered ASH and well bred. The links go to pages with info and videos.
1. Horses | Australia | Campdraft | Cutting | Challenge - Select Sires - Stallion-Soda Justice-Soda Justice
At the moment this guy is my top choice. I have seen him in person working cattle and he is a very impressive boy with a lot of presence. He is a big powerful horse who moves well. He is well known in the working world as one of the top stallions (Though not the absolute top) but doesn't have the market saturated with his progeny. There are no coloured sire sons registered. There are a lot of his progeny I like, but there are also a few I don't like (Obviously mares come into the equation!). He carries chestnut so 50/50 Palomino/Buckskin baby. I particularly love his build, he is very uphill with a great neck set which isn't let down by his hind.
2. Horses | Australia | Campdraft | Cutting | Challenge - Select Sires - Stallion-Wallabah Excel-Wallabah Excel
This guy is near me at home and I have seen him at drafts I have attended. He is ridden by the whole family. He is a little lower set in the neck than the above boy, but he comes together well under saddle. He is a buckskin so a chance of a double dilute - which would be awesome, except if it isn't colt quality because I have zero use for a DD gelding and it would be harder to sell as most ASH people dislike them. For breeding though would be great. So I can't decide with him wether it is worth the risk. He has some recent progeny that I really like. He is a bit younger and not as well promoted so no sire sons on the market yet.
3. Horses | Australia | Campdraft | Cutting | Challenge - Select Sires - Stallion-Hazelwood Conman-Hazelwood Conman
This guy is one of the 2 absolute best drafting sires going at the moment. They are both leagues ahead of anyone else in regards to winnings and prizemoney. A daughter of his just won the biggest draft in the country, the gold cup. So the ability and the prepotency is there. However because they are so well known there is a LOT of them on the market. Stud fee is a lot higher. There are already a handful of sire sons out there. He is a really well bodied horse but he is a bit coarse in the head. His progeny have the ability but in regards to looks for showing they can be hit and miss.
4. Horses | Australia | Campdraft | Cutting | Challenge - Select Sires - Stallion-Bonlac Gigolo-Bonlac Gigolo
This guy is also close to me and is owned by a friend of a friend. I have ridden two fillies by him and liked them both, one is amazing and everything I would want in a horse, the other is lovely as well just not my type (A bit more QH in build). Both have great temperaments. He is doing REALLY well at the moment competing, just won the champion of champions draft at Warwick as well as a bunch of other stuff. Heaps of natural ability. There have been a couple of progeny that aren't so nice as well. The friend who I trust has said he is one to watch. He runs really well on his cattle, really settled and calm which I love.
So these are my top choices at the moment! All are quality animals who are winning in the draft arena and have successful progeny.
I would love any opinions on which ones catch your eye or would suit the mare better.