Thanks for your post, Kiger!
This might be long, lol.
I have decided to try and keep the HSH which stands for 'Heritage Stock Horse' - Which means bloodlines that trace back to what was originally classified into the studbook or known waler/colonial TB lines. This means no QH as the first QH were imported a while after the formation of the ASH studbook. I love the ASH/QH cross and the colt I just bred is by an ASH/QH - However, for a future stud, I think it makes more sense to go with a HSH. The ASH/QH is the flavour of the month at the moment and they are everywhere - There needs to be some quality HSH stallions and mares out there to breed the crosses back to to keep the ASH registration and ASH type. It will give me more options for future breeding also - I will be able to utilise part or full QH mares if I so wish but keep the ASH registration and type. I'm hoping to end up with something very true to ASH type (Taller and leggier than the QH) which will cross well back over the more QH types as well as HSH mares.
So, that discounts Captain Barbados and Crillee Amarillo Oak.
Shotgun is awesome, I have met him, and I love him. I hope to use him one day. However for this particular mating I have very specific goals - I want something that will be talented and very marketable in the campdraft world. Shotgun is an awesome horse with some great ASH show performance - But he lacks the kind of drafting performance and popular breeding that I specifically want for this mating.
Bodacious Luke is also a lovely fellow, but a bit similar to Shotgun, just not quite the lines I am after (He has half!) and more performance in show rather than draft.
Pavarotti was owned by people I know for a while. Not quite the right type for this mare I don't think though.
Finno is lovely, and has some really good polocrosse progeny. Not a huge amount of performance himself though and not quite the type I am after.
Cadabra. I do love Cadabra. He doesn't have the depth of performance in drafting but does have a wide range of performance. And he is so handsome. There is just a gut feeling though that he isn't what I am after in this mating. Not sure what it is.
But thank you for your post, you have picked some lovely boys that I always keep an eye on! In other breedings I may well use one or two of these boys, just not quite what I am after in this mating! I am trying to look to the future and long term plans, once I *hopefully* get what I want then I can start playing with different lines I like!
Of course I bet I will get an unfortunate looking colt I have to geld, LOL! That seems to be how it goes with horse, but I can try!