I've seen your stud, but was iffy just because I know many people breed for color not quality. Seeing these foals has convinced me his color is just the icing on the cake. You have some STUNNING babies there!
What do they do mostly? Are they bred more for hunter, jumpers, dressage?
Thank you SO much!
Honestly - it all depends on the mare, and her breed as to what the intended use for the foal is
I have one client with an old style, imported Elite Hanoverian mare by Weltemeyer that bred to GG to produce a dressage baby and another lady with a fabulous Morgan dressage mare that also bred to GG for a dressage baby, but I would not honestly NOT promote GG as a dressage sire. I think they'll do fine up to a certain level and I'd be so pleased if they managed to go further than that, but there are honestly better dressage bred stallions out there ...
I think as far as jumpers go - he'd probably produce a nice 4'-4'6" level jumper but again - there are jumper sires that have competed at the highest levels that could probably produce a better jumper prospect than he could, but again - I'd love to be proven wrong on that one!
His babies are starting to excel as hunters, in the eventing discipline, on the line in Hunter Breeding classes. We have several AQHA and APHA mare owners that have bred to him to produce WP horses and they love their GG youngsters!
There are also some GG youngsters that will be hitting the race track this year and next so it will be fun as well to see if they have some talent on the track as well
We have also had some clients with Draft mares and Draft cross mares that wanted to lighten up their foals, and those are destined for field hunting, pleasure riding, low level showing, etc - just "forever" horses that some clients wanted in pretty gold and buckskin packaging!
I think overwhelmingly, people that have seen GG in person LIKE him but dont completely and totally LOVE him. But when they see what he is producing, they absolutely LOVE those foals and thats fine with me. We have found him to be very much an improvement sire. He is consistently producing foals that are better than he is and better than the dam is and in many cases, those youngsters that have hit breeding age are now producing foals that are even better than THEY are. So I am thrilled - the goal of any reputable breeding program should be to successively improve each generation and that is exactly what is happening here ...
Here is a Guaranteed Gold son - Gold Bayou as a 3 year old:
and a fabulous colt by Gold Bayou shown at a few days old:
and another one of his 2008 foals:
so - I just love seeing how these GG "grandkids" are turning out as well ...
This is one great example to use as well. This APHA mare needed some pretty-ing up to her head which was rather plain and a better topline for her foal. Her foal has the most amazing head and topline along with so many other very strong points and he was sold at a few weeks of age as a stallion prospect:
and one of my favorite pictures of him - he's just an exquisitely beautiful colt!:
So - as long as GG can accomplish this out of a wide variety of mares, I am SO pleased with what is being accomplished ...