Other stallions ARE capable of producing credible offspring, but only when bred to a mare who competed at the highest levels herself. So - if you take a stallion who competed up to only Training Level eventing and in the Working Hunter ring and bred him to a mare that was successful at the Intermediate and Advanced eventing levels and you produced a talented offspring - is that the stallion's genetics coming through or the dam's???
Not too many stallions I can think of who competed at Training in eventing and then went on to a successful career in the tough Working Hunter ring....and who have had successful event offspring....
Perhaps instead of making insinuations, True Colours, you might elaborate by naming the stallion and even more to the point, naming the mare,the level at which she competed and the UL offspring as well?
I'm sure that would be informative.
Another question that would need to be asked, in the same vein, if a stallion has been bred to a wide variety of mares, including U/L performers,and with the oldest offspring 10-11 years old, and none seem to be competing at any higher levels in any discipline, is that "the stallion's genetics coming through, or the mares'"?
Another succesful stallion is Lamicell Charizard,ridden by Karin Donckers.
1st in Vejer de La Frontera, CCI***
1st in Vale Sabrosa,CIC**
3th in Pau,CCI****
2nd in Haras de Pin,CIC***
Charizard will participate (if not,Karin's other horse Gazelle will) in the 2012 Olympics in Londen.
The only problem is....that he isn't at stud yet,haha!
Maybe in a couple of years.
Char' is a Gato de Sol x Desert Wine,maybe you can do something with these stallions?