Browsing about trademe, and I happened to notice a couple of 3yos by this guy. Denmarks Platinum Playboy Saddlebred
I've seen a few articles in H&P about him, just because it's an uncommon breed (again, here, not worldwide), and of course he's cremello. From what I've been able to find, he's been crossed mainly over Arabs and TBs here, and they seem to be quite nice. But is the stallion himself really that good, or is it just the colour. Smokey Black Rising 3yr Filly | Trade Me
- One of his, for sale currently. She certainly got his giant head. :P
BUT, if I recall, isn't a Saddlebred one of those freakishly tall gaited showpony breeds? Not exactly what I'd expect to be seeing in NZ, least of all being marketed as a dressage sire. I mean, if he's got a goods, then good for him, but it's a Saddlebred... Whatever that is.
It seems every year I go to the CSP, there's another half dozen dilutes thrown in there (we even have a dilute Gypsy Vanner). So, breed knowledgables, how does this guy stack up in terms of conformation, pedigree and results? Is he worth breeding to, or should I start fundraising for an NZ gelding bus? They do say a lot about him on their website, but.. without knowing what the breed's supposed to be like, it's hard to figure out things like this, and I've certainly never seen a Saddlebred before (plan on it though, I'm aiming to get to the CSP in '13 after missing it 3 years straight, hopefully he'll be there again so I can drool over his dapples).
-- One last thing, "grade" horses don't have as much of a stigma in NZ. The average horse owner, even jumpers or eventers, don't fork out the megabucks for a warmblood. It's usually a TB or something crossbred. A horse being half Saddlebred here is not considered a bad thing by most people, provided the poor baby hasn't tripped over the ugly rake (and even then, someone will probably still buy it just because it's a dilute).
Also, I've been looking at horses for my mother, who currently wants something with brain cells. At least that's what she said after she rode Gray, and going by the info on the website, a Saddlebred cross sounds like it might be suitable. Cue the "every horse is individual" speech...