Originally Posted by wild_spot
I like Rosebrook Balou, also Nandeye Resistance, Talisman Fiddler, Kirkbys Major if he's still around... There was a really nice qh stallion at Jugiong Draft last year, can't remember his name though, maybe classic doc?
I know what you mean about the others, definitely more show horses than cow horses, except Bryjen. I love Cadabra but his progeny haven't impressed me as much as the progeny of the others. I met a young Cadabra colt when I picked up my mare - the guy had him and a Bryjen colt. He said the Cadabra colt has a bit of dirt in him, whereas the Bryjen colt was much more amenable. Though of course it may just be that he appeals to a different type of mare than the 'showier' boys, which can make all the difference.
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I think anyone can find a 'bad' example by just about any stallion out there - don't forget the mare is a good 50% or more of the equation.. I just bought a gorgeous Cadabra filly for a lot of money, and I couldn't be more impressed with her type and temperment.. My friend also has a gorgeous hack type Cadabra gelding (out of a TB), that will be hitting the shows next year.. He is so trainable and laid back with it..
The other sires have had longer to get more progeny (out of arguably better mares) on the ground, Cadabra is a relatively new Fort Abdul sire at only 8yo.. Fort Talon has had a good 6 years head start in the breeding game ;)