Originally Posted by eventerdrew
^ it's true. The breeder P.Wynn Norman, will tell anyone that he was NOT an accident. His brother, Kevlar, is now standing stud and producing babies much like Teddy.
Indeed, as secretariat too stood at stud for many many years producing babies much like himself. Doesn't mean that there will ever be another horse to the caliber of either secretariat OR teddy o'connor. And THAT is what makes them exceptional. EVEN with teddy's part siblings, that's still a VERY VERY small percentage of horses that are 14.2h or less that can compete at the highest levels, and that was the point of this thread.
What height horse (not breed, or bloodlines, just a generalization) do you prefer for jumpers? I find that most of the best athletic show jumpers are b/t 15.2 - 16.2 and while there are certainly exceptions on either end of the scale, the best of the best *usually* fit in that range.
Oh and I know teddy's breeders -- amazing people who have donated to our rescue :)