"We thought we bought a dressage stallion, but he loves his jumping and is already showing great technique over a fence. Ineivitably, we will go with what he likes to do, but at the moment he'll do both." |
Nicole is not sure when she'll bring him out in competition. "I need to make sure we are a team first. And he still has a lot more growing to do." In any, she points out that breeders select a stallion for his genes, not his rider's ability to produce a horse. "Appleton DHU has everything (genes-wise) - why should I have to prove it?" she asks.
Well, mare owners (and everyone else), do you agree or disagree? Obviously genes are part of your decision, but I'm of the impression that most breeders here wouldn't breed to a complete fugly just because he has the best lines (in your opinion) in the world.
And to ask another question, though I think I already know the answer; would you breed to a stallion that hasn't competed (and/or won) under saddle if he ticked other boxes?
Appleton DHU is the stallion featured in the article and is by Rosseau.
Appleton Dhu Dutch Warmblood