Originally Posted by dbarabians
Druydess once again words of wisdom from a very savvy breeder.
That article rings true not only for the Arabian horse but most breeds.
I do not care about a show record if it only means someone paid the right trainer enough money to teach a horse walk trot and canter round an arena in front of a panel of judges that might not be as impartial as they paid to be.
THE ONLY WAY to prove a stallion is by his get.
He can have dozens of national titles but if he does not pass that gift unto his progeny then he is a failure. Or if the owners of his get do not spend the money to train his offspring he is a failure.
Confromation and temperament are more important to the average horse owner than any show record will ever be. Most horses will never enter a showring. They require no ribbons to validate the quality of their horses.
My stallion Star has never been shown but has an impeccable pedigree and great conformation. He has stamped his offspring with good arabian type, straight legs, versatlity, and great temperament . Those are the only qualities IMO that earn a stallion the right to remain intact. Shalom
While I agree that the only way a stallion really proves himself is by his get, there should be a step before he has any get where he actually proves himself, and it doesn't have to be with a world title. If he is a reiner, get out and rein, jumper, get out and jump, all around trail horse, get out and ride him on the trail.
How many breeds have classification shows? My Haflinger stud was Silver Classified and had a show record, he had proved himself against his breed standard, do other breeds have that?
While conformation and temperament are indeed the most important qualities that an average owner looks for they should not be the prime reason for breeding.
The old adage never changes, breed the best to the best and hope for the best.