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post #1 of 5 Old 10-22-2010, 08:04 PM Thread Starter
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Can someone help me read his pedigree?

I got curious tonight about my newly adopted horse Golden Concerto (His barn name is Bourbon) and looked up his bloodlines.

Golden Concerto Horse Pedigree

GOLDEN CONCERTO (USA) b. C, 2004 DP = 4-8-6-6-0 (24) DI = 1.67 CD = 0.42 - 3 Starts, 1 Wins, 0 Places, 0 Shows Career Earnings: $13,382

The rescue told me he was 4 years old. But is the 2004 the year he was born? Wouldn't that make him 6, going on 7? It doesn't matter to me either way, I'm just curious about this because I have no idea how to read a pedigree.
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post #2 of 5 Old 10-22-2010, 09:05 PM
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2004 would be his birthdate, C would be colt and I think b is bay. So he is 6 now. He was bred by Mary Jean Bonfilli, bred in Florida

DP = 4-0-2-0-0 (6) = 4 brilliant, 0 intermediate, 2 classic, no solid, and 0 professional, for a total of 6 points altogether. Your horse leans heavily toward speed, with little stamina. Probably a sprinter type.

DI = 5.00 Dosage Index reflects the ratio of speed to stamina. Again, a 5.00 is off the scale tilted towards speed. Probably wouldn't be able to run well at classic distances of 1 1/4.

CD is Center of Distribution theoretically the higher the CD, the lower the horse's potential ability to run a distance. 1.33 is pretty high, so it basically tells us what everything else has been pointing to. Speed, not much stamina. ot that any of this is set in stone, it is just a tool, like everything else, and it isn't infallible by any means.
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post #3 of 5 Old 10-22-2010, 09:15 PM Thread Starter
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Wow that was really helpful thank you so much! Since the rescue told me he was 4, should I mention it to them?

I am planning on eventing with him. Based on his pedigree, do you think he'd do well?
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post #4 of 5 Old 10-22-2010, 09:43 PM
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I imagine the rescue gets enough horses that they thought he was 4. Not a big deal, if you are going to do eventing, then I would think the older he is to start training, the better for his bones and tendons/ligaments.
I know nothing about eventing at all, so can't help you there, but he has a very very nice pedigree of very well bred horses. Secretariat, Northern Dancer, Princquillo, Lucky Debonair. I am sure there are many many folks on the forum with lots of eventing experience who will be able to tell you more.
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post #5 of 5 Old 10-22-2010, 10:03 PM
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You'll most likely just have to work more on stamina because of the fact he wasn't bred for stamina. I'm not an eventer, but I think the only way to tell how he'll do is to train him and try him out as an eventer.

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