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The Art of Mating Selection

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Many years ago, I read an article stating that 70 percent of the foals born each year are born in March, April and May. In the information age in which we live, it’s a cardinal sin not to fact check, but I reckon that statistic is pretty darn close, regardless. So being that we just hit first of March, the vast majority of us are getting excited for some new arrivals!

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Goals & The Peter Principle

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I have been fortunate in my life to have many great teachers. For the most part, I have been a student of observation. I really can’t think of any principles or concepts learned from someone teaching me directly, but I give credit to many people that I have learned from. Chief among that group are my parents. Being raised by entrepreneurs, I have learned a great deal with respect to risk, sacrifice, reward, hard work, ingenuity, character and defeat. I have heard my father say countless times, “People will always rise to the level of their own incompetence.”

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Legendary Career, Sire of Champions

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"Some legends are told. Some are wood or stone. Third Cutting is a legend of flesh and blood who's story is still being told."

–Shane D. Plummer

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Reflection and the Future

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Isn’t it just awesome that foaling coincides with the New Year! God truly does love horses; gestation is 11 months and breeding season starts the first week of February. Coincidence? Nope, God is a horseman, for sure!

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Watching Others Succeed

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Gratification can come in many ways. I think for most folks, it is the simple things that bring the most joy. Last week, during the NCHA Futurity, I made a trip over to the Quarter Horse News office to visit with the fine folks at Equi-Stat. I’m a stat junkie; numbers influence every decision I make. When it comes to breeding, I make my mating selections based off performance-based results. I have studied “The Master of Matings,” the great breeder Federico Tesio, and he was self-proclaimed “statistician breeder.” Not to get off course here, as I can when it comes to talking about breeding, but I love stats!

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2017 Stallion Roster

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Don’t miss out on early booking! Discounts expire 12/1!

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In the Market? Quick Tips to Think About!

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“Opinions are like armpits, everyone has one and most of them stink!”

Sale season is upon us! There is so much to choose from and there are so many decisions to make, it can seem a little overwhelming. So I thought I’d share some thoughts on this topic, as we will be in the thick of it soon!

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Sannman is Crowned Brazos Bash Classic Non-Pro Champion

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Sannman is a rare gem! By the great Metallic Cat and out of the legendary The Smart Look, he should be on everyone’s list of stallions! His dam is No. 3 all-time cutting broodmare the only mare to produce three different Open Triple Crown event champions (NCHA Futurity, Super Stakes & Derby), that are by three different sires!