A stocky, dark sorrel, Colonel Freckles was a stallion whose athletic prowess in the cutting pen was only overshadowed by his offspring’s abilities in several Western performance disciplines. He passed away at the age of 13, but his genetics remain in the blood of horses that still step into the cutting, reining and reined cow […]
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There are no guarantees in breeding, but those with a thorough understanding of genetic diversity have long used linebreeding and hybrid vigor to hedge their bets.
At the turn of the century, versatile stallion Smart Chic Olena’s career as a sire was taking off, buoyed by waves of successful offspring. The late stallion, who died in June 2012, now stands at $14 million in progeny earnings, with foals competing in cutting, reining, reined cow horse, barrel racing and team roping — […]
A handsome, rich-colored sorrel, Doc Quixote turned heads wherever he went. 1973 National Cutting Horse Futurity (NCHA) Non-Pro Futurity Champion and Equi-Stat Elite $10 Million Sire are just a few highlights of Doc Quixote’s life. Doc Quioxte’s Performance and Genetics Listed for sale as a Futurity prospect in 1973 for the alleged price of $12,000, Doc […]
Dual Pep — a chestnut stallion with three white socks and a proud, intelligent aura — made a lasting impression on the Western performance horse industry through his own accomplishments and progeny. Dual Pep’s Performance Dual Pep accumulated a hefty $307,384 in lifetime earnings throughout his six-year cutting career. The stallion competed in the 1988 […]
When studying a pedigree, we look at the sire record for the stallion and a produce record for the mare for analysis. It seems obvious that we need good stallions and mares to produce good foals, but many have come to realize the significance of a quality mare and the broodmare sire effect in the production of a foal.
The June Quarter Horse News headline said it all — “Wow! Jennifer Neudorf Sweeps NRHA Derby Non-Pro.” Neudorf, a sophomore in high school, indeed won all four levels of the Non-Pro, as well as the Youth division.
Many In the Blood columns feature information about breeding patterns. Hopefully this will help unravel the mystery when it comes to interpreting the lingo.
As the National Reined Cow Horse Association (NRCHA) ramps up for its biggest event of the year — the Snaffle Bit Futurity and Hackamore Classic — it seems appropriate to celebrate a special line of cow horses through broodmare Sparking Train.
Check out the leading horses, riders, sires, owners and breeders from the National Cutting Horse Association (NCHA) Western National Championships!