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.
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.
The pedigree of this mare highlights the sire accomplishments of the late Dual Pep, a sire of sires and a legendary broodmare sire.
When Diane Mesmer, of Highlands Ranch, Colorado, bought a weanling colt named A Vintage Smoke in 2015, her goal was to win the National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) Futurity. He didn’t disappoint her. A Vintage Smoke and Equi-Stat Elite $1 Million Rider Jason Vanlandingham became the 2018 NRHA Futurity Level 4 Open Champions with a […]
When SJR Diamond Mist won the National Reined Cow Horse Association (NRCHA) Snaffle Bit Futurity last year, it was a “like father, like son” moment. The stallion’s sire, CD Diamond, won the same event in 2012. Corey Cushing, an Equi-Stat Elite $2 Million Rider, showed both horses to their championships. During the finals, SJR Diamond […]
A summer highlight for PG Heavily Armed and Equi-Stat Elite $3 Million Rider James Payne has to be their win in the Metallic Cat National Cutting Horse Association (NCHA) Summer Spectacular Classic/Challenge Open, where they marked a 229. Then they reinforced their good summer with a Mercuria/ NCHA World Series of Cutting Open Championship at […]
The Wizster and Tom McCutcheon have been a team for years, having won titles like the National Reining Breeders Classic (NRBC) Derby Open Reserve Championship in 2016. They are the fifth team we will look at that has qualified to compete on Team USA and represent their country in the Fédération Equestre Internationale (FEI) World […]