The Importance of Pedigree Study for Breeders

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If you are a competitor looking for your next mount, unless you are conversant in bloodlines, then pedigree study is not going to help you too much. Instead you will look at the conformation of the prospective equines, evaluate their way of going and their performance record if they have one. And of course ride them yourself to see if they are a good match for you.
In contrast, if you are a breeder and want to be successful, pedigree study is of the utmost importance because the pedigree--if it is accurate--is the map of the genetics. And the genetics of your breeding stock and its planned mates is what you need to understand.


Rewind to Hurry On

Hurry On

Three colts achieved Triple Crown fame during World War I, but the champion of the time was the St Leger hero of 100 years ago, Hurry On

For the duration of World War I all England’s Classic races were staged at Newmarket, and they were notable for the fact that three colts claimed Triple Crown honours – Pommern (1915), Gay Crusader (1917) and Gainsborough (1918). So which of that trio ranked as the champion of that period?

Actually, it was none of them. The best horse to race during the war years was Hurry On, whose only Classic success came in the September Stakes, the substitute version of the St Leger, 100 years ago this month.


Sire Lines Of International Jumpers The Nearco Line


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The Thoroughbred sire Nearco was bred in Italy by Federico Tesio, an Italian breeder and author who was nicknamed "The Wizard of Dormello" because of his successful breeding program at his estate, Dormello.
Nearco was never defeated on the race track, winning 14 races at distances from 5 furlongs to 1 1/4 miles. As a three-year-old, he was purchased and exported to England, where he was champion sire three times and champion broodmare sire three times.
Some of Nearco's greatest influence was asserted by his sons *Nasrullah and *Royal Charger, who were three-quarter brothers; the former was out of Mumtaz Begum, who also produced Sun Princess, the dam of *Royal Charger.


Verdades - pedigree analysis


Laura Graves and her astounding horse Verdades have reached the height of dressage performance. After years of spectacular wins rising up the ranks, the pair broke through into the history books when they took first place at the World Cup competitions in Aachen, beating out the perennial superstar Isabel Werth in the Grand Prix Special.

[Photo taken by lkmod-ned at Normandie France on 8/26/14 and donated for public use on Wiki Commons.]


Does the Mare Matter in Sporthorse Breeding

Vase The Mare Matters in Sporthorse Breeding

Five top European breeders talk about the importance of the mare in sporthorse breeding and the qualities she needs to produce talented, rideable offspring.

Stallions are often thought to be the most influential part of the stallion-mare mating equation. If they consistently throw successful foals, they quickly develop national and international reputations and earn high stud fees. Stallions also are the ones in the spotlight: in breeding issues of equine magazines, in advertisements for breeding farms and in every hopeful trainer's and competitor's heart.


Sire Lines Of International Jumpers The Teddy Line

The Teddy TB line

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The Teddy line has been extremely important in both racing and jumping on both sides of the Atlantic.

Teddy was sired by the stallion Ajax, who had won the French Derby and the Grand Prix of Paris on the race course.

The dam of Teddy was the English mare Rondeau, a daughter of Bay Ronald. Bay Ronald was the sire of Dark Ronald mentioned earlier as the founder of one of the leading sire lines in Germany.

As a race horse, Teddy won several important races,including a race substituted for the French Derby because of the war. He also won the San Sebastian Grand Prix and the San Sebastian St.Leger.
Like his sire,  Teddy stood at stud in France, where he sired two famous full brothers,  Sir Gallahad III and  Bull Dog, before being sold to America at 18 years of age.
He stood at stud in America until he was 24 years old. Both his sons,  Sir Gallahad III and  Bull Dog, were exported to the United States.


Sire Lines Of International Jumpers The Rock Sand Line

Rock Sand

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The Rock Sand line is another important producer of jumping horses in both North America and Europe.
Rock Sand stood at stud briefly in England, producing little of quality, and then he was shipped to the U.S.A. where he was much more successful at stud, siring Tracery, a first class winner. *Rock Sand was later exported to France, where he died. *Rock Sand was reputed to be "one of the worst actioned horses at slow paces, but when running he gave an idea of his quality." His sire, Sainfoin, also was the sire of Tout Suite, the dam of Hurry On (previously mentioned in the Marco line). *Rock Sand sired Tracery in the United States, but Tracery was exported to England as a yearling, where he won a number of the great classic races and then retired to stud.


The Positive Genetic Impact of Close Siblings in a Sport Horse Lineage

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There is a positive genetic impact when close siblings are in your sport horse lineage. Statistically, adding close siblings of important ancestors has proven to be one of the most significant pedigree designs you can create to upgrade your sport horse's potency. The power in the presence of siblings, especially full or 3/4 will be demonstrated  here.


The History of the Trakehner Horse

The castle at Trakehnen

The Trakehner horse is the oldest warmblood breed in the world, with a history spanning amost 300 years to the foundation of the main stud Trakehnen in 1732. The official name, "The East Prussian Warmblood Horse of Trakehner Origin" hints to the roots of this magnificent breed: the region of East Prussia once belonging to Germany, but lost during World War II to Russia. The origin of the breed is a small horse - bred locally in East Prussia - known as the "Schwaike". The Schwaike was known for its versatility and endurance. When this breed was crossed with imported English thoroughbred and Arabian stallions, the resulting horse was named after the main stud it came from: Trakehnen. The original purpose of the Trakehner was for use as calvary mount.


How to Look at Sport Horse Pedigrees

The Tetrach

The pedigree is the map of the genetics. It becomes a powerful tool for our use in understanding dominance and in the designing of our breedings if it is accurate, and if  we know how to read it (interpret).

Accuracy in pedigrees, as you will learn through reading the books is not guaranteed. Over the years many mistakes were made in building out lineages, plus illustrious ancestors were sometimes invented by owners and breeders to advance their horses in sales or to qualify for stud book requirements or to elevate their stud fees. Therefore, we must do our best to verify our pedigrees. It is only a powerful tool when it is correct--a road map of the genetics--but all that positive potential is lost if the lineage is false.


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