I actually did look up stallions for Lily at one point. My trainer at the time believed I could be Olympic material on the appropriate horse and decided that the best way for me to get an upper level dressage horse would be by breeding, either to her Azteca mare Rose or to Lily. I actually let myself get caught up in this craziness for a moment there and so I really researched possible stallions. I never even posted about it because it seemed like an insane notion even at the time. It was fun to shop around and ponder and consider, but at the same time, I honestly didn't see myself ever really going ahead with breeding. You can buy a high quality baby of almost any breed for far less than it would cost to breed a maiden mare and all of the veterinary care involved with the ands/ifs/buts, and then the training of the baby itself. I love Lily dearly, but there are some things about her conformation that to me don't qualify for breeding material.
For the sake of this blog hop, I will set aside all of the cons of breeding and play along. Because it's fun to oogle at stallions!
|One of my better conformation shots of Lily.|
Taken at the end of her rehab post ligament injury last summer.
*Sidenote: no ribs, but not much of a topline.
|Val H from Trakehner Hof|
Looks a lot like my girl, doesn't he? Love his bone and big feet.
|Stony Man, an Iberian Warmblood|
|Oby is an Iberian Warmblood. Bred by Old Stonehouse Farm.|
|Master Maluso, by Maluso NZ. Photo from the Iberian Warmblood registry|
Maluso was another Military bred Andalusian. See explanation below.
|How much air?|
|THAT much air!|
I honestly can't find now the stallion I had chosen at the time, before giving up on the breeding idea. But Botijo has similar bloodlines to that stallion. Botijo is a grandson of Invasor, who in turn is a son of Evento. Evento competed at the 1996 Atlanta Olympic Games as part of the Spanish Olympic dressage team. The team scored 6th place overall and Evento was 11th in the individual dressage competition. Invasor was also a member of the Spanish Olympic dressage team, in his case for more than 10 years!
I'll take those bloodlines, thankyouverymuch. :) Botijo is stationed in California at Dorado Andaluz, but has been approved by the Cria Caballar in Spain. He is showing at grand prix level dressage.
|He has most of the qualities I would want in a stallion to improve Lily's conformational faults: short back, long gaskins, short pasterns.|
However, I still think that if I were going to breed or buy a horse specifically for dressage, I'd personally still go with an Andalusian or Andalusian cross.
But...now my sport goals have changed. Supposing I bred Lily, I'd go the Anglo-Arabian (TB/Arabian cross) route. Anglo-Arabians are SUPER versatile and are equipped to excel in pretty much every equestrian sport:
|Anglo-Arabian performing a capriole at the Ecole de Versailles|
|Snooze Alarm, an Anglo-Arabian owned and evented by Lauren Keiffer. He was featured on the cover of Modern Arabian Horse magazine. Read more about him here.|
|Sarah Jones Te, Anglo-Arabian mare competing in FEI level enduranc|
So for the purposes of this blog hop, I went and checked out some Shagya Arabian breeders in the US. There aren't many. I decided that the stallion I would choose is KS Rubin:
|Photo from Northeast Shagyas|
Gracie already made a baby prior to her previous owner buying her and had been allowed to nurse said baby for over a year! Gracie was skin and bones at the time; her previous mom practically rescued her. Understandably, the previous mom did NOT want Gracie bred again not any way not nohow at her new home. I promised her breeding was something I had absolutely no interest in doing. So we won't even talk about what Gracie would get matched with.
Thanks L for another awesome blog hop!