Don't worry about the negatives. The breeders in NA who stay in par with our counterparts in Europe will always have the leg up. Why not take direction from the Europeans when breeding our own?!
Originally Posted by JWB
We, as a breeding and production industry in NA, do not have a system like the Europeans but we can still breed the same!
So forget about lists and who doesn't like what you have to say. The fact of the matter is that we can produce just the same albeit that our numbers are smaller. One of the biggest problems we face is our geography. We simply dont have the tight knit communities tht are so prevelant in Europe. So, we have to find other ways to market our horses and piece together a development process that is affordable and carries the legitimacy our horses deserve. When buyers in NA start taking the glamour out of the Europeans and look to find horses at more reasonable costs of buying, then your buying power and our breeding power grows.
There are lots of gaps to fill but the support of the NA buyer is one of the biggest determining factors of whether our industry and sport will survive on an international level. Why do I do what I do if it were not to bridge the gap and prove , that as a whole, we can take their model and make it work for our benefit?!
The fact that there continues to be a steady interest in NA born and bred sport horses shows me that the support is growing and folks are getting smarter about their breeding and buying choices.
We breed on a very limited basis at this point, and have preferred to focus on what we do best. We specialize in finding, raising, and developing quality jumper prospects. They are generally sold when they are a little older and showing their abilities in the ring, like 5yo YJC classes etc.
Occasionally we sell them younger, and since I am overrun with 2011 models, we do have a very nice coming 2yo KWPN G out of 2 GP parents for sale.
Search the forums, comb the sale sites for types you like, and do your research. If you are experienced at finding good horses, you will find them. Be careful not to get too taken in by glitzy marketing, and make sure you are working with people who can walk the walk that they talk. ;)
You have gotten some great advice and suggestions already. Start checking out some of the sites of the breeders mentioned here, and don't be afraid to look at the smaller breeders as well. Someone had a great thought to check the breed associations that interest you to try and track down some lesser known or smaller breeders or "raisers", and if you find one nearby, go check it out. There is no substitute for seeing a bunch in person. :)
GOOD LUCK and ENJOY! :)