I love those good TB lines!! Unfortunately, I live in Colorado and horse racing/breeding is minimal at best. To get a good TB mare you have to go out of state. Fortunately, I was able to pick mine up a Fasig Tipton sale in California. Drum Fire and Turn To on the top and To Market on the bottom)
I remember many years ago going to a WB inpection (I am talking at least 20 years) anyway they did a confirmation clinic with it. Well the TB mares were less than wonderful that were the ginny pigs. (At least I never would have bred any of them--pretty low level local stuff) anyway, the inspector was going on and on about the "poor quality of TB's"--and after I had about enought I raised my hand and said "Have you been to Kentucky?? The really good TB mares are in broodmare bands - not hanging out in Colorado!!!)
Fortunately, the level of mares has gone up over the years!!
The stallion Academy Award is of interest to me - do you know the offspring showing? Also the showing offspring of a Raise A Native son. That line is pretty old. Any one know any chasing or eventing offspring of a Virginia Based stallion Run Softly? I think he is dead now.
I can't say I know much, except that he sired my mare. I researched a bit a while back and traced him to Naylee Farm in West Virginia, but I just looked at the website and he has progeny there, but he's no longer listed so perhaps he died. Here is my mare's pedigree
I have one Hoist the Flag, one Bold Ruler and two Hail The Pirates mares. Hail The Pirates is the damsire of at least two of the leading hunter sires on the list so he probably is not too much farther down the list as well! Roberto and To Market would also be a couple perenial favorites of mine.
Hi everyone...I found this thread searching COTH for any mention of my mare's sire, Fly So Free. She is OTTB, then broodmare, now prospect. We actually do mostly dressage, but she enjoys jumping so we do that too. Here is her pedigree: