AFR is 100% quality! He is a proven sire, and his offspring have successfully shown in HB, hunter/jumper divisions, and eventing. He himself was an accomplished 4 ft working hunter with championships at some of the most prestigious shows.
We have Guaranteed Gold IHF nominated. His oldest offspring are JUST starting to hit the performance ring now and his Faux Finish daughter (4 this year) will hopefully start her Over Fences career later on in 2008
I have bred to both Minister General and AFR with fabulous results!!! My MG filly ALMOST won the TB yearling fillies class at Devon this year, and my AFR babies had done just as well on the line. Unfortunatelly, I lost my AFR boy before he hit the show ring, but he was going to go places!!! AFR gives amateur friendly temperament to a fabulous package.
If you want to try something different, I also have frozen Mandate semen (see my webpage), and his filly was third behind the MG filly at Devon also.
I think A Fine Romance is one of the most under used TB stallions available to Hunter and Sporthorse breeders. I would love to see him crossed with lots more WB mares... Then I need to figure out a way to buy them!
I bred my WB jumper mare to AFR and just love the result. My colt (now gelding ) is 2 yo. and just wonderful. AFR improved length of leg, hip, added refinement and HUGE bonus, I got a great moving horse! I was breeding for the jumper ring and looking for athleticism, so pretty mover is icing, but not a necessity. My beloved mare, is NOT a pretty mover, and somehow, Fred's fabulous genes overcame and by Gawd, Andy moves nice enough to get a good piece of the hack in the hunters! LOL!!! Another great thing, that very athletic, handsome package is very ammy friendly.
I also believe he is under utilized by the HJ community, a great cross for WB mares.
Silly Mommy's Mandate also makes me drool. Glad she's got a little of him on ice. Also Minister General is quite a handsome gent.