I wonder how smart it is to use a stallion that we don't know what the parents and so the lines would produce.
Our horse had bad knees and they shortened his life at the end, although that may not have been inherited, more part of being raised in droughty conditions, with poor nutrition when young.
He stood a hair over 15 hands.
I expect there will be some surprises in his foals, hopefully all good ones.
Interesting that such a horse beat others bred for whatever that class was judging.
Talk about a dark horse.
Haha, I wonder if all of the COTHers who have gone on record that they "wouldn't consider anything that isn't a warmblood for dressage" would turn their nose up at him.
"Hey, would you like a horse that was Reserve Champ at Devon?"
"Btw it's a mustang."
Conversely I wonder how many of theirs were Reserve Champ at Devon...
Since they have such elite horse selection principles they profess to adhere to I'm sure they only choose the best of the best, so Devon ought to be well within reach.
As usual, Meupatdoes, you're missing the point....
As somebody who has had a Grand Champion at Devon and who has been breeding performance horses for the last 25 years, there is no way I would use Padre in my program. Way too many unknowns about his heritage and what he brings to the table.
But then I've also said that I wouldn't use Totilas in his first year as a stud and there are way more facts known about his heritage.
Siegi Belz www.stalleuropa.com
2007 KWPN-NA Breeder of the Year
Dutch Warmbloods Made in the U. S. A.