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    Congrats to owners of Shakespeare, Soprano, and Sir Donnerhall! Lovely stallions, all!

    A few things to consider - since Oldenburg (GOV) does not award premiums to foals from non-MMB mares, you really need to know how many foals were eligible for premiums. A stallion could have, say, 50% premiums out of ALL foals presented, but if you count only the ones actually eligible for a premium, his percentage could actually be much higher. For instance, we saw a super filly by Starlight a few years ago from an unregistered TB mare. The inspectors said she was one of the best foals seen in NA so far that year, but she could not get a premium award due to her dam not being eligible for MMB.

    Another factor that may influence premium stats is if the SO polices the stallion’s mares. Some SO’s are pretty selective and will accept only good quality WB and TB mares for their stallions, while other SOs ship to a wider variety of mares. Also consider the size and quality of the SO’s own mare band – some SOs have no mares of their own (or only 1 or 2), while others have large numbers of very good quality mares at their disposal. And of course, some SOs promote the heck out of their stallion, while others don’t advertise or promote him at all, other than via the registry’s stallion roster or their own personnel website.

    Upshot is there are many factors that might affect a stallion’s “premium percentage”, so I wouldn’t let this particular stat be the #1 deciding factor when selecting a stallion for your mare.



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    Quote Originally Posted by DownYonder View Post
    Upshot is there are many factors that might affect a stallion’s “premium percentage”, so I wouldn’t let this particular stat be the #1 deciding factor when selecting a stallion for your mare.
    This. And "premium" being a one day thing, it is also not-so relevant.

    Last foal presented at the GOV out of my GOV mare was a gorgeous filly whom we were told "would've had premium", but she never trotted. Only did the running and bucking thing. Not much to be done about it. Yet, she clearly had the goods for the title, but they can't judge what they can't see.
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