There are a few hunter breeders I have seen lately interested in breeding their small tbs and warm bloods to small ponies for large pony hunters! Add me on to that boat!
I have a few questions though. Obviously there is some debate about breeding only to a section a welsh versus a small cross. That I understand, but still think that there are some nice small cross pony stallions out there.
So here are the questions...
Why are the majority of sec. a welsh stallions less of a stud fee? (an average of 500)
The small cross stallion I like is 1000. (blue who)
While I really love blue who and he is top of the list, I notice he throws tb type heads. My mare happens to have a beautiful head but it is the typical long tb head.
I would love the more dishy welsh face but can I find a sec a welsh with the other attributes blue who has?
If you are breeding for a Hunter Pony, you need proven Hunter Pony Pedigree.
Most Section A stallions aren't bred for the Hunter Pony genre. Lots of people will suggest this one or that one, but............what have their get done??? Most Section A's don't have the flat kneed movement that is required in the Hunter Pony ring. Most don't have a big step.
Do your homework. Find out what the get of "Black Beauty" has won at the top level (if that's what you're interested in breeding for). When I breed a TB mare, I select a full welsh stallion that has PERFORMANCE deep in the pedigree.
How large is your mare? What is her pedigree (size of her parents)? What is your intent with the foal?
Randee Beckman ~Otteridge Farm, LLC (http://on.fb.me/1iJEqvR)~Marketing Manager - The Clothes Horse & Jennifer Oliver, Equine Insurance Specialist
I have a new sport pony resource that you may not know about. The Sporthorse Stallion Directory for 2012 has a - new this year - sport pony stallion section. It just went in the mail today, but if you're not on the list you can request a free copy through the website. You can also see all the stallion listings on the website, www.theSporthorse.com, including the pony stallions. Good luck with your search!
I have a small TB mare, 15.2 very refined dk bay with four socks and a blaze. She has had two foals. The first is by Sir William and he is now showing in the hunter division and doing great (was champion pony at Ludwig's Corner). He finished off at 14.1 and looks a lot like dad.
The second foal born this year is by Venture Farm's Falling Moon Merlin. She is just a doll,very refined and should be about 14.1h.
I would consider selling the mare as I mainly breed warmbloods and she is a little small for that.
The right TB mare with a small Welsh or welsh cross stallion can make the nicest pony hunters.
I have my 14.2 1/2 hh TB mare at Venture Stables, she had a lovely foal out of Lands End Monarch this past year that will be a medium. Her mom was 15.2 and her dad was 16.0 hh. I can't figure out how to post a picture