Just out of curiosity I was looking at what Carl Hester's Uthopia stud fee was going to be for 2012. But after seeing the 3,000 pound price tag roughly $4,700 plus shipping, etc. (3 doses included, one at a time, no splitting straws.) Not bad, but I know I will not be the first to jump on his band wagon. Like with Totilas, or any freshly approved stallion I will sit back... Wait...
But then again there is always the exception.
My question for the public is, How much are you willing to pay for a breeding. Proven or not? Do you prefer fresh or frozen? And do you think the extreme trends of young stallion .vs competition proven stallions are going to continue to drive breeding fees up?
I prefer frozen, and I start getting a bit of cold feet around $2000/dose. Doesn't mean I won't do it, but I want PROVEN for that. And I mean proven producer and proven semen. That being said, I will/would go higher, for something like Diamant de Semilly or another stallion that is similiar in quality. Luckily, for jumpers, you can get really great stallions for less than 2k/dose.