I know the answers vary depending on the mare you are looking to breed, but who are some of your favorite CURRENT sires (as in standing at stud currently) in terms of conformation (particularly as it affects durability) and their record of passing on their good phenotypes to their foals, improving upon the mares they are bred to, etc.? What are their best traits and what types do they cross well with?
Also, are there any on line resources that discuss these traits of particular stallions that I'm missing?
Conformation-wise, at the top of my list would be Bernardini and Giant's Causeway. I was also very impressed with two new stallions: Summer Bird (first foals born this year) and Gio Ponti (first mares bred this year.) Two stallions who produce a lot of good looking foals are father and son Tiznow and Colonel John.
We have a Latent Heat colt, first foals now 3, that would knock your sock off. Absolutely beautiful with a great mind. Out of a quirky Pulpit mare who has passed on her “mind issues” to her other foals but not this one. We have had a couple of others to work with for clients that we quite nice also. We bred and raised a Pomeroy colt that was also a very good one. Not sure if your question is race related or for sport horse.
Sky Classic gets a very good looking horse, correct and good bone. The ones I have been around are good jumpers We had a Storm and Half colt that was picture perfect and a natural over jumps. Great temperament even though he is by Storm Cat. I have scouts looking for more. Not for Love seems to be consistent. If I wasn't so lazy I would pull my “book” out and list some more.