I have a 16.1 Oldenburg mare that we have always planned on breeding, and we think it is finally the time to do so. This will be her first foal. She is a beautiful mare with a refined head, nice length of neck, very good mover (has won numerous championships in hunters and dressage). Her sire is Florian (son of Furioso II).
What we'd like to improve: She has a toed out front leg. We are not sure if this was due to a birth/environmental situation or genetics. It has never impaired her athleticism, and many don't notice she has it until we point it out. However, we don't want to produce a foal with a handicap. We'd also like a stallion with a reputation for producing a good mind.
Our goal: Produce a sound, healthy foal with the potential to compete successfully in the hunter ring (eventually with an amateur if possible).
If anyone could make stallion suggestions I'd greatly appreciate it!
I am relatively new to breeding, but after 2 years of research for my maiden hanoverian, I went with Apiro and cannot say enough good things about him. My colt is extremely correct, is an incredible mover and very smart, inquisitive and easy. My mare too was a great mover, but needed some improvement in her hind end. Apiro improved the hind end and passed on his great mind and undoubted athleticism. Also, my colt has extremely straight and correct front legs and a big sloping shoulder.
I have heard many wonderful things about Escudo I and Escudo II as hunter sires as well and might go that route for my 2nd breeding.
PM me and i can send you pictures of my Apiro colt. I am very proud of him
good luck with your stallion selection! it's really fun to research a potential mate for your mare
I have bred several of my mares (Oldenburg, Holsteiner and Brandenburg) to Cunningham (a Holsteiner). Great temperament, conformation, movement, athleticism and good looks. He is also one on the top hunters in the country.
If you don't mind going with a young stallion who isn't proven yet but is quite impressive, I would look at Checkmate at Dreamscape Farm. Jennifer is another wonderful stallion owner to work with. I almost used him but my mare is just too hot to cross with Zeus bloodlines but I will be breeding my Ironman filly to him next year.
Amazing is another one you might want to check out...he is showing in the hunters with good results (1,2, and 3rd last month at an A rated show in Buffalo in the suitables), and is passing on his style and temperament to his foals. He is super easy going and is a natural to the fences. Here are some pics of him showing last month, giving a pony ride to a 9 year old, and his colt from this year Aut of the Balou
Home of Amazing (Balou du Rouet/Voltaire) 2005 KWPN Stallion
RPSI, KWPN reg B, and IHF nominated www.cornerstonefarmpa.com
We are thrilled with our colt by Amazing this year. So much so that we are trying for the filly version to retain for our breeding program next year and the 2014 foal from the same cross is now under contract. The colt is correct, sweet and could go any direction that his new owner would like. I can't sing Amazing's praises enough and Ahna is fantastic to work with. Here are a few more current pictures of our colt Aut of the Balou
He stands at Hilltop Farm. His full brother won the Young Hunter Under Saddle at Devon last year and was Champion USEF Hunter Breeding 2 year old colt the year before that. Another full brother was sold to France.
Excellent semen too.
I have a TB mare and a Cabaret mare in foal to him for next year. Can't wait!