I was just wondering which hunter/jumper stallions have the most marketable offspring? That is, which stallions are producing offspring who sell quickly and for good/top dollar? Why do you feel these stallions are producing babies that sell better than others?
We have been very blessed to sell all of our foals by the time they are less than 3 months old and now in-utero.
Our foals by Amazing have sold quickly and even an in-utero almost 2 years out was sold. He is a younger stallion but has seemed to stamp each one of his babies out of different mares. We have another one due this year that we are hoping for keeper filly and that mare will go right back to him for a 2014 baby. What I am so blown away with is the disposition of our colt from 2012. He is one that we will continue to use in our program because we are thrilled with what he is producing with our mare.
Here is his website http://www.cornerstonefarmpa.com/amazing.html
and FB page: https://www.facebook.com/#!/pages/Am...291405?fref=ts
His first foal of the season is beautiful and is making it harder for me to wait till mine hits the ground.
Since we love the Balou du Rouet blood and the idea of also adding the Argentinus blood to the mix, we have chosen Bliss MF for the daughter of the mare that is crossing so well with Amazing. I am very excited to see what this cross produces. I have kept a close eye on Bliss and his foals that are hitting the ground. After announcing our plans to breed our mare to him last month, we received a request to reserve the in-utero foal from that cross, so I think he will be another one who's foal are marketable.
Here is his website for more info: http://marabetfarm.us/id21.html
and his FB page as well: https://www.facebook.com/#!/pages/Bl...789141?fref=ts
I've had interest in my in-utero foals (that aren't even conceived yet) by Ralando. It doesn't hurt that he walked the walk in the show ring or that the mares I'm breeding either have shown on the big circuits or are by/out of proven competition horses.
I think people are interested because I am picking mares that should cross very well with him in both type and pedigree. That's the key - not just picking a current hot name, but a horse that compliments your mare. Trends change, but a nice horse is a nice horse is a nice horse... And I'm not saying that any of the current hot names shouldn't be hot names. There are some outstanding stallions out there, but there are also a lot of stallions that are outstanding that no one knows or really uses. And some that are marketed incredibly well...
With regards to Hunters, we have been lucky enough to sell all of our Hunter foals in-utero or before weaning. We have found that for the hunter market, those stallions that already have a proven track record in the ring, are currently showing or have numerous offspring in the ring tend to attract the most attention from Hunter buyers willing to take the risk on buying something younger.
The last three years we have used, Cunningham, Crown Affair and C. Quito all relatively new "Breeding" stallions but who share in common their successful careers in the Hunter Derby rings (perhaps having been in competition at the bigger A-rated shows and becoming "known" on the circuit is what got the attention of Hunter buyers, this would be my guess).
All three stallions we bred to our foundation hunter mare Czola by Alla 'Czar with excellent results.
The foals are pictured below: 2010 colt Campai S by Cunningham, 2011 Filly La Czaritza S by Crown Affair and 2012 colt High Illuczion S by C. Quito.
With regards to Jumper foals selling young, I must agree with DownYonder's earlier sentiment: "Foals out of well bred mares with a strong performance pedigree tend to sell better than foals from mares with no performance credentials. The stallion can't do everything."
We are breeding our Quinar mare to Ralando this year and couldn't be more excited. I love that he is proven, has the disposition that I want to incorporate in our program and was competing up until he was 17, which says a lot to me.
On our site, we have had quite a few searches for Escudo I, Cunningham, Popeye K and Apiro for Hunters.
For Jumpers, popular searches thus far have been: Flexible, "C-Line Holsteiner", Voltaire.
It seems that some of the searches correlate to when the stallions (or their offspring) do well in competition. I.e- if Flexible and Rich Fellers do well, people search for in-uteros or foals by Flexible etc.