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  • Reputable Source for Draft X

    Just wondering if anyone knows of any reputable sources for eventing draft crosses? I found the 65 page thread on a non reputable one! Thanks in advance.

  • #2
    If I were looking for a draft cross for eventing, I'd contact Collen Rutledge who, IIRC, stood a draft cross stallion--but I could very well be misremembering. Foxhunters are fond of Percheron x TB crosses, so that would be another avenue. There is a vet in Virginia who stands (or stood) at least one Percheron for foxhunters. I think his name is Tom Newton. He might be able to point you to some folks who have used his stallions in the past.

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    • Original Poster

      Thank you vineyridge!


      • #4
        I have had three lovely draft crosses from a barn in southern PA that starts fox hunters. Different crosses, different types, all big, sound, well put together and well started. First one was going Training, 2nd level, and first flight fox hunting when I sold him, second one is looking to move up to 3rd this year (and coach says can go FEI in theory) when he’s not fox hunting, and the third is a lovely step up horse for my husband to hunt first flight on.
        Although this barn tends to sell young horses they keep track of their babies - two of the three I actually got a few years after they were first sold on, but got the referral from them...
        Pat and John Wilkoski, Smoke House Hunters.
        The big man -- my lost prince

        The little brother, now my main man


        • #5
          I've heard good things about Virginia Sport Horses (have not personally worked with them, but heard through the grapevine). Also, Forrest Hill Farm in Indiana (Jennifer Kaiser) breed incredible draft crosses (we have 2 of her homebreds in our barn and they're athletic with great minds). I know one FHF-bred horse is at least doing Prelim, even if most of them are dressage horses (since that's mostly what trains out of that barn).


          • #6
            There are some old threads on COTH about Virginia Sport Horses, IIRC. Unless my memory fails me, they used to deal in PMU babies.

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            • #7
              Originally posted by vineyridge View Post
              There are some old threads on COTH about Virginia Sport Horses, IIRC. Unless my memory fails me, they used to deal in PMU babies.

              Oh wow! I had no idea!! That's ridiculous.


              • #8
                Try Lori Garnant at Dundulk Sporthorses ( in Frederick, MD. She gets very nice, sporty ones in from Canada. She doesn't generally have too many at a time but they are all correctly started/restarted.

                I've dealt with a couple of the Southern PA ones as well. Some of them are way overpriced (IMO). Most of them are sourced from Amish or Mennonite breeders.

                The horse below left is from Lori. He's Dutch harness x hackney/Clydesdale so only 1/4 draft. The horse on the right I bought from a dealer and was from a Mennonite breeder (or so I was told)--he's percheron x paint and going training level. I bought him in 2012 as a green 7 YO for mid-4 figures. A similar horse would be twice that now.


                • #9
                  Definitely give Lori Garnant a call. She's been sourcing talented draft crosses for years and also fox hunts. Very easy and down to earth to deal with.

                  One of mine is from her, this guy who has required having stifle splitting surgery, but that's just more of a crap shoot. I also own his two half brothers who haven't had an issue. Draft crosses can sometimes be a bit straighter in the stifle, usually managed by appropriate diet and exercise. Bear in mind that PSSM does run in some and you can test for it if it's a big deal for you. Seems it is for some and not for others. Both of my buckskins are heterozygous for it so I feed a high fat, low starch diet and haven't had any issues; just something to be aware of.

                  I ADORE my draft crosses who are Saddlebred on top and not Thoroughbred. Super fun and uncomplicated. The Dutch Harness Horse crosses are super fancy. Happy shopping.
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                  • #10
                    We have two from Virginia Sport Horses and I know at least three other people who have bought horses from her. All are very happy!
                    i wish I had found them earlier.


                    • #11
                      Count me in as the third person to recommend Lori Garnant and Dundulk Sporthorses. My husband and I purchased a Riverman baby from her that she bred and he is lovely! (pictured below as a 4 year old) When we went up to see him, we also looked at her other draft x's that were for sale. They were athletic, nicely put together, and very well cared for. She certainly has an eye for finding the good ones in Canada. What also impressed us about Lori was that she and her husband spent a solid two days with us. My husband and I felt like we were being interviewed as buyers as much as we were evaluating the horse. Some might be put off by that, but I found it refreshing that Lori was making sure that we were a good fit for her horse and that he would be going to a good home. Now granted, the one we bought held a very special place for her so we might have had a slightly more in depth interview, but we trust her and will definitely be going back to her when we are ready for another.


                      • #12
                        If you're looking for something really young check out Ravine Ranch Sport Horses! That's where a lot of the Virginia Sporthorses ones come from, and I know of many locally who are great horses for their juniors and ammies. Most of them are Draft x Warmblood.