I would be proud beyond belief to have a colt from my small breeding program in someone else's good program. Out performing, yes - because that is what every single one of them was bred to do - but if he were also a quality stallion?
I would be beyond happy.
As breeders, and in particular as a stallion owner, I hope to leave some small legacy of sane, sound, beautiful athletes - for the same reasons as ahf - for the solace in knowing that the years of hard work, faith in the future, belief in what you are doing, missed vacations, torn rotater cuffs, and broken hearts - were somehow 'worth it' in the end.
At this point, AFR has no stallion sons. There have been exceptional colts, but I have gelded everything.
Now, in retrospect, of course, I question that decision.
There were colts owned by others who were being kept intact.
One of them died last year, very sadly.
The owners of the others realized they didn't really want to stand a stallion, and gelded them.
Which I understand and support - it does take a special commitment to produce and develop a stallion.
At this point, at least, any small legacy I might have will be through the AFR daughters, and the daughters of his sisters.
It is my sincerest and deepest hope that in time, they will all go to wonderful breeding programs and be bred to outstanding horses, to keep the bloodlines alive and performing.