William Micklem's Blog – August 2009 Archive (5)

STOP PRESS - Even Mark Todd can be led astray

This afternoon Kevin Staut of France won the Individual Gold Medal in the European show jumping championships in Windsor, England, riding his 'Selle Francais' stallion Kraque Boom Bois Margot.



He is by Olisco (by the legendary jumping sire Jalisco B out of a mare who is over 60% Arab ) who jumped very successfully in the United States in the 1990's ridden by Michael Matz, and out of Joyau D'Or a 'Selle Francais' mare.



When you do the analysis on this stallion's breeding…

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Added by William Micklem on August 30, 2009 at 2:30pm — 17 Comments

EVEN MARK TODD CAN BE LED ASTRAY - PART 7

So is there one King of thoroughbred sires in the sport horse world? Many of you already have your personal favourite, which is wonderful because personal favourites reinforces an emotional connection with horses and this gives the horse world added strength….and it is the emotional connection between human and horse that ensures we avoid treating horses as machines.



HYPERION – SMALL BUT STUNNING



My own personal favourite is Hyperion.…



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Added by William Micklem on August 28, 2009 at 4:00am — 18 Comments

EVEN MARK TODD CAN BE LED ASTRAY – Part 6

Despite the orthodox line that the thoroughbred and the sport horse are going in different directions in reality we see something different. There is an increasing demand for quality horses in all disciplines at all levels. The really vital consideration is that most riders do not ride at an elite level, and want to do a wide range of activities. The TB or 3/4 TB horse can be ideal for this, especially as their smaller physique and size… Continue

Added by William Micklem on August 21, 2009 at 2:30am — 12 Comments

EVEN MARK TODD CAN BE LED ASTRAY – Part 5

Convincing people of the need for thoroughbred blood in the event horse is the easy bit in this series of articles. Ireland has been the World Breeding Federation number one country for event horses for the past 14 years with horses that are almost exclusively 3/4 to full thoroughbred, as have been the majority of the greatest event horses in history. The key component and value of the TB is obviously speed……and safety.



LESS THAN MAXIMUM SPEED = SAFER



Cross-country…

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Added by William Micklem on August 14, 2009 at 3:30am — 31 Comments

EVEN MARK TODD CAN BE LED ASTRAY – Part 4

It is to the advantage of the European stud books to be quiet about their thoroughbred genes as they develop their highly successful brands…and that is what most have become. They are often presented as breeds but in fact they are brands, and part of a marketing system rather than a method of showing the true breeding of horses. A number of leading sires are even approved by all the major European stud books, and therefore have registered offspring in different stud books. In addition many…

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Added by William Micklem on August 7, 2009 at 4:00am — 41 Comments

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