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to research not only bloodlines, but also performance history and other index scores ranging from stallion performance tests to mare inspections. Most Warmblood registries today have various information sources available for you. Make use of them! However, always keep in mind that index scores, performance results, WBFSH rankings and other such tools only give you a glimpse of the stallion behind them— and should really always be used in combination, not as a singularity (a great FN breed index is a nice thing —but how exactly does that index system work and what are the pitfalls of this system?). The inspection scores of a certain stallion’s daughters may produce an outstanding breed index, but how does that translate to performance under saddle, if at all? How many mares has a stallion bred during his career? Can I expect to see some high auction sellers and National Champions out of 500 foals vs. 50 foals? The list goes on.... When breeding a maiden mare, your

best choice is probably to turn to an older stallion with plenty of offspring on the ground and a performance career under his belt, even if his name may not be the flavor of the day. It will give you an idea of what your mare is able to contribute to a foal at least to some extent. A genetic background check will help you to determine which aspects of your mare’s lines and breeding have worked well with other lines. What are the dos and don’ts, and which lines have shown to be most complimentary for your goals. Sadly, in our times, most people

tend to be blown away by flashy stallion videos with a lot of trot work and close to zero other information. There is a reason that the top stallions of our time (top meaning in breeding numbers)

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mare Corna by Illuster out of Elite mare Cornau by Lothar-Altan from the Trakehner mare family of T14L2 Corry (Gestüt Hunnesrück). Corna, born in 1982, was the first Trakehner after WWII to win the Bundeschampionat in the Riding Horse Classes as a three year old. Te high hopes that were placed in her were confirmed later, when she moved up to an international Grand Prix dressage career under Julia Voigtländer. After her retirement at stud, Corna’s first-born foal was a black colt by Polarpunkt called Checkpoint, who was approved as a premium stallion in 2001. Today, he is stationed at Gestüt Webelsgrund, and has already produced an approved son himself. Corna’s daughter Corne (by EH Buddenbrock) carries State and Verband premium titles and was an auction highlight in Neumünster 2006 when she sold in the broodmare auction for 55,000€. Corna was also awarded the title “elite mare.” Her dam Cornau is also dam of the major sire EH Consul. Te Corry branch of the large Corrida family from the Main Stud Trakehnen has further produced stallions and performance horses such like Cornus (approved, advanced level show jumper), Connery (approved, M level dressage), Cadeau (approved, Young Horse Dressage Champion), Couracious (approved, 70 day test dressage index winner), Carel Deak (approved), Couleur Fürst (approved, advanced level show jumper), Caanitz (approved, advanced level show jumper), Cornett (FEI dressage), Cocteau (FEI dressage) and Conte Coyano (Grand Prix dressage), among many others.

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