Horse #2 This mare made her competitive mark at the track, earning over $300,000 over several years at the allowance level before being purchased for sport breeding. She had a strong pedigree for sport and was of the physical type to cross well with Warmbloods.

Her lumbosacral gap was positioned to maximize her ability

to transfer power, and her rear triangle (equal on ilium and femur sides) plus her low stifle placement (well below sheath level) were in keeping with the breeding of eventers, jumpers or show hunters.

Her pillar of support added lightness and soundness, the

rise of her humerus added more lightness as well as quickness of the forelegs over obstacles, her elbow placement was roomy and the base of her neck added more lightness of the forehand. The main consideration for selecting stallions for her should

have been simply to duplicate her traits. Sadly, she had fertility issues.

Horse #3 Although flawless in her performance at the 2018 World Equestrian Games in jumping, her pedigree is not (or was not) particularly trendy, meaning one would seek to replicate her superior traits with a stallion that comes from lines long noted for stamping those physical traits. Exactly as one would expect, the physical markers are all

there for a successful jumper, making her the current star of her bloodlines. And therein lies the rub. Genetically, she is not likely to be a consistent progenitor of jumpers unless the stallion is prepotent in jumper traits. Fortunately, given

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her performance, she will likely be crossed with some of the world’s top jumper sires, likely through embryo transfers. (Please note that the photo has been flipped to show her facing the same direction as the others.)

Horse #4 This mare has some famous ancestors in her pedigree, but she did not inherit all the superior traits associated with those ancestors. She had no performance record and thus entered the gene pool early, where she was fertile but failed to breed anything capable beyond lower levels in regional markets. Since she was largely bred to convenient and inexpensive stallions, it is safe to wager that her daughters would have followed the same path. I personally do not believe that she helped her registry (except for inspection and registration fees, etc.) or the gene pool in general. Her main areas of weakness are in the hindquarters. Her

lumbosacral gap is at least a hand back of where one would want it for athleticism. Her femur side (point of buttocks to stifle protrusion) is shorter than her ilium side (point of hip to point of buttock), which shortens her reach and adds stress to the hind leg from hock down. She does have a stifle placement that would denote a long stride and scope, but those would be adversely affected by the short femur. In addition, she would not be strong enough in the LS to transfer her power upwards and forwards. While her forehand is light, there is too much correction

required in the hindquarters to consider her as a good broodmare prospect. That would be asking too much of a stallion. The best job for her when it comes to breeding is that of recipient mare, which is what she eventually became.

Judy Wardrope has researched conformation for 30 years and has written three books on the subject (the most recent, an e-book). She travels world-wide giving conformation clinics, analyzes individual horses based on photos and gives breeding consultations. Learn more at www.

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