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[RC] Progeny championship percentages - CMNewell

When I look at studs, I try to find out their %, not numbers, sure if you hear that the stallions sired 200 champions then you are impressed. Then you find out that he's sired a total of 700, or a total of 400, which makes you happier?

I find that relatively meaningless, considering what I see winning in the show ring.
All that a high percentage of champions means is that a high percentage of foals were shown successfully.
And that's only useful if you're interested in breeding a horse suitable for the show ring. It won't tell you a lot about their potential as endurance sires, or field hunters, or working ranch horses.

I might be interested in the AERC or ECTRA records of a stallion's get, if I were looking for a distance horse.

Most of the stallions that I am interested in have never set foot in a show ring, nor have many of their get. And none of them have sired 200 foals period.

Horses are like anything else, study the pedegree all you want, you still probly won't get what you thought.

No; but you are far less likely to be unpleasantly surprised if you've done your homework. It will give you a good idea of what you are likely to get.

--CMNewell, DVM

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