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RE: [RC] Proving Stallions (or mares for that matter) - heidi

While successful performance of the individual stallion himself at
whatever the discipline in question can be a good predictor of success
at producing successful performers (in fact it is probably one of the
best predictors), a stallion is not "proven" as a breeding stallion
until it has foals that are successfully performing.

Then, agreeing with your post, let me rephrase my point.  *I* would look for 
a stallion that had some significant performance pertaining to the discipline 
I was shopping for in the near neighborhood---himself, his own close-up 
ancestors, sibs, offspring, whatever.  I understand proving through offspring 
is ideal, but its not always available for the reasons you discuss.  My point 
being that pedigree doesn't suffice all by itself, without SOMEONE in the 
close family having put the pedigree to the test via performance.  I agree 
with the statement that you can't ride a pedigree.  I understand that 
pedigree is important, but it's not an exclusive concept.

But neither is performance.  Performance without pedigree is just as inadequate 
as pedigree without performance.

I would add that most people just look for famous names in pedigrees, instead 
of looking for traits--and that also is not a good way to go about it (and 
likely is what leads to so many people not understanding the importance of 



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