Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Serious breeding dilemma

Well, for once my paranoia about Diablo turned out to be well-founded. She has lost her Laredo Blue baby.

And I cannot rebreed to him because he is in Brazil. That means I have to decide between two other studs I can replace him with and that make financial sense. But I have to decide ASAP. Like tonight, as she is ovulating on Saturday probably.

The following information is taken from Buffalo Ranch's webiste.

Choice #1: TR Dual Rey.

Details

  • 2008 AQHA Freshman Sire of the Year!
  • First foal crop had 5 NCHA Futurity Finalists in 2008! 2 in the Open
  • 2003 NCHA Leading Money Earner
  • 7 Time Champion or Reserve Champion
  • HERDA N/N
  • Oldest foals born in 2005

Career Stats

  • 2002 NCHA Futurity Open Semi-Finalist
  • 2003 Augusta Derby Open Finalist - 5th Place
  • 2003 Memphis Derby Open Reserve CHAMPION
  • 2003 Suncoast Winter Derby Open CHAMPION
  • 2003 NCHA Super Stakes Derby Open Reserve CHAMPION
  • 2003 NCHA Super Stakes Stallion Incentive CHAMPION
  • 2003 Breeders Invitational Derby Open Finalist
  • 2003 NCHA Derby Open Reserve CHAMPION
  • 2003 Brazos Bash Derby Open Finalist
  • 2003 Suncoast Derby Open Finalist - 6th Place
  • 2003 PCCHA Derby Open Reserve CHAMPION
  • 2003 Great American Open CHAMPION
  • 2003 LEADING MONEY EARNER
  • 2004 Abilene Classic Open Finalist - 5th Place
  • 2004 Augusta Classic Open Finalist - 4th Place
  • 2004 Western Horseman Cup Open Reserve CHAMPION
  • 2004 Memphis Classic Open Finalist - 7th Place
  • Retired to Stud in February of his 5-year old year sound and on top - His very special show career will only be surpassed by his even greater career as a Sire!



Choice #2-- Hydrive Cat



Details

  • 2007 NCHA Futurity Open CHAMPION Stallion
  • CHAMPION Stallion 10 Times in his first 21 Major Aged Event Finals
  • Simply a MASTERPIECE: Genetic - Performance - Conformation - Heart - Mind
  • Not only is he the best PERFORMING stallion of his generation, but is also the best Bred one
  • “From the very beginning I knew Hydrive Cat was special. I have been around a lot of great horses, but none have proven to me to be as consistent, athletic, cow smart, or more talented. He is equally as awesome to look at without a saddle on as he is in the show pen with one on. He is of the utmost quality in every imaginable way!” - Hall of Fame Trainer Clint Allen
  • Dam LTE $218,916 - 6 Aged Event CHAMPIONSHIPS - 27-Time Aged Event Finalist - Produce Earnings to date of over $850,000
  • 2nd Dam the great Playsboy Ruby #2 All Time Leading Broodmare of over $1.6 Million
  • HERDA N/N
  • EVA Negative
  • First foals arrived in 2009

Career Stats

  • 2006 NCHA Futurity Open Reserve CHAMPION - CHAMPION Stallion
  • 2007 Abilene Derby Open Finalist - 3rd Place
  • 2007 Memphis Derby Open Reserve CHAMPION - CHAMPION Stallion
  • 2007 Bonanza Derby Open Finalist
  • 2007 NCHA Super Stakes Derby Open Semi-Finalist
  • 2007 Cotton Stakes Derby Open Finalist
  • 2007 Breeders Invitational Derby Open Finalist - 10th Place
  • 2007 NCHA Derby Open Semi-Finalist
  • 2007 West Texas Derby Open Reserve CHAMPION - CHAMPION Stallion
  • 2007 Music City Derby Open Finalist - 4th Place - CHAMPION Stallion
  • 2007 Brazos Bash Derby Open Finalist - 4th Place
  • 2007 South Point Futurity Open Derby Finalist - 3rd Place - CHAMPION Stallion
  • 2007 PCCHA Cutting Stakes Open CHAMPION
  • 2007 UCHA Derby Open CHAMPION
  • 2008 Abilene Classic Open Finalist
  • 2008 Western Horseman Cup Open Finalist - 6th Place
  • 2008 Tunica Classic Open Finalist
  • 2008 NCHA Super Stakes Classic Open Finalist - 9th Place
  • 2008 NCHA Summer Spectacular Classic Open Finalist - 4th Place - CHAMPION Stallion
  • 2008 Music City Classic Open Finalist - 7th Place
  • 2008 Brazos Bash Classic Non Pro Finalist
  • 2008 Brazos Bash Classic Non Pro Ltd Reserve CHAMPION
  • 2008 South Point Classic Open Finalist
  • 2008 South Point Classic Non Pro Ltd CHAMPION
  • 2008 South Point Classic Non Pro Finalist - 5th Place



So what would you do?

11 comments:

Fantastyk Voyager said...

OH my, that is a tough one! I do prefer the first one because he looks a little squarer in his conformation. I don't care for the short front legs and long back legs of the second one although many champion quarter horses are bred that way. They both are certainly top performance horses so I don't think you can go wrong either way. Good luck!

Holly said...

Dual Rey is shorter in his back, more even in his muscling fore and hindquarter. Cleaner in his throatlatch. Neck comes out higher in his shoulder.

Hydrive Cat is more porportionate in his body length/height, neck comes out lower on his shoulder.

Where does Diablo need improvement and which stud will offer that? Of course there is no guarantee that the genes will line up to make it so either. If she is already short coupled I would think about the Cat horse, if she needs a bit more body then the bottom stud.

Both have proven themselves in the arena, both have proven they can hold up to hard work so soundness should not be an issue.

hooves said...

This is a tough choice you have to make. I think the second one looks like LaMar, but that isn't a reason to breed to him. I agree that you need to consider what Diablo needs improvement in. hooves

Paige said...

They both have something to offer Diablo. I do have some hesitation on the sheer mass of Hydrive, as D herself is no shrinking violet.

Jocelyn said...

hydrive is a mucho handsome guy, but man that is some MASS in tha hip and shoulder.

DR has cleaner face and throatlatch.

DR has better pasterns as well.

City girl turned Country Girl said...

OH I am sorry to hear that! Such a sucky situation!! I personally like DR better....Such a hard decision! Either one would be great, I totally agree with the others about what areas Diablo could use improvement in to help with your choice!

MicBel QH said...

TH Dual Rey

Jen's Farmily said...

As someone who knows nothing about horses (except that they are so pretty! And I want one! okay, 3!), I like the first one. Although what the trainer says about the second one is pretty impressive! And if his first foals are 2009's, you'll have one of the 2nd crop of foals for him!

Venom said...

So there is no possibility of having semen shipped from Brazil then? I don't guess so, or you'd do that, I imagine. I also imagine that stud's owners are going to compensate you in some way...
Whichever decision you make will be the right one, both are proven performers in the ring and the shed.

RunDrums said...

out of the two i like TR Dual Rey

how about posting a side shot photo of the mare

Liza said...

Whichever gives you most of what the dam needs. I lean a little toward the first one because he's a proven producer, and his get have done something. The second one doesn't have offspring old enough to have done anything, so you just don't know how they'll turn out.

Sorry Diablo lost her foal.

Liza

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