As part of my Facebook Live video to kickoff Stallion Madness 2017 I promised to share the resources I've been referencing to research potential stallions for Freja this year.
Here is my list with a short explanation for each:
Plenty of free tools with paid reports that have great value. Thanks to a great recommendation, I pulled the 44P report for Lady Macjazz as one of the first steps in my search. The 5-Cross Pedigress and Auction Results are great free resources.
I have quite possibly spent the most time on this site and never spent a penny. This has a powerful search tool to seek out stallions by location, stud fee, sire, broodmare sire, and more, and then most results have color pictures of the stallions with additional direct links to check hypothetical matings, download PDF information sheets, and more.
True Nicks is one of my favorite tools for getting a general understanding of how well a stallion matches with my mare. The hypothetical mating returns a score (D, B, A++, etc) which is a great starting point if you're trying to eliminate the field of options. It's important to keep in mind that the score is only based on sire to sire lines and does not take the stallion's or mare's female line into account which can have a big impact.
The free version of this is great for looking up a single horse's pedigree, but I was so glad I spent the $10/month to get the extra reports. The paid version allows me to search hypothetical foals, common ancestors, progeny, and more.
This report is something that is completed annually and is a great resource to check to see if a stallion you are considering (or his sire) are on the list.
This is a pricier option for an annual membership, but you can do a free 7-day trial. This tool provides real time results based on the past 20 years of racehorses. It analyzes common ancestors of the top stakes horses and gives great analytical feedback.
The Jockey Club reports on the success rate of a sire through this section of their site under the "Breeding Statistics" report. This is a great way to determine how many mares were bred to a stallion and ultimately how many of those mares ended up delivering a foal.
Female family lines are a VERY interesting topic since most pedigree analysis only focuses on the sire lines. This site breaks down every female family line so you can trace it back. Learn more about female family lines in some of the General Resources below.
Want to know how that stallion you're considering stacks up against other stallions when comparing their offspring? This searchable database gives you statistics about the earnings of horses by sire. You can search by year and report type to see the full results for the current year or even narrow your search to a region for turf horses only for a year in a the past.
Most people are familiar with the resource. I use it to check the race record for a stallion as well as speed numbers, auction results and more.
If you don't want to pay for the premium services on Pedigreequery, you can search Progeny and Siblings using the tabs on a horse's page on Equineline. The main search screen also is valuable if you want to lookup all horses by a stallion or with the same dam.
Thinking about whether or not your stallion is producing babies that are desirable to people shopping for horses? Check out the Keeneland and Fasig-Tipton auction results.
General Education References
There are tons of awesome resources on the internet once you start using Google, but these are some of the reports and websites that I enjoyed reading in their entirety.
By Kyle Rothfus
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