These books are non-fiction works designed as references for the Olympic style sport horse breeder, but are relevant also for the racehorse, western or pleasure horse breeder--the breeding principles for successful breeding are the same, no matter the breed of horse or the discipline. All of us can become more skilled in designing our matings, and the information here is ultimately meant to assist us in breeding our best equines athletes yet.
All three contain historical material which should be of great interest to the North American especially, whose amazing equine past has not been fully delivered to them. It stunned me when I discovered what our horses are really made of and how they came to be, and I am hoping that you too will be pleasantly surprised.
Each book explains how to read your pedigrees as a genetic map and how to spot potency and both evaluate it and build potency into our own stock. The current DNA studies that pertain to our sport horses is discussed as well. Each book has over two-hundred pictures and over two-hundred full page seven generation pedigrees to assist your understanding, plus abundant appendices with additional educational material, indexes and a full bibliography.
The first two listed books (below) are out and available for purchase (click on their title to be taken to each book's own website to order), plus both have been reviewed by equine professionals. The third book has been completed and is being readied for print, and should be out this winter.
Below is a short synopsis of each:
North American Sport Horse Breeder: This book provides a history of sport horse breeding in North America and the development of the new international sport horse. It contains a step by step instruction in Tesio Methods, statistically proven practices of building potency, to instruct the breeder in its use, so they can spot potency in any horse, and can build dominance in the traits they desire into their own stock.
In depth pedigree analysis and discussion is provided for thirty-six individual sport horses; some famous, some foundation horses, others are owned by regular competitors, with the horses drawn from a variety of American and foreign breeds--each example providing background information on its breed's sport potential.
The appendices provide additional useful information including the American Thoroughbred's suitability for Olympic style sport, which Thoroughbreds are stamina lines, an outline and short biography of key foundation sires, the power found in full siblings is demonstrated with historical examples from the Morgan, Hanoverian and Thoroughbred, a discussion of American foundation sires, a timeline of American sport horse development and an example of a intense pedigree verification carried out by John Wallace.
Legacy of Lexington: let me provide a reader's warning here: If you are a sport horse or especially a warmblood breeder you are in for some surprises if you read this book. After decades of being told the American Thoroughbred is a 'poor choice' for breeding stock, that it is 'built downhill' and is a 'sprint-only' breed, you need to be prepared to be astonished. Not only do American Thoroughbred lines provide 25% of the world stamina sources, but the American Thoroughbred carries the greatest distance racing genetics in the world--proven with records set for true distance racing that have never been broken since. The American Thoroughbred is a genetic warehouse of the fastest, soundest and most stamina loaded genes in the entire world.
This book provides the story of the development of the unique American Thoroughbred, with its amazing bloodlines forged in the era of four-mile heat racing--bloodlines that still power racing and sport around the world today. It highlights the period of time in the mid and late 1800s when our new breed traveled across the ocean to compete internationally, and it performed so spectacularly, winning all the classic races as well as the steeplechase and jumping contests, that it outraged the British Jockey Club to the point that they banned our breed from the studbook for thirty-six years in a shameful edict known as the Jersey Act. The text isolates the super racehorse lines from that era and shows the concentrated carriers that are available to us for our use today.
The American Thoroughbred's suitability as both a competitor and breeding stock in Olympic style sport is fully discussed with the primary jump lines pointed out, and the surprising root found in high level dressage. Much discussion is provided to instruct in how to use this fantastic resource to our advantage in our sport horse designs.
The influence of the American Thoroughbred on racing and sport abroad is documented including the unexpected lines found behind the top performers today in the European horse. Further detailed is the anti-American breed campaign in the international arena, plus the discounting of the American contribution to the English and French Thoroughbred. I guarantee you will be surprised by some of this material.
Additional information is found in the appendices, such as articles on the Jersey Act written while it was enforce, discussion of the incorrect and fraudulent bloodlines in our pedigrees and those of England, and an outline of the steps needed for accurate pedigree evaluation.
Standardbred Sport Horses This book reveals that the horse that became the Standardbred was always a top rated Hunter and ridden sport horse, that its bloodlines were not just fast, but sound, athletic and versatile, with a tremendous capacity for jumping and collection, and how we can use this resource in our breeding programs today. The recent genetic studies that apply to our sport horses are further examined here: speed gene, large heart gene, gait-keeper gene and the origin of breeds.
A full history of America's original sport horse is provided and how the American Thoroughbred, Standardbred, Quarter Horse and our saddle breeds all arose from this one source. And contrary to the traditional explanation of the Standardbred development, the author explains the strong impact the Morgan-Narragansett Pacer cross via the Morgan and Canadian Pacer bloodlines, as well as the pacing Running Horse strains fostered in the Tennessee, Missouri and Indiana areas provided just as much genetic power to the breed as the more 'politically correct' trotter and Thoroughbred foundations.
Further, the jumping trait discussion which was found to be from four major sources in the modern Thoroughbred (Legacy of Lexington), is here traced back to its common root, a early English Thoroughbred, and it explains why the Trotter and the jumper are so closely aligned. Dressage ability bloodlines are found and evaluated as well.
Some space is devoted to correcting the false teaching that has prevailed through the centuries: that the Thoroughbred was the only source of speed to the Trotter and how the infiltration of this popular bias entered the equestrian psyche, which resulted in of ignorance concerning our own true sources of sport excellence, and how the imminent John Hervey even fudged his 1947 history of this breed to support this skewed view. Included also is the story of massive wars for control of the breed's development carried out between John Wallace and the management and sympathizers of the Woodburn Farm.
The massive spread of the American Trotter and Standardbred into Russia, Scandinavia, France, Italy and all of Europe, and to Australia and New Zealand is outlined. Also how the Standardbred is found in the good jumping breeds today, even while it is being banned by the European breeds as an 'not-allowed' cross. A full discussion on the anti-American breed campaign that was begun in the previous two texts is presented here, with the surprisingly simple solution the American breeder can employ to even the international playing field immediately.
Ample appendices are provided with instructions on reading pedigrees, lineage investigations carried out by Wallace and Battell, a report on the performances of the Standardbred at the World Equestrian Games, and a continuation of the discussion on the market share problem.