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Thanks so much to all of you who entered my “boutique” competition about matching my mare  The Blue Lotus with the most suitable sire available.

It’s been fun and more than 20 entries received, and most of them being well thought out suggestions, which is what the competition was all about. A challenge.

I’ve met new and old connections through this, and it has been a real pleasure.

And a share of the subsequent foal as a prize.

You don’t stick to a word limit any more than I do, so I just overlooked that.

Competition is now closed.

Results by mid August.

I have to say that may of you know much more about breeding and pedigree matching than I do, and that’s great.  I love the knowledge and experience (and also “left field” ideas)  you bring to the table because my aim is to have a blogsite that helps us all learn and recognises those who are trying new or successful things. That includes me. I have found a lot of learning in the responses, and I appreciate the thought many of you have put into your entries.  I want to showcase what you have done, so will post up all entries (unedited) for people to read by mid August when the winner is announced.


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Breeding can be a pleasurable hobby, and checking potential sires is one aspect that many breeders enjoy doing themselves. If you are really interested in beating the odds, selecting a sire with a pedigree to match your mare needs careful consideration and, yes, research. 

Everyone is happy to give their advice, for free. “It’s the same cross as Auckland Reactor, you can’t go wrong.” “Try Under A Plum Tree. He’ll give you a 7x7x8x5 to Michaelmas Daisy.” Or in my case, “You’d be mad not to go back to McArdle.”

There’s no shortage of sires to ponder over – including a stallion called Ponder!

Pedigree matching has become a bit of an industry, with theories, books, software programmes and consultancies. There’s plenty of material about pedigree theories and lots of pedigree charts on Tesio or the HRNZ website to study in the wee small hours if you can’t get to sleep. I often tuck up in bed with John Bradley!*

But how many of us feel confident that we understand the significance of what we are reading?

And which, if any, of the theories has been proven to work in practice?

Where can you get good advice – and is it worth paying for it?

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