Sunday, June 18, 2017

6/18/17 Happy Father's Day.

Today is Father's Day, so why not look at some wonderful Saddlebred fathers.  There have been many influential sires over the years and one way of determining the "best" is by looking at the annual sire rating put out by Saddle & Bridle magazine.  Their sire rating began in 1932, and in the years before that, they used the Kentucky State Fair winners to determine the most successful stallions.  During the 1930's, in the infancy of the sire rating, they used the results of the Kentucky State Fair, but then began adding other shows.  The more winners, the higher the rating for the stallion.

It's interesting that many great breed builders never topped the sire rating, but over the course of time have been instrumental in breed development.  Others that topped the chart have faded from pedigrees, and certainly from the top line of today's stallions.  Being the successful sire of a show horse doesn't guarantee having a successful breeding son or daughter.

So here are the #1 ranked stallions starting with Bourbon King in 1924 and the current winner is Undulata's Nutcracker.  Among the missing are Rex Peavine, King's Genius, Bourbon Genius,  Anacacho Denmark and Callaway's Blue Norther.  They definitely appeared on the list, just never topped it.

Bourbon King
1924 - 1928
King Barrymore
1929 - 1931 
American Born
1932 - 1936 
Edna May's King *
*he won in 1932 & 1933 using multiple shows, 
but American Born won those years based on Kentucky State Fair results. 
Peavine's Highland Chief
Kalarama Rex
1938 - 1944 
Stonewall King
1945 - 1947 
American Ace
1948 - 1949 
Noble Kalarama
Anacacho Shamrock
1951 - 1957 
King Coe
1958 - 1959 
Starheart Stonewall
1960 - 1962 
Wing Commander
1963 - 1968
Show horse, chart topper, breed builder.
This guy did it all. 
Stonewall Supreme
Vanity's Sensation of Crebilly
Stonewall Premier
1971 - 1973 
Oman's Desdemona Denmark
1974 - 1978 
Supreme Sultan
1977 - 1982 
Sultan's Santana
1983, 1987 - 1988 
Stonewall's Main Event
 1984 & 1986 
Will Shriver 
1989 - 1997
He won more titles than any stallions 
Harlem Globetrotter
Champagne Fizz
Supreme Heir
2000 - 2003 
2004, 2005, 2007 
CF First Night Out
2008 - 2010 
Sir William Robert
Undulata's Nutcracker
2012 - 2016

Who will succeed Nutcracker when his reign is finished?

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