First and foremost this is a reference, history, and evaluation of the American Standardbred for the North American sport horse breeder and competitor. With ample documentation through historical sources, pedigree evaluation, DNA studies, and performance records you will learn that the Standardbred is not just a harness prospect, but in fact is one of the best all-around ridden sport horse breeds—and has always been so right from its creation.
Kathleen Kirsan is an equine writer with a well-respected website: www.sport-horse-breeder.com, and is the author of three books on the sport horse: North American Sport Horse Breeder, Legacy of Lexington and now Standardbred Sport Horses. An expert on Tesio Methods, sport horse pedigrees and sport horse history, she is often consulted by individuals and breed organizations.
This is not another book on how to breed a racing Standardbred, nor is it a manual on all the Standardbred’s important racing bloodlines. Rather, this is a study on how the talents of this extremely gifted sport breed can be used primarily by the sport horse breeders to improve their product—the ridden sport horse—especially by the breeders engaged in producing horses that can compete in Olympic-style sport, and also by the American equestrians and sport competitors who want to understand the sport talents that their mounts possess. I will not be listing every strain of every bloodline, as Wallace, Parlin, Hervey, Battell, and Bradley have already provided that in their eminent works. Rather, I will go through this history highlighting the main points and outlining the main bloodlines so we can identify where the talents we admire reside, which in turn will assist us in using this top sport resource to the benefit of our competition and sport breeding goals.