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.
This book provides much evidence on the true origin of equine sport, not just in the American breeds but worldwide as well. Sport talent is identified in these breed’s ancestors and followed right down through the generations to the modern potent carriers. And you will discover these talented sport sources did not just power our best achievers, but top European competition horses and provided leading sire lines in worldwide sport, winning for WBFSH members even while being systematically banned from the European product. You will meet contemporary competitors from around the world riding Standardbreds to victory in open competitions in all manner of Olympic style sport. With the knowledge provided, the sport horse breeder will be able to choose with confidence the bloodlines best suited for their goals.
Several topics which were discussed and enlarged in my previous two books come to completion here, such as the origin of the jump trait which is the power behind every successful modern jumping horse, is traced back through its major branches right to its root. More data is compiled about the true foundation of dressage ability. Another subject covered is the crisis the American breeder of sport horses finds themselves in our new international arena, with some surprisingly simple solutions provided.
Throughout the book there are over 200 pictures and over 200 full page pedigrees, as well nine appendices, a full bibliography and three indexes.