This new reference work, directed to the breeder of sport horses, specifically those in North America, presents the breeder with a fresh way to evaluate equine genetics through the pedigree, a method to identify key individuals in the ancestry that can be dominance building candidates, and with instruction on how to use this information to construct the most advantageous mating. The application of these breeding principles is focused on the Olympic-style sport horse but is just as applicable to all other equine breeding endeavors.
Sure to surprise many is the revelation of how long and how committed North Americans have been in creating and enjoying true sport horses. The history section identifies the untapped sport potential that resides in our usually ignored domestic breeds; many of them carry far more sport DNA than we see in the genetic spectrum of the currently popular European horse.
The text is divided into three main sections. The first provides a history of the North American sport horse from earliest Colonial times to the present, how the international model of competition came about, the contribution of the Cavalry Remount Program to our domestic sport horses, and the enduring talent of our hunter-bred sport horses. The reader will come to understand the genetics of their current sport horse, whether it’s domestic or European, through learning how they originated.
The second section contains the nuts and bolts of what we call “Tesio Methods,” a technique of potency building that has been proven statistically to be more successful than some other practices we commonly use. It will instruct the breeder in how to read their horse’s genetics through its pedigree; how to assemble the pedigree information; then how to evaluate the genetic value, strength of bloodlines, and pedigree patterns; and, lastly, how the breeder can design a mating that will upgrade their breeding stock and improve the quality of their sport foals.
In the last section, 35 horses are highlighted as examples; these are horses that have been referred to in the text, and in this section they have an expanded discussion of their breeding value, with their pedigrees provided, so that the breeder can see for themselves how they came about their talents. In addition, each one of the equines has a valuable lesson for us to apply to our own breeding programs, including providing important data on the sport bloodlines that we find in our modern sport gene pools.
There are six appendices which provide expanded and additional information, as well as a full bibliography and a recommended reading list for the serious student who wants to continue their research.