I look nine generations back on the dam’s side. Then I add a stallion that I think could be interesting for my breeding program. Then I print out a long list and start looking. Which sires and dams appear twice? How much pedigree is in the bloodline? What did the sire achieve? If it all fits then my choice is made. But above all, it must feel right.
Horses with a fair amount of blood, that is what I like. If a stallion is less than 50% thoroughbred then I do not breed from him. It has to be thereabouts. At 65% I start to be a little cautious again. I find that a little too much. A thoroughbred of between 45% and 55%, that is what I often find to be the best combinations. The horses from my stud have speed and power. Increasing the amount of thoroughbred results, in my opinion, in temperamental horses that are less easy to ride.”