As other bloggers have touched on the warmblood breeding world is like a maze. There are a lot of things to consider. One of the biggest misconceptions that I have seen is the difference between a horses bloodlines, registration, and approvals – usually when discussing stallions. Maybe I am the only one that thought all of this was clear as mud but if not I am going to share my basic understanding. I will use a few examples.
A horse can be registered in a specific studbook but have bloodlines of many others. For instance – almost all of the horses that I looked at had Holsteiner somewhere in their lines. They might have been registered BWP or KWPN but a lot of horses tend to have horses from different books and breeding in their pedigree.
Using Luna as an example you can see that her sire Big Star is actually by the Selle Francais stallion Quick Star but out of a Dutch Warmblood mare by the great stallion Nimmerdor and such was registered KWPN. Luna’s dam sire Douglas is by Belgian Warmblood stallion Darco and out of a Holsteiner mare by Capitol. He is registered but not approved KWPN however due to his approval by other WBFSH books and the fact that D’Amour (Luna’s dam) is out of an approved KWPN registered mare she was eligible for Reg A papers and her offspring by a KWPN approved stallion are eligible for KWPN foal book registry.
It is really interesting that the breeders I have talked to normally end up falling into their preferred registries as opposed to choosing a registry for some myriad of reasons. Whether because of a horse that they happen to own, the mare requirements that a registry has, or even the stallion selection in a specific book. If I do end up breeding down the road I will likely stick with KWPN as that is what I have but that could change. Additionally KWPN will be one of the easier registries to get a foal of Annie’s registered as you can get a foal out of a registered TB mare into their main book if it is by an approved KWPN stallion.
Do any of you all have preferred registries? If so why? Do you not care one way or another about bloodlines? I am genuinely interested to see where everyone falls.