You'll have to excuse me while I get on my soap box. I believe in promoting our U.S. bred horses. In the day and age where we can ship semen we now have breeders in the U.S. that are breeding many of the same lines as found in Europe. Why not support our own breeders (and economy) instead of importing? I love supporting small local businesses versus the large corporations and this sort of falls along those lines. This is also how to came to get Luxxx. I was at a show and happened to meet a breeder and got to talking about his business. The next thing I know I'm at his farm looking at babies.
If you followed yesterday's Chronicle article on Facebook you may have read some of the Facebook comments about U.S. bred horses versus Europe. Opinions supporting importing talked about the lower costs of breeding, raising, & showing horses in Europe. This makes for a lower price tag there and you get a horse that has been trained and shown. We do have exorbitant costs for showing in our country. The cost of campaigning a youngster is then passed along in the price tag. In Europe they focus on training and provide a good dressage base for their youngsters. As Sprinkler Bandit so spot on stated in her blog Tuesday many of our riders here don't necessarily train their horses. Many of our top show jumpers purchase their horses already made. We don't focus on correct development of youngsters here and to do so, it is expensive.
I think this show series is a great start though. It was reasonably priced and they had shows in all regions of the U.S. One show per region is just a start. I hope it will grow and one day there are plenty of affordable shows like this to take young horses to for exposure.
What are your thoughts on importing versus U.S. bred? Do you take the time to learn about bloodlines? This is something I am enjoying learning more about and feel we all should be more educated on (no matter what breed).