If you have read my blog posts you know I am a bit obsessed with Poppy.
Not only do I feel a strong connection with this horse but I also find her to be pretty talented.
Since I love this mare so much I have talked about breeding her one day. Why? Well because if I could get a foal that was the replica of her I would be ecstatic. If I could get a foal that was even better....bonus! Since 60% comes from the mare, she is your most important factor when deciding whether to breed. She is by Don Alfredo and her sire line has great show jumping and dressage lines. Her dam side is where she gets her blood. She is out of a Selle Francaise mare who is by Aerobic. Most importantly I like her rideability.
I was recently given the opportunity to make this a reality. About 6 weeks ago Poppy went to Ocala to have her eggs flushed and then those were sent to Texas A&M to be fertilized with Darco semen. The fertilized eggs were then flown back to Ocala. A month later we have 2 surrogate mares each with a Poppy/Darco baby. One is mine and one is a friend's. If you are not familiar with Darco a quick Google search will fill you in. He is the sire of Maclain Ward's famous horse Sapphire. He is also the leading show jumping sire (he's kind of a big deal).
I think this is a fabulous cross and I cannot be more excited. I know a lot can happen with pregnancies in horses so all my fingers and toes are crossed that both foals stick and are healthy.