A Note about Sugarbush Draft Horses

I see it over and over again, and no matter how many times it's said, it's still wrong. "Sugarbush Drafts are just an Appaloosa Draft Cross". Uh.... no. The Sugarbush Draft Horse was a breed created many years ago in Ohio. While the initial cross was made using Percherons to Appaloosas, in the many generations following, the breed has been solidified into a consistent type. Saying these horses are "just" a draft cross makes as much sense as saying that AQHA horses are "just" a Thoroughbred cross, American Cream Drafts are "just" a dilute Belgian, or that Morgans are "just" a grade.

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Name Ideas - Dove's foal

KCF Olympic Dove, ApHC registered and half sister to Dream.  Dove is a mare that Sig "forced" me to lease from her, and whom I "inherited" when she passed away.  And yep, she's also bred to Sugarbush Harley's Classic O.
Ok, I actually don't have a picture that's more current then these that I would show publicly, but she's roaned a bit more, in the most amazing way.  I'll see if I can get one though, and update this.

And the sire, O

This foal will be either bay, seal bay, possible black (very small chance of that) or chestnut. So a complete toss up!  It will have a 75% chance of color, with 25% of that being homozygous, or a 25% chance of a solid.  This foal will be a Stonewall Sport Horse.  The pattern could be anything from leopard down to roan, if it gets one.

Names should reference metals and/or play on the Olympic theme.  I would like something with a bit of a regal sound to it.  Dove's last foal was named Olympic Torch, so that obvious name is out (that's Tori, for those who follow my horses).

This foal is due early April.


  1. Better Than Olympic Gold (barn name Oly)

    Oh, are there "rules" for how many letters/spaces are permitted in a name?

  2. FernvalleyappaloosasDecember 13, 2011 at 1:12 PM

    How about Olympic Glory

  3. The olive wreath was the prize for the winner at the Ancient Olympic Games. It was an olive branch, of the wild-olive tree that grew at Olympia,[1] intertwined to form a circle or a horse-shoe. According to Pausanias it was introduced by Heracles as a prize for the winner of the running race to honour Zeus.[2]