QUOTE (rylolin @ Apr 15 2012, 03:11 PM)
Well, in case you are wondering, my last foal crop was in 2009, all but 2 of my stallions (who are young) are under saddle including my 26 yr. old Shaikh Al Badi son. A number of horses came home to me over the last 24 mos. related to the economy, early lease endings, and on-going agreements spanning a few years. This year I have 4 foals coming and only 2 of those are ones I bred last year here. One of the mares I bred last year is tail female through Serenity Sonbolah and I could not be more excited about this foal.
Can you share more about your thoughts on how small breeders are marketing for export and how the large farms got to be so successful over the years. I think we can always benefit from hearing success stories and working strategies from others.
I think we might all be in agreement about the core problems - i.e. not training and breeding for performance and not proving our horses in performance. And not breeding for solid, athletic conformation. I am of the theory that the most important proving ground at the moment is in the community and local discipline shows and on the trails competitively and for pleasure and fun. These seem to be venues where we can win new admirers and supporters of our "doing" Arabs.
That said, this thread is about helping each other out with marketing process and practice information. I believe you have told us many times about how the old, big names in the original imports worked together to make the Egyptian Arabian well-known in the past. How is that different than what I am asking now? Except perhaps in those times there was no internet.
the difference is that many of our people turned hateful, attack, critizize and dont ask questions as you do.
Each time I give an honest opinion, trying to help.
Success of us "oldies" has been working together, respecting each other and I never once heard any of them
making ugly remarks about their fellow breeders. those who do make them now are in my opinion born losers.
Furthermore, we showed in OPEN SHOWS, ALL BREED SHOWS, and attracked many newcommers. Usually at the All Arab shows people sell to each other, at least now-adays.
To sell abroad, means one should travel. Quite a few of our wAHO members are NOT RICH, save for 2 years to go to the conferences abroad. How many of our people here are even members of wAHO, through which they gain so much information, membership lists inluding of course all nations. In the booklets each time giving to the members after a conference are also recorded what the delligates of each nation reports,- i.e. numebr of foals born, exports,import, etc.etc. This is how some of us got contacts and made sales and still do. It is a mistake to think that we here are "an island". We have to blame ourselves when success is not obtained.
Better still, we visit farms abroad, instantly get an idea of what they are doing, seeing horses of all types, learning to evaluate what we have here and how competitive we really are. If we dont have comparrisons, we are walking in the dark. We also learn of other cultures and respect these. That to me is valuable information/learning.
Yes Linda, the rest of the world by and large wants "doing horses" breeding stock which consistenly produces such.
But do some of our people reraly know what a good moving horse is? Do they test for speed,staima and attitude?
Therefore, how can you market a horse when one realy does not know what one got?
Even Liz Salmon can not evaluate a horse fully, unless she is on top of it.
No matter how good the photos, how true the conformation evaluation, the clue comes WHEN IN THE SADDLE.!
Here I read "Royaly bred" (horse never saw a Royal Stable" super movements (cant show a decent stride)
beautiful heads (and I see a fish head/Pike head far removed from the true desert bred Arab and often a nightmare for the experienced rider, wondering if one should put a knitting needle into its mouth.
I had about a thousand different horses/breed under my seat in my lifetime and NONE was alike the other, although conformation etc was identical. Each horse is a PERSON in ITSELF.
There is absolutely nothing wrong with family horses and the like. But to breed for it only, will make losing money.
One cant bring any horse up to age 4, train it and get $ 5,000 for it. That's lunacrizy
As I said many times before, true education is necessary, right down to the knitty gritties.
Take care, I think you are on the right path.