DeGraff Stables: Redefining the Quarter Horse in Sport
Today is the last day of fence classes at the Quarter Horse Congress, and we certainly enjoyed watching daring feats of horse and rider flying over the fences! Robin DeGraff knows a bit about breeding fence horses, as well as dressage and eventing horses! She shared with us in our October issue of Show Horse Today about how the quarter horse and appendix horse (QHxTB) are starting to gain traction in the Sport Horse world today!
Originally printed in October issue of Show Horse Today
WhatiWork4.com - How much better can a website name clearly identify what the horse industry signifies for Robin DeGraff? DeGraff Stables, recognized as an AQHA 4AHorse Breeder and an American Warmblood Registry Breeder, has been developing their own variety of English horse since the acquisition of Indian Artifacts in 1996. “It has been exciting and actually astounding when you think about it to see the multitude of winners that have been produced at DeGraff Stables as a result of finding and matching the right mares to produce suitable offspring for several English venues,” Robin DeGraff shares with us. “Indian Artifacts’ offspring truly are leading the way for the appendix type Quarter Horse, to be recognized and sought after in Sport Horse venues.”
Early on, Robin recognized that Indian Artifacts “met her personal inner ideal of the perfect equine athlete” and set out through her breeding program to realize the goal of making him a household name not only in the Quarter Horse world, but also in Hunter, Eventing and Dressage competitions. And, so far it is working! Today Indian Artifacts has World or National Champions/Reserve Champions and National Top 10’s in AQHA, APHA, PtHA, ApHC, NSBA, AWR, USEF, USHJA and USDF competitions in many, many events. “In fact,” Robin says excitedly, “each of his Warmblood offspring that have been submitted for inspection through the American Warmblood Registry program has outscored their dam in conformation and movement abilities, according to the criteria set forth by the breed standards.” Indian Artifacts is the only breeding stallion today who is himself an AQHA World Champion, AWR First Premium and an AWR Inspection Champion, and has plainly demonstrated that he is genetically capable of improving the dam through the foal, and therefore improving the breed.
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