Our Breeding Program
Breeding Excellence in
"You don't ride the papers."
How many times have we heard that phrase?
Well, actually, yes you do. The horse underneath you is a result of some sort of breeding - be it a planned mating of two Olympic-calibre horses, or a pasture breeding accident where some unknown horse jumped a fence and eleven months later, a foal was born.
The genetic material that went into producing the horse you ride is a combination of generations of traits from both the mother and father. Science doesn't lie. There is a reason that World Breeding Sport Horse registries evaluate, approve and track each and every trait that makes a successful Sporthorse - both physical (conformation and movement) and mental (temperament, character and rideability). Of course there is always the exception of the superstar that emerges from a less than ideal breeding. It makes for a great Hollywood story; but, with riding being such an expensive sport, we try our best to stack the odds in your favour.
At Look Ahead Sporthorses, we start with the best breeding, carefully matching mares with Stallions to bring you the best possible offspring.
Balou Ay Am "Tigger Balou"
Offspring by Beau Balou
Beau Balou is an up and coming, 2015 Hanoverian Stallion who is already accepted into the prestigious Hanoverian Jumper Breeding Program. He is a 3-ring horse and his elastic, powerful gaits and scopey jump make him suitable for Dressage, Hunters or Jumpers.
At the young age of 3, he won his Canadian Warmblood Licensing and finished Reserve Champion against older stallions in his Stallion Performance Test. He also finished second against the top 20 3 year olds at the prestigious Lieutenant Governor's Cup at the Royal Agricultural Winter Fair in Toronto. He continued his winning ways as a 4-year old, with several high placings in the hunter ring and ending the season with a monster score of 8.29 at the North American Sport Stallion Testing.
Beau Balou obtained high scores at his testing for SCOPE, CHARACTER, TEMPERAMENT, CANTER and RIDEABILITY. So far, he has consistently passed on his temperament and canter on to his offspring, all traits of his impressive lineage going back to world renowned show jumping stallions Baloubet du Rouet, Argentinus and Laudanum xx.
Beau Balou stands 16.3 HH and his offspring are eligible for the following registries:
Canadian Breeding for Excellence
At Look Ahead Sporthorses our approach to breeding is to ensure our offspring exhibit the following qualities:
• They should be as correct as possible to prevent unnecessary strain and unsoundness down the road.
• They should be built for the discipline it will be expected to do.
• They should have a genuinely nice character and good temperament - it may be sensitive, hot, cold, or dull, but the horse must be willing to try their best and work with humans. Skillsets can be taught. You cannot train basic character and temperament. Over the years, Louise paid attention to the pedigree of the horses she rode and remembered the ones she liked best. It is therefore not surprising that the breeding program is a blend of Selle Français, Belgium and German bloodlines...horses that are sound, sane, low maintenance, and easy to handle and ride. We target the ambitious amateur rider who wants to be competitive in the ring but also have a good friend in their horse.