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Best Crosses: Leading Horse Breeders Weigh In

How could you ever narrow it down to one perfect stallion for your mare? Finding the best cross for your mare and your program is part research, part science, and, sometimes, part luck.

The Journal sat down with AQHA Past President and American Quarter Horse Hall of Fame inductee Frank Merrill of Purcell, Oklahoma, and 40-year American Quarter Horse breeder Carol McWhirter of Doniphan, Nebraska, to get their input on how to take luck out of the breeding equation.

The Game Plan

Four of the most important things to know when you start to research a stallion for your mare are pedigree, conformation, the stallion’s performance records and prepotency.

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