As requested by reader endure_2_the_end, I'm going to start off the "official topics" on this blog by discussing Arabian bloodlines and what horses of those lines excel in.
No discussion of Arabian breeding could be complete without first mentioning that we can't always stereotype horses of any specific breeding, because they have been known to fool us before. ;) Such as the *Bask++ descendants who did well in the Western disciplines, including Cutting, or the Khemosabi++++// horses that won in English Pleasure. Believe it or not, they are out there on both counts. Jameel Basklawi was actually a two time US National Champion Cutting Horse back in the 70's, and sired by *Bask himself. Then we can't forget Khemanche++++, the Khemo son who was not only the winning-est Arabian Halter Gelding of all time but a multiple Champion as an English horse and both US & Canadian National Top Ten in Informal Combination (English Pleasure and Pleasure Driving). Pigeonholing Arabian horses is tough to do!!
That said, generally speaking there are some lines which show a propensity for doing well in specific disciplines, though I'd like to get more into individual bloodline groups during the week [which I think will be fun!] and am keeping this entry rather general in scope. If you're looking for a Halter horse, these past few years it has been all about Marwan Al Shaqab and his sons, who has been vying with Magnum Psyche for the Halter sire crown. When seeking an English horse, the indisputable king is Afire Bey V, but you can't go wrong with a number of the *Bask++ bred horses. For Western, you can generally count on Khemosabi bred horses to do well, along with some of the Spanish sires (like *GG Samir and *AN Malik, who also produce pretty nice Hunters as well) and the Varian lines (think Desperado V).
I know this is fairly generic and not entirely in depth, however I'd love to delve into these subjects a whole lot more when I have the time. Next week we will explore both bloodline groups and discipline group preferences a lot more. How much fun is this going to be? :)
P.S. - Please don't forget to drop by the Welcome post and introduce yourselves and your horses...thanks!