Recently, I received several messages regarding breeding in Iowa. A few folks asked where they could find the article I wrote on this subject, which was recently published by the Iowa Thoroughbred Breeders and Owners Association.
The article focused on breeding activity (mares bred) in Iowa and the surrounding states. It also covered the reasons Iowa true breeding results are positive, while other jurisdictions seem to only celebrate expenditures and activity as their state results reach historical lows.
There are only a handful of states bucking declining Thoroughbred breeding trends. They seem to be populated with progressive breeder organizations, which long ago progressed to understand that they needed to effectively design and integrate elements of their breeding system. Those breeding system elements typically include a working combination of meaningful state breeders funds, tangible and specific breeder incentives, state standing stallion quality, Black Type race quality, quality associated with state bred horses being largely capable of winning outside of their state bred restricted races, requirements that force breeders to commit economic involvement in their states (broodmare residency, stallion bred backs or bred versus foaled distinctions), and a competitive percentage of their purses going toward their state bred population of horses which appear in the form of comparably higher purses.
As I said, there are only a handful of states which are bucking the declining breeding trends, and Iowa is one of them. The direct link to the article follows:
Dave Astar is a race horse owner, stallion owner, breeder, 40 year business executive, and 50 year handicapper.