I was asked a question regarding how different people seem to see breeding very differently in this state. Some see things as going great while others see things in decline. The answer is as simple as understanding the ancient Indian parable of blind men describing an elephant, with each focused on different parts.
Some people are at the front of the elephant describing Minnesota Thoroughbred breeding as inputs and process. In other words, they believe the more you spend or put into the elephant the better things are. As breeding awards and purses go up people rejoice in the process and meetings related to increasing inputs. These folks honestly think they have produced results, and that inputs (processes, committees, meetings, increased budgets, increased purses and discussions) are results.
The other group of people focus on the other side of the elephant, or the crap coming out. In other words, they believe the inputs are only relevant if they produce the desired output or results. Those outputs in Thoroughbred breeding relate to breeder optimism, breeding activity (mares bred) and foaling activity.
The first group will celebrate increasing expeditures and all the efforts made to increase the inputs. The second group on the other hand will want the inputs changed and know that there is a systemic problem if breeder rewards (inputs) have doubled while breeding activity (outputs) have dramatically declined.
Like I said, just different sides of the elephant.
Dave Astar is a race horse owner, stallion owner, breeder, 40 year business executive, and 50 year handicapper.