Breeding by Design

Breeding by Design

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Design is everything. Many of the great champions of recent times and yesteryear have been the result of carefully and cleverly designed pedigrees. By studying the successful methods of great breeders it is possible to learn some of the key elements that go to make a well designed pedigree and a winning thoroughbred.

In this thoroughly researched book, pedigree analyst Floyd Oliver examines the bloodlines of notable thoroughbreds from the origins of the breed up until modern times. By concentrating on the most successful breeders and the wonderful horses they bred, he is able to distill the key elements of their design. Whether you are an enthusiastic amateur, a skilled professional breeder, whether you have one mare or many, there is something of value in “Breeding By Design.” 

About the Author

Floyd Oliver was born in 1941 in Brooklyn, New York, USA. He was educated at the University of Maryland and George Mason University.

He edited Golden Hoofprints Thoroughbred Newsletter and Sales Projections from 1978 to 1990. The author of many articles on Thoroughbred Breeding appearing in The Blood-Horse, Florida Horse and the Horseman’s Journal, Floyd also developed and presented the seminar “Breeding to Win” in Lexington, Kentucky in the 1980’s.

He has been Farm Manager and adviser to Carl M. Freeman of Tusculum Farm, Unity, Maryland (breeder of Miss Alleged); Consultant to Leonard C. Green of Holmdel, New Jersey, purchased the dam of November Snow and Scatmandu as agent for Leonard Green, Farm Manager and advisor to Alan S. Kline of Boyds, Maryland, breeder of numerous winners.

More recently, Floyd Oliver contributed the biographical essays on Black Toney, Blue Larkspur, Nearco, Princequillo and Round Table for the best- selling “Great Thoroughbred Sires of the World”.