“We don’t meet horses by accident. They are chosen to cross our path for a reason.“
After such a successful show and breeding career with Congress Champion, HOT DIGGITY JOE, we started entertaining the idea of “looking” for a western pleasure stallion prospect that we could show and promote. We wanted a stallion that would compliment our western pleasure mares. After being in the breeding business and involved in the show industry for over 20 years, I knew what I wanted as far as bloodlines and movement. I figured I would be looking for awhile as my list of “must haves” was quite long!
Even though I had focused primarily on raising HUS horse, I had been following the pleasure horse industry. A young son of the late Open Range had already piqued my interest. I had seen “Hugh” show at the Congress as a 2YO. I had been hoping I’d get the chance to see him again. I got that opportunity after the 2013 NSBA World Show when we went over to Shirley Roth’s to look at a couple of yearling stallions she had. When I saw “Hugh” in his stall, I stopped in my tracks! Shirley brought him out in the alley way for us to look at. As I walked around him, I was thinking to myself, “THIS IS THE ONE”!
We continued our visit at Roth Quarter Horses and looked at many outstanding prospects. The youngsters that stood out the most were the foals by Open For Suggestion–they were big, pretty and balanced. They all had their sire’s substance, flat front leg and strong hind ends with a lot of eye appeal.
I have been fortunate to have seen foals by many of the nation’s top stallions. The uniformity we saw in the weanlings to the yearlings was definitely something to get excited about as the mares they were out of were all so different. Open For Suggestion is one of those stallions that you just know is going to be a breeding horse. Call it a gut feeling or intuition. It was right then and there I knew I had found the perfect addition to our breeding program.
“A good stallion will improve things on your mare. A GREAT stallion will stamp himself.”
Open For Suggestion is STAMPING himself!
Open For Suggestion and 2015 Red Roan Filly QUEEN OF SUGGESTIONS out of RL IMA PRETTY SUDDEN (A Sudden Impulse x A Star Born Blazin by Blazing Hot) She is owned by Kerry Bradac
And he is proving himself as a sire….Open For Suggestion is now a CONGRESS TOP THREE Master’s 2YO Western Pleasure Champion Sire (Tied for RESERVE) in his 2nd Foal Crop!
With a very limited number of foals that are show age, OPEN FOR SUGGESTION is already a Congress Top Three Champion Sire!!! In 2015, ABBRAKADABRA and Brian Cox tied for Reserve Congress Champion in the Master’s 2YO WP! Unfortunately, they lost the tie breaker and ended up third overall in a very nice pen of horses! They went onto the 2015 World Show and were 11th in the Open 2YO Western Pleasure. ABBRAKADABRA was bred by Shirley Roth Show Horses and is owned by Allen and Marilyn Wade.
In his first foal crop, Whitney Ward and Sexy Suggestions were FINALISTS in the 2YO OPEN and LTD OPEN Coughlin 2YO WP Stakes at the 2014 Congress!
Whitney Ward and SEXY SUGGESTIONS were FINALISTS at the 2014 Congress in the Coughlin 2YO OPEN and LTD OPEN WP! Whitney was one of the very few Non Pro Exhibitors showing in the class.
Watch for ABBRAKADABRA and Brian Cox as well as SEXY SUGGESTIONS and Whitney Ward in the Non Pro and Karen Hornick in the OPEN next summer at all the majors!
We would like to thank Shirley Roth for giving us the opportunity to purchase “Hugh”. We would also like to thank all of our customers and friends along with the trainers, judges and breeders that have shown both their enthusiasm and support as we begin this new venture. We are very excited to see what the future holds for this stallion and are truly blessed to be a part of it.Scott and Kerry Bradac