Storm Cat to be offered as Quarter Horse sire
OVERBROOK Farm is offering the services of legendary sire Storm Cat, who was retired from stud duties last year after experiencing fertility problems, to Quarter Horse breeders.
The 26-year-old son of Storm Bird – whose best progeny includes Giant's Causeway, Hennessy and Cat Thief – had stood at a fee as high as $500,000 in his stallion career. However Overbrook Farm took the decision to pension him after he impregnated just three of the 32 mares he covered during last year's breeding season.
The American Quarter Horse Association permits artificial insemination andhas an open breed registry which allows a Quarter Horse bred to a thoroughbred to be entered as an "appendix" Quarter Horse.
Storm cat's fee for Quarter Horse mares will be $20,000.
Overbrook Farm stallion manager Ric Waldman told the Thoroughbred Daily News: "Storm cat does breed speed and precocity, and I think what's improtant to Quarter Horse breeders is an outcross to their bloodlines, many of which are the same, the result of many years of worse inbreeding than what we've perhaps experienced in the thoroughbred industry. So I think the top Quarter Horse breeders will welcome a stallion of the notoriety of Storm Cat."
He added that, although the breeding would take placethrough artificial insemination, Storm Cat's book of Quarter Horse mares would not be too big.
"You may not see the large numbers you think you might see with artificial insemination but maybe there will be 15 to 20 mares that will get covered by him. Or I hope that many."
Hennessy, who died of a heart attack in 2007, sired two stakes winners from only five foals when he covered a limited number of Quarter Horse mares.