Tuesday, April 25, 2006

Horse around

Did you know that all of today's racehorses are descended from just three horses?

The first sire was the Byerley Turk. Captain Byerley imported him to England in 1689 and rode him during the Battle of the Boyne in 1690.

This was followed in 1704 by the Darley Arabian, the horse from which most modern thoroughbreds are descended, and finally in 1730 the Godolphin Arabian.

Breeders had great success crossing offspring of the three sires and this practice was followed for generations with the result that every thoroughbred today can be traced by direct male descent back to these three sires.

3 Comments:

Blogger Sharon said...

Neigh!! Really? ...and what about the nags? Surely they gotta have been something special too?? Being a simple sire has got to be the easy bit.

Tuesday, April 25, 2006 9:48:00 pm  
Blogger Andy said...

Thank you.
You have saved me a lot of time researching my family tree.

Friday, April 28, 2006 6:00:00 pm  
Blogger Andy said...

Oh dear, there's a theme to my comments today

Friday, April 28, 2006 6:00:00 pm  

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