Some 17 years ago, I was inspired by delving into maternal families  (pedigree analysis) & to thoroughly examine evolutionary roots, via siring-phrases. 

From my own family upbringing on farm and first marriage farming and animal stud breeding – this paved background and ‘eye’ to a pedigree: finding ‘maternal’ and natural fundamentals via the play of genetics to what we call ‘selection’.

The principles to the TBL writings & knowledges shall always carry such ‘theme’.

The research revolves around superior genetic configuration – something more special than expected and beyond a commercial narrative – how superior breeding might be crafted. 

Pheno-type is absolute but to also spot the latent factor from a handy horse to superior. 

– to spot an individual with potential also comes of the stock-judging days where the essence to animal mechanics go ‘feet-up’ i.e. locomotion. How the individual carries itself complete.

My mentor father had one instruction ‘how it hits you in the Eye’.

This becomes very handy at the races!

The hidden, and its defining factor… how it ALL comes to together for that special horse, called The Champion.

Personally, thoroughbred breeding has opened another chapter. Through ‘knowledges’ I discuss and consistently recognizing ‘genotype’ our first buy was a yearling filly. She (as it turned out) is the 1/4 sister to Tarzino (Tavistock) from dam Zarzino (Zabeel). We (husband & I) are onwards breeding this elite family.

It was not ‘luck’…though perhaps the sum paid was!

Through my father’s experiences of having a ‘few’ , to my ‘few’, we’ve realized how it takes commitment and dedication to persevere, encountering the dynamics of the bloodstock industry.

This blog and web-site was started because so many have the dream.

Many do not appreciate the relevancy of either ancestral or family female tables.

TBL blogs have influence!

I am a regular commentator to the Facebook group Bloodlines in the Sport of Kings,


Post my fathers death, I wrote this article which appeared in the New Zealand Farmers Weekly. It tells objectives: how genetics to environment where approached practically. This carries a base-line to TBL analysis.

-When the old dairy farmer deceases he takes his theories and unwritten practices with him.

His knowledge lost in the midst of today’s dairying and breeding structure.

Ray Bielski was a Friesian breeder of 40 years who figured genetics into efficient, economical models. He skilfully integrated the scientific nature of epi-genetics and transposing genetics through all difficult times.

The cows were of exceptional conformation which maximized production on diverse old-pasture varieties with native species upon a small acreage. The grass would hold through the dry.

He had a familial approach with cows rather than exclusive production. The soil and herbage in all climates resisted to maximise productive growth capacity and to drive high consistent averages with minimal unproductive expenditure.

His breeding model was common-sense designed on a three ‘T’ bovine stool measured by teeth, tits and toes.

The physics was a robust, squared mouthed cow which would graze and masticate correctly. Her teats good and even spaced on a well-structured attached udder supportive for calf and machine with hoof and feet for walking distance and support of weight.

The basic principles are obvious.

His objective as a young man was to breed a herd which focused the cows’ production equating to her body weight showing her ability of her conversion of grass to milk solids.

The results were that 30 cows in his herd were at the top of the region’s milk production; every cow did double the production of the average. His 50 cow herd matched the average herd production in the region.

He preferred to use the home-bred sires or used an A.I outcross when maternal blood-lines merged to close. He had long time departed from using Americanised siring lines.

The favoured idea of line-breeding was always breeding back to strong producing families which fitted his objectives and fitted the environment. He understood the peaks and the cycles within breeding as to fully explore potential crossing back over a grand-dam trait.

When the calves where born he knew whether his intention had succeeded, simply that the calf was strong, intelligent headed and of good bone.

He individualized all animals screening their components for production based on temperament, capability, constitution or strength and conformation. These elements got the animal to flourish at its best from birth to departure.

A practise in future-capacity-building was to rear calves all on warm whole milk and allowing them to have approximately 5 litres per day and with milk never older than 12 hours. Milk was by using the older ‘first-in’ cows as to reduce somatic counts. The results were that yearlings were comparable in size to most R 2’s and when going to the bull, were almost fully grown.

The work paid off. Two year olds went to peak production immediately. Their constitution endured and the consistent production endured while animal health bills hardly ever registered.

Dairy NZ and Fonterra representatives had wanted to know what his secret was. Numerous records of immaculate shed hygiene, and milk quality where enviable but he disallowed the interest preferring to focus on fundamentals called ‘his cows’.

Many may have scratched their heads at the old buggar but he took his principles and made his own solutions.


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