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Featured Stallion- A Masked Asset
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Posted on November 10th, 2009   Midwest Stallion Directory
16+ hh 2005 APHA Chestnut Tovero Stallion
Owned By: Kevin and Linda McFarland
Standing at: McFarland Farms
2010 Stud Fee: $650
A Masket Asset  APHA Chestnut Tovero Stallion
McFarland Farms believes that a successful breeding operation, has to have a purpose in mind. Much like a quaint little shop with custom designs, handcrafted with care and pride by people who's passion is doing it right. We're not the biggest, nor most well known, but we believe "Off the beaten path, you find the rarest treasures." Linda McFarland, an owner of A Masked Asset, fills us in on all the details about what makes A Masked Asset such a treasure.
Dash. It was the name given to him by his previous owner, and I've always thought it was bad luck to change a name.
Pedigree Highlights:
By Whata Asset, Res. PtHA World Champion, Res. NPHA Longe Line Champion (Whata Investment x Good Asset dtr) and out of Venetian Lass, Versatility Champion, Superior Hunter Under Saddle, Superior Western Pleasure and Canadian Sporthorse producer, (Sky Top Bar x Venetian Jester dtr).
Show Record:
Unshown to date due to his previous owner's obligations to her clients.
Sire Record:
Expecting his first foals next spring out of a PHBA Leading Dam, NSBA producer, Oregon Triple Crown Futurity Winner and other point earners!
Futurity Nominations/Incentives:
APHA Breeders Trust, NSBA SIF, Tovo Futurity, Five Star Futurity.
Homozygous for tovero or tobiano color, No HYPP issues, No OLWS issues.
What makes this stallion special?
One thing is the fact that he is homozygous, yet he offers as many AQHA bloodlines as possible. While both of his parents are tobiano or tovero, both are out of AQHA mares, and while both of their sires were tobiano, both were out of one AQHA parent. I like the consistency of the AQHA bloodlines, but I prefer to be an APHA/PtHA breeder . . . .it's like having your cake with all the frosting and sprinkles!

He's somewhat of a worry wart . . . eager to please, it's like he's always asking, "Am I doing this right?". Reminds me of the Cowardly Lion in the Wizard of Oz . . . he's big and his size can be intimidating, but he get's his feelings hurt so easily. Recently he injured his front leg, and you could just see him wince as I went to look at it. And then when I picked it up and started to examine it, you could see him relax. The lion with the thorn in his paw . . .he's just a big baby at heart.

The other thing that I think sets him apart is his personality and his natural ability to go from a pitter patter western pleasure type jog to a fancy, full reaching extended trot you would see in a dressage horse.

How did this stallion became part of your farm?
I had been looking for a junior stallion for quite some time to replace my senior stallion, Willie B Grand. I knew I wanted that 'guaranteed color' . . . but finding a homoygous stallion with the bloodlines and size that I wanted was quite difficult.

Besides, I'm a firm believer in the dam lines, so even more important to me than the sire, was the dam. I also knew I didn't want to have to contend with any HYPP issues, so I just avoided any Impressive lines.

While I was wanting to add size to my program, I didn't want too much TB because I also wanted a stallion with good bone, and a good nature. I also knew I wanted something unique . . . marketable, but not just another 'baby of mass production'.

I came across Dash in an internet ad. His sire, Whata Asset, isn't as well known as many of the Whata Investment sons. But I liked the consistency I saw stamped on his foals. He reminded me a lot of Willie B Grand - a futurity winner whose show career had been cut short. But the foals he produced were well balanced individuals with short backs, good bone, and pretty heads, which isn't surprising since his bloodlines are evidenced by the McWhiter program in Nebraksa, owners of Whata Investment and Good Asset.

On the other hand, Dash's dam is a proven producer. Originally coming from one of the early breeders of APHA Hunter Under Saddle horses, Jim Smith, who is well known for his outstanding stallions, See Me Com En and Will Spot Ya. Venetian Lass is by Sky Top Bar, one of the foundation Paint sires who has produced versatility as well as size and she was out of a ROM Race producing daughter of Venetian Jester TB, a stallion Walter Merrick picked to cross on his running Quarter Horses.

So needless to say, after I found Dash, I was thrilled when Trish Miller Yates of Ohio, who owns both Whata Asset and Venetian Lass, was gracious enough to work with me on my 'working person's budget' ! Otherwise, I would have never been able to purchase a stallion like A Masked Asset.
If your stallion has foals on the ground, what characteristics does he pass on to them?
As I mentioned, we have bred him to a variety of mares and we are anxious to see how he 'stamps' his babies!! One thing is for sure, I won't have to crawl on my belly to find 2" of white!!
What are your future plans with your stallion?
Ideally, we would like to get him into the show ring. However, his primary job is that of a breeding stallion, so we may just focus on showing his babies instead. . . after all that is where it all boils down to the 'proof being in the pudding'.
If your stallion were a celebrity, who would he be and why?
That's hard . . .but I would say he reminds me of John Payne, an actor who played a red bearded pirate in the 1953's movie Raiders of The Seven Seas. He has that swashbuckling persona, but at heart he's a true gentlman who flirts with the girls and looks out after the little children.

Dash has that 'look of eagles' in his eye and then in the next picture, he's sticking his tongue out at you!

Since most of my mares are AQHA, having a loud colored tovero has really caught their eye. It's like seeing Elvis in a rhinestone suit, the mares would just kind of stand and stare. One little mare of mine that I was breeding to Willie B Grand, would just stand at the gate all day, staring at Dash!

I put the weanlings in a pen between my two stallions, and needless to say, both boys doted over the babies. They were a little intimadated by Dash's size, but it wasn't long until he was like their big brother or trust worthy uncle. I only wish he wouldn't have let them chew on his tail!!

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Posted on November 10th, 2009   Midwest Stallion Directory
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