It is official, Cierra will be bred to Whizkey & Diamonds Spring of 2021. Well, as official as officialness can be when an official contract with legalese is signed and you are officially dealing with the unknown.
Brad had a good phone conversation with the associated contact at the well-known breeding facility that is standing the stud, and was sent an application that day. We met with Brad's trainer to see if she saw anything unusual on the contract. The requirements looked standard to her. He signed, sealed and delivered the contract back, more like signed, scanned and emailed it back. He
tried not to wonder patiently waited for one week for a response that they had received the application, and then followed up. Cierra's application was indeed received, and accepted. It was a pleasant surprise to hear they also gave him an early booking fee reduction. It is common, but wasn't noted anywhere therefore unexpected. Guess we didn't need to wonder if Cierra would be accepted after all.
Below is a screenshot (aka borrowed) photo of WhizKey & Diamonds in his younger years, the one that made me stop scrolling and look into him. Something about his expression and build, not to mention I am a sucker for flowing manes. The powers that be are wowed by Whizkey and his off-springs records and collective earnings, but that was not why I chose him as my top ranch stud pick. I not only liked what I saw, I liked what I read. In particular what was said about his demeanor, handling and his off-springs trainability. Anyone can claim anything, but I believe it when I read and hear similar from different sources. Wish we could meet him in person, but I am not even going to ask considering the pandemic. And no, I will not let Brad forget that I picked him! Unless the prospective foal turns out to be a very naughty handful, in which case Brad said he would officially name it "Aurora's Diamond" ~ ha ha very funny!!
I still do not know Whizkeys color genetics (related links do not work) other then he is a Buckskin with a "black type pedigree". I used the most common color generator for a guesstimate. It has changed since I last played with it, or perhaps I used a different one. I used to be able to enter a specific color code. These auto results do not match Cierra (Cream result is wrong, she is CR and no clue where the little n comes from). I