The market for top polo ponies is still very hot with mares being an integral part of many players polo string, from low goal to high goal, mares dominate the Best Playing Pony awards throughout the season. Due to this we are seeing more and more polo players turning to breeding with Embryo Transfer across all levels, not just in high goal polo.
The games’ focus is more on long hits and searing runs down the length of the pitch, which demands an emphasis on more speed and stamina putting more necessity on thoroughbred blood at the highest level. The combination of Embryo Transfer and careful selection of the stallion allows the breeder to pick the attributes, such as speed, stamina and a level head which are needed to make a top polo pony without taking the mare off the pitch.
A middle-distance pedigree seems to be a pre-requisite to most top-class stallions, directly or indirectly. This can be seen in many of the Polo Stallions standing at Tomlinson Equine who boast a strong selection of proven polo stallions. Two playing stallions to note are Norman Pentaquads son, Javad, the only Norman Pentaquad son standing in the UK, as well as Open Maestro, bred by Gonzalo Pieres. Both these stallions have offspring playing in medium to high goal polo with more progeny coming up through.
Tomlinson Equine, formerly Beaufort Embryo Transfer, continues to strive as market leaders in the UK as a Mare & Stallion Reproduction Centre by ensuring the latest breeding technologies are available offering a vast array of reproductive services to Polo Breeders and not limited to just servicing the UK. These services range from Embryo Transfer, AI, Stallion Services such as semen freezing to the highly specialist reproduction techniques Ovum Pickup (OPU) & Intracytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI), Pregnancy sexing & epididymal sperm harvesting & freezing.