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Stare of the Stallion - Sound Reason (Can)

Patricia Howitt

Kaeo, New Zealand

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Thoroughbred stallion Headstudy graphite on Arches paper 9 × 14 in.

There is a sepia version of this work at http://www.redbubble.com/people/junglequeen/wor...

Sound Reason was bred and raced in Canada, but was imported into New Zealand to stand at stud. He was the highest stakes earner to have been imported here at that time (1981 from memory). Drawing from a number of photos I took of him.

He was awarded Champion New Zealand Sire in 1987-88. Here is an interesting quote about his long term staying power as a sire in the NZ Thoroughbred breeding industry:

“He may have been dead seventeen years but Sound Reason’s influence on the thoroughbred breeding and racing industry in these parts is still being felt as results today at Trentham show.

“Like dad, his stock always tended to be strongly made, tough and durable racehorses. A strong wither, deep girth and a decent hindquarter were the most obvious physical traits of his best stock.

“Maybe Sound Reason whose own racing career was characterized by consistency and durability inherited those attributes from his grandsire Hail To Reason who had eighteen starts as a two year old in the US.” (My Turf Blog)

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