Basic Guide to Reading Pedigrees
This website offers complex pedigree reports and knowing how to read them and understanding what everything means in a pedigree can really help you out. Because it is a good example of many of the aspects of understanding a pedigree, Real Quiet's pedigree will be used as an example.
Grade I/Champion Horses
Strength Values (GSV)
Genetic Strength Values are another system to evaluated
a horse's pedigree and try to quantify the pedigree.
Below Believe It's name, you'll see a number in
braces "(54.30)", this is Believe It's Grasp Rating.
Above the pedigree, you'll see the GSV number "GSV
= 71.10". GSV ratings and Grasp numbers were developed
by George William Smith and
you can find out more information about using these
numbers at his Understanding
the GSV page.
Ellen Parker is a pedigree researcher who has spent
lots of time studying famous mares. She's comes
out with a list of the 500 or so most influential
mares of the last century. These Reine De Course
(Queens of The Turf) mares are highlighted in the
pedigree with a green star. For instance Gay Hostess
is a Reine De Course mare. If you are serious about
pedigrees, check out her
site for some good articles and also some great
books about famous broodmares.