Draft Horse Digest Podcast – Ep 11 – McGee, the Sire of Sires

We have an absolutely information packed episode for you this week!  Today we are diving head first into the history books and discussing one of the most influential sires in the Percheron breed, McGee.  McGee was bred by the Art Bast Family of Wisconsin and in part one of this two part episode we discuss McGee and some of the prolific sons and daughters he sired.  In part two we are joined by Art Bast’s son, Jon, and we get a first hand account of how Jon bought McGee’s mother from the Hay family and utilized the Robinson bred stallion, DID, to produce the McGee horse; a decision which would forever change the Percheron breed.  In this episode we discuss:

  • McGee, his pedigree and his physical attributes
  • McGee’s notable offspring
  • How Jon came to own McGee’s mother, La Ruby
  • How McGee went on to shape numerous influential breeding programs
  • How McGee has shaped the modern Percheron breed
  • Jon’s opinion of what perpetuated McGee’s legcy and solidified him into the history books
  • much, much more!!
McGee- Percheron Stallion
McGee, by DID out of La Ruby. One of the most prolific sires of the Percheron breed.


Monette Laet
Monette Laet, Sired by Maverick. One of the most successful McGee crosses.


Marissa Laet
Marissa Laet, by McGee out of Monette Laet. Marissa Laet is one of the most prolific show and breeding mares of all time.

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