FAQ - Frequently Asked Questions

  1. What is The Blood Bank?
  2. How long has The Blood Bank existed?
  3. Who is behind the Blood Bank?
  4. How is The Blood Bank financed?
  5. How is The Blood Bank related to the Swedish Trotting Association (ST)?
  6. How is The Blood Bank related to the Swedish Breeders' Association (ASVT)?
  7. How many visitors has The Blood Bank?
  8. How many horses does The Blood Bank contain?
  9. How often is the database updated?
  10. Horse X i missing in The Blood Bank, can you add it to the database?
  11. I need help choosing stallion, can you help me?
  12. Do you know anything about/Do you have a picture of/Where is horse X?
  13. What is the optimal value for the inbreeding coefficient?
  14. What is a normal value for the inbreeding coefficient?
  15. What is the maximum inbreeding coefficient you should accept?
  16. What significance do the colors in the pedigrees have? Is red dangerous or what's the deal?
  17. What does the abbreviations in the stats tables mean?
  18. How does the Breeder's Guide work?

1. What is The Blood Bank?

The Blood Bank is a huge database of standardbred trotters with an advanced web interface. The Blood Bank offers pedigree and production analysis, advanced sire stats, breeding guidance, articles, discussion forums and much more.

2. How long has The Blood Bank existed?

The Blood Bank was released in May 2002. The English version was released in November 2004.

3. Who is behind The Blood Bank?

The Blood Bank is a personal project of Per Johnsson (pj@blodbanken.nu).

4. How is the Blood Bank financed?

Through ads from stallion owners/managers and other suppliers to the industry. The Blood Bank gets no subsidies from trotting associations.

5. How is The Blood Bank related to the Swedish Trotting Association (ST)?

The Blood Bank has an agreement with ST giving The Blood Bank access to data from the ST database.

6. How is The Blood Bank related to the Swedish Breeder's Association (ASVT)?

The breeder's association is not involved in The Blood Bank project.

7. How many visitors has The Blood Bank?

In Mars 2009 over 70.000 daily hits divided on over 2.500 daily visits.

8. How many horses are there in The Blood Bank?

In January 2009, 1.524.036 warmblood and 46.657 coldblood trotters.

9. How often is the database updated?

The Swedish racing information is updated every quarter. All other information is updated continuously.

10. I know a horse that is missing in The Blood Bank, can you add him?

That is entirely possible, provided that you report the horse in this way:
  1. Create a hypothetical mating with the horses parents.
  2. Click Submit trotter
  3. Fill in and submit the form

11. I need help choosing a stallion for my mare

Use the Breeder's Guide or post a message on the Discussion Forum.

12. Do you know anything about/Do you have a picture of/Where is horse X?

Post a message on The Blood Bank forum. Please don't mail me with such questions.

13. What is the optimal value for the inbreeding coefficient?

That depends on how you look at it. Basically, inbreeding leads to reduced vigor and by mating unrelated individuals one can get very positive results. From this point of view the optimal inbreeding coefficient is zero. On the other hand are the best stallions and mares so closely related, that it is almost impossible to breed a prominent trotter with an inbreeding coefficient of zero.

14. What is a normal value for the inbreeding coefficient?

I do not have any information on this from the Blood Bank, but Arnason (2001) reports the following averages using the ST database:

Swedish warmblood (born 1994-1998)7-8 %
American warmblood (born 1994-1998)10-12 %
Swedish coldblood (born 1994-1998)4-5 %
Norwegian coldblood (born 1994-1998)5-6 %

15. What is the maximum inbreeding coefficient you should accept?

I have no recommendation on this matter.

16. What significance do the colors in the pedigrees have? Is red dangerous or what's the deal?

No, they have no such meaning. They just mark different doubled ancestors.

17. What does the abbreviations in the stats tables mean?

See Help - Statistics

18. How does the Breeder's Guide work?

You state how much you are willing to pay and which blood lines you seek and then the program matches you requirements with available stallions.