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Bailey Cattle Company

Bailey Cattle Company is a fifth-generation ranch in the Little Wolf mountains of eastern Montana.  We run a commercial cow herd and a small band of horses.  Our ranch environment is tough and the horses we use must travel long distances over rough terrain.  We cross our quarter horse mares with a thoroughbred stud to provide the size and stamina to meet these demands. The mares are foundation quarter horse genetics going back to Paddies Irish Whiskey, The Ole Man, Tigers Bar Leo, and Hesa Eddie Hancock.  The horses are pasture bred and run with cows.  We get our hands on the colts from the day they are born and have a close relationship with each one.  We ride what we raise and sell a very small number of colts each year.

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Montana Horse Company

Montana Horse Company is a 4th generation working cattle ranch just south of White Sulphur Springs, Montana. Bob Hanson and his family welcomed CHIC OLENA 0067 to the Montana Horse Company in July 2007 to replace their late stallion GINNIN ROAD (1998-2007) CHIC OLENA 0067 was standing stallion from Miller Land and Livestock in Wyoming where he was in training for the National ReiningFuturity. CHIC OLENA 0067 is a full brother to SMART CHIC OLENA (LTE $167,000+) NRHA Hall of Fame Champion, and was the only stallion to win AQHA World Championships in Reining and Cutting, and with offspring earnings of $5,291,200+. CHIC OLENA 0067 has a wonderful disposition, great conformation and passes along his superior genetics to his foals.

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Carolyn Hunt & Jaton Lord 

Like most young kids, Jaton wanted nothing more than to be a cowboy. Being the grandson of Ray Hunt, Jaton was given the unique opportunity to pursue that dream. At the age of 15, he started his first colt with his Grandpa Ray; from that point on, his real education would begin as he spent the summers traveling down the clinic trail with Ray and Carolyn Hunt.

When Jaton was 19, he went to work for the Van Norman ranch in Tuscarora, Nevada; further pursuing his education in horsemanship. Following his time in Tuscarora, he then went to work for the Petan Ranch in Northern Nevada; where he spent two summers out on the wagon. 

When Jaton returned to Idaho, he heard about a well- known cowhorse trainer by the name of Annie Reynolds, that needed a colt started. Jaton started the colt for Reynolds and was then offered a job. For three years, Jaton started, trained, and showed some of the best horses in the world. With $80,000 in NRCHA earnings, Jaton has started 9 non-pro Snaffle Bit Futurity finalists, 7 Open Snaffle Bit Futurity finalists, as well as being an open rider in 2010-2011, and an open finalist himself at the 2009 Snaffle bit futurity.

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Froelich Quarter Horses

Rod & Kathryn have been utilizing the bloodlines of Two Eye Jack and Joe Quincy to enhance the cow sense and dispositions of their quarter horses. Together with their sons, Lance and Chase, they own and operate some of the current 14,000 acre ranch.

Lance and his wife Sunshine have added the bloodlines of ID Watch Two Eyed, a bay roan son of ID Watch and Set Em Up Bartender, a bay roan stallion out of Two Eyed Bartenter. Set Em Up has earned 18 open heading points and 28 open heeling points. Their current list of stallions includes West River Blue and Blue Stars Fire. Both stallions are 3rd generation blue roans of Joe Quincy bloodlines.

Rod, Kathryn, Lance, Sunshine, and Chase have strived to breed horses that work great in the arena, on the trail, or when working with cattle. The Froelich's believe in producing horses with performance ability, cow sense, eye appeal, color, but most importantly disposition. Froelich Quarter Horses have been purchased by cowboys and cowgirls across the North American Continent.

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Claudia Talbot Gonzales

Wheelock, Texas 

My name is Claudia Talbott and I had the privilege of breeding Mickey. My husband and I were actually on a date the night he was born. I’m glad he understood and didn’t mind that I rushed off to the barns to foal out my mare. St. Patrick’s Day is always a great memory! We are now married and have two wonderful children. He is the owner of Don Gonzales Saddlery in Bryan, TX. I am Breeding Manager at Granada Farms in Wheelock, TX. We stood Prime Talent when he retired from racing and before he was sold to Copper Spring Ranch. He was my favorite stallion and I jumped at the chance to breed to him. Mickey’s dam is grade and at the time of breeding I had no intention of selling him. However, life has a way of changing things and he was in dire need of a job. When I saw the opportunity to donate him to such a wonderful program, we couldn’t pass it up. We wish him the very best and hope he makes a great using horse. He might end up back in our string once we see his preview for the sale!!!

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Gary & Sara Mefford 

Gary and Sara Mefford have been raising high quality quarter horses in Sheridan, Wyoming that excel not only on the ranch, but also in the roping pen. Though they don’t raise many they are strong supporters of the MSU program and have graciously donated one of their colts to the program.

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Harrington Hirschy Ranches

The Harrington Ranch has been raising quarter horses for almost 60 years. Having produced national college barrel racing champion, numerous roping, PRCA/WPRA high school rodeo winners as well as show ring winners. The Harringotn and Hirschy ranches focus on performance and pedigree. They currently breed 6 stallions, including the new addition of Cash Us McClain (by Nu Cash), earner of over $50,000 as NRCHA Hackamore Non­Pro Champion, NRCHA Reserve Non­Pro Bridle Champion, NRCHA 3rd Non­Pro Snaffle Bit Futurity. They also breed own sons of First Down Dash, Peptos Stylish Oak, Paddys Irish Whiskey, Doc O Dynamite, and Oklahoma Fuel. They have one of the largest bands of Doc O Dynamite mares in the region. Their Young horses are run in big, rough country to mature, earning their way on the ranch before going on to the arena, show ring, or for pleasure. The horses are bred for disposition, soundness, conformation, and cow with speed and brains. The Harrington ranch raises cattle and horses in Dillon and the Grasshopper Valley. The Hirschy family has ranched in the Big Hole for over 110 years, and runs cow/calf and yearling operations in the Big Hole and near Twin Bridges.

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Ingram Quarter Horses

Spur Cross Ranch, located in Gallatin Gateway, Montana, just outside of Bozeman, is the home of Ingram Quarter Horses.  Ingram Quarter Horses has been breeding, raising and training quality American Quarter Horses for over 25 years and is dedicated to producing top quality horses with proven bloodlines.    We currently breed to our own stallion, Peptoes, a red roan stallion by Peptoboonsmal, out of a producing daughter of the great Doc O’Lena.  In addition to Peptoes, we breed to very select outside racing stallions such as Bodacious Dash, One Famous Eagle and Hez Our Secret.    Our broodmares are individually selected based not only on their bloodlines, but their conformation, disposition, color and overall looks.  All foals are mare-raised in the clear Montana blue sky and green grass pastures.   The resulting offspring have been performers in a variety of areas including the show arena, cutting horse competitions, barrel racing and many solid ranch horses.

In addition to the quarter horses at Spur Cross Ranch, we also co-own Ruby Tuesday DNA, a broodmare by Peppy San Badger.  Ruby Tuesday is a NCHA $200,000+ winner and dam of 33 foals, of which 19 are performers with earnings over $950,000.    Ruby Tuesday DNA has produced performers sired by Dual Rey, High Brow Cat, Metallic Cat and other top stallions. 

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Myers Performance Horses

Managed by Bill and Deb Myers and their boys Chad, Billy, Brandon and Brady, Myers Performance Horses issituated in the beautiful Black Hills of South Dakota. They understand the importance of horses that have good minds, plenty of speed and cow.  Mares with good bone, straight legs, good minds and lots of substance; compliment their stallion line up in a successful effort to build their horse program to one of the best in the nation.

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Open Spear Ranch

Running U Quarter Horses

 

Urs Schmidlin

 

Weaver Quarter Horses

The Open Spear Ranch is a family­ owned ranching operation located in south central Montana north of Big Timber. We raise quality registered American Quarter Horses and commercial cattle. The Open Spear Ranch currently runs 40 registered top quality quarter horse broodmares carrying the foundation bloodlines of: High Brow Cat, Docs Hickory, Peptoboonsmal, Reminic, Playgun, Peppy San Badger, Freckles Playboy, Montana Doc, Nu Cash, Chic Pleae, CD Olena, That Sly Cat, Mister Dual Pep, Two Eyed Jack, Doc Bar, Doc O’Lena, King Fritz, Dual Rey and many more. Our studs are sons of Peptoboonsmal, High Brow Cat, Docs Hickory and a grandson of Shining Spark/ Freckles Playboy. These OSR horses exhibit super dispositions and we have many cutting, reining, roping, working cow horse and stud prospects for sale private treaty.

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Running U Livestock, Inc, is a second generation, family owned and operated working horse and cattle ranch, located in beautiful western Utah. Running U Livestock was founded by Terry & Elaine George,  and is now being operated by their daughter and son-in-law, Shamus & Jolyn Haws. Shamus & Jolyn hope one day to be able to pass the business on to their 4 daughters and many more generations to come. The Running U brand itself has been in the family for more than 150 years. 

Running U is always striving to produce top bred Quarter Horses with conformation, disposition and athletic ability to succeed as ranch and cow horses in and out of the arena. Our horses are raised on 30,000+ acres on the Oquirrh Mountain range. Running U currently runs approximately 250 head horses for breeding and ranch work, along with a herd of commercial cattle. Running U Livestock is one of the largest & most reputable Quarter Horse breeders in the western United States, as well as an AQHA Ranching Heritage Breeder. They have been featured in several nationally recognized publications because of the values and honesty they are known for. “Our horses are the result of selective breeding to produce and raise exceptionally high quality, top performance & working ranch horses”.

“We are very proud of the top bloodlines that our horses posess. Our goal is to raise some of the top Ranch and Performance horses in the industry! “

 

My family and I moved to southwest Montana in 1997. Prior to that I cowboyed in Nevada and California.  I have been managing the Horse Prairie Ranch since 1998, and that’s where I started a small Quarter Horse breeding business that we call UL Quarter Horses. I purchased my first two fillies from the Van Norman ranch when I was still working in Nevada. With the thought in the back of my mind to use them as brood mares later on. The red roan filly was out of a stud named Wyo Fancy Dan and became one of my favorite and best producing mares, after I used her to cowboy on for quite a few years. Later I added a few more mares one of those is a own daughter of Topolena that came from the Atwood ranch. I had that mare AI’d to a Atwood stud name Colonel Doc Bar Chex which was a son of Colonel Freckles, and a reserve champion at one of the World’s greatest horseman competitions. The Topolena mare then had a stud colt that we named Colonel Top Chex and became our breeding stud. I have started almost all of the colts myself, and used them on the ranch for everyday work. Our horses have proven themselves to have good dispositions, good confirmation, color and good minds. Four of them are still in the string here on the ranch and the others we sold to various places including two to Switzerland and three to Germany.
I was pleased of given the opportunity to have one of my horses in the MSU colt starting class.

 

The Weaver family has a long tradition of raising horses since 1887. The brand, A standing X, was recorded in the weaver name in 1888 and is still going strong six generations later. Stan and his wife Nancy live in the Bear Paw Mountains by Big Sandy, Mont. The Weaver Horses are known for their bone structure, stamina, conformation and the keen eye for a cow. Some of the horses bloodlines include Peptoboonsmal, Peppy San Badger, Frenchman’s Guy, Smart Little Lena and Poco Bueno. Weaver horses possess the mind and disposition in whatever you ask of them