Black Ranch Inc.


August 22, 2010 • Lakeside, Nebraska

  While it’s been a working cattle operation for more than 100 years, this will be Black Ranch’s first horse production sale, and the horses they’re offering reflect the 55,000-acre ranch’s working history.

  Tyler Bode, horse program manager at Black Ranch, explains that horses wearing the stirrup brand see plenty of miles and cattle—all part of making truly versatile, good-minded horses.

  “We really use these horses on the ranch,” he says. “These horses are bred, raised and ridden to develop cow sense and sound minds, along with athletic ability.”

  On sale day, buyers will have a chance to bid on around 100 head, and about 65 of those horses will be under saddle. These ranch-raised, foundation-bred Quarter Horses will include foals, broodmares, started geldings and fillies, as well as a good selection of finished ranch and arena horses.

  This offering represents several generations of quality genetics, with bloodlines that include Joe Hancock, Blue Valentine, Doc O’ Lena, Leo, Paddy’s Irish Whiskey and many more.

  “We’re crossing foundation ranch horse lines on northern ranching lines like Blue Valentine and Joe Hancock,” says Bode. “Our focus here is to breed them for the jobs we have for our horses on the ranch. We breed for good minds, cow sense and athletic ability. These horses get used daily around the ranch. They’re not only cowy and athletic, but have dispositions that just about anyone can get along with.”

  For more information: Log on the Web to, or call Tyler Bode at (308) 762- 5105 or (402) 843-8361

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Come To The Source Production Sale

August 28, 2010 • Laramie, Wyoming

  The legendary Quarter Horse Blue Valentine was well known as a performance horse with trademark color, and his offspring also offer that Blue Valentine color, good dispositions, substance and minds.

  Twelve years ago, Randy Dunn of Bath Bros. Ranch, Chip Merritt of Merritt Quarter Horses, Sam Shoultz of KeSa Quarter Horses, and Dick Van Pelt of Vista Grande Ranch wanted to preserve the Blue Valentine bloodline and make it available to other horsemen. They created the Come To The Source partnership, using their wealth of experience and the depth of their Blue Valentine bloodlines to offer top quality horses.

  “At one time, there was a chance that the Blue Valentines were just going to quietly slip away,” says Kathy Merritt. “We knew there were people out there who liked these horses. What none of us knew at the time was just how much interest would develop. Blue Valentine was well known in rodeo and roping circles, but his offspring have shown they can do just about anything, and that’s a big draw.”

  At the sale, you can expect to see high-quality, highpercentage Blue Valentine colts with that trademark color.

  “You can’t go anywhere and see a group of horses like these all in one place,” Kathy says. “Because of the depth and diversity of Blue Valentine genetics, we can concentrate on the high percentage of Blue Valentine and blue roan color while producing a quality horse.”

  For more information: Log on the Web to; or call Dick Van Pelt, (307) 742-6746; Sam Shoultz, (970) 484-5688; Chip Merritt, (970) 215-3537; or Randy Dunn, (307) 742-4669.

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Fisher Ranch 15th Annual Production Sale

September 11, 2010 • Eufaula, Oklahoma

  When buyers come to the Fisher Ranch annual production sale, they know they’ll be seeing a consistent colt crop.   

  “There’s no higher concentration of Oklahoma Star and Bert bloodlines anywhere in the United States,” says Roy Fisher. “We’ve been breeding both of these bloodlines for the past 70 years. We started this breeding program with a group of eight Bert daughters, and one of them Trixie Blake P1326 was the first Quarter Horse mare in the breed to produce three AQHA champions. Seventy percent of the mares on the ranch go back to Trixie Blake.”

  Fisher Ranch runs about 1,500 cows over more than 25,000 acres. Fisher Ranch horses today are ridden by some of the top professional world champion cowboys and cowgirls in the nation. That level of quality, along with solid consistency in disposition, athletic ability and bone structure, brings people to the Fisher Ranch sale, and makes others comfortable enough to buy over the phone. They know exactly what to expect from the ranch’s foal crop.

  “There’s not a 10 percent variation in these colts from one end to the other,” says Fisher. “Buyers come to the sale because they’ve had our horses or know people that have had our horses, and they come here knowing they are going to get the same quality.”

  The one-day sale draws some 800 to 1,000 people each year, and buyers will have a chance to bid on some 70 ranch-raised weanlings and 25 to 30 broke horses.

  For more information: Log on to for an on-line catalog, or call (918) 689-2343.

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Chuck and Mary Crago Performance Horses

Private Treaty • Belle Fourche, South Dakota

  “We’re passionate about our horses,” Mary Crago says. “We want to see them in the best hands possible to fully utilize the horse’s—and the rider’s—potential.”

  That passion for trainable, athletic horses with sound bone structure and great dispositions has been a driving force at Chuck and Mary Crago Performance Horses for more than 34 years. Their horses are born in the pastures of South Dakota and bred to go from ranch to arena. They excel in roping, barrels, poles, cutting, and working cow horse and reining, and prove themselves as solid ranch horses.

  “We raise the kind of horses we want to ride,” Mary says. “The horses we show have jobs right here on our ranch.”

  Their herd sires include PC Bronsin, Nonstop Bubblin, CM Dynamite Frost, Duals Blue Peppy and CM Nonstop Nitro.

  The Cragos sell 35 to 50 horses from weanlings to trained prospects through private treaty each year.

  For more information: Log on to; call (605) 892-4297, (605) 645-0375 or (605) 645-1765; e-mail

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Crago Quarter Horses

Private Treaty • Belle Fourche and St. Onge, South Dakota

  In 1976, Vince and Margaret Crago, and sons Bruce, Ralph and Chuck purchased the Quarter Horse stallion Beckwith Dun, a horse bred by Margaret’s father. The stallion stamped his foals with conformation, athletic ability and natural cow, as well as withers, good feet, lots of bone and eye-catching color.

  In the 34 years since, Crago Quarter Horses has become known for producing horses valued on the ranch and in the arena. Because the Crago family has always raised cattle, they say they needed to “breed a true cow horse that can pasture-doctor big yearling cattle (weighing anywhere from 600 to 1,100 pounds), drag calves at brandings, and corral and sort cattle.”

  Those performance horse qualities have led their horses to wins in the arena in reining, working cow horse, ranch horse competitions, ranch rodeo, barrel racing, team roping and team penning. Among the many champions they’ve produced are AQHA reserve world champions and a Center of the Nation Quarter Horse Association Super Horse winner, and they’ve won numerous ranch horse competitions.

  Crago Quarter Horses had hosted 29 annual production sales through 2005. In 2006, they lost family patriarch Vince to cancer. The family hosted their 30th production sale in 2008 and are currently selling private
treaty. Crago Quarter Horses’ 2010 private treaty offering includes weanlings, young horses, ranch and performance

  For more information: Log on to for listings of horses available, or call Bruce and Kim
Crago, (605) 892-4569; Kristy Crago Schmidt, (605) 892-2290; Ralph and Becky Crago, (605) 892-2351; or Colby and Tanya Crago, (605) 892-6654.

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Froelich Quarter Horses

September 18, 2010 • Froelich Ranch, south of Mandan, North Dakota

  With more than 60 years as a family-run ranch, Froelich Quarter Horses remains focused on breeding pretty horses with disposition, conformation, working horse attributes and color. 

  John J. Froelich, who had a preference for palominos with pretty heads, purchased a registered palomino stallion, WRs Commanche Boy, in 1948. He added in the bloodlines of Poco Bueno, Doc Bar, Blue Valentine, King Trumpet, Blackburn 90, Baron Bell and Two-Eyed Jack, remaining focused on producing horses with disposition, conformation and color that were ranchraised and versatile. 

  John passed away in 1993, and today his five sons and grandsons are carrying his dreams forward. Honored in 2009 with the American Quarter Horse Association’s Legacy award, the ranch features ranch-raised stallions West River Blue, FQHR Red Star McKeag and Blue Stars Fire. Recent stallion additions include ID Watch Two, a bay roan with world champions on both top and bottom; Two ID Red Badger; Red Bucks JD Lynx; and Goldun Poco Storm, a flashy grullo reserve world champion. 

  Each fall, the five Froelich brothers work together to host the Froelich Ranch Production Sale, and this year marks the 40th annual sale, offering about 70 head of weanlings. The sale is held at the 25,000-acre
ranch, located some 45 miles south of Mandan, North Dakota. 

  “We specialize in roans and grullos with refined heads and excellent conformation and athletic ability,” says Terry Froelich. 

  The sale typically draws about 300 people from around the U.S., Canada and Mexico, and for many of them it isn’t their first trip to the ranch. 

  “A lot of them are repeat customers,” says Terry.  “That’s the backbone of our business.” 

  For more information: Log on to, or call (678) 494-6829.

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