Friday, May 24, 2013

King P-234 - a Foundation for Performance Horses

King P-234 was the real beginning of the performance horse. Most of the 'foundation' performance horse sires have King blood in them, and a lot of it! Some examples are Okie Leo(a grandson), Joe Cody(a grandson) who sired greats like Topsail Cody, Poco Bueno(one of the greatest horses that ever breathed in my opinion), Royal King(a son who sired lots of greats), King Fritz(a grandson and a great-grandson who has a lot of influence in the horse world still today) and Hollywood Jac 86(a grandson and a VERY influential sire!) to name just a few.

Some more 'modern' horses with King blood in them are Hollywood Dun It(2nd all time leading sire in Reining, offspring earnings almost $6 million), Shining Spark(my personal favorite! a $3 million sire), Topsail Cody (Bob Loomis' famous horse) and Katie Gun(the best broodmare EVER!! She is the dam of Gunner, Spooks Gotta Gun, Dun it Gotta Gun and MORE super Famous horses) and MORE!.

As AQHA put it
In the kingdom of Quarter Horses, there are many legends, but there is only one King – King P-234.

 The bay colt was foaled June 25, 1932, on Manuel Benavides Volpe’s ranch in Laredo, Texas.  The colt’s sire, Zantanon by Little Joe, was considered the Man O’War of Mexico.  Jabalina, the colt’s dam by Strait Horse, was hogbacked and difficult to handle, and traced to Little Rondo and Traveler.

Hankins used the stallion as a regular cow horse, roping and cutting on his.  The rancher eventually quit using King because of the stallion’s heavy breeding schedule.

King sired a few racehorses such as Squaw H, but is best remembered for siring horses with tremendous performance ability and cow sense.  A few of the stallion’s better known sons were Poco Bueno, Royal King, King’s Pistol and Continental King.

The grand old stallion died of a heart attack in 1958 at 26.  He was inducted into the American Quarter Horse Hall of Fame in 1989.

Although the body of King may not still be alive, his legend can never die.

Monday, March 25, 2013

What sets a true horseman apart?

You do not have to be a super athlete to ride well. And you do not have to be a genius to train a horse well, either.
There are some very successful horsemen who are short and fat with no more athletic ability or brain power than the next guy.
So, what sets these successful horsemen apart?
A strong desire to succeed and an acute awareness of what they are doing.
The big “success factor” here is the awareness of what they are doing and the ability to change when they discover they’re doing something wrong.
This “awareness and ability to change” is so important it can’t be stressed enough.
Larry Trocha

Tuesday, March 5, 2013


Playgun is a super cool horse!  

He is:
AQHA Show H-0/P-24
ROM Cutting

1996 AQHA World Jr Cutting-3rd
1997 AQHA Worldd Jr Cutting-7th
1995 AQHA High Point Cutting-3rd
1997 AQHA Hi Point Cutting-10th

NCHA $168,408 COA
LTE $186,000
Finalist at 21 Major Events

Sire of NCHA Super Stakes Open and Non Pro Champions, NCHA World Champion, RHAA World Champion (and more), Offspring Earnings over $4,500,000 and growing.
Breeder: Wes Shahan, Pleasanton, TX

Are you just surviving a situation with your horse? (video of the week)

These are some great principals he is teaching here. I had a horse that I was just surviving with until I sold her, I should have taken the time to ix her and make her a good, reliable horse. But I didn't, I could, I was doing it with other horses at the same time, I just didn't. And, I was terrified of that horse and did not have anywhere near a good relationship with her. Don't follow my example! Fix the horse before they fix you(think hospital, broken bones etc.) Please share any experiences!

Monday, February 18, 2013

Shining Spark

His foals have earned more than
$7.3 Million
and more than
32,881 AQHA points

Shining Spark is a
$3 Million Dollar NRHA
$3 Million Dollar NRCHA Sire!

 2011 NRHA Hall of Fame inductee
2008 NRCHA #1 Leading Sire

The NRCHA's #1 All-Time Leading Sire and the First $2 Million Dollar Sire & First $3 Million Dollar Sire! 
The NRHA's #4 All-Time Leading Sire!

The NRHA's Youngest Two Million Dollar Sire!
AQHA's #2 All-Time Leading Living Sire of Performance ROM 
Sire of 60 World or Reserve World Championships!


In 2008 he was the Sire or Grandsire (maternal & paternal)
of More than 40% of the
NRHA Futurity Finalists!

Shining Spark babies have an amazing and trainable mind, plus, they inherit his beauty!


Yeah, he's super cool! 
(and yeah, I want one of his babies!!)


Bloodline research.

Any of you who know me well probably know that I spend an exuberant amount of time doing pedigree and bloodline research. I am going to start putting some of what I learn up on this blog so it is recorded so I can remember it. (I have a terrible memory!) 90% of the research I do is for reining horses, if they bore you than just don't read it!

First up, the one and only(oh, and GORGEOUS!!) Shining Spark!!


Friday, February 15, 2013

Some inspiration for ya! (Video of the week)

I don' know how many times I have watched this video. Probably close to a hundred no joke!!! I never leave it without feeling inspired and wanting to be better! This is my goal in training horses, to be able to not only train, but communicate with them in this way.

R.I.P Roxy!! You were amazing! (this next video is amazing too!)