Founded in 1974, Quickstad Quarter Horses was originally located near Hettinger, North Dakota. The foundation of their broodmare band was carefully selected for foundation breeding, speed, and conformation. The original mares were daughters of Jackstraw Jr. (TB), Steelmark (TB) by Depth Charge, Bay Leo by Leo, Top Show by Top Deck (TB), Magnolia Bars by Three Bars and a race winning granddaughter of Triple Chick.
Within six years these original mares had produced state and regional halter class winners and the North Dakota State Champion HS heeling horse who went on to compete successfully at the National HS finals rodeo under Danny Lambourn’s guidance.
In 1981 a job transfer for Bob brought the Quickstads to their current location near Sturgis, South Dakota. The historic Bismarck to Deadwood Stage route borders their ranch on the north. And the original wagon wheel ruts can still be seen just west of the ranch house.
Shortly after their arrival in the Black Hills, a good friend, Rick Dunne, introduced Bob and Jan to Ruby and Andy Dacar of Beulah, Wyoming. Befriended by the Dacars, Bob and Jan made many trips to the Dacar’s mare pasture and were impressed by the quality of the mares and foals.
Later they would learn that the mares were strong in the ONO Ranch breeding of Glen and Nora French. It seemed ironic as Bob’s first quarter horse, foaled when he was just 16, was sired by a French-bred horse named French Beau who was by Classy Jr. by Classy Bars and out of Centa Arrow by Texas Dan Fe. Quarter Horses are frequently used for guided tours in the Arizona-Utah area.
Realizing that what looked good to Bob 15 years earlier was still riding and winning for the Dacars, it didn’t take them long to purchase Angel’s Whisper, a mare that would spend the next 14 years on the Quickstad Ranch.
Today, seven of the Quickstad mares are out of own daughters of Sir Beat an NCHA point earner and sire of point earners used extensively in the French/Dacar operations.
The fancy, robust foals that romp in the Quickstad pastures each spring are a tribute to the vision of two great horsewomen, Nora French and Ruby Dacar. Learn more about Spanish horses here.
Island Morgan Horse Farm – Booms B.C.
Morgan Horse Mares, Geldings, and Stallions, and Breeding on Vancouver Island.
Island Morgan Horse Farm is a Registered Morgan Horse breeding establishment located in Virginia Estates in Coombs, B.C. Howard Fowler, the owner, began breeding horses in 1969. The lineage can be traced back through Sun King, to Sun Dust, to the Gold Dust line, and back to the original Justin Morgan.
We produce horses suitable for show, trail, and other working specialties. We raise these horses for sale and breeding purposes.
The present stallion, standing 16 hh, Island Conquest, took reserve champion at the Pacific Northwest Morgan Horse Show a few years ago. He is used for most of the breeding. The other stallion Island Grand Duke, a 15.3 hh palomino, is also used for breeding.
There are seven geldings ranging in ages from two to eight years old. There are also three young stallions available for sale. A number of fillies are available as well. The rest of the over thirty horses are mares ranging in ages from three to fifteen years old.
All the horses are either liver chestnuts, chestnuts, palomino and even cremellos. If you want to learn more about Spanish Horses, click here.
All of the horses are seen by a farrier regularly and are up to date on their West Nile Virus shots. They all have excellent feet and conformation. The Morgan horses at Island Morgan Horse Farm are all very people friendly.