Rusty Quam Barrel Horses – Home to 3 Great Stallions

by Michelle on January 14, 2015

Born a Saskatchewan Cowgirl, Rusty Rae Quam now of Wainwright, AB competes on all three stallions she and Dale Woodward currently stand.  Each carry top bloodlines of the industry, but yet all different. You can imagine this must make for fun times picking and choosing the right stallion for each mare.

This is the fourth special feature ranch interview we have don,e and each one is just as interesting. Thank you Rusty Rae for taking the time to answer these questions.

How long have you been breeding Quarter Horses, tell us about the history of your ranch.
Foolish Perks

Foolish Perks

In 2000 I leased the stud that was the sire to the grey geldings I went to the CFR on “Old Moon Dancer”. With the help of my Dad we hand bred 3 mares. After that every year we would breed a couple mares to various studs. In 2008 Blue Is Rare was born on the Wainwright ranch and because of his bloodline and his disposition we decided to leave him a stud. In 2012 I said to Dale if we could find a Dash For Perks mare or stud colt we should buy it. In 2013 a Dash For Perks stud colt off a daughter of Dr Nick Bar and On The Money Red on the bottom of that came on Barrel Horse World. I bought him sight unseen from Mark and Denise Lecy in MN. Buying something sight unseen was very scary and took ten years off my life but after seeing his colts hit the ground last spring I am very happy we did. We purchased Simply Famous in April of 2014 with Reg and Sharon Nitschke. We are awaiting his colts in the spring and he is busy getting ready for his futurity year which is this year.

What is your ultimate goal for your breeding program? What keeps you going during the hard days?
I think every breeders goal is to produce colts that make it to the futurity pen or the rodeo arena. If they make it there you know that you are producing colts

Foolish Perks Pedigree

Foolish Perks Pedigree

that are not only trainable but have huge athletic ability. We stand our studs at the Diamond N Ranch in Stettler which is a little over 2 hrs of a drive one way. It is very time consuming driving studs back and forth. I would not stand them anywhere else. It is beautiful facility and Dawn Gertner is excellent at collecting studs, shipping, and AI’ing my mares. They also have Dr. Ty Corbiell from Cor Vet Services there on a regular basis. So after a very long breeding season it is always rewarding to see what you have produced when the colts hit the ground the next spring.

Tell us about your stallion(s) and what made you pick him to promote
Blue Is Rare

Blue Is Rare

All of our studs have the breeding of champions and are all a little different. Blue Is Rare’s bloodline

Blue Is Rare Pedigree

Blue Is Rare Pedigree

is very unique to Canada. There is not much of it up here but is very popular in the US racing industry. He is bred to go straight ahead really fast! I think he will be the perfect out cross on your mares that are bred to turn such as the Frenchman’s Guys and the Dash Ta Fame’s. Foolish Perks bloodlines are some of the hottest in the business right now. Dash For Perks has sired a lot of champion barrel horses but his latest is world champion barrel horse Latte of Mary Walker’s. On the bottom Foolish Perks Mom is a 3/4 sibling to newly crowned world champion barrel horse Baby Flo of Fallon Taylor’s. Simply Famous is off the greatest barrel horse producing sire Dash Ta Fame. With that being said he is also off of a daughter of the great Firewater Flit who has produced world champions and NFR barrel horses.

Tell us about some successful offspring from your stallion or breeding program.
Foolish Perks Baby

Foolish Perks Baby

Blue’s oldest colts are 3 yr olds this spring. For a young stud he has exceeded all our expectations on what he is throwing for babies. His colts are very trainable and anyone is going to be able to get along with them. They are big movers with big stops. They have a lot of bone, big foot, long hips, and great shoulders. They were riding nicely in a short period of time and will be started on the barrel pattern this summer. The Foolish Perks babies are now yearlings. When we halter broke them last fall they were leading in minutes. They are very smart and want to be your friend.

What is your favorite part of standing a stallion to the public?
Simply Famous

Simply Famous

Our favorite part of standing studs is all the positive feedback we have been getting from other people about the babies off of our studs. It is very rewarding to hear all of the positive about the offspring. It’s also very neat to have all the different types of mares of other people are breeding to our studs. This coming spring we will anxiously be awaiting a colt off a daughter of Dash For Perks that was the winner of five futurities is expecting a Blue baby. Also a daughter of FDD Dynasty that is expecting a Blue baby. This colt is destined for the race track. Also a Dash Ta Fame daughter in Idaho is expecting a Foolish Perks baby. Simply Famous will be expecting a baby off a mare that has been to the FCA finals. So this coming spring will be very exciting.

If applicable, tell us about the mare power on your ranch.
Blue Is Rare Baby

Blue Is Rare Baby

We try to have all proven mares or proven producing mares in our band. We have a daughter of Crimewave that has won money in the futurities, derbies, CCA, CPRA and WPRA rodeos. A daughter of Shake Em Open who won money in the derbies and CCA rodeos and is a go round winner at the CCA finals. A daughter of Red who is an NFR barrel sire. This mare has an offspring that is currently winning money at the CPRA rodeos and is a futurity champion. A daughter of Winning Rythym who ran AA on the track and is the dam to Blue Is Rare who is a futurity, derby champion. A daughter of LDS Unleashed who is making a name or himself in the barrel horse world with colts being futurity champions. This mare is off a daughter who ran at the CFR and is a CPRA year end champion. A daughter of Chicks Beduino who ran AA on the track. A daughter of Old Moon Dancer who won money at futurities, derbies, CCA and CPRA rodeos. And a daughter of a Dash of Beduino who was on track for the futurities but was injured.

What would be one tip you could offer to owners shopping for stallion services?
Simply Famous Pedigree

Simply Famous Pedigree

I like to figure out the weaker spots in my mares and cross them on a stud that has strong points to compliment the mare’s weaker spots.

Say if I have a free running mare I want to cross that mare on a stud that is bred to turn. Or if I have a mare that is a bit hotter disposition I will want to try to cross her on something more laid back. Barrel horses come in all shapes and sizes so I don’t worry a whole bunch about the size I’m going to maybe get in the colts as long as they are athletic and trainable.

Could you offer any advice to someone considering getting into the breeding business?
Make sure if you are not doing the breeding yourself that you have a reliable place to stand your studs or get your mares bred. Do your research. Ask around and make sure all the experiences people have had there have been good ones.

 

For more information on Rusty Quam Barrel Horses and the Stallions, visit their website or find Rusty on Facebook You can also find more information on each stallion in their ads here on RodeoClassifieds.com –> Foolish Perks, Blue Is Rare, Simply Famous

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