Bobby Lewis Quar­ter Horses, Over­brook, Okla.

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BOBBY LEWIS HAS WON DOZENS of AQHA world ti­tles, is a Na­tional Cut­ting Horse As­so­ci­a­tion Hall of Fame in­ductee and com­petes in the Na­tional Reined Cow Horse As­so­ci­a­tion, and that ex­pe­ri­ence in­forms his decades-old breed­ing pro­gram.

“I’ve al­ways been re­ally con­cerned about con­for­ma­tion, good body, clean legs, sound­ness and good-mind­ed­ness,” Lewis said. “That means I try to stay up with the times on what the gen­eral pub­lic wants. They want a com­fort­able horse, size-wise. I don’t breed for the great big horses, per­son­ally. I like cow-bred horses. The 14.3 to 15-hand type of horses is what I’m try­ing to breed for. Head­ing, heel­ing, and calf rop­ing. I want that speed, I want a good mind, I want them sound. When peo­ple call look­ing for one, that’s what they’re want­ing.”

Lewis has 40 to 50 colts on the ground an­nu­ally, and he sells some as wean­lings and keeps some back to sell as they get a lit­tle older. Pedi­gree is key, Lewis said, as many cus­tomers are look­ing for one bred to spe­cial­ize.

“A lot of them don’t have race horse blood­lines, but fur­ther back in their pedi­grees they do have some run,” Lewis said. “But the big­gest thing is that they’ll let you do your busi­ness when you get to the cow. They’re bred for the event, rather than just for speed.”

Lewis sells his horses at the oc­ca­sional sale, but mostly they’re avail­able through pri­vate treaty. And any­more, he’s selling horses to week­end rop­ers look­ing to get an edge on the com­pe­ti­tion.

“I get calls all the time and I see peo­ple want­ing bet­ter horses be­cause of how much these rop­ings pay,” Lewis said. “The World Se­ries and the USTRC have been phe­nom­e­nal for the team rop­ing horses. You can win so much money at them. The guys who win want a horse that’s ca­pa­ble of giv­ing them the op­por­tu­nity to win. As far as train­ing, rais­ing, and pro­duc­ing rop­ing horses, there’s a real mar­ket out there.”

JOSEPH HAR­RI­SON AND CHIP

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