My­ers Per­for­mance Horses, St. Onge, S.D.

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THE MY­ERS FAM­ILY has worked the last four decades to per­fect the com­bi­na­tion of run and cow, able to ex­cel across per­for­mance horse dis­ci­plines, and their cur­rent stal­lions re­flect those ef­forts.

French­mans Guy has un­doubt­edly dom­i­nated the bar­rel rac­ing ranks over the last two decades, but the palomino stud at the cen­ter of the My­ers’s breed­ing pro­gram is mak­ing his mark in the rop­ing arena, too.

“French­mans Guy was a cow horse, more or less,” said Billy My­ers, son of Bill and Deb, who runs the breed­ing op­er­a­tion now. “We’d buy brood­mares and see what worked with him. We can cherry pick through the brood­mares and see what crosses work with our studs and go from there. The combo of cow and run is the best com­bi­na­tion. They’re still good-minded, and they still want to get on their butt and stop. They’ve got enough run in them that they’re the best of both worlds.”

Bill My­ers heads on ev­ery one of the stal­lions they stand, and each colt that comes through the My­ers’s pro­gram as a 2-year-old gets 120 days rid­ing and is started on the Heel-O-Matic. A Smooth Guy, My­ers’s ju­nior stal­lion by French­mans Guy and out of a Dry Doc mare, is out­stand­ing to head and heel on, My­ers said.

“My old man heads on all of our studs,” Billy said. “He won’t keep a stud you can’t rope off of. These three ju­nior studs, he heads on all three of them. He plans on putting Ima Spe­cial Kinda Guy in that fu­tu­rity (see page 90 for more) this fall. Dakota (Kirchen­schlager), Ce­sar (de la Cruz), and (Kaleb) Drig­gers all bred back to A Smooth Guy this year. It’s kind of based on the way he was to rope off of. Smooth Guys are all big boned. He’s com­pletely cow-bred on the bot­tom. He’s old-school cut­ting, be­fore they got small and fine boned. That’s some­thing we don’t do—we don’t keep fine-boned horses. Good bones mean they’re less crip­pled.”

My­ers Ranch part­nered with de la Cruz in 2016 to breed his NFR mount An­nie Oak­ley to A Smooth Guy, and got a bay stud colt this past spring. She’s bred back to A Smooth Guy again this year.

My­ers Ranch sells 30 head of rid­ing horses each fall at the My­ers Ranch and Cop­per Spring Ranch Per­for­mance Horse Sale in Boze­man, Mont.

BILL MY­ERS AND A SMOOTH GUY

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