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