Ful­ton Fam­ily Per­for­mance Horses, Todd County, S.D.

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LONG BE­FORE THE LATE BRIAN FUL­TON’S name be­came syn­ony­mous with leg­endary per­for­mance-horse stal­lion A Streak Of Fling, Ful­ton qual­i­fied for two Wran­gler Na­tional Fi­nals Rodeos and won the all-around ti­tle in the Bad­lands Cir­cuit 12 times. So when Ful­ton bought A Streak Of Fling al­most 20 years ago, his goal was to pro­duce top-of-the-line calf rop­ing and team rop­ing horses.

“He was look­ing for a stud who could pro­duce the types of horses he com­peted on,” Lisa Ful­ton, Brian’s widow, said. “He caught the eye of the bar­rel peo­ple, and that Cin­derella story is what it is. Where he started from is what you’re see­ing to­day in the team rop­ing, bull dog­ging, and calf rop­ing horses—that was his sole in­tent to be­gin with.”

Horses like Sarah Rose McDon­ald’s late, great Fame Fling N Bling helped make A Streak Of Fling fa­mous in the bar­rel pen, but early believ­ers in his team rop­ing off­spring are al­ready see­ing their in­vest­ment pay div­i­dends. Zac Small rode 2005 AQHA geld­ing Streakin Sun Dew (A Streak Of Fling x PC Sun Dew x Sun Frost) to qual­ify for the 2016 WNFR, and win the 2016 Bob Feist In­vi­ta­tional and the 2017 Rodeo Hous­ton team rop­ing ti­tle.

“They’re truly a di­ver­si­fied horse,” Ful­ton said. “We get them started and ready to roll so you can take them any di­rec­tion you want. We don’t start them in any di­rec­tion be­cause there are some you can take ei­ther way.”

The Ful­ton Sale has gar­nered world-wide fame over the last 17 years, held an­nu­ally at the Cherry County Fair­grounds in Valen­tine, Neb. The 2017 edi­tion of­fered 57 head of wean­lings, year­lings, 2-year-olds, and 3-year-olds sired by Ful­ton Ranch stal­lions as well as prospects from guest con­signors.

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