Bobby Lewis Quarter Horses, Overbrook, Okla.
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.”