Before I was born, they stood racing stallions commercially in Utah and Idaho. I was born in Idaho and just two years later, we moved to California after my father got his big break in the horse business. He made a deal with his good friend, the late Ivan Ashment, for his ranch and entire herd of champions in Apple Valley. There, my folks started the first private commercial embryo transfer business in the world, and it was not well accepted at the time. My father has told me many times, “You can tell who the pioneers are because they are the ones with arrows in their backs.”
My parents had tremendous success in the Quarter Horse racing industry and led the nation in winners from 1988-1992. Their 18-time graded stakes-winning mare Finely Tuned was the first ever Grade 1 winner to have a foal and return to win a race afterward. That foal was carried by a recipient mare. Things that are common today were totally revolutionary back then!
My childhood memories are filled with days on the ranch and racetracks. In the 1990s, my parents transitioned into Thoroughbred racing. It took a little time, but they followed the same business plan they had in years prior and acquired the best horses they could afford with the best genetics possible. Perhaps their best-known acquisition was 1998 Kentucky Derby winner Real Quiet. He went on to win the Preakness Stakes and was the runner-up in the Belmont Stakes, missing the Triple Crown by just a nose!
I didn’t know what a Western performance horse was until 2001. My father rode a cutting horse in Oklahoma, on buffalo nonetheless – he fell off twice, by the way – and from that moment on, he was hooked. We found out more about cutting horses and the performance horse industry in general and realized that it is very large. The rest is history.
My wife and I purchased the family business in 2008. I can say that I have gotten through these past eight years because of the path I’ve traveled thus far in life. I wouldn’t be where I am today without the upbringing I had, as well as my clients, many of which are also my dear friends. I consider standing and managing their stallions both a duty and a privilege. We do business as SDP Buffalo Ranch, but the legal entity is actually Legacy Stud LLC. We take what we do seriously and are in it for the long haul. Legacys aren’t built in a day or a decade. Legacys come about through daily devotion, hard work, getting up when you’re knocked down and an unwavering commitment to tomorrow.
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