2008 AQHA Morgan Dun N Stone
ACTRA Winnings
(earned from ~6 months of being hauled):

$1682
California Region 3 High Point Saddle
Basso's Arena Labor Day High Point Saddle
Clausen's Arena High Point Buckle


5 Panel N/N
LWO N/N
 
AQHA, FQHR, ICHR, APHA
87.2% Foundation
 
Perlino Champagne
Dun Roan
 
Sire: The Stone Cutter
Dam: Take Care of Morgan (by Morgan Gist)
 
AllBreedPedigree Link
Performance: 
During the Summer of 2017, Zeus and Casey Fowler racked up almost $1700, 3 saddles, and a buckle in American Cowboy Team Roping Association (ACTRA) events. Casey started Zeus roping in late 2016 and they won a buckle their first time out in late March. Zeus really enjoys chasing steers and picked up roping right away. Zeus has shown that he's got the talent, trainability, and willingness to get things done in the arena. If funds ever allow, we'd love for Casey to keep up the great relationship he developed with Zeus.

















 






























Zeus's first real outing was with trainers Krista and Dave with  From Start to Foundation.  Up until Summer 2015, Zeus had only been hauled a handful of times but this has, so far, been his most successful event: 8th place in the June, 2015 Charles Wilhem Ultimate Super Horse Challenge at the Sacramento Expo. This was a 4 day competition with multiple events ranging from an obstacle course to a "Meet and Greet" at the front of the Exposition Center. Zeus also gave Cowboy Dressage a shot with Krista and Dave. Cowboy Dressage focuses on harmony between horse and rider through "soft feel" where the horse's willingness and attentiveness is paramount to the score. While Cowboy Dressage was never our ultimate goal for Zeus, it is a great tool for development of mind and body for more advanced and specific disciplines.

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Zeus was started on cattle by Tye MacDonald, however, Tye moved back to his home state of Montana and was kind enough to offer his endorsement of Zeus, so feel free to contact him. Zeus did another 30 days of cattle training with Mark Luis during March, 2016; however Mark then moved to Oklahoma and we were lucky enough to have linked up with Casey Fowler who finished Zeus out as a head horse and hauled him around California with a lot of success in 2017.
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Temperament:
Zeus is the go-to horse for parades and even lessons for beginners because of his laid back temperament. He is very much on the lazy side (aside from in the box) and has crossed very well on our hotter mares, resulting in foals that are patient enough to think about a problem instead of just physically reacting to it, but still have enough energy to be a fun ride. He is not spooky and doesn't get frazzled easily.
Zeus is a great learner and is a "thinker." When learning something new, he will sit a minute and think about it, then try again. Once he has learned something new, he retains it very well and does not have to be re-taught. The only thing Zeus seems to get hot about is chasing cows. We never would've guessed we'd have to hold him back at anything, but he does get somewhat hot in the roping box.
 
Conformation:
Zeus is overall using ranch bred and it is obvious in his physique. He is very well balanced with the perfect length back, wide chest and large hindquarters. He stands 15.1 hands and was slow to mature, alternating between "up" and "out" growth phases until about 7-8 years old. He has substantial bone and very natural musculature. His front legs are straight, the rear have just a bit of stance to them, which we prefer for cow work as it offers a bit more stability when crouching. His shoulder could definitely lay back a bit more; we have made sure to match our mares to compliment him in this weaker area. He has a lovely head with nicely set small ears, which he seems to pass on to all his foals, and a bit of a thick throat latch and studly neck.

Pictures below are from March, 2016.
Pedigree: Zeus's extended pedigree can be seen here.
Zeus is mostly old ranch bred with many of the names in his pedigree coming from historical renowned ranches with their own breeding programs, specifically designed for the work warranted for the early 1900s cattle industry. He is registered with the Foundation Quarter Horse Registry, testing in at 87.2% foundation. And while his foundation percentage comes from Old West ranches, there is also a long history of arena performers and winners in all disciplines. Halter, roping, cutting, rodeo, and even a shot of speed not too far back (Boston Mac). Zeus's pedigree is the epitome of what a versatile cow horse bloodline looks like.  Virtually every horse in Zeus's pedigree has proven its worth as a cow horse, as has Zeus.

Sire: The Stone Cutter
2009 ~ Kansas Buckskin Horse Assocation
High Point Aged Stallion
Top 5 on ABRA Honor Roll Halter Stallions
Register of Merit (ROM) in ABRA halter
 
2006 ~ FQHR Round up & Review
Reserve Grand Champion Stallion
Champion 2-3 yr old Stallions
Champion 2 yr old In Hand Trail
 
2006 ~ WFQHA World Show
Champion 2 yr old In Hand Trail
Reserve Champion 2-3 yr old Stallions
 
2006 ~ Kansas Buckskin Horse Association
High Point Halter Stallion
 
2006 ~ Kansas State Horse Show Circuit
Over All High-Point Halter Horse
High Point winner in:
Buckskin at Halter, 2 and under at Halter,
Stock Type at Halter,

Registered Quarter Horse at Halter

2005 ~ Reserve World Champion WFQHA Yearling Stallion
Sugar King Bartender
Herd sire at the Running V Ranch in Richmond, KS.
​Finished in all aspects of ranching.
​​ Two ID Bartender
Pitzer Ranch bred and owned; son of legendary Two Eyed Jack. Numerous accomplishments through his whole pedigree.
His own include:
AQHA Point Earner: H-19, P-164
1984 Open AQHA Champion
1983 ~ Open Superior Dally Team Roping, Heeling
Open High Point Dally Team Roping, Heeling, 5th Place

Open World Show Jr Working Cow Horse, 
10th Place
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My Sugar Susie
AQHA #1978419
Grandaughter of Sugar Bars and daughter of My Sugar King who earned AQHA Show H-17 and P-11
ROM Performance-Open
NCHA $1,735
NCHA COA
Halter Grand 6, Resv 7

Via Boston Cutter
​AQHA #3769261
Broodmare for the Running V Ranch
in Richmond, KS
​​ Boston Charmer
Son of Boston Mac who earned AQHA Race SI-91/AAA/ROM 16-3-4-1 $24,279
AQHA Show H-90, Superior Halter & AQHA Champion

Boston Charmer himself accomplished quite a bit within ABRA, including: 
World Champion
Reserve World Champion
Superior Halter
AQHA Reserve High Point Halter Horse
​​  Starbert C Mae
Grandaughter of Cutter Bill whose accomplishments include: ROM Halter
LTE: $35,964.05 & AQHA H-15/P-334 
AQHA Champion Superior Cutting Horse Performance 
1962 NCHA World Champion Cutting Horse  
1963 AQHA World Champion Cutting Horse
1963 & 1964 ACHA World Champion Cutting Horse
1962 AQHA High Point Honor Roll Cutting Horse
1963 & 1964 PHBA World Champion Cutting Horse PHBA Hall of Fame, AQHA Hall of Fame, NCHA Hall of Fame, ACHA Hall of Fame
 And Sire of 29 World Champions

Dam: Take Care of Morgan
Morgan is a broodmare, currently owned by Rancho Bayo for spectacular Kiger and Lusitano crosses.

Morgan is ~ 19% King P-234.
 
Morgan Gist
Foundation stallion of  AQHA Heritage Breeder
Wagon Wheel Ranch  near Lometa, TX, founder Fred Gist. Though he was not shown, he was used on the ranch and was a product of Fred Gist's breeding program and reportedly a money earner at local events. The Wagon Wheel Ranch was the subject of an Emmy nominated documentary, ”Heritage Preserving The Foundation of the American Quarter Horse,” which can be seen here .
​​​ Hankins Goldnugget
Grandson of King (P-234) and also a product of Fred Gist's hybrid vigor program, containing 41.41% King. His offspring still heavily influence the breeding at the Wagon Wheel Ranch. He was started in cutting, but retired to herd sire.
Our Lightfoot Lady
​Also a grandaughter of King (P-234). Her sire, King Lowell, sired 18 Performers, 14 earned AQHA H-31/P-706, 1 AQHA World Champion, 9 ROM, 2 Superior Performance, & NCHA $1,764. She was acquired by Fred Gist as part of his hybrid vigor program.
 
Take Care Mare
AQHA #1830881
Broodmare for the Donohue Ranch in Greeley, KS.
Take Care O Neall
Grandson of Doc Bar, bred by Mary O'Neall of Take Care Farms in Turney, MO and later owned by Ted Buzzard. Hauled extensively for rodeo.
Placed in the Top 5 roping teams  in the Kansas State Rodeo Association for several years.
Qualified for the United Rodeo Association Finals, 
Cowboys Regional Rodeo Association Finals,
Central Plains Rodeo Assococation Finals,
National & State High School Rodeo Finals,
& National Ranch Rodeo Finals.
 There was an article about 37 year old "Neall" done in 2013, which can be viewed here.
​​ Adams Mare 6811
AQHA #0578498
Product of the breeding program of the Adams Cattle Company and XIT Ranch in Maple Hill, KS. H.G. Adams had a huge impact on the cattle industry in the late 1800's. His son, Raymond Adams, Sr. is credited by AQHA as being one of its first members and his son, Raymond Adams, Jr. was inducted into the Kansas Cowboy Hall of Fame in 2013. Read about the history of the program here.
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Color Guarantee:
To our knowledge, Zeus is the only one of his color in existence (in any breed). He can offer a color guarantee based on his genetics. Zeus is tested as a bay horse, with 2 cream genes, 1 champagne gene, 1 dun gene, and 1 roan gene (Ee AA CrCr ChN Dd Rr). He is homozgyous for agouti and cream only. This means that he will always pass on one agouti gene and one cream gene to his offspring. All the other genes are a 50/50 shot as to whether or not the foal will inherit it, with the exception of roan. The genes that control whether a horse is black or sorrel (called extension) are very very close to the genes that control roan. Because they are so close together, they will pass on to any offspring together about 95% of the time. This means that if Zeus passes his black gene (E) he will also pass on his roan gene (R) most, but likely, EVERY time.
The color of the mare makes a lot of difference on the possible outcome of the foal; however, out of black, bay, or sorrel mares, Zeus can produce the following colors:
 
~ buckskin
~ buckskin roan
~ dunskin (buckskin dun)
~ dunskin roan
~ amber cream (champagne buckskin)
~ amber cream dun
~ amber cream roan
~ amber cream dun roan
 
These are not the only colors that Zeus can produce, just the ones that he can produce out of "plain"
colored mares.
 
We do not recommend breeding cream carriers (palomino, buckskin, cremello, etc) to Zeus because
of his sensitivity to the sun. He sunburns very easily and has a very difficult time seeing in bright
sunlight. This is not a desirable trait and we believe it is caused by the number of dilution genes he
possesses. This can easily be avoided in offspring by not breeding to cream carrying mares.
 
 
~ palomino
~ palomino roan (very unlikely)
~ dunalino (palomino dun)
~ dunalino roan (very unlikely)
~ gold cream (champagne palomino)
~ gold cream roan (very unlikely)
~ gold cream dun
~ gold cream dun roan (very unlikely)