Welcome to Painted River Ranch
2016 has been a busy year for me; full of tough decisions and pleasant surprises, to even out heartache with blessings of the future. I made the tough decision to sell the ranch and head back to my past career as an animal health technician. I have to move closer to my job, keep a couple good mares and stallion, Pistol Packin Frekles in order to continue producing the type of horses "Rancher" (Bruce) would be proud of and carry on what we had together. The horses and the program are all that we had left together, and I hope people will continue to believe in me and the horses Bruce & I raised since the ranches inception in 1998. You can read more about Rancher and his life on the "In Loving Memory " page.
Fulfilling One of Bruce's final requests to show the stallion we purchased in 2013, turned out to be his final blessing and gift to me. I love this stallion and his offspring and they give me great hopes of the future. Pete remained just as quiet and sensible in the pen with cycling mares as he did at home in the pasture breeding them . But he was all business in the pen and minded his p's and q's. He packed me around like the professional he was and forgave my mistakes, I learned a lot and he always remained a gentleman. I made a video for Rancher, as he honestly should have been here to see his performances
I will continue to breed a few broodmares to our 2X Pt.H.A. World Champion Stallion, Pistol Packin Frekles and raise colorful, versatile paint horses for a wide variety of disciplines whether you are looking for a started show horse or a reliable recreation, trail riding or ranch horse. They are started with a good solid foundation combining outside miles and arena training, to make it easy to build on to the discipline of your choice. Our prospects have gone on to pursue successful careers in the dressage pen, rope pen, show pen and competitive trail riding events.
Our APHA horses are amateur and youth friendly and compete successfully at 4-H, local & world show levels. One of the first paint horse we raised went on to become a 5X APHA World Champion speed event horse. Smokey still holds the record for most APHA World Titles won by a Canadian Bred horse.
In today's competitive and saturated horse market we realize that not everyone is looking for a show or arena horse. Most folks want something broke, honest, reliable and most of all safe. People are more busy today than they were decades ago, they want something trustworthy they can jump on and go for a relaxing ride on whether they ride once a week or once a year. These horses need to be consistent and reliable. I try to build those types of horses starting at conception. Dispositions and brains are the most important qualities our mares and stallion must posses & are constantly striving to improve disposition, conformation, movement and athletic, versatile abilities.
When you visit our sale page you will not find a lot of broke horses or horses from other breeders. We ride and sell what we breed, and those horses sell very quickly once lightly started. You will rarely find a PRR horse advertised for sale, and when you do, they sell quickly. Most PRR horses become life-long companions and are a truly cherished investment.
Petes limited foal crop are beginning to make their debuts in Canadian show pens earning points in halter, in hand trail, lunge line, walk/trot and trail.
Above - Shelby Mikolajczyk showing Small Town Pistols, this 2 year old was started and shown by a youth and was walk/trot champion on the North Country Circuit.
Above Stephanie McMillan and PRR Pistol Packin Zippo
Above Ronnie Nordal and Pistol Packin Charm, SPHC In Hand Trail Jackpot Champions (for sale)
PRR horses have proven they can hold their own at World APHA levels. PRR Classy Whiskey, A.Pt. H.A World top five youth halter geldings and APHA superior halter, PRR Time for Scotch. We bred and trained the 2012 APHA Zone 10 Novice Amateur All-Around Champion and A.P.H.C. High Point Open Jr. Trail Horse. PRR Time For Scotch - (Justin). Laura and Justin made the APHA Top 20 Novice Amateur World list in 2012.
I own 2X World Champion and Reserve World Champion (Pt.H.A) Paint Stallion Pistol Packin Frekles, APHA/Pt.H.A. (a.k.a. “Pete). Pete has APHA superiors in western pleasure and trail, ROM’S & World Titles in horsemanship, a Reserve World Champion title in western riding, APHA points in halter, showmanship, hunter under saddle and hunt seat equitation. He has been shown in amateur and novice amateur divisions, proving he is a great minded, athletic & versatile stallion. We know the introduction of this World Champion to our selected broodmare band will only improve our offspring's talent, ability, disposition and movement