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We continue to be encouraged by the depth of versatility we're seeing in our horses. The disciplines include ranch versatility performers, youth projects being shown in local shows and rodeos, ranching prospects, elite gelding sales, reputable breeding programs, to name a few. Our goal to raise conformationally correct, athletic, kind, trainable horses that can excel in multiple disciplines seems to be coming to fruition and it's very gratifying. These top photos are just from August and September 2023. The young kids are with CA Jasper and CA Gentry in their new homes in South Dakota, just days after weaning--breeding for disposition matters. The other is of a young mother of 3, an accomplished trainer, upping her own skills by taking on a futurity. She and CA Piper learned a lot and came home with a 6th place finish in the 2 year old Ideal Ranch Horse class at the Ranch Horse Extravaganze in Mason City Iowa over Labor Day weekend! Breeding for athleticism matters too. You don't have to give up one for the other! Thank you to all who helped make our 64th annual sale a great one! We appreciate your belief in our program and if you're new to us, we'd appreciate your checking us out!
Doll kids, SD w/CA Jasper & CA Gentry
Danielle H & CA Piper, MN
Jill Arvik and
CA Amiah Chex
324 Points in 10 Events
Circuit High Point Ranch Horse Heartland Riders
Register of Merits include:
Amateur Ranch Trail
Amateur Ranch Reining
Amateur Select Ranch Rail Pleasure
Amateur Ranch Riding
Amateur Select Ranch Riding
Amateur Ranch Conformation
Open Ranch Conformation
Charlie Arvik and
CA Amiah QT
Just getting their feet wet in the show pen. Don't they look great!!
CA Duke of Bolton brings $50,000 as a 4 year old in the League of Legends Sale! August 2022
CA King Chex
2018 Brown Gelding by Chex Peppy Doc
brings $9000 in the Hermanson Kist Sale, Mandan, ND, September 2022 --A Top 10% of Aged Horses Sale. Congratulations Vandenburg Quarter Horses on the nice job preparing him!
CA Grey Asher (aka Mikey)
2018 Grey Gelding by RC Calcetas
finding success gaming (barrels, poles and breakaway!) Congratulations Taylor G, ND on the fantastic training you're doing. It will be fun to see where this duo goes!!
Ranch Horse Extravaganza & Futurity
Mason City, IA
Sept. 2-4, 2022
Five Carter Acres bred colts and fillies competed at the inaugural Ranch Horse Futurity and Extravaganza in Mason City, Iowa over Labor Day weekend, 2022.
As very newcomers to the showing and versatility discipline, we were very happy with our horses' performances and know what it will take to come back stronger next year!
Houlihan Ranch Colt Starting Clinic
June 2-5, 2022
Four Carter Acres 2 year olds got their start under the watchful eyes of master horseman, Buck Brannaman. Super excited to have been chosen to participate! CA Nissa, started by Lauren Overy, CA Cupid started by Brandon Myers, CA Harry Wells, started by Michael Sparling and CA Katy Frost, started by Tirzah Cadicamo, all did exceptionally well and looked like naturals behind the hot heels on ride #3! It was a great week of learning for horses, trainers and spectators!
Who We Are
Set in the picturesque rolling hills of west central Minnesota, we have been breeding, raising and training Registered Quarter Horses for over twenty years. We are so fortunate to have a valuable heritage in that we are affiliated with the Lazy JS Ranch in Bowman, North Dakota. Nada’s father, Russ Silha, started raising Quarter Horses many years ago. In fact, the ranch hosted its 63rd annual production sale on August 20, 2022, making us one of the longest running Quarter Horse production sales in the country. We do our best to follow in the family footsteps and raise horses that are structurally correct, athletic enough to go to the arena or the ranch and have trainable dispositions that most people can get along with. And, if you’ve noticed that our brand resembles the Jesus fish symbol, that’s on purpose as we strive to follow His teachings, keeping the Golden Rule at the top of our list.
If you are already a satisfied customer and have some photos you’d like to share, we’d love to showcase some of our horses in action! Please email any photos/comments to firstname.lastname@example.org. Enjoy the site and please feel free to contact us with any comments or questions. Our door is always open if you are in the area. We’d love to have you stop by!
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