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Char-Lin Ranch

Char-Lin Ranch is a family owned and operated business raising 100 registered Quarter Horses and 600 Angus Cattle. In July 1985, Charles and Linda Cline bought the ranch west of Cushing, OK as a place to retire after the sale of Cherokee Lines, Inc., the family owned a trucking company with more than 100 trucks […]

Belle Mere Farm

At one time, Belle Mere Farm Ltd. was one of the largest breeding farms in the Southwest.  Owned and operated by Betty and her husband, 2010 Oklahoma Hall of Fame Inductee, Dee Raper.  The early beginning was a farm just outside of Lexington, Oklahoma in 1983.  The name for the farm came from a friend […]

Dwight Van Dorn

Dwight Van Dorn was born in Woodward, OK on July 10, 1934 to Beulah (Parsons) and John Van Dorn of Harper County, Oklahoma.  Dwight grew up on, and still maintains the 1898 Van Dorn Family homestead.  It was named a Centennial Farm by the State of Oklahoma. On June 6, 1953, Dwight Van Dorn married […]

Rodney Reed

Rodney Reed was born in Durant, Oklahoma, and lived in Wapanucka, Oklahoma all of his life. His second home, however, was the winner’s circle at Remington Park, Oklahoma City, OK. Rodney began training horses at the age of 19. A factor in Oklahoma racing for years, the Reed operation was prominent from the start. Reed […]

Rick Chayer

Rick Chayer was born November 21, 1959 to Don and Wilma (Chestnut) Chayer.  Rick’s family was extensively involved in the horse industry.  His father and mother both trained horses.  Rick’s father was a farrier.  His grandfather farmed with horses and also did some trading.  As a child, Rick knew that he wanted a career with […]

Jerry Burgess

Jerry Burgess, now of Grand Prairie, TX was a 1962 graduate of Poteau High School, earned industry-wide respect as a premier stakes jockey for more than 25 years and as a racing official for more than 30 years. He is the son of the late Melvin and Myra Burgess, Poteau, OK . The family relocated […]

Ronnie Austin

Ronnie Austin, from Ringling, Oklahoma, joined the American Quarter Horse Association in 2001 with the desire to raise good roping horses. He started that journey with the purchase of 10 brood mares, a gelding named RR Quick Silver, and a good Playgun stud from the Roos Ranch. In that same year, Ronnie made a deal […]

The Ole Man

Bred by Frank Vessels Sr., The Ole Man was by Three Bars (TB), arguably the most all-around influential Thoroughbred sire in Quarter Horse history. The sorrel colt was out of the Chicaro Bill mare, Chicado V, and was foaled shortly after the death of Vessels Sr.  The Ole Man, lived up to his name. Foaled […]

Laico Bird

Laico Bird was foaled in April 1965. A daughter of Good Bird (TB) and Paula Laico, she was bred by B R Campbell of Frederick, Oklahoma.  The brown filly was sold as a yearling in the Haymaker Sale for $3800, and later for $5000.  Floyd H Jones Sr. purchased the filly for his two sons, […]

Easy Date

A look at the pedigree of Easy Date reveals exactly why the bay filly took the racing industry by storm in the mid-70s. Easy Date was from Easy Jet’s second crop of foals, and she was out of the Roman Sandal (TB) mare Spot Cash. With bloodlines rich in speed, Easy Date outshined the other […]