A Friendship Between Pryor Ranch and DeGraff Stables is Proving Profitable!
Written by Gabrielle Sasse
We recently published an article “Pryor Ranch is So Proud!” on the winners out of the mare Samanthas Choice, born and raised at Pryor Ranch, and now owned by Kerry Bradac. PleasureHorse.com is following up with some other great mares that Pryor Ranch has bred, and we were lucky enough to get linked up with Robin DeGraff! Breeders Judy Pryor and Robin DeGraff have formed a friendship and business alliance that is proving profitable for both parties. Both breeders have some fantastic mares in their breeding programs, and both asked us to showcase the sometimes forgotten part of the breeding: the mare!
Judy and Robin were taking turns visiting each other’s farms and checking out their bands of broodmares. “I fell in love with some she couldn’t part with and she fell in love with some of mine!” says Robin. Eventually they settled, and Judy purchased the mare Highly Collectable from Robin. And indeed “highly collectable” she is! This mare is by world champion stallion Indian Artifacts and out of Thats A Record, a mare by the Superhorse Rugged Lark and out of another Superhorse, One For The Record. One For The Record has produced several top performers, and these great bloodlines are proving to be highly competitive in the show pen, including multiple Congress Champions.
Judy gave Robin a gray filly out of Highly Collectable “no strings attached,” according to Judy. “I was just so thankful for this perfectly conformationally correct mare [Highly Collectable].” The filly is proving her stuff! DGS Collect Me is by 5x World Champion HBF Iron Man (AQHA/APHA), a stallion in which
DeGraff stables is part owner, has recently taken Reserve Champion at the NOQHA Futurity in the Open Hunter Longe Line. DGS Collect Me was shown by Jenna McGrath at the Futurity, and will be shown at The All American Quarter Horse Congress in the Open by Jenna, and Non-Pro Longe Line events by new owner Michelle Matlock.
Judy jokes, “Robin always has tied for first and lost the tiebreaker. In 25 years she has come in second.” But, even though the filly had lost the tie for first, another Pryor Ranch produced horse came in second! The winner was Calaente, by BR I Am, a Pryor Ranch bred and raised stallion. Calaente was shown by Susan Stocker for Kim Jialanella.
Robin explains their business relationship:
“Judy has always been a strong one with mares and so have I. That’s how we got together. Even though we have these world champion stallions, it is important to find the mare to make the right cross. I have four or five or six babies out of one mare and all of them have turned into performers. Judy and I are always trying to figure out which one of that mare’s filly foals we want to keep to protect that bloodline. There is no ‘finish line’ for the breeder, we are always trying to improve.”
Both women stress the importance of finding a good cross. You can have a world class stallion, but you need a great broodmare to cross him with. “We are really starting to get a lot of winners out in the ring. That’s what is exciting, I think. For both of us,” says Robin.
Stay tuned to hear more about the great broodmares that Pryor Ranch and DeGraff Stables have owned, bred, raised and are currently breeding to produce some real winners today!