|R A N C H & R O D E O H O R S E S|
|Dr. Ben Green said in one of his books, that
“the horse business is a disease…learn enough so
that it doesn’t bankrupt you financially or morally.”
Dr. Ron Ford, aka “Doc”, came to Lemmon, SD in 1967 after completing his enlistment in the Air Force and started Lemmon Veterinary Clinic in 1968. In 1970, he established Ford Ranch and started buying roan and gray fillies; developing a band of mares that has consisted of anywhere from one to 40 at any given time since.
As the years passed, we saved a few of Sam’s daughters as everyone does if they have a stud they really like. We knew we were going to have to buy a replacement. In 2005, at the Billy Myer Sale they were selling a colt by Frenchmans Guy out of Queens Coin, a AAA mare and a AAA producer, and the dam of Sissys Little Coin, the leading all time futurity/derby money earner. We were unable to go to the sale, but the next year they were selling a full brother, Guys Gold Coin, so we went to look. We really liked him and were able to buy him. When we got him home he proved to be very gentle and a people person horse. He remains so to this day. He loves attention. Our friend and trainer, Chuck Christman, broke him to ride. He was gentle, kind and took his leads naturally. We trained him to the phantom at two and have been breeding him AI since then. When he was three we knew he would be gone his 4 year old year to barrel race.
In 2009 we sold Shambo Sam. It was really difficult to do, but he went to a good home. He sired a lot of outstanding performance horses.
At the Myer sale in 2009, Charolette found a buckskin yearling we both really liked, First Down Frenchman. Again, he had an outstanding Mother, Evening Traffic, a AAAT mare and AAA producer, daughter of the All American Winner, Dash Thru Traffic, by First Down Dash. We trained him to the phantom at 2 and have been breeding him AI since then. He is broke to ride and is proving to be a tremendous athlete.
Guys Gold Coin ran successfully his futurity year (ridden by Hallie Melvin). He is a Futurity Champion, winning the Dash and Dance Futurity in 2010, a top 10 finalist many times, and a multiple 1D winner in several large open barrel races.
First Down Frenchman is a full brother to Frenchmans Traffic, a Reserve World Champion Pole Bending horse, and Traffic Guy, ridden by Tammy Fisher to win the 2012 WPRA Finals. Traffic Guy is also running successfully in PRCA Rodeos.
We are very pleased with their colts, they are attractive, lots of color, gentle to work with and very athletic. They have a strong resemblance and are difficult to tell their daddy by looks. Guys Gold Coin’s oldest will be 4 in 2013 and some are already in barrel training and appear very promising. We have their colts in Oregon, Idaho, Montana, Minnesota, Kentucky, Oklahoma, Mississippi, Louisiana, Florida, Texas, Nevada, South Carolina, Wisconsin, North Dakota, South Dakota, Tennessee, Michigan and Colorado.