“I bought mares with bloodlines that were proven. I bought some mares that had a lot of competitive success. And I think we've gotten to the point where the mares we have are really nice and have proven themselves both as producers and performers,” she said during an interview at the ranch, surrounded by 3-ring binders containing the records for each mare.
Long Pines’ broodmares carry top bloodlines that are tough enough to thrive in the natural elements of the Northern Plains: daughters and granddaughters of Shining Spark, Docs Hickory, Peptoboonsmal, High Brow Cat, Vaca Rey, Reminic, Shining Lil Nic, Judge Cash, Lean With Me, Doc O’Lena, Colonel Freckles, Autumn Boon and Bet Yer Blue Boons.
Deb and Sterling have recently been focusing on what mares will come into the herd to take the place of Long Pines mare matriarchs that are at the end of their career. “The Shining Spark and Docs Hickory mares have done very well in our program. I'm a big fan of Dual Rey mares. We’ve introduced a bit of High Brow Cat and even a mare that’s earned $78,000 on the track,” said Deb.
Mares born at Long Pines will enter the broodmare band in the upcoming years, such as Smooth Talkin Remedy (High Brow Cat, Reminic, Grays Starlight and Doc O’Lena lines), Truth and Justice (Judge Cash, Frosty Feature and Docs Hickory lines), Reysin Yer Bet (Bettin Yer Smart, Dual Rey, Peptoboonsmal and Smart Little Lena lines) and Frexceptional (Shining Spark, Freckles Playboy, Doc O’Lena and Doc Tari lines). Another standout is Star Reys, a granddaughter of Gallo Del Cielo (Rooster).
“The Freckles Playboy mares we got coming up, I’d like to see what those do as broodmares,” added Sterling, whose ranch remuda features Gator, AQHA registered as Frexceptional (Sir Fred Von Freckle x Spark Plug Cat). “That Gator mare got her name because she was kind of bossy with all the other horses and she was chewing on everybody. She's a neat horse, but you need to earn her respect.”
“That kind seem to have the toughness and grit that we want. I’d ride her to the end of the Earth and back no problem,” said Sterling.
The three bay mares on the left, Long Pines born and ranch proven, are being introduced to the broodmare band in 2022.
NRCHA 2010 Limited Open Bridle National Champion Shiners Spumanti (Shining Spark x Taris Vintage) came to Long Pines after a very successful career with JanieJill Tointon. Her stud foal by Bettin Yer Smart is our new stallion prospect.