This is where it all began...over 40 years ago. After showing Club Calves in 4-H, I also had an interest in horses so my father purchased Robert Redford as a weanling from Dean Landers. He chopped the cement floor out of a corner of an old chicken house and made my first stall.
Mike Havens showed Robert Redford as a yearling at the All American Quarter Horse Congress in 1975 when there were 5 lines of yearling colts the length of the Coliseum. The entire arena was filled with spectators. As the judges came to Robert Redford, the crowd started cheering. He ultimately tied with Matlock Rose leading Mr Impressive and we ended up Reserve Champion Yearling Colt at the Congress...I officially had HORSE FEAVER and there was no turning back!
Where there's a will, there's a way...Because we couldn't afford to buy the best mares to breed to Robert Redford at that time, I bought or leased old mares that were dams of the great halter show horses of that day. Jack Brizendine helped me purchase Chicaro Billy Jo at 22 yrs old. She was the dam of Whims Miss Chicaro (The best mare that I had ever seen at that time who was co-owned by Jerry Wells, Matlock Rose, and Dean Landers.) Tommy Manion allowed me to board and breed Pretty Chicaro (dam of Pretty Impressive) We also purchased Lady Aledo Bar who was the dam of Hard To Beat, Dollars Reed who was the dam of Man In Command and Real Maria who was the dam of Real Luck. I kept the daughters out of this small herd of old mares and that's how my broodmare band was started. By the mid 90's, I was living in Aubrey Texas and had amassed one of the great broodmare bands in the country.
Success and happiness come hand in hand to those who can live their lives pursuing their dreams. Looking back now, I realize that I am one of the lucky people who have been able to make a living doing exactly what I loved to do. I have had the privilege of breeding,owning, selling and standing over 30 stallions that have left an indelible mark on the halter horse industry. The pride and joy that the following stallions have brought me over the past 43 years is immeasurable.
ROBERT REDFORD, SUGAR RAY REDFORD, IBM SUPREME, ROLLS REDFORD, CONCLUDED, SONNY GO TE, PRIORITIZED, SIERRA TE , SIERRAMUS, CONCENTION, ENLIGHTENED, LIGHTEN IT UP, ENLIGHTEN ME, THE SECRET, SAVIOR, KIDD ROCK, AQUISITIONS, ACE HIGH COOL, KID COOLSIFIED, THE TOP SECRET, CK KID, CLUITION, STEAL THE APPEAL, ATTENCION, FEARLES, TELASECRET, IEM THE ONE, HEZA SECRET AGENT, SUCHAN EGO, BPF CLASSIC, EXECUTE, IKON, PF PREMO, CHROMED UP, FEARLES FORTUNE, VALENTINO, AND BPF BUD LITE.
I will always be grateful to the people who trusted me enough to be my partners in the horse business at one time or another. First and foremost my dad, Buss Rassi who was the rock and the foundation of this journey...my brother Doug Rassi, Charlie Hollins, Joe Nocentino, Jack Ketcham, Dick Adams, Rick Adams, Trent Adams, Anthony Cimino, Lauretta Miller, Joe Edge, Daryl Lankin, Gerri Pratt, Pepper O'Shaughnessy, Ivan Harder, Robin Lilly Johnson, Mark Carrier, Andy Carrier, Chad and Tiffany Beus, Baxter Brinkmann, Craig Parmley, Ted Walker, Mark Williams, Steve Robinson, and Jeremy J Potter.
Great Teamwork results in Great Achievement. I have been fortunate enough to have some of the best in the business work for me over the years. Bob Trout, Melinda Mass, John Young, Deb Cox, Bob Lee, Doug Lilly, Chris Baccari, Marcia Matthews, Humberto Rodriguez, Juan Rodriguez, Rollie Rodriguez, Hugo Rodriguez Caska Godinez, Tyler O'Neil, Darlene Turner, Craig Ebert, Mel Arg, and a special thanks to Roy Donn and Katrina Carpenter Young who stepped up to the plate after Daryl Lankin passed away. A whole novel could be written about Daryl Lankin who was truly the backbone of my program.
I am so thankful for all of the friends that I have made in the horse business and I'm looking forward with great anticipation to the next chapter of my life. Gods timing is always perfect and He promises us that He will never give us more than we can bear and that He will never leave or forsake us. Our future lies in the palm of His hand......At the end of the day, isn't that really what it's all about anyway? To God be the glory great things he has done!