2022 Breeder's Guide Program: River Hills Ranch Ltd.

River Hills Ranch Ltd. is featured in The Team Roping Journal's 2022 Breeder's Guide, highlighting industry-best rope horse breeding programs, studs and incentives.

River Hills Ranch Ltd.

Strathclair, Manitoba

riverhillsranchltd.com; 204-365-0372

Stud fees: Smokin N Rockin: $1,500 USD/$1,800 CDN (includes first chute fee and shipping); Hes A Zippy Jack: $1,000 CDN (live cover only); MBar Otoe: $1,000 CDN (live cover only)

Four generations of Canada’s McIntyre family have raised high quality ranch horses through River Hills Ranch Ltd., and their current stallions, Smokin N Rockin, MBar Otoe and Hes A Zippy Jack, are helping their program explode into the performance horse market.

Smokin N Rockin, a 2014 son of Dual R Smokin out of the Bob Acre Doc mare Bobs Rocky Lady, was a finalist at the 2018 and 2019 AQHA World Shows in the Level 3 Junior Heading and Junior Heeling and was also the 2019 Houston Livestock Show Champion in the Junior Heading and Heeling. He has 167 AQHA points, was the 2020 Working Cow Horse Champion at Dixie Nationals, and the 2021 Reserve Champion in Performance at the Tulsa Holiday Circuit.

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“He’s a really fast, really athletic horse,” said two-time World Champion Paul Eaves. “He’s built to do the job, and he can really stop. He’s got the kind of bone and size you’d want in a stud.”

“Smokin N Rockin is fast-footed and always getting on his hind end,” added Joseph Harrison, a five-time NFR heeler and AQHA World Champion. “He’s got all the good traits that go along with what a rope horse needs.”

The ranch’s other two stallions, MBar Otoe (Two Eyed out of Swift Miss Otoe) and Hes A Zippy Jack (Drifter Paddy out of Shes A Tough Tyree) are both proven ranch and rope horses, and stand for live cover only. Further proving the strength of these pedigrees, 2016 PRCA World Champion Levi Simpson had a Hes A Zippy Jack daughter, Dun Driftn, in the trailer for the 2021 ProRodeo campaign.

“She’s super easy to be around and has a lot of try,” Simpson said of the 9-year-old who has plenty of paternal siblings available for purchase at the ranch.

The ranch also offers started and broke horses, in addition to prospects.

Read: The 2022 Team Roping Journal Breeder’s Guide