2022 Breeder's Guide Stud: Coronado Cartel

Coronado Cartel, a Pink Buckle stallion with $415,728 in earnings on the track, owned by Micah McKinney, is featured in The Team Roping Journal's 2022 Breeder's Guide, highlighting industry-best rope horse breeding programs, studs and incentives.

Coronado Cartel

Lazy E Ranch

Guthrie, Oklahoma

Lazyeranch.net, 405-282-3437

Stud Fee:  $3,000

Coronado Cartel

Coronado Cartel is proving himself as a sire of big-time performance horses. The son of the legendary Corona Cartel earned $415,728 on the track himself and has a speed index of 98. While his sire comprised the blood of First Down Dash, Chicks Beduino and Azure Te, his dam goes back to Streakin Six, Three Ohs, Dash For Cash, Jet Deck and Lady Bugs Moon.

“His colts are handling everything so well,” said team roper and Lazy E owner Micah McKinney. “We’re seeing a lot of good-minded horses come off the track that can do whatever you ask of them.

“We’ve got a couple right now in training that we’re heading, heeling, breakaway roping on, and running barrels, too. We’ve crossed him on all race-bred mares because that’s what we have, and they’re just handling the pressure.”

Bobby Mote, the four-time World Champion bareback rider who trains rope horses, has ridden Coronado Cartel offspring at his arena in Llano, Texas.

“A common theme among the ones I’ve ridden and the ones in race training is that they’re real focused,” Mote said. “Whereas a lot of young horses have attention deficit all the time, these like to have a job. Once they figure out what their job is, they’re totally focused. It’s a super trait. The athleticism is a given. They’re willing and they have huge motors and they can run. He’s proven to be a great race sire and he’s going to be a great performance sire, too.”

Assessing a Prospect with Bobby Mote

Coronado Cartel is a Pink Buckle stallion, meaning he’s eligible for barrel racing’s—and now roping’s—biggest futurity, including a $100,000-added breakaway.

SIRE: Corona Cartel

DAM: First Carolina by Mr Jess Perry

Read: The 2022 Team Roping Journal Breeder’s Guide