2023 Breeder's Guide Program: Hillbilly Hallows

Hillbilly Hallows is featured in The Team Roping Journal's 2023 Breeder's Guide, highlighting industry-best rope horse breeding programs, studs and incentives.

Big Shine In Cowtown | Fawcett Photography photo courtesy Hillbilly Hallows

Hillbilly Hallows
Yellowhead County, Alberta

Hillbilly Hallows seeks to marry barrel racing and team roping bloodlines to create multi-event superstars. All inspired by a mother’s recognition of the realities of rodeoing with a family of competitors.

“We did [rodeoing] as a family, hauling all of us around and the thing I noticed right off, no matter how big a trailer you have, was the real need for horses who can do more than one event,” owner Robin Walker said.

Walker is a lifelong barrel racer who had already raised her share of top-quality barrel horses. With a son wholly committed to team roping as well as a 9-year-old daughter who enjoys barrel racing, Walker set out to breed what she calls “the ultimate crossover horses.” Hillbilly Hallows is her labor of love, started from her own program and augmented by the purchase of Grant Little’s established program a few years back.

With the firm mindset of mare power, she built her program with a group of hand-selected broodmares along with chosen embryos from top barrel horses. She raises about 20 foals a year.

Enrolled in the Riata Buckle and Royal Crown, Big Shine in Cowtown, “Champ,” is Walker’s sire, a son of Shiners Nickle out of the National Cutting Horse Association $1 million-earning mare Lil Lena Long Legs. Champ is already proving himself in the futurities and ProRodeos with World Champion Jeremy Buhler.

“He’s pretty special,” Walker said. “He’s the most chill stallion I’ve ever seen . . . very loving and forgiving.”

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