2023 Breeder's Guide Program: Myers Performance Horses

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

Bill Myers and Mr Sassy Frenchman | Courtesy Myers Ranch

Myers Performance Horses
St. Onge, South Dakota

In the 30 years since they first stood South Dakota-native Frenchmans Guy, Bill Myers and Myers Performance Horses have added blistering speed to their stallions and mares, plus retained the potent traits of their famous palomino.

On top, the line boasts Sun Frost—that magic combination for roping of Doc’s Jack Frost and Driftwood Ike. On the bottom, Frenchmans Guy’s dam is out of AQHA Hall of Famer Caseys Ladylove that was raised by Frances Loiseau, hence the iconic “French” in the name. Incidentally, Kristie Peterson’s four-time world champion barrel horse, Bozo, was also by Sun Frost and out of a Casey’s Ladylove daughter. That kind of notoriety helped Frenchmans Guy’s stud fee go from $300 in the early 1990s to $6,000.

“He could have been just as famous as a rope horse sire,” said Myers. “Frenchmans Guy just became so popular in barrel racing so early that people didn’t rope on as many of his colts. But we’ve roped on a lot of his babies and there have been some really good ones that didn’t get a lot of press.”

palomino stud Mr Sassy Frenchman standing in conformation pose
Mr Sassy Frenchman | Courtesy Myers Ranch

Limited frozen semen is available from Frenchmans Guy and his late son, A Smooth Guy, out of a Dry Doc/Jet Smooth daughter. A Smooth Guy looked to have been on his way to even more wild success than his sire, but an injury ended his life four years ago.

Also available are two live palomino sons of Frenchmans Guy. Ima Special Kindaguy is out of the Triple A producer Melt Away by Special Leader (speed index 103). And Mr Sassy Frenchman, a stud that earned roughly $45,000 himself in barrel, breakaway and heading futurities, is out of Jess Sass Me (speed index 107) by Mr Jess Perry. Those two stand alongside Myers’ pure racing-bred stallion: Lucky Wonder Horse by First Down Dash, who successfully campaigned in the futurities with Dakota Kirchenschlager.

“I think any rodeo event needs a great-moving horse with a great mind,” Myers said. “And conformation is a factor some people leave out when they breed horses, but we try to be really strong in that in our program. We’re pretty strict on bone, substance, straight legs—just overall balance.”

Historically, many rope horses have come from straight cutting- or reining-bred stallions, but with the explosion of rope horse futurities using hard-running steers, it pays to include a little racing blood.

“In these horses of ours, you get that speed but don’t lose that good common sense and cow,” Myers said. “They leave the box flat and can fly. Plus, they’re cowy and know how to rate, so they’re real easy to train as rope horses. Mentally, they can handle the pressure.”

Palomino stud Ima Special Kinda Guy posing in 3/4 profile
Ima Special Kinda Guy | Courtesy Myers Ranch

NFR header Clint Summers has a horse by A Smooth Guy that’s ready to season at rodeos, while Lane Ivy has earned some $100,000 rodeoing on a head horse by Cowboys Cartel out of a full sister to A Smooth Guy. In fact, Myers ropes on all his studs.

“We showed Mr Sassy Frenchman in rope horse futurities and then took him to breakaway ropings,” he said. “He’s got a lot of cow and a super amount of speed. Ima Special Kindaguy is also super-fast, and we’ve won money on him team roping.”

Frenchmans Guy and A Smooth Guy are paid up in Riata Buckle and Royal Crown futurities, and the extra bonus is that their progeny historically sell high at auction. They’re a good financial investment. e line is one of very few that have stayed popular for three decades—and there’s no magic cross because Frenchmans Guy produced winners with a great variety of mares. At the end of the day, this line makes heavy-boned, good-minded, fast horses with lots of natural collection, Myers said.

“All Myers Performance Horses studs are part cow and part run, so you’re getting the best of both worlds and not giving up things like common sense, low hocks and good bone,” he added. “These are horses that stay sound and last a long time.”

Notably, Lucky Wonder Horse’s offspring averaged $71,000 in 2022’s Pink Buckle Sale. Mr Sassy Frenchman’s colts brought an average of $53,000, and Ima Special Kinda Guy’s averaged $26,000. TRJ

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