2023 Breeder's Guide Stallion: Big Lew

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

Big Lew
Owned by Reliance Ranches, LLC; Standing at Lazy E Ranch

Guthrie, Oklahoma

STUD FEE: $2,500

SIRE: Corona Cartel
DAM: Executive Looks by Executive Menace

Big Lew yearlings have the look and athleticism to be successful across multiple disciplines. | Photo courtesy Lazy E

Owned by Reliance Ranches, the Corona Cartel son Big Lew is poised to pass on his legendary genetics for horses aiming both for the arena and the race track.

Big Lew looks like he would be just as at home backing in a roping box or heading down a barrel racing alley, as he was as a winner of $638,878 on the racetrack—a fact his owner, Reliance Ranches, is going to test through his progeny.

“Big Lew’s first crop hit the track in 2021, so they’re not old enough yet for performance careers,” Bobby Mote said. Mote runs Reliance’s Second Career program.

Big Lew scored eight wins in 24 races, including the title in the Grade 1 Los Alamitos Super Derby. After three years racing, Big Lew retired sound, a testament to his solid conformation.

“He was an amazing individual, just the picture of a horse that could do it all,” Mote continued.

With Big Lew’s speed, he is an ideal cross on both cow horse and race-bred mares, adding speed needed for roping and barrel racing. But it’s more than his speed and athleticism that gives Mote high hopes for Big Lew’s foals to excel in roping and barrel racing, it’s also his calm and quiet demeanor.

“I got to watch his last race and the pony horse was jigging more than he was,” Mote said.

A son of the legendary Corona Cartel, the AQHA’s No. 2 all-time leading sire, Big Lew stands 15 hands and presents a perfect cross for ropers hoping to add speed to their programs. He is eligible for Ruby, Pink and Riata Buckles, among others.

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