Corona Cartel’s impact on the American Quarter Horse cannot be overstated, and Reliance Ranches is determined to bring that bloodline more into the rodeo world through its Second Career program.
Because economics don’t bear out breeding directly to Corona Cartel for roping and barrel racing, Reliance is using his sons and daughters to add his speed and athleticism to the performance horse world.
Coronado Cartel, a Riata Buckle sire, is a big piece of that ambitious plan. The striking brown stallion was impressive on the racetrack, winning half of the races in which he started, earning $415,728.
Now, he is passing his best traits on to his progeny; on the track, those foals have run out to more than $6.2 million.
“The genetics certainly suggest they will have success,” Bobby Mote, who runs the Second Chance program, said. While Coronado Cartel has had winners on the track already, few are old enough to have moved over to the arena just yet. “We don’t have that many out there yet.”
Mote sees Coronado Cartel passing on sound minds, a key asset for horses aiming to become rodeo stars.
“It seems like they mature early—most 2-year-olds have such a short attention span but these colts are really focused.”