2023 Breeder’s Guide Stallion: Epic Leader
Epic Leader is featured in The Team Roping Journal's 2023 Breeder's Guide, highlighting industry-best rope horse breeding programs, studs and incentives.

Epic Leader
Lazy E Ranch

Guthrie, Oklahoma

STUD FEE: $6,500

SIRE: Confederate Leader
DAM: Firewater Fiesta by Firewater Flit

Epic Leader | Photo by Veronika Photography

A standout barrel racing stallion earning $170,000 in limited competition under futurity legend and NFR qualifier Kassie Mowry, Epic Leader moved into the breeding game—siring earners of $2.5 million in the barrel racing pen. He hit the first million-dollar mark on just 25 colts.

“Kassie knew this cross could become magical,” said owner Kristi Schiller. “Confederate Leader won on the track, and Firewater Fiesta was great at every level. From Kassie’s vision, we got Epic Leader.”

The speed and athleticism are a given with Epic Leader’s pedigree, but the mental edge he puts on his colts will make him an outstanding outcross on cow-horse bloodlines in the roping industry.

Kassie Mowry and CP He Will Be Epic at the 2022 NFR. | Photo by Phil Doyle

Firewater Fiesta—the great NFR mare run by Kelly Yates—earned nearly $1 million in ProRodeo competition alone, but in her spare time was a top-notch head horse, too, for Kelly’s brother and NFR switchender J.D. Yates.

“At the end of the day, she was fast and strong—two things I think are important in a head horse,” Yates said. “The first colt out of her (a maternal sibling to Epic Leader) was a horse we called Popsicle by Popular Resort Figure, and I rodeoed on him and jackpotted on him, and the boys who worked for me college rodeoed on him. All the Firewater Fiesta colts have been roped on or rode on the ranch. Every one of them has been physical and fast.”

Epic Leader is enrolled in the bulk of the major incentives, including the exclusive Riata, Ruby and Pink Buckle.

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