2024 Breeder's Guide

Myers Performance Horses
Myers Performance Horses' Frenchmans Guy lines have been popular for three decades—for good reason.
Myers-raised Yes Im Sassy and Colby Lovell winning the Royal Crown All-Ages Heading in August 2023. | Lexi Smith Media

Myers Performance Horses
St. Onge, South Dakota

In the 30 years since they first stood South Dakota native Frenchmans Guy, Bill Myers and his family 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 Docs Jack Frost and Driftwood Ike. On the bottom, Frenchmans Guys’ 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. “Our theme for 2024 is all-around versatility. While this has always been the goal for Myers Performance Horses, it has come to the forefront with the rise of roping futurities and increased reporting. Myers horses have always performed well in all performance arenas, from steer wrestling to steer roping to heading/heeling, calf roping, breakaway roping and, of course, barrel racing.

“Promoting genetics (both paternal and maternal) is essential for a breeder’s growth in this competitive field,” Myers added. “By presenting pedigrees in the event draws, webcast, announcing and results, it helps the public make their own analysis and what might work with their breeding program. We are excited to be in on the ground floor of this in the roping industry!”

Mr Sassy Frenchman

Ima Special Kindaguy, Mr Sassy Frenchman and Lucky Wonder Horse are the next generation for Myers Performance Horses. Through years of riding these genetics, trial and error and lots of sweat equity, Myers Performance Horses feels confident in what these young studs have to offer. Their first progeny are just now hitting the performance arena.

“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 coming explosion of rope horse futurities using hard-running steers, it pays to include a little racing blood.

Ima Special Kinda Guy

“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.”

In 2023, Colby Lovell won the Royal Crown in Rock Springs, Wyoming, on Yes Im Sassy, a 6-year-old Myers mare trained by Dakota Kirchenschlager by Mr Sassy Frenchman out of Full Irish Whiskey.

“She tries hard, and you can see the emotion when she’s running to the cow through her ears,” Lovell said. “She’s good in the box. She runs right to the cow, finishes good, is strong to the horn, really doesn’t make any mistakes. She’s felt solid.”

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 super-high at auction. They’re a good financial investment.

The 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.“

The Frenchmans Guy genetics provide athletic ability along with trainability, for all levels of riders—professional to amateur, young and old. The heart and soul of the horse industry is the owner/rider. We want to cater to this group as much as possible. We also love to see the longevity of these horses’ careers! That is a true test of time.”

Myers’ 2023 Sale Averages
2- & 3-year-old prospects
Mr Sassy Frenchman: $36,500 (6 head)
Lucky Wonder Horse $45,000 (3 head)
Ima Special Kindaguy $26,500 (2 Head)

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