By: Brittany Bevis
We recently had the opportunity to sit down with longtime AQHA breeder and proponent of the pleasure horse industry, Joan Schroeder of Schroeder Ranch, Inc., to speak about an upcoming event that will be drawing horse enthusiasts from around the country to her ranch in Gainesville, TX. on November 9, 2013. The Schroeder Ranch, Inc. Dispersal Sale will include 64 horses that are offspring of the legendary Blazing Hot and Born To Be Blazing. Featured in the sale are countless high quality weanlings, yearlings, and two-year-olds in addition to broodmares that are in foal and recipient mares carrying embryos by Schroeder’s proven bloodlines.
“[The sale horses] are either by Blaze or out of mares by Blaze,” Schroeder says. “They are out of the great mares like Miss Surly Bars and Sheza Cool Zip. There are full bloodlines to Really In Trouble, which has been a great cross for Blaze. There are only four that are riding age, which is a good thing. That just proves how this program has worked. It’s a phenomenal group. There’s not a baby in there that isn’t out of a proven bloodline or that doesn’t have a full brother or sister out there winning.”
Schroeder was quick to emphasize that while horses in the sale are by Blazing Hot, her beloved stallion will not be included in the sale.
Another motivating factor behind reducing Schroeder Ranch herd numbers is the fact that Schroeder’s son, Ryan, has recently returned home and is looking forward to beginning a professional career in the horse industry.
“I just came up with doing this at the very end of August,” she says. “With only 60 days to do it, this has been a big task. It’s not because I have to. It’s just a decision I made so that I can spend more quality time in our industry as well as with Ryan. His coming back was huge for me. He wants to open and run his own business, and I want to be there to guide him through that. Ryan is here taking outside horses, but we did put the place up for sale.”
Schroeder’s deluxe equestrian property sits on 117+ acres in the heart of horse country just 6.5 miles east of I-35 on Highway 82, one hour north of Fort Worth and Dallas, and two hours south of Oklahoma City. The ranch is being offered for sale at private treaty by Ebby Halliday Realty. For more information about the property please contact Carrie Chown at 940-293-3041.
In addition to 64 high quality horses, the Schroeder Ranch sale will also include ranch equipment, feeders, tractors, arena drags, and tools. However, no tack will sell. A sale preview will take place Friday, November 8th from 10:00 am-4:00 pm.
The November 9th date of the sale is perfectly positioned the day before the APHA Fall World Show Sale and before western events at the AQHA World Show. The equipment portion of the sale will begin at 10:00 am, and the horse sale will begin at noon. Don Green will be serving as auctioneer.
“The sale is the day before the Paint World Show sale, which is great, and doesn’t conflict with anything at the AQHA World Show,” she says. “Everyone will already be in town and close by. The day before the sale we will have a preview. The day of the preview, weather permitting, we will have a Party On The Patio at 5:00 pm with a mariachi band and Mexican food for people to mingle.”
“This will definitely be a fun event, and I hope everybody will be a part of it, whether they are going to buy a horse or not. My family has made an impact on the industry over the years, and I’m proud of what we have here. I would love for people to come see it and be a part of it.”
For more information about this event please contact firstname.lastname@example.org, Jessica Haggerty at 940-668-6469, or Joan Schroeder at 940-727-3474 or Joan@schroederranchtexas.com. Sale catalogs will be mailed by request and will also be available at the 2013 All American Quarter Horse Congress in Ohio. The catalog will be available for viewing on Schroederranchtexas.com.