Indiana Quarter Horse Breeding Program Sees New Blood

The spotlight on the Indiana Quarter Horse Breed Development Program has been shining brighter in recent years with the expansion of awareness of the program and Indiana-breds being successful across the country.

That is probably why new stallions are starting to call Indiana home for the 2019 breed season.

The son of Furrtreeous, Play Harder, makes his move from the Oklahoma track to the barn of Midwest Equine and Vet Clinic in Trafalgar for 2019. Owner Ray Rittenhouse chose the Hoosier State to stand his 2012 stallion and to race his horses at nearby Indiana Grand Racing and Casino because of the program and the shorter drive from his home in Tennessee.

“Play Harder was Oklahoma’s champion 3-year-old colt and is Grade 1 stakes placed,” explains Dr. Roger Beam, owner of Midwest Equine and Vet Clinic. “He has a great disposition and will out cross with many different mares here in Indiana.”

Play Harder was bred by Richard Joneson and is out of the Takin On The Cash mare, Kitty D Ville. His lifetime earnings are more than $73,500.

Wanda Shepherd Garst is excited to introduce her homebred stallion Awesome And Classy to breeders in Indiana. The 2009 stallion is by Echeverria and out of Classy Leopatra (by Satchpat Robbie). He will be standing at Garst’s Paradise Farms in Thorntown.

“He developed into a very correct and well-built stallion,” says Garst. “I believe his bloodlines speak for themselves and he can be an asset to the Indiana Quarter Horse industry.”

Other new stallions to the program include:

Every Chicks Favorit (Favorite Cartel – This Chicks A Queen, Looking For Chicks), winner of one of the 2017 Heritage Place Futurity Trials. The stallion stands at SMC Racing Stables in Cedar Lake.

Mr Sinatra (TB) is a four-time graded stakes winner by Mining and out of Midnight Stroll (by Private Account), earning more than $728,000. He is standing at Hoosier Stables in Camby.

An earner of more than $43,000 in lifetime money, Tip It Bac stands at Rodriguez Farm in Knox. The Fantastic Corona Jr. colt is out of Fisher Washer (by Fishers Dash).

Montis Lad (TB) by Montbrook and out of the Ziad mare Round Z Bend, winner of the Rocket Man Stakes at Calder Race Course.

“We are grateful to the stallion owners who are taking a chance on standing their horses in Indiana,” says Jessica Barnes, Director of Racing and Breed Development for the Indiana Horse Racing Commission. “We believe we’ve got one of the best programs in the country, and with the program ever evolving, we’re continuing to grow.”

More than $2.9 million in purses, owner, breeder and stallion owners’ awards were awarded in 2017 through the Indiana Quarter Horse Breed Development Program. American Quarter Horse racing at Indiana Grand Racing & Casino in Shelbyville can compete in a total of 19 stakes during the 2019 racing season, including five stakes races with guaranteed purses of more than $100,000.

The Indiana Quarter Horse Breed Development Program is a growing regional and national breeding program. New stallions are invited to register and move to Indiana with no late fee, as long as they have covered any mares in 2019.


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