Ms. Bar Tens Legacy, a registered quarterhorse mare with more than $20 million of cutting-horse competition winnings in her family tree, has been donated to the Fort Hays State University Rodeo Club by Henry and Chandra Steckman, owners of HS Performance Horses in Manchester, Kan.
"We are very appreciative of the Steckman's investment in our future," said Dr. Garry Brower, rodeo team coach and associate professor of agriculture at FHSU. "Our current plan is to first break her to drive under harness and then start her training for riding in another month or so. The mare has a nice quiet mind and we are confident that she will be an asset to our program."
The Steckmans donated the mare with the purpose that either she could be trained and used by the Rodeo Club or be used to create scholarship funds at a later date, said Brower.
"She will not only be used in the rodeo program, but she will also serve as an educational aid for several students who will be involved with her training," said Brower.
Brower said Ms. Bar Tens Legacy is from the famous King Ranch line of cutting horses. Her grand sire, Peppy San Badger, was until recently the all-time leading sire of National Cutting Horse Association competition cutting horses. His progeny have won more than $20 million in NCHA competitions. Her grand dam, Ms. Bar Bobs Legacy, was also a winner of many NCHA cutting horse competitions.