My family settled along the Texas border to Mexico in 1883. I grew up in Del Rio, Texas, where my dad’s family ranched in Val Verde and Edwards counties and my mom’s family ranched in Kinney county. Ranching in this part of the country calls for tough, athletic, and physically capable horses. I have been horseback my whole life, and that is all I have ever known.
Some of our bloodlines trace back to the original bloodlines used by my grandfather, Dink Wardlaw. He and his brother, Walt, began their own horse breeding operation to stock the family ranches. They were pioneers in the Quarter Horse industry, starting Wardlaw Brothers Quarter Horses in the late 1940’s. They were known for producing top-quality ranch and performance horses. They bred athletic performance horses, from racehorses, to roping horses, to great horses for ranch use. Their horses raced at all the Texas tracks, and also raced in California and Florida. Riding a Wardlaw Bros. horse at the NFR, Jim Bob Altizer won the World Champion Calf Roping in 1959. The Wardlaw Brothers Quarter Horse operation was the 2nd largest Quarter Horse operation in the U.S. during the 1950’s!
Both sides of my family have horses in their blood. My other grandfather, Joe Kerr, enjoyed showing horses as a hobby, especially cutting. He was fortunate to land upon a young mare named Annie Glo, which he loved dearly. He eventually sold her because he knew he couldn’t show her to her full potential, while running the family ranch in West Texas, so far from the big shows. Annie Glo went on to become the first mare inducted in the Cutting Horse Hall of Fame.
I’m very proud of my heritage, and like both of my grandfathers, really enjoy seeing my horses excelling in the events for which they were bred. Since my husband team ropes, I see the most progress in that field. He is presently roping at the PRCA rodeos on two of my colts. It is so exciting for me to see them being successful. He obviously loves roping on them, because he has more of my babies in training!
My herd of horses include some of the top foundation bloodlines with exceptional ability to perform for any event. You will find our horses are athletic, great minded, cow smart, good looking, and built to hold up physically. As a young girl, I was always lucky to be mounted on well-bred, talented horses. I have made every effort to go back to the bloodlines I knew were dependable.
- Mr Pretty Poco is our primary stud. His nickname is “Buck” and he has a very sweet demeanor. He is the most gelding-like stud I’ve ever seen! His beauty and demeanor are definitely bred into his babies!
- Claytons Yellow Bear is our “Romeo!” We might call him Romeo, but he is one tough stud. Not only is he pretty, but he will go forever and a day!
- Haidas Hillbilly, our newest stud, is presently being shown. We will have colts out of him next year.
- My Broodmares: Doc O’Lena, Dual Pep, Freckles Playboy, War Bond Leo, Doc Bar, and many more.
Our breeding program here at Alacrán Quarter Horses is producing exceptional foals that will make the perfect horse for you, for any event and any level!