50-Year Breeders: Mr. and Mrs. C. J. Paulson

50-Year Breeders: Mr. and Mrs. C. J. Paulson

In 2019, the Paulsons received their cumulative 50-year breeder award, and in 2020, they became Legacy breeders.

Sorrel mare and foal trotting in green field

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Two farm-raised kids who loved horses, Jim and Roberta Paulson went on to raise cattle, horses and kids on a farm at Newton, Kansas, that Jim’s family has owned for more than a century.

In 2019, the Paulsons received their cumulative 50-year breeder award, and in 2020, they became Legacy breeders, although unfortunately Chalmer James “Jim” Paulson passed away in April 2019 at age 76.

“We loved working together to keep our breeding program going,” Roberta says. “We always looked forward to each spring and seeing another colt crop playing in the pastures.”

The couple started out riding with friends in saddle clubs, then moved to breeding and raising horses on their own and then into breeding horses for others. They started with a bay son of Leo who traced on the bottom to Zantanon and Joe Hancock, and then picked up a sibling to an American Quarter Horse Hall of Fame horse.

“We started breeding a couple of Quarter Horses to local stallions, and then in 1968-69 decided to buy a stallion,” Roberta says. “We located Leovada in California and purchased him. He was AA in racing and an AQHA Champion. A couple years later, we purchased a red roan stallion, Mighty Bee Red, a halter class winner who was a full brother to Jackie Bee.”

Over the years, the Paulsons also owned Mr Some Charge 2, by the Depth Charge (TB) son Some Charge (TB); Some Man Go, a grandson of Pacific Bailey; and Barw Zan Parr, a chestnut son of Audacious To A Te.

At the height of their business, the Paulsons were breeding 30-35 mares each year, their own and outside mares. Three of their own best are the track-record-setting Peace Bomb (TB) mare Erma Miller and her AA daughter Miss Iron Leo by Leovada; and One Smashed Feature, an Easily Smashed mare who produced the My Designated Driver gelding Imawildncrazyguy, a AAA winner on the track.

 “We’re looking for straight legs and good heads with a good working mind and good disposition,” Roberta says.

That’s the kind of Quarter Horse that people will always want.

“We hope the industry will continue to grow and enhance the lives of many young people,” Roberta says. “Owning a horse and being responsible for its care is a great learning experience.”

Roberta is speaking from experience. Again, the Paulsons have been at it for a long time.

“I would have to say our greatest enjoyment has been watching family and people we have dealt with do good things with horses we have raised,” Roberta concludes. “We have really enjoyed watching our children, Hilary, Brooke and Christopher, show in 4-H and do a little team penning on horses we raised. We love watching the grandkids play with the colts. And of course, this 50-year breeder award is probably the biggest achievement we’re proud of. Yes, it has been a lot of work and some sacrifice, but I would not change any of it. Quarter Horses have enriched all of our families’ lives in one way or another.”