Ranching Heritage Breeder: Timmerman Ranch
Ranching Heritage Breeder: Timmerman Ranch
The most desirable horse, whether it lives on the ranch or in someone’s backyard, is the one that can help the whole family, whether dad needs to gather cattle, mom wants to run barrels or the kids want to show in every 4-H event offered at the local fair. That equine may not have the most fanfare, but it’s priceless to its people, and that’s exactly the horse being bred by Timmerman Quarter Horses near Kimball, Nebraska.
The Timmerman Ranch was founded in the mid-1930s by current owner Joan Timmerman’s parents. It is located on the western side of the state, and originally raised sheep before converting to Hereford cattle. Joan and her husband, Roger, married and moved back to the ranch in the 1970s, and they began raising short horn Charolais-cross cattle.
“That’s what we’ve stuck with,” Joan says. “We breed them for growth, milk and disposition. We don’t keep snorty or hard-to-handle cows, and have done well with them. They grow well on tough grass.”
A cattle ranch is easier with good horses to help, and they got their first Quarter Horse mare in 1974 named Buck’s Tune, a double-bred Three Bars (TB) and Leo mare that founded their breeding program. Their first stallion was Golden Ridge, a dun grandson of Top Deck (TB) and great-grandson of Leo.
For more than 40 years, they’ve focused on producing quality horses that the whole family can enjoy.
“We like to raise a 4-H horse,” Joan says. “An all-around performance horse with a good disposition, a smart horse that if you start them right you can turn them out to pasture for a year or two, and pick up where you left off. You can use them on the ranch, trail ride them, run barrels and poles, and kids could ride them at the fair. Good conformation, good foot, good bone (is important) – but that mind. Mostly that mind.”
Joan and Roger raised three kids, and now have two grandkids that love to visit the ranch. They’re joined on the ranch property by Roger’s brother, Irv, and his wife, Cindy, to raise cattle and horses.
The family’s bloodlines focus on Blanton breeding. Their first Blanton was a gelding, Dale Blanton, who showed them a quality, intelligence and personality that sold them on the bloodline. They added to it with breeding to sires like Wyoming Blanton, Red Mark Blanton and later owning and breeding to Prime Time Blanton. They also have bloodlines like Wilywood and Driftwood, Blue Light Ike, Shining Spark, Jackie Bee, Dual Pep and more.
Their current stallions include SHS Espuela Blanton, SHS Hesa Wily, Espuela Tonto, and SJQC Frosty Blanton.
The family usually start their mares under saddle to evaluate them before adding them to the broodmare band, and make sure their horses are genetically tested to ensure they are healthy and problem-free.
In addition to raising quality cattle and horses, the Timmermans have supported the industry as participants in the AQHA Young Horse Development program, which pairs youth with a Ranching Heritage-bred weanlings to allow the young horsemen to develop their horse and leadership skills.
The program’s graduates have gone on to be competitive in shows and involved in AQHA leadership. This year’s scholarship winner was Mattie DeBord of Bristol, Virginia, whose horse, SJQC Arual Blanton, came from the Timmermans. The filly is by SJQC Frosty Blanton and out of SJQC Laku Blanton by Prime Time Blanton.
The Timmermans sell their horses privately through word-of-mouth and through their website, often to repeat sellers, and their horses have gone all over the United States. They sell their horses mostly as weanlings, but also as young or sometimes riding age-horses.
“Although we are no longer able to train horses ourselves, we do have many buyers that want horses not started and they start our horses turning them in to useful ranch horses or for roping in the arena.” Joan says. “We have big pastures, and we have to have a horse that can carry themselves and can cover some distance and have the brains to keep you out of trouble.”
They’ve been breeding the horse for that job for decades, and have made a lot of families, from cowboys to kids, happy while doing it.
The AQHA Ranching Heritage Breeder program highlights working cattle ranches that breed high-quality American Quarter Horses primarily for ranch work. Horses bred by these ranches are given unique opportunities through Ranching Heritage competitions open only to these horses. For more information, visit www.aqha.com/ranching.