Frank Merrill has owned, managed or syndicated more than 100 stallions and bred and cared for more than 25,000 mares. He has acted as sales agent and sale-prepped thousands of horses for clients all over the world, earning a reputation for honesty and integrity.
Merrill has been involved in the horse industry for more than 50 years. He established and, along with good friend Jerold Wells, built Windward Stud, in Purcell, Oklahoma in 1972. Merrill and wife Robin, owned and/or operated this facility more than 40 years, standing many of the industry's most noted stallions before selling the farm. Merrill now manages Bob Moore Farms Group LLC in Norman, Oklahoma.
Horses from Merrill’s M5 brand have accumulated many championships and titles in cutting, racing, halter, cow horse, reining and roping. Two horses owned and shown by Merrill, Miss Jim 45 and Royal Santana, are in the American Quarter Horse Hall of Fame.
Merrill competes as a non-pro in the National Cutting Horse Association and has lifetime earnings of more than $440,000. He remains active on the political scene with AQHA, NCHA and the United States Equestrian Foundation. Merrill has served on the AQHA and NCHA executive committees, and was AQHA's president in 2007. He was also president of the Oklahoma Quarter Horse Association in 1988. Currently, he serves on AQHA's stud book and registration committee, the NCHA limited aged committee and the FEI High Performance Working Group. He is also a director at large for AQHA and a national director for NCHA. Merrill was inducted into the Oklahoma Quarter Horse Hall of Fame in 2012. He also operates M5 Performance Bloodstock and manages the Dogwood Foundation.
Frank Merrill was inducted into the American Quarter Horse Hall of Fame in 2013.
Biography updated as of March 2013.