Western Nebraska Breeders Presents The Real Deal
August 27, 2010 • Ogallala Fairgrounds, Ogallala, Nebraska
Behind the Sale: Western Nebraska Breeders is a group of four prominent breeders: Lazy Y Quarter Horses, owned by Cecil and Marsha Lake; Diamond Cross Ranches, owned by Brad and Barb Cross and Robert and Virginia Smith; Villarreal Quarter Horses, owned by Chuck and Sharon Villarreal; and Voss Quarter Horses, owned by Roger Voss, with General Manager Philip Rosfeld. Combined, the group has more than 175 years of experience. “We all ride or show and know what we need and want in a horse,” says Cecil Lake. “In this area of western Nebraska, horses have to be tough and enduring to work or compete in various events at rodeos.”
Best known for: Hancock and Driftwood horses. “We also have some running lines,” says Villarreal. “We’re making arena horses with minds and dispositions well-suited for Western pleasure and trail, as well as 4H and kids’ horses. Hancocks and Driftwoods are some of the best using horses because they don't break down and can go all day.” He adds that those characteristics make them excel in disciplines from match racing and running barrels, to cutting cattle and roping. Buyers are drawn to the sale looking for “quality performance horses and prospects, with looks, color, and exceptional minds,” Brad Cross says.
Expect to see: Lots of red and blue roans. “We have a lot of color with quality in our selection of weanlings and yearlings,” Chuck Villarreal adds. Among the 125 head of horses at the sale will be broodmares, stallion prospects and many ranch-broke horses. “Come see what we have to offer,” he says. “You won’t be disappointed.”