Picking a Good One: Caseys Pick
January 3, 2019
When Chad and Mindy Hubert's stallion, Cee Heart Taylor, died unexpectedly in 2015, they started looking for a stallion that would enhance the mare band they'd built up.
After a visit to the 6666’s Ranch in Texas, they decided they liked what Sixes Pick added to his offspring, and started looking for a stud with those bloodlines.
As it turned out, there was a palomino weanling stallion by Sixes Pick and out of See You in Vegas, less than a hundred miles from their Hereford, South Dakota ranch.
Lis Hollman, who owns See You in Vegas, a full sister to Frenchmans Fabulous, a $2.2 million barrel sire, was raising the stallion for a gentleman in Colorado who had bought an embryo out of "Vegas."
The Hubert's visited Hollman's ranch near Hot Springs, South Dakota, and liked the looks of the young stallion. "He was really quiet and he looked good. We wanted to think it over for a while and get him genetic tested. That came back clean. The following January we looked at him and he looked really good, and just had a real confident presence about him," said Mindy Hubert. That's when they decided to take him home.
Hubert named the stud Caseys Pick as a tribute to his sire and his double-bred Casey's Ladylove dam. He's more affectionately known as "Pickles," which is also the barn name of his sire, Sixes Pick, the first ever AQHA Versatility Ranch Horse World Champion.
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A big percentage of the mare band they'd built up are daughters of Cee Heart Taylor (Tiv), and also go back to Catalena Boy, a son of Doc O’lena by Doc Bar. Doc Bar is on the pedigrees of 26 of the 35 horses that carried team ropers to the 2018 Wrangler National Finals Rodeo.
The Huberts had learned from experience that the best way to get a stallion's name in the public eye is to get good colts on the ground. They bred about 15 mares via AI to Pickles as a two-year-old, including outside mares, to get an idea of what his offspring would look like crossed on different types of bloodlines. They're expecting about 25 foals in 2019–about half from their own mares and half from outside mares, again via AI.
"We're really excited about the foals that are out of daughters of Tiv," Hubert said. "They're pretty-headed, with big hips and strong shoulders. His foals sold extremely well; it's an excellent return on his breeding fee."
The foals they've halter broke are easy to work with, she added.
Huberts sold all of his foals except one filly, Buena Pick, who they plan to promote. She is out of a daughter of Tiv, named Tivs Poco Lena, whose full siblings have earned around $10,000 in barrels and poles.
Pickles has shown promise in the performance ring as well, qualifying for the 2018 AQHA World Versatility Ranch Horse Show in Open Ranch Trail, competing against much more seasoned horses. He was started, trained and shown by Ty Hansen, who has since started working as the head trainer for Copper Springs Ranch. The Huberts were unable to show Pickles at the World Show because it took place in the middle of a very busy breeding season. "He's already proving himself as a ranch horse. We might get him started in barrel racing as well, we'll just let him tell us what he's best at," Hubert said.
The Huberts want to produce horses that are successful in whatever they attempt, whether the performance world or on the ranch. "Our goal with our own colts has been more about their versatility, good bone and trainability. A lot of people, including youth, have taken them on to do barrels and they really shine. That’s part of the reason we went with these bloodlines. Frenchmans Guy has sired a lot of proven barrel racers, and Sixes Pick is siring numerous Ranch Horse Champions. A three-quarter sister to Caseys Pick, Frenchmans Pick, won over $33,000 in 2018 WPRA barrel racing."
Huberts plan to nominate Pickles to several incentives, mostly for barrel racing, when his foals come of age. Hubert said color wasn't a consideration when they were looking for a stallion, but the palomino is a bonus. In fact, in 20 years of raising horses, they hadn’t raised one buckskin colt until this year. Out of the offspring born to Caseys Pick this year, mostly out of bay mares, half were buckskin.