Welcome to Badger Hole Ranch, in the heart of the hard grass country of western South Dakota. Here we raise our children, along with Black Angus cattle and registered Quarter Horses. The horses are Linebred to King P-234, and several of our mares still have King on their papers. We have horses here with Continental King, Easter King, Poco Bueno, Royal King, Royal Royale, Easter Gentleman, and Peppy San Badger on their papers. These are names you don't see right up close very often anymore. We have them here thanks to Bernie Janssen, who linebred to the great King for 52 years before leasing his herd to us. These horses have been his pride and joy, and he has every reason to be proud of them. He has produced outstanding reiners, cutters, and level-headed all around working horses over the years. Kings Breeze, a young stallion currently in competition, has earned his AQHA Register of Merit. We hope to carry on Bernie's tradition of athletic, intelligent, working horses with rare Foundation Quarter Horse blood. Most of the horses are elligible for registration in the Steel Dust Horse Association, meaning they have no Thoroughbred blood in them since prior to 1940. They are all NFQHA and FQHA elligible as well, many at 100%.
Over the years, Bernie included the blood of other great King horses in his program, such as Continental King, Easter King, Easter Gentleman, Royal King, Royal Royale, and King of Clubs. He produced many outstanding all around ranch horses, as well as Kings Poco Discount, winner of the reining competion at the Utah State Fair. Kings Poco Discount went on to sire two winners of the Upper Midwest Cutting Futurity: one of them, Kings Black Widow, is still a producing member of out broodmare band. Bernie currently has a young stallion, Kings Breeze, being shown in reining competion. This horse has proven himself to be a great athlete. In 2009 he earned his AQHA Performance Register of Merit. The same year he was Region II Jr Reining Champion, and in 2010 he followed it up with the SDQHA Sr Reining Championship, and qualified for the AQHA World Show.
In the spring of 2010, it was time for a change. Ben & Ruth Wiechmann decided to take over the breeding program that Bernie had put his heart into for so long, and the horses made the move from Minnesota to the prairie of western South Dakota. Our first colt crops have met our expectations for being well-built, balanced, athletic, & graceful. We are looking forward to carrying on Bernie's tradition of well-built, good minded, athletic horses that excel as performers in many disciplines, especially as working ranch horses.