In the early 70s, Dianne purchased her first paint horse. At that time, paints were in the beginning stages of popularity. Doing her own training, Dianne started showing her horses at open, 4-H, and paint shows. This was the beginning of Dianne’s lifelong pursuit promoting and raising paint and quarter horses. Her success of winning state and local high point awards, Register of Merits, State Fair trips and numerous trophies were an incentive for her passion to develop.
As the years have passed, horses have always been a part of family life. Dianne and her husband Jack live near Trimont, Minnesota with sons Nick and James. They are located in the southwestern part of Minnesota in the middle of farm country. Their site includes a large indoor arena, smaller outdoor training arena, round pen and a recently converted horse barn. The pasture has a creek with trees and rolling hills. This facility serves the diverse interests of the family.
Rockin’ A’s horses are the product a breeding program that was established in 1958, concentrating on using only the best sons and daughters, of legendary sires, King and Leo. The family’s main goal is to keep high percentages of foundation quarter horse blood, because of the athletic ability, kind trainable mind, intelligence, class, cow sense, and the speed to excel on the ranch, at the rodeo, or the performance arena. Rockin’ A has added several 100% foundation quarter horse mares to their breeding program. Many of the mares and all stallions are without Doc Bar blood. Something that you don’t see much of these days! The mares are good mothers, easy breeders, and trace back to foundation lines of King and Leo. All horses possess solid minds, along with good feet and legs. The stallions are quiet, kind, gentle with dense bone, ideal conformation, beautiful heads and the ability and mind to do the job. The family enjoys raising, training, and selling horses from their breeding program. Actually….these horses sell themselves.
The family is varied in their horse interests. Son’s Nick and James are trainers, farrier, and horse breeders as well as active in their showing endeavors. James has graduated from NAU in Rapid City, SD majoring in Applied Management. He has started his own training business in Rapid City, SD. Nick has completed his Minnesota Teaching Licensure at UMC in Crookstion, MN and is now looking for employment.
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Jack, Dianne, Nick and James