Kingdom Kigers still has Bolero. He is a half brother to Donner, yes the Donner, same sire different mare. He is still intact and available for AI. We have a vet 5 miles down the road who specializes in AI who has worked with us before. Just as Rochelle was getting things going 4 years ago some life issues came up and shut things down for awhile. We have partnered and are now in the process of building again. Bolero has produced 3 kigers out of a claybank mare and I believe 1 out of an Arabian. Don't know the status of the first two kigers, one filly and one colt. The third filly is on the farm next door and has turned out to have a wonderful personality. She is just being trained by a young lady who is hoping to attend Parelli college with her. This year we picked up a very sweet but untrained mare out in Oklahoma who was one of the remnants from the Claybank ranch. The owner who had bought a lot of the herd from that ranch was in the process of downsizing and dispersing his herd and had just gelded his stallion.
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We first looked at them last year also but were still in the process of putting some things together. We ended up with Sugar. Rochelles other mare Calypso was a cousin to their stallion that they just gelded. Her offspring so far has been anything but the dun color that matches the stereotype. We are hoping that Sugar and Bolero will throw a couple of the type of duns that the breed is known for. Also, She brings some things to the table that we think will actually be an improvement. They had another mare there that was already trained to ride but she had already been sold. I wasn't as impressed with her look or demeaner and was kind of glad she wasn't on the table. I know some here are advocating a little less line breeding which I wholeheartedly agree with. But it would be nice to start a herd with the stereotypical Kiger and then build out from there. Sugar is a Great Granddaughter to Steens Kiger and we are hoping that a lot of the traits will come through with a pairing with Bolero. She also is one of the most people friendly untrained horses I've met.
I personally like darker colored horses and found this board tracking down Chinook. Was really disappointed to find he had been gelded.
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old97fan glad to see you on here! I was in contact a little bit with Rochelle a year or two ago regarding Bolero. I loved the videos she had of him on youtube. She emailed me some photos of him, but was wondering if you had any to share? I did find this picture of him online www.dpchallenge.com/image.php?IMAGE_ID=997025
thank you I was always kind of a "mustang, oh that's nice", kind of person-thought they were neat but was really ambivalent about them as a breed. I'd even see Bolero and thought he was a good looking horse BUT just that, nothing more. Then I saw him working with Ivan one day and the first thing I noticed was how intense and strong the connection between the two were. I'd never seen one that strong between a man and a horse. Their unity was incredible. Then Ivan ramped him up a little and I was thunderstruck. Between the electricity of his presence and a float in his gait that I can't even begin to describe I was overwhelmed. I didn't know whether to laugh, cry, all of the above or what. Could only stand there mute trying to hold in all of these conflicting emotions. I'll never forget that experience as long as I breathe.
Needless to say, since then I've been not just a fan but a believer in the Kiger Breed and have been trying to absorb anything about them I can, while looking for ways to promote and preserve this horse.
I just found this thread on Kiger Mustang stallions! I aquired two Kiger Mustangs 2 years ago from Bend, OR. Steens Angelina was caught wild as a 2 year old from the Steens herd and bought at auction. She was bred to Steens Vaquero, also wild caught, and produced Steens Aleta. When I brought these two mares up to my ranch in Spokane, WA we were told that Angelina had been bred but never checked in foal. Well bred she was and gave us quite a nice colt. I breed Arabian race and endurance horses and was looking for a Kiger mare to cross on my Arab race stallion for endurance horses.....that and i have loved Kigers for years! Our colt is coming 3 and I left him a stud colt as I was fancinated with his movement, conformation and willing sweet temperament. After reading more on Kigers I am thinking now that I should be looking at breeding more good Kiger "purebreds". People from all over the world have been contacting me through our web site about our "little' Kiger herd! I believe we will breed and stand our colt, Steens El Tesoro in 2013 to see what he can produce. So maybe there will be another stallion out there to chose from! You can see our Kigers on our web site at www.kriseanhorses.com/our-kigers/