In the late 1920’s Matt & Katherine Froelich moved their farming and ranching operation from southern Morton County to Sioux County on the Standing Rock Indian Reservation. Like others of that time, Matt’s farming and ranching was dependent on horse power. Matt raised draft horses, they were known for their quality. In the 1940s Matt & Katherine’s son John and his wife Barbara purchased the holdings of his parents and continued to add to the existing ranch.
Like his father, John had the desire to raise horses. He started raising Quarter Horses in the late 1940s. He was especially known for raising quality palomino quarter horses with speed and cow sense. Through the years John used the bloodlines of Comanche Boy, a maternal grandson of legendary Oklahoma Star, Smutty Bill, Mr Blackburn, a grandson of Pretty Buck, Real Baron Jack, son of AQHA champion Baron Bell and Legendary Hall of Fame Two ID Jack, Tuffernhel & others to enhance his Quarter Horse Bloodlines. In 2009 Froelich Quarter Horses received the American Quarter Horse Legacy Award for 50 consecutive years of registering at least one foal.
In the 1970s John’s son Rod and his wife Kathryn purchased the home place, some years later they added to the ranch by purchasing land from the Port family. The second part of the ranch is located on the Cannon Ball River.
Rod & Kathryn have been utilizing the bloodlines of Two Eye Jack and Joe Quincy to enhance the cow sense and dispositions of their quarter horses. Together with their sons, Lance and Chase, they own and operate some of the current 14,000 acre ranch.
Lance and his wife Sunshine have added the bloodlines of Dancin Rooster, a bay "Son of Champions", stallion. Dancin Roster bloodlines include: own son of Gallo Del CIelo, Peppy San Badger, Boonlight Dancer, Peptoboonsmal, High Brow Cat & Doc Bar. Our stallions also include: ID Watch Two Eye, a bay roan son of ID Watch by a daughter of Two Eye Red Buck. Set Em Up Bartender, a bay roan stallion out of Two Eyed Bartender. West River Blue and Blue Stars Fire are both home raised stallions that are 3rd generation blue roans of Joe Quincy bloodlines. Lance and Sunshine take great consideration in choosing their breeding stock with the American cattlemans' interest at heart. We strive to produce great looking, gentle minded, tough horses made for the hills.
Rod, Kathryn, Lance, Sunshine have strived to breed horses that work great in the arena, on the trail, or when working with cattle. The Froelich's believe in producing horses with performance ability, cow sense, eye appeal, color, but most importantly disposition. Froelich Quarter Horses have been purchased by cowboys and cowgirls across the North American Continent.
Froelich Quarter Horses is a recipient of the American Quarter Horse Legacy Award and our foals qualify for the AQHA Heritage Breeders program. John Froelich registered his first foal in 1947. Beginning in 1959, Froelich Quarter Horses consecutively registered at least one foal a year. In 2009 Froelich Quarter Horses received the American Quarter Horse Legacy Award in recognition of 50 consecutive years of registered quarter horse foals. Grandson of John, Lance, now continues to carry on the legacy by selling AQHA foals from the ranch.