Jefferson Valley Equine Center & Briggs Quarter Horse Ranch
Your Road to the Well-Broke Horse Begins Here
We train what we call the Well-Broke Horse, one suitable for any discipline
We teach people how to get the most satisfaction from their horses
We breed horses for the temperment and talent to become Well-Broke Horses
Welcome to Our Ranch
Our Family Has the Horse Gene–Does Yours?
We often joke with people when they come to the ranch and tell they probably were born with a horse gene.
That gene is the invisible force that draws we humans to horses and makes us want to be with them and to understand what makes them tick. It’s no doubt the horse gene in us that has caused us to be fascinated with horses and make them central to our lives.
Our family, Dean and Wendy and son Shawn and his wife Nikki, runs our business in Montana’s Jefferson Valley, about three miles south of Whitehall. Our second son Lance does not have a strong horse gene. He’s a businessman and lives in New York City.
We started Briggs Quarter Horses more than 30 years ago and expanded the business in 2008 to include the Jefferson Valley Equine Center, which enables us to offer more services, including indoor activities year round, clinics, and special events. It’s aimed at meeting the needs of people with the horse gene. CLICK HERE to see our ranch. Thanks for stoppin by.
2 Girls, 2 Horses with the Right Stuff
Two youngsters who ride with us did well in competition this summer. We wanted to share their success with you.
Caydee and Ike
Caydee Johnson has been riding with us for a little more than a year. She’s a good all-around hand, ropes, runs barrels, ties goats. If it is something that can be done on a horse, Caydee is up for it. Cutting wasn’t one of her skills when she came here but she was interested to find out what it’s all about,and we were glad to show her.
Caydee started learning with Ike, one of our studs. Ike has been around the block a few times and knows the game well. Ike is a kind horse, and he and Caydee were a good fit.
Caydee high school life had plenty to keep her busy at Manhattan High, but she made cutting and riding Ike a priority. She made the trip to our ranch three times a week and stayed focued on getting to the National High School Rodeo Association’s finals, which were held this year in Gillette, WY.
This is tough competition. Riders come from all over the country. Many of them have pro abillity and go on to compete in college and in professional events.
There were 110 riders in this year’s cutting. Caydee and Ike placed 31st.
Caydee has talent. No question about that, but she also has the work ethic necessasry to develop that talent . And, we have to say that when you match talent like hers with a horse like Ike, good things can happen.
Like many of the other riders in the finals, Caydee is moving onto bigger challenges. In the fall she will enroll at Laramie Community College in Cheyenne, WY, on a full rodeo scholarship.
Ike is back home now and is taking some time off.
Julia and Fritzy
Early this spring, Julia Hoagland had high hopes for this summer’s rodeo competition. Julia is 9 and believes almost all things are possible with a horse. She had a new horse that was a Christmas present, a mare with speed in her background. Julia was ready to meet all comers.
Two weeks before the season started, her mare suffered an injury that would keep her out of this year’s competition.
Our do-everything horse is Fritzy. He’s 19. During the years, he has been a beginner’s horse, a lesson horse, a rope horse. He even filled in once in a beauty-queen contest and ran a reining pattern that helped the girl become queen.
Fritzy just always rises to the occasion. He even seems to know how to keep track of the numbers on the cows in sorting events.
Julia rode Fritzy many times when she a beginner. He helped her learn how to run barrels and sort cows and anything else she wanted to try. Julia learns fast and moved on to other horses. Fritzy had other things to do, things more suitable for a 19-year-old horse. He is good at retirement and taking life easy.
We wanted to help Julia and suggested she use Fritzy. There were some who said this was a silly idea. Fritzy was way past the time he could run. The speed was gone. But Fritzy does rise to the occasion.
The results: Julia won the all-around title and a saddle in the High Winds Rodeo, which is series of seven rodeos. She competed during the summer in the Whitehall Barrel Series and qualified for the youth division in Whitehall’s Frontier Days celebration, which features bronc riding and barrel racing.
In all of this, Fritzy returned to his youth. He lost weight, developed muscle, and showed he can run, best time in barrels so far this year 19.5.
Julia is now learning to rope, so it looks like Fritzy won’t be going back to retirement anytime soon.
Fritzy was born on our ranch out of a Kansas Badger mare we owned and our stud the late Along Came a Spider.