Nikki’s family has been raising horses for many generations, but very purposefully since 1969, when her parents purchased their first brood mare. Nikki’s dad, Chuck Leonard, was a horseman and a breeder, who appreciated a fine stallion, but would place his bet on a great broodmare every time. Super Demores (Super Cut Up X Medora) was one of his most prized possessions and she proved herself over and over, producing 13 foals who were arena performers, rodeo champions, and one fine stallion.
Twist Your Eyes (Two Eyed Twister X Super Demores), earned his AQHA Champion and Superior Pleasure Horse as a three year old. He sired 133 foals with tremendous dispositions, eye appeal and trainability. Eight were shown, but many more were ranch and rope horses, and a National High School Finals Goat Tying Champion; but we believe that among his best offspring were the many great broodmares that have continued to provide foals with those same traits. With only one daughter still living, most of our mares are now granddaughters of this amazing stallion.
Today we are raising moderately framed versatile Quarter Horses selected for conformation, disposition, athletic ability, and trainability. We use these horses every day on our ranch, and are proud to be an AQHA Ranching Heritage Breeder. Nothing makes us more proud than seeing our customers success with our horses, however they gauge that success. Whether it is a youngster’s first mount, or a client’s first World Show qualification, we enjoy following the progress and achievements of the horses we sell.
You will notice that our horses carry one of two brands: Rafter 4 or a 4L. While the Rafter 4 is our main brand, Nikki’s mom has retained ownership of a handful of mares for the last 20 years and so foals out of those mares received the 4L brand. Beginning with foals registered in 2020, all will receive the Rafter 4 mark. Regardless of which brand they carry, they are AQHA Ranch Heritage Breeder event eligible.