The Namgis Team
Whether you are choosing people to shape a Fortune 500 company or your horse program, finding the right person for each job is essential to the success of a program. We are very proud of the Namgis Team of individuals and the contributions each makes to Namgis Quarter Horses.
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Prior to joining the Namgis team in 2009, head wrangler Doug Schrutka grew up in the small South Texas town of Charlotte. From a ranching family, Doug
began training rope horses at a young age and went on to participate in youth rodeos through high school. He then attended McNeese State University on a rodeo scholarship where he competed in calf and team roping before graduating with a bachelor’s degree in Agriculture. He has trained and sold many top calf and team roping horses throughout his career.
Doug utilizes pressure resistance training in starting young horses. Combined with his gift of quiet hands, this results in horses with a solid foundation that are quiet, trainable, soft, and good-natured from the very beginning. Each Namgis two-year-old is started by Doug and has these traits thanks to Doug’s patient and effective training.
“Dude’s colts are easy to start and retain their training,” Doug said regarding their progress. “I would accredit that to a couple of things. First, it looks like Dude is passing his disposition and trainability to these colts. Second, the foundation that we are able to put on them at the ranch is ideal. The focus here is all about the horse, and the riding conditions on Santa Cruz Ranch are great. We have access to the entire ranch, cattle to ride through, and the Hondo Creek to ride. All of this makes for a great atmosphere for these young horses.”
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Texas Rodeo Cowboy Hall of Fame inductee John Rothwell is a horseman in every sense of the word. He was raised on the family ranch in Nebraska and went on to attend a Toots Mansfield roping school followed by Sam Houston State University in Huntsville, TX attaining a degree in Agricultural Business. During his college years he went to the National Intercollegiate Rodeo Finals and excelled in saddle bronc riding and steer wrestling. In John’s post college rodeo career he qualified for the National Finals Rodeo seven times; in 1974, 1976, 1978, 1979, 1980, 1985, and 1987. An extremely talented rider, he rode some exceptional horses during his career including 1985 PRCA Calf Horse of the Year, A.J. Other notable horses that John rode were Rabbit and Kirk, both of which took him to the NFR. We are happy to have someone of John’s skill level on the Namgis team. John rides both our barrel prospects, introducing them to the pattern, and our rope horse prospects.
“These horses are very intellegent and quick-footed with a good amount of stop,” John said. “They are level headed and sensible. The colts by Dude have a lot of speed - both out of the running mares and the cow horse mares. Put in the right hands, they truly have a good future.”
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Boe Brown grew up training horses and roping on a ranch in South Dakota. Currently residing in Harrold, SD, Boe heads south in the winter to enter the Texas indoor rodeos. Namgis Quarter Horses is his home from December 1 through May while he starts the 3- and 4-year old colts in the roping. Boe set the arena record at the Crazy Horse Stampede in 2010 as well as taking the first round of Dodge City with a 7.9 second run on his way to earning over $20,000 in the PRCA World Tiedown Standings.
Once Doug is finished putting his foundation on the two year olds they move on to be ridden by Boe. He is preparing them to begin tracking calves, continuing to teach them their leads and to neck rein, and riding out on the ranch.
“These horses have a good foundation when I get them and that makes the transfer into what we do next with them an easy transition. I take them to the arena and start tracking the sled, then tracking calves and logging. With good calves and this good facility, we can get these horses ready to start hauling,” Boe said. “They are sensible athletes that have the mind to take the pressure required to be a calf horse.”
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Raymond Hollabaugh has had an exceptional calf
roping career and is a member of the Texas Rodeo Cowboy Hall of Fame. He has won 4 American
Junior Rodeo Association Championships, 2 National Intercollegiate Rodeo Association regional titles, and has been to the National Finals Rodeo 7 times. In addition he has achieved 10 circuit finals qualifications and 3 World’s Richest Roping titles. During this time Raymond has ridden, trained, and sold many top calf-roping horses. His first NFR horse, Geesy, was an off-the-track Quarter Horse that went on to be the Calf Horse of the Year. Raymond also excels at teaching others what it takes to be a top roper. He moved to Stephenville, TX in 2002 to take a position as assistant Rodeo Coach at Tarleton State University. In his time there, both the boys and girls rodeo teams won the National Championships and qualified eight times. Raymond keeps Dude legged up and also starts the 3-year-olds on cattle.
“Doug has these horses so broke when he gets through with them you can go on and do whatever you want on them,” Raymond said. “Dude is one of the most broke horses I’ve ever been on. You can tell that horse just does whatever you want him to do. I know he has won a lot at AQHA shows, and he would also make a really good rodeo horse.”
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Lindsay Ahr is a graduate of Texas A&M University with an extensive background in the horse industry. Growing up, Lindsay competed in local rodeos, horse judging, and worked as a wrangler for various summer horse camps. In college, she became interested in the sport of polo and began exercising and grooming polo ponies for players in College Station, Houston, and Austin while becoming a member of the TAMU Polo Club. At the same time she was introduced to the Quarter Horse industry through former AQHA President Jerry Windham. As an employee of Windham Ranch she worked nights delivering and gentling foals. As a result she became very interested in broodmare management and working with foals and weanlings. Lindsay Ahr is the colt handler and halter-breaks all the offspring here at Namgis Quarter Horses.
“It is nice to start to see a pattern in Dude’s foals,” Lindsay said about the weanlings. “2012 is Dude’s fifth foal crop, and you start to notice things about their disposition as a group even from a young age. The majority of them are friendly and want to be really people-oriented even if they haven’t been handled yet. Overall they are highly trainable and catch on to things very quickly. It isn’t often that I feel like I can halter a colt for the first time one day and tie him up the next day without worrying about him. With Dude’s get, they are just that sensible.”