Hello and welcome to our website! Blake Barber lives in Lawton, Oklahoma and trains a few top quality calf horses a year. He starts with well-bred, good looking young AQHA horses and spends a lot of time on each horse to develop them into solid, consistent rodeo mounts. He is assisted in operations by his younger brother Brandon - both of the brother's differing roping styles help to make each horse good for any type of roper. The end result is a horse that is very well broke to ride and is well-rounded and solid in the roping pen.
Blake and Brandon Barber grew up on a large farm in central Indiana. Both boys began to be involved in rodeo early on and grew to be fanatics about the sport. They purchased several horses from Gail Turner in Lawton and when Brandon received a rodeo scholarship to Western Oklahoma State College in Altus, Blake and his wife Sarah decided to follow him and live at Lawton to work for Gail.
The boys had several good, solid rodeo horses but wanted to try to make a good young horse. They purchased a gorgeous big chestnut horse from Marty Miller named "Howdy" by the AQHA Superhorse Popular Resortfigure aka Poptart. Howdy was so athletic and easy to train that Blake and Brandon soon caught the bug for Poptart colts. Currently they have three Poptart fillies in training and plan for many more. They would like to have several Popular Resortfigure colts for sale at a time, unfortunately they like them too well and hang on to them!
Although they really like the Poptart colts, they are not limited to only that bloodline. Blake and Brandon also have several cow/cutting bred quarter horses and enjoy seeking a variety in their young horses. The main things they look for in colts is good, solid minds, smooth conformation and athleticism. In their experience they have found fit and athletic horses can outrun, outwork and outlast heavier built horses. Stocky horses usually can't run as much and are also prone to soreness issues (contrary to popular belief).
Because of their athleticism, all of the Barber's horses will be versatile and have the ability to do multiple events. Most are at least patterned on barrels if not finished on them - this makes each horse flex better and learn to handle themselves at higher speeds. This translates to horses that are more broke and track calves easier. Done correctly, working a horse on barrels provides good exercise and makes for a great workout.
Please note our pricing system on the Horses page; we assign an amount of dollar signs to each horse according to a price range. This helps to accommodate price fluctuations that happen while a horse is in training but still gives a buyer an idea on how much the horse will cost. We generally do not negotiate on price - we price each horse on what we honestly feel the horse is worth and what comparable horses sell for. We also normally do not take trades. Because we like our horses so much and our livelihoods do not depend on selling horses, we'd rather just keep them ourselves!
If you're looking for a roping horse and have a trade, or just want more variety, please check out T-N Roping Horses. Gail has a wide range of calf horses and team roping horses in every budget and will work with you to find the best fit. Visit his website here: http://www.tnropinghorses.com or give him a call at: 580-591-2660.