By Jennifer K. HancockLone Oak MarketingMarch 5, 2014
For more than five and a half decades, Frank Perkins has concentrated on maintaining legendary foundation Quarter Horse bloodlines. (Credit: Courtesy of Frank Perkins)
Frank Perkins is a horseman. The last of 11 kids, Perkins learned about horses out of necessity – while growing up horses were his family’s only mode of transportation, and Perkins built a career in the horse industry focused on foundation bloodlines developed for working cattle. After more than 55 years of raising champion and award-winning American Quarter Horses, Perkins made the difficult decision to hold a dispersal sale because of his advancing Parkinson’s disease.
Perkins hasn’t been influenced by the whims of the judges or the hottest trends of the day, but that’s not to say his horses haven’t seen success in the show pen. The Perkins’ breeding program boasts National Cutting Horse Association Futurity finalists; NCHA Super Stakes Classic champion; NCHA Derby reserve champion and finalists; NCHA Classic/Challenge finalists; state cutting futurity champions; AQHA Champions; AQHA world champion; AQHA reserve world champion; AQHA Superior Performance; AQHA high-point champions and top five; AQHA World Championship Show qualifiers and finalists; AQHA halter and performance Register of Merit earners; National Reined Cow Horse Association Hackamore champions; American Cutting Horse Association world champions; International Buckskin Horse Association world champions; National Reining Horse Association money earners; Women's Professional Rodeo Association money earners; NCHA certificate of abilities and money earners; and multiple circuit champions across the country.
For more than five and a half decades, Perkins has concentrated on maintaining foundation Quarter Horse bloodlines, and his dispersal will offer buyers the opportunity to purchase horses with legendary and American Quarter Horse Hall of Fame horses listed on the registration papers. Many people brag of foundation breeding and throw around names such as Doc Bar and Poco Lena, but Perkins’ horses have the pedigrees – along with that the conformation and cow sense – to prove it.
In a letter, Perkins wrote: “My business has been my life. I have been very fortunate to be able to make a living and raise a family with a job I enjoyed tremendously. The time has come and the decision has been made due to my wife’s and my long-term health issues to sell a major part of my breeding program. This decision is not easy as I feel I will be selling part of my life not just a business.”
Perkins always believed in selling his horses off the ranch and never consigned to outside sales so his dispersal will be no different. With his own health issues and his wife now confined to a wheelchair, the AQHA 50-year cumulative breeder will be offering more than 300 head of registered Quarter Horses May 24-25 at his ranch located at 16793 CR 134 Flint, Texas, 75762, which is near Tyler. Horses will be available for viewing on May 23 after noon. Attendees will be able to meet the AQHA legend and reap the benefits of his breeding program.
For more information, visit www.frankperkinsquarterhorses.com.
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