50-Year Breeder: Perry Corder
50-Year Breeder: Perry Corder
By Richard Chamberlain for The American Quarter Horse Journal
In 1967, 14-year-old Perry Corder received a birthday present that shaped the course of his life. Raymond and Lydia “Fritze” Corder’s gift of American Quarter Horse Lil’ Hotshot Bar developed into a 50-year breeding operation that has produced many remarkable horses.
“That mare is the reason I have a horse today,” Perry says. “If it wasn’t for her, I wouldn’t have accomplished anything I’ve ever done as a breeder.”
The year after Perry acquired Lil’ Hotshot Bar, in February 1968, Perry and his father purchased Miss Bar Scooter, a 1963 bay by Flit Bar and out of Rainbow Moon by Scooter S, at the Houston Livestock Show and Sale. They then bred her to Gay Bar King, resulting in a 1969 sorrel filly they named Gay Bar Moon. From there, the operation expanded rapidly under the name of Perry Corder Quarter Horses.
In March 1996, Perry’s father, Raymond, passed away, leaving care of his commercial cattle operation to Perry. During this period, Perry Corder Quarter Horses merged with the cattle operation and transitioned into a subsidiary of LC Ranch, a AQHA Ranching Heritage Breeder. Although it no longer produces cattle commercially, LC Ranch currently breeds registered Angus, Red Hereford, Black Hereford and Brahma cattle.
Through the years, Perry remained true to his founding bloodlines, and to this day, can trace almost all of his current herd back to those two original mares. Early in his breeding career, Perry bred Gay Bar Moon to Zan Parr Bar, producing Zan Parr Express, a sorrel stallion who was a high-point reining horse who earned an open performance ROM, an AQHA Champion title and a Superior in reining.
Lil’ Hotshot Bar proved herself in the arena, earning youth and open performance ROMs, youth and open AQHA Champion titles and a western pleasure Superior. As a dam, she produced eight foals that have earned 751.5 AQHA points, more than $20,000 in National Reining Horse Association winnings, as well as multiple AQHA Champion titles and ROMs.
Most notably, Lil’ Hotshot Bar produced two top NRHA performers by Zan Parr Express. The Hot Express, a 1984 sorrel stallion, earned an AQHA Champion title and multiple high-point rankings. His full sister, Lil Hotshot Express, a 1985 sorrel mare, placed in the top five at the AQHA World Show in senior reining, earned a Superior and high-point titles. Perry’s program has also produced 2006 AQHA-Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association Tie-Down Roping Horse of the Year Express On Heir (The Hot Express-Lulu Of An Heiress by Son And Heir), better known as “Luke.”
Although Perry’s operation relied heavily on proven dams, his selection of quality sires also impacted his success as a breeder. Currently, Perry continues breeding his mares to successful show horse LC On The Trinity, a 2004 red roan by Roan Texas and out of Pretty Hot Slippers by The Hot Express, whom Perry calls the best stallion he ever owned.
As evidenced by his many proven performers, Perry has consistently produced quality, versatile American Quarter Horses.
“I have always bred horses to fit a variety of disciplines, so I try to breed the best horse for that discipline,” Perry says.
Perry’s bloodlines have contributed to other prominent horses, including 2006 AQHA Superhorse RS Lilly Starlight, who is out of a Zan Parr Express mare, and who herself produced NRHA champion Lil Joe Cash ($277,109), and Electric Code ($205,382) who is out of a The Hot Express mare.
To date, Perry ranks as the top breeder of AQHA high-point open reining horses, having produced seven performers that have received that honor.
“It has been rewarding to see all the good horses that my small breeding program has perpetuated,” Perry says.
While his breeding career is slowing down, Perry continues to contribute to the industry he loves; the AQHA Ranching Heritage Breeder participates in the AQHA Ranching Heritage Breeder Young Horse Development Program, which allows him to donate a colt to a deserving youth and watch them progress through a training program.
“I hope maybe that colt will start them on a mission as that first filly did for me,” Perry says.
Looking back, Perry reflects on his success with great pride and a deep appreciation for the breed that made it all possible. He thanks God for granting him the opportunity for his remarkable journey.
“It has been the greatest ride anyone could imagine,” Perry says.