50-Year Breeders: Mr. and Mrs. C.J. Paulson

50-Year Breeders: Mr. and Mrs. C.J. Paulson

Jim and Roberta Paulson have stayed hooked on horses, marriage, cattle and kids as they have become 50-year breeders of American Quarter Horses.

Mr. and Mrs. C.J. Paulson have been breeding American Quarter Horses for 50 years. (Courtesy photo)

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By Richard Chamberlain for The American Quarter Horse Journal

Jim and Roberta Paulson marked a couple of major milestones in 2019.

“Not only have we raised American Quarter Horses for 50 years,” says Roberta, “but we also celebrated our 50th wedding anniversary.”

Fifty years is a long time to stay hooked on horses, marriage or anything else. The couple raised cattle, horses and kids on the farm that Jim’s family has owned for more than a century at Newton, Kansas, where you might think that staying hooked is in their blood.

“We were both raised on farms and always had riding horses,” Roberta says. “We got interested in American Quarter Horses through friends that had Quarter Horses and were involved with local saddle clubs.”

The couple moved from riding with friends in saddle clubs to breeding and raising horses on their own and then into breeding horses for others. They started with a bay son of Leo who traced on the bottom to Zantanon and Joe Hancock, and then picked up a sibling to an American Quarter Horse Hall of Fame horse.

“We started breeding a couple of Quarter Horses to local stallions, and then in 1968-69 decided to buy a stallion,” Roberta says. “We located Leovada in California and purchased him. He was AA in racing and an AQHA Champion. A couple years later, we purchased a red roan stallion, Mighty Bee Red, a halter class winner who was a full brother to Jackie Bee.”

Through the years, the Paulsons also owned Mr Some Charge 2, by the Depth Charge (TB) son Some Charge (TB); Some Man Go, a grandson of Pacific Bailey; and Barw Zan Parr, a chestnut son of Audacious To A Te.

At the height of their business, the Paulsons were breeding 30-35 mares each year, their own and outside mares. Three of their own best are the track-record-setting Peace Bomb (TB) mare Erma Miller and her AA daughter Miss Iron Leo by Leovada; and One Smashed Feature, an Easily Smashed mare who produced the My Designated Driver gelding Imawildncrazyguy, a AAA winner on the track. At present, the Paulsons have eight Quarter mares.

 “We’re looking for straight legs and good heads with a good working mind and good disposition,” Roberta says.

That’s the kind of Quarter Horse that people will always want.

“We hope the industry will continue to grow and enhance the lives of many young people,” Roberta says. “Owning a horse and being responsible for its care is a great learning experience.”

Roberta is speaking from experience. Again, the Paulsons have been at it for a long time.

“We loved working together to keep our breeding program going,” Roberta says. “We always looked forward to each spring and seeing another colt crop playing in the pastures.”

Her husband will not be around to see another colt crop. Chalmer James “Jim” Paulson passed away in April at age 76.

“Jim loved the horses,” Roberta says. “He was so excited about this award.”

Roberta pauses, choking back tears.

“I would have to say our greatest enjoyment has been watching family and people we have dealt with do good things with horses we have raised,” Roberta concludes. “We have really enjoyed watching our children, Hilary, Brooke and Christopher, show in 4-H and do a little team penning on horses we raised. We love watching the grandkids play with the colts. And of course, this 50-year breeder award is probably the biggest achievement we’re proud of. Yes, it’s been a lot of work and some sacrifice, but I would not change any of it. Quarter Horses have enriched all of our families’ lives in one way or another.”