Pryor Ranch History
Judy grew up on her parent's dairy farm just a few miles from the ranch's present location. Pryor's involvement with horses began at age nine where "horse involved" friends and neighbor Bob Loomis were very influential. Over the years, Judy's continuing love of horses was channeled into barrel racing as she became nationally competitive.
Then by chance at a horse sale, Judy bought a little mare for $3,600 named Just Esprit by Deck Of Stars. Little did Judy know what a treasure this mare would be. In 1988 the mare carried Judy into the pleasure horse arena and on to the winners circle with top 15 placings at the All-American Quarter Horse Congress and the AQHA World Show. They also finished seventh in the nation in western pleasure that year.
Judy's love for Just Esprit compelled her to buy more and more foals by Deck Of Stars, and for the next three years buying and selling his offspring brought in enough income to keep Pryor's Ranch in business.
Then in early 1992, Deck Of Stars came up for sale, and Judy knew she had to have the stallion. Judy credited Deck for Pryor's flourishing business and felt she had an obligation to give the stallion a good home. On January 19, 1992 Judy purchased Deck and began her breeding business. In their first year of breeding, they bred 49 mares. Over the years Deck Of Stars proved to be the sire that Judy always felt he would be, siring Halter horses that could ride.
Judy says that Deck Of Stars is responsible for where she is today. To date stock from the Pryor Ranch has earned 37 multi-breed World and Reserve World Champions, a Supreme Champion, AQHA Champions, an AQHA Reserve High Point, Superior Halter horses, Superior Performance Horses in multiple events, western pleasure money earners and NSBA money earners. Deck Of Stars sired 715 foals that earned 15,102.5 points and earned $141,734.50 in incentive fund earnings and $10,964.48 in World Champion Show earnings.
Pryor Ranch is located on 400 acres of rolling hills just outside Omaha Nebraska. The ranch is Judy's lifelong dream, and it has only been
through her hard work, perseverance, determination and breeding philosophy of form to function that the operation has reached the level of success it has reached today.
Judy says she is maybe the most proud of the fact that Deck Of Stars has become such a great broodmare sire and many of his daughters are still producing winners for Judy today.