Rafter DS Ranch
Rafter DS Ranch

Welcome to Rafter DS Ranch

Rafter DS began with the purchase of Ulrichs Cheyenne; from  Don & Mary Ulrich Wyoming breeding program. The Ulrich's were famous for Leopards and the Appaloosa Shuffle. Cheyenne has 18 Leopards in his 6 generation pedigree and has produced several shufflers.

The FIRST registered Appaloosa was Babe (F-1), owned by Fred Busby( husband of my great aunt Maude Hoover) of Fossil OR. This horse was later sold to Claude Thompson of Moro, OR. Claude leased Old Painter from Fred in order to help found the Appaloosa breed. Our goal  for  Rafter DS is to continue the tradition of high quality horses that was begun in Fossil, OR.

Ulrich Cheyenne can trace his bloodlines directly back to Old Painter.ANIMAL GENETICS; EE,Aa, negative for grey & cream gene, and other known genetic diseases. Ulrich Cheyenne's Foundation Blood Percentage is 89.07 % (using the IPAA method). Cheyenne is also registered with the FAHR & ApHC as 90% FPD.

After obtaining Cheyenne, Rafter DS then searched the Northwest for old line Appaloosa mares. We discovered  the Tobys, Pratt, Kaniksus, Foster, DREA, Goer, Joker, and Ulrich bloodlines proved to have the superior specimens we were looking for in our future mare band. You can see the pedigrees and photos of our current mares on the OUR MARES page.

Our dream at Rafters DS is to preserve the intellectual and athletic ability of the native bred Appaloosa horse. Therefore, the next step in our breeding program is to cross our exceptional Ulrich Cheyenne fillies with the best example of a purebred Appaloosa stallion that we could find. WAR Tobys Troubadour is that stallion (ApHC FPD 100%, IPAA Foundation Blood Percentage 98.44%). You can see numerous photos of Troubadour on the OUR STALLIONS page.

WAR Tobys Troubadour is calm, well mannered, and beautiful .As his foals hit the ground; "breeding will tell".
All foals are eligible for Foundation Pedigree Designation with the ApHC. Most foals are also eligible for FAHR, CRH Association, International Purebred Appaloosa Association, ICAA, and Sundance 500 International registration. 
We are moving toward an 8 generation purebred, Trou/Cheyenne mares to OCHOCO MOSES, ApHC GAP: G5 Fewspot black, EE,aa, negative 5 panel...Troubadour's last breeding season for us is 2014, look for him with new owner Lauren in the future.

Dan & Deb Stubblefield
47955 Highway #19
Fossil, OR  97830
(541) 763-2196

If you would like to see more photos of the horses and us, click the link -HERE