Colorado Super Breeders

Hope Sickler of Real American Cowboy Magazine

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Northern Colorado is home to one of the premier breeding facilities in the country and horse breeders from all over travel to Colorado to access their state-of-the-art-facility and all they have to offer.

Vista Equine Colorado is stationed out of breathtaking Ft. Collins, Colorado, just east of the foothills of the Rocky Mountains and is on the leading edge of equine reproduction.

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Vista Equine Colorado was established in 2011 when it took over the operations of then Royal Vista Equine, Inc. which had been in operation for over 20 years. Long time breeders and equine reproduction specialists Vaughn and Jill Cook founded the premier establishment and after many years of dedicating their lives to the world of equine reproduction, they retired and turned the reins over to the team that had been managing the day-to-day operations for the past several years; Jake Dahl and Stephanie Webb.

The dynamic duo of Dahl and Webb, along with the help of their entire professional staff, interns, and veterinarians, have kept Vista Equine Colorado ahead of the competition and on the edge of new and exciting advances being made in the equine reproduction world.

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“We have a professional staff dedicated to the care of all the mares and foals with us. We have 2 full-time veterinarians on staff along with numerous technicians,” explained owner Stephanie Webb. “Our entire staff is involved in the horse industry in various breeds and disciplines and each individual has something different to bring to the table.”

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Vista Equine is a full service equine reproduction facility specializing in embryo transfers and managing mares with known fertility issues. In addition to embryos onsite or shipped in embryos, Vista Equine Colorado also offers breeding management services with cooled and frozen semen, foaling services, and yearling sales preparation.

All horses bred at Vista Equine Colorado are bred via artificial insemination. That way, the staff at Vista Equine can manage every single aspect of the breeding process.

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“Artificial insemination is much safer on the horses and has higher pregnancy rates than live cover. In addition to artificial insemination, different techniques can be used such as deep horn insemination if breeding with frozen semen or low dose inseminations from sub-fertile stallions,” explained Webb.

When running a reproduction facility as large as Vista Equine Colorado, there is bound to be a few horses on the property.

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“We have a full herd of recipient mares to receive embryos from onsite donor mares and embryos shipped in from across the country.  Around 250-300 embryo transfers are performed each season.  We manage around 125 onsite donor mares and breed another 150 mares to carry their own pregnancies per year.  In 2015 we foaled out 150 mares and 2016 looks to surpass that.”

Vista Equine Colorado also stands three exceptional stallions’ onsite which we will later touch on; REF Black Mamba, Vanila Viper and Magnum. In addition to standing those three stallions, they also manage the breeding and collecting of a few other stallions as well.

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The breeding world is a very structural one and when new to it, there are many things that you need to know in order to be successful and do it right.

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“When new to the breeding world, we recommend working with professionals that specialize in the services you’re interested in. What sets us apart from other clinics is equine reproduction is the only thing we do, day in and day out. Our program is set up with our client’s budget in mind and our stallion services, and embryo transfer program are all backed with live foal guarantees. We stand behind the services we offer,” explained Webb.

Stephanie and Jake also want to stress to mare owners that having a plan is always a must.

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“Always breed with a plan. That is something we preach to our clients. Research the stallion you are breeding to and the industry you’re breeding for so you know you’ll be making the right decision for your mare. Research all of your expenses and don’t be scared to ask questions! Very few people have a lot of experience in this field so we are here to answer questions for you.”

Meet the Vista Equine Veterinarians

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Dr. Jacobo Rodriquez, DVM, MS, DACT and Kristen Loncar, DVM, MS oversee all veterinary activities throughout the year.

Rodriquez has a resume and list of references that could cover the peaks of the Rocky Mountains. He has work experience ranging from working with horses in Buenos Aires, Argentina to the west coast of the United States. He has a Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine and Surgery from the American College of Theriogenology in Seattle and a Masters of Veterinary Science Degree from Washington State University.

Rodriquez is arguably one of the best in the business and many would agree with that. He has published over 55 medical articles and has more experience than most slew of veterinarians combined! He brings to the table at Vista Equine Colorado a new level of education, knowledge and insight that isn’t ordinarily available in our region of the country, none-the-less anywhere in the country.

Kristen Loncar, DVM

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Also joining Vista Equine, Kristen Loncar, DMV, MS who studied at Western University of Health Sciences in Pomona, CA and Cal Poly State University in San Luis Obispo, CA.

Doctor Loncar recently completed her Residency in Equine Theriogenology at the College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences at Colorado State University.  She has a strong focus in problem mare management, especially those with chronic bacterial endometritis.  Most recently she passed her board exams to also become a board certified Theriogenologist.

Two board certified Theriogeneologists on staff is nearly unheard of, and Vista Equine is extremely proud of this dynamic veterinary team!

All You Need is A Little Horse Power

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Over the last year, Vista Equine Colorado has hand selected several individuals in the equine industry to join their sponsorship team.   These individuals have showcased the passion, drive and dedication it takes to be a champion both inside and outside the arena.

This team was hand-selected by Vista Equine Colorado and are charged with living up to their standards, having record breaking years in each individual’s corner of the arena. With such a strong group of individuals representing Vista Equine Colorado, it is no doubt that more awareness will be brought to the inaugural establishment.

The Vista Equine Horse Power Team is expected to carry themselves in a very professional manner whether they are winning or losing and must always have a welcoming smile on their face along with the generosity to help their competition.

Our Team isn’t just about winning; it is about facing adversity and keeping the faith and having a work ethic that will get them to the top. Three words that easily sums up the Vista Equine Colorado Horse Power Team are these: passionate, motivated and diligent.

The 2016 Vista Equine Horse Power Team includes veteran professional barrel racers, reputation cutters, reiners and trainers from Colorado, Utah and Wyoming. You can read the personal bios on these remarkable horse people at www.vistaequinehorsepowermagazine.com > Horse Power Team.

Stud Row

 Vista Equine Colorado is home to some of the most premier stallions in the business of breeding. Each stallion has their own unique characteristics and pedigree that attracts various mare owners from one discipline to the next.


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 REF Black Mamba has it all; the looks, the pedigree and the accomplishments. By the late great JACS ELECTRIC SPARK and out of METERMAID TO ORDER, 6-year-old REF Black Mamba has earned over $123,520 in the reining arena. He has bred some of the industry’s top mares and has been a finalist in every major event since he was just a three-year-old. His pedigree and very athletic build are perfect to add to a well-bred reining mare to enhance a little quicker foot action and strong, physical stop.

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During this holiday season, Vista Equine Colorado is running a special on REF Black Mamba called the “$1,000. MAMBA BREED ANYTIME CARD”. When purchasing this card for $1,000, you are able to use it anytime through the 2017 breeding season. This will save you $1,000 off of his regular stud fee which is currently $2,000. For more information, please contact Vista Equine Colorado, LLC or visit their website- www.vistaequinehorsepowermagazine.com.



New to Vista Equine for 2017 This One Time brings one of the industries most talented cow horses to Northern Colorado.  By leading sire One Time Pepto and out of Equi-Stat

all time leading RCH dam Katies Starlight, This One Time has earnings of  nearly $150,000!  He was the 2013 NRCHA Open Futurity Reserve Champion, 2014 NRCHA Open Derby Reserve Champion, and 2014 NRCHA Open Stakes Champion!

Vista Equine is very honored to have this outstanding athlete join our stallion lineup.


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Vanila Viper comes from a long list of winners. By the late great all-time leading barrel horse sire DASH TA FAME and out of arguably one of the best barrel futurity horses to ever run the cloverleaf pattern SX FRENCHMANS VANILA, 3-year-old Vanila Viper is sure to produce some winners.

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His full sister Dash Ta Vanila qualified to the National Finals Rodeo in the barrel racing in 2012 where she placed 5th in the average. Another full sister, Vanilas Sudden Fame, has had an outstanding year in the futurity world where she has won close to $100,000, while his other sister Famous French Flair has also had a good futurity year in 2015 but had more success in the pro rodeo world placing at prestigious pro rodeos throughout Colorado and Wyoming as just a 5-year-old!

Vanila Viper’s pedigree speaks for itself and the talent and success that his full siblings showcase should be enough to make you want to take another look at the flashy palomino!


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Currently in barrel training with one of the futurity industry’s top trainers Ashley Schafer, Magnum is well on his way to follow in his families hoof-prints.

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Magnum is a 4-year-old stallion by none other than the great FRENCHMANS GUY and out of National Finals Rodeo qualifier in the barrel racing TELL EM BELLE.

Magnum has characteristics that make him the perfect stallion for many mares out there including his good looks, athletic ability and quiet disposition, packed with a powerful pedigree and some big talent that is sure to produce some barrel racing champions! Look for Magnum at the 2017 barrel futurities across the country.

For more information on these great stallions and what more we can offer you, please check us out at two different websites.





Co-Owner Jake Dahl who is in charge of Vista Equine’s yearling sale preparation program spends more than his share of time on the road each year at the Ruidoso Select Yearling Sale, the Heritage Place Yearling Sale, the Los Alamitos Equine Sale and the Heritage Place Fall Mixed Sale where his well-tuned yearlings always draw high prices and rate high on the sale board.

Watch a short Sean Halverson video: https://vimeo.com/93291949

You can contact Vista Equine Colorado, LLC., by phone at (970) 226.4747.

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