Both Catherine & Martin Huard are native to Washington State and are excited about the opportunity to offer you some great Quarter
Horse prospects. They divide their time between two family-owned ranches; a small ranch in the Columbia Basin and a larger ranch in the
Okanogan Highlands that is used for summer grazing. While they are just getting started on their own breeding program, Catherine is the fourth
generation to breed horses in her family.
Catherine's great grandfather, William C. Wolkenhauer, settled near Pocahontas, Iowa in the latter part
of the 19th Century. He farmed and raised Percheron-cross horses, many of which he sold to the French army during World War I. He always
had several snappy teams and took great delight in driving half-broke buggy horses. Catherine's grandfather, John A. Wolkenhauer,
moved to the Upper Peninsula of Michigan to raise his family and was, among other
things, an active horse trader. At his zenith, he had as many as fifty horses
on hand at any given time. A horse seldom stayed more than ninety days but
the horse he rode for twenty some years he bought as a two-year-old.
In 1964, Catherine's father, also named William "Bill" C. Wolkenhauer,
bought his first registered Quarter Horse, Zora's Wimp Cody. He was a stout
two-year-old chestnut stallion of King Ranch breeding that he called Louis.
He was by Babe Cody and out of a Lauro mare, which made him very tightly
bred Old Sorrel. Bill owned this stallion all of his life. Louis was never
shown but he was used as a ranch saddle horse, mountain trail horse, and
breeding stallion. When outcrossed on his Leo mare, he produced splendid ranch
horses. Bill kept almost all of the offspring from this cross and retains
some of them to this day. There were no better horses out in the rocks.
Louis died as an old horse, in a snowstorm out with his mares.
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