ABOUT US - Doug and Cindy Hobelman
In 2008, Cindy and I, after being distant from the horse breeding business and ranch life for many years purchased one, lone broodmare named She Loves To Talk, in foal to Ima Firefighter, owned by Walz Performance Horses.
Five years later, we are actively involved in breeding and marketing Quarter Horses, Thoroughbreds, and a few Tennessee Walkers. Our operation, Fast Horses LLC is located three miles west of Farnam, Nebraska on the south side of Highway 23. The foal that She Loves To Talk was carrying in 2008 is Prophetic Thunder, the junior sire at Fast Horses LLC. The volume of horses have increased substantially since 2008 and each year now brings new barrel, race, and performance prospects, to develop and market.
THE BEGINNING - DOUG
An admiration and appreciation for the horse is something I believe I was born with. I'm convinced that it was a gift, God given from a creator that chose to lay a path before me, to follow that wasn't just for my personal pleasure, and benefit. Involvement with horses is something I've always enjoyed but the revelation of God's higher purpose for this passion he has given me, is still in the unveiling process.
In 1970 at 15 years of age, I purchased a three-year old sorrel mare to show in 4H western pleasure classes. As a two year old, I started riding her for a neighbor that lived south of my hometown. Dark Taffy was sired by Ross Steve by Levan “a Leading Maternal Grandsire of Race Rom” and she was out of Sherry Bars by Tonto Bars Gill, “a former Running Champion”. Here second dam was Taos Blue, a AA daughter of Chickamauga TB. Today you find Levan's presence in the fourth generation of Leading Sire, First Down Dash. Tonto Bars Gill can be found in the pedigree of many of today's leading performers like Okey Dokey Fantasy, via former All-American Futurity winner, Moon Lark and Strawflyin Buds through Trade Bar.
In the early 70’S Dark Taffy won numerous 4H western pleasure awards including the District 4 H Western Pleasure Class Trophy one year, qualified for state in barrels the next year, and then placed 8th at the 1974 AQHAYouth World Show in calf roping. Later as a broodmare Dark Taffy had two performing foals; Dark Bid Taffy acquired a Speed Index of 82 and Dark Fella accumulated a total of 168.0 performance points. You can review the pedigree of both of these at www.allbreedpedigree.com.
Even in my youth I knew that top performers and equine athletes came from good stock. The “greatness-potential” is the diamond hidden in the history of the horse. One will expect and potentially can get more out of race, performance, or breeding stock when you discover the horses buried in their history. My fascination and passion with bloodlines and the horse led me into the horse breeding business from 1976 to 1983 as proprietor of Hobelman Quarter Horses (HQH).
From 1976 to 1983, Hobelman Quarter Horses leased, owned, or shared ownership in eleven different stallions used for breeding including Ciclone, Debrouillard TB, Top Fella, Lonely Survivor, Lookout Jet, Lookout Tontos Jet, Night Bid, Robins Mike TB, Royal Stephen TB, Scooper Hank, and Smokin Hank, . Conclusion of my research 23 years after my dispersal sale revealed the following:
GET OF SIRE DETAILS OF STALLIONS COMBINED
During their lifetime, (foals included before and after 1976 to 1983), the stallions listed above sired 664 Quarter Horse Foals, 191 Performers, 69 Race Winners, 2 Stakes Winners, 3 Stakes Placed, 72 Race ROM, 31-90+ Runners, 2 Superior Race Horse Awards, with $237,675 Race Earnings; 12 Performance ROM, 30 Performance Point Earners, 5 Halter Point Earners, 4 Superior Performance Awards, 1 Superior Halter Award, 1 AQHA Champion, 1 Youth AQHA Champion, 33 Show All-Around Wins, 993.5 Points Earned All Divisions Combined, and $1,332 AQHA World Show Earnings.
MATERNAL GRANDSIRE DETAILS OF STALLIONS COMBINED
During their lifetime, (foals included before and after 1976 to 1983), the stallions listed above were the maternal grandsires of 771-Quarter Horse Foals, 106-Performers, 24-Race Winners, 1- Stakes Placed, 22-Race ROM, 6-90+ Runners, with $64,189 Race Earnings; 16-Performance ROM, 50-Performance Point Earners, 1-Halter Point Earner, 2-Show All Around Wins, 7-Superior Performance Awards, 1-High Point Performance Winner, 1,552.0-Points Earned All Divisions Combined, $15,528.98- National Snaffle Bit Association, $6,153.32- AQHA World Show, $3,427.454-National Reining Horse Association, and $392.60-National Reining Cow Horse Association.
In 1983 at 27 years of age, I dispersed my Quarter Horse interests but I never lost my fascination of the “greatness hidden in the history of the horse”. 20+ years out of the horse business has given me a unique opportunity to review the outcome of a breeding program some time, after the fact.
4. I don't believe the true accomplishments of the horse or horse owner can just be measured in the official record books, but includes the sum total of all the personal experiences and pleasant memories etched in the hearts and minds of horsemen and horsewomen, young and old alike. It's the memorable moments they can tell their grand children about or it's the change in a person developed in relationship with a special horse. Those are some of the rewards.
Another trophy is receiving the revelation that the horse is the very handiwork of an eternal God, given to man to reveal his character to himself and to prove his stewardship to others. Work with a horse awhile and you will find out the good and bad about yourself. Watch a man or woman handle a horse and you soon know them without ever having carried on a conversation with them.
Many of the horses connected in some way to Hobelman Quarter Horses never made it to the record books. However, I believe a number of them found their way into the lives and have become fond memories for many 4H competitors, rodeo performers, back yard horse owners, and working cowboys.
After saying all that, I'm reminded that all we experience in this life is temporary and not so perfect. The relationship between man and horse, the accomplishments of the two teamed together are significant. Still, having a passion for anything, misused, can become an obsession that ruins the relationship between man and horse, man and men, and especially man and God.
I don't know for a fact but I suspect that the horses in the stable of the King of Kings will make our Triple Crown winners, All American Futurity winners, and host of World Champions on this earth, look like droopy Shetland ponies. Yes, I believe even in heaven the horse has value and purpose. The Book doesn't say he will come back riding a white Harley but a living, breathing creature he created, called the horse. I'm also convinced they are not the focus there. This helps me keep a balanced perspective. It's a reminder so I don't get caught up in worshiping the creature, but only the Creator.
Doug Hobelman, Manager of Fast Horses LLC
THE BEGINNING - CINDY
I grew up, along with my two brothers, on a cattle ranch in the southwestern part of Nebraska. A big part of my early memories include being around and riding horses. These were work horses…..cow horses. I don’t remember ever hearing anything about pedigrees or breeds or papers. If the horse didn’t buck and knew what to do around a cow, it was good horse. All I knew was that I enjoyed riding, and consequently spent much of my time doing just that. We weren’t involved in 4-H, and we didn’t compete. Not for a lack of competitive spirit, because I had plenty of that. However, my competitiveness focused on another sport – track.
I went off to college on a track scholarship, believing that my life would probably never take me back to live where I grew up. This began my journey towards a career that I have been involved in for almost 30 years. I am a physical therapist, with the bulk of my career spent in the field of orthopedic outpatient services. I married and worked in Omaha for almost 20 years. My husband and I had three children, and in the latter part of my time in the big city, my husband decided to start a new life that didn’t include me or the kids. This left me with three small children to raise alone, and no family around to help. I decided to move back to the middle of Nebraska to be closer to family. My children had visited my parents often and enjoyed riding lessons from my Dad, so although a big change from the city, this area was not completely foreign to them. I began the process of re-establishing my career in a rural environment, making new friends, raising my children, and getting involved in a local church. It was at this church that I met my husband, Doug. He was obviously a cowboy – cowboy hat, boots, and Wranglers. After marrying, we began to talk about the possibility of purchasing a horse, and beginning a journey into the horse business. Doug’s past experience with competitive horse events, breeding and raising quarterhorses, pedigree research, and deep love for horses, made this a logical direction for us.
We now live on a horse ranch less than 2 miles from where I grew up. That one horse has now become a herd of horses. And the best part of all is that Doug and I are involved in this adventure together, and that I have returned to my roots.