Tim and Dana co-own the stallion The Ultimate Fancy with Lary and Cyndy
Cowart of Winchester, Kentucky. The Ultimate Fancy, affectionatey
known as "Tuf" around the farm and by friends, is a double registered
sorrel overo sired by Mr Fancy Bonanza and out of Sweet Celebration, who is
one of APHA’s leading dams. Tuf has sired World and Reserve world
champions in APHA and PtHA.
Ultimately Tuf is Cross Creek's Jr
stallion. He is co-owned by Cross Creek and Mike and Sheryl Ranly. "Sonny"
has earned his open Western Pleasure superior and an ROM in amatuer western
pleasure. He is out of an own daughter of Red Sonny Dee. Sonny already has
to his credit Tom Powers top tens, Reichert Celebration top tens and Reserve
World Champions. Tim and Dana look forward to seeing what potential the show
ring holds for Sonny's offsrping.
Both Tim and Dana work on the farm full
time, along with their daughter Brittni. Tim and Dana are certified in AI
and run the full time breeding operation. All three of them work around the
clock during breeding season foaling out mares and breeding. "Even after 30
years of this it never gets old, when that first baby of the season comes
you remember why you do this" ~Dana.
Tim also runs the training operation
that involves everything from halter breaking the weanlings to finishing
show horses. Many will testify "Tim has great patience and hands for
starting the young stock. There is no one else I would ever bring my babies
to, to break out." Tim has passed along his talents to his children Brittni
and Kyle who help break out the offspring.
Kyle now lives in Lexington where he
runs a part-time training operation. He focuses mainly on western all around
and training Tuf and Sonny offspring and getting them to the show pen. This
year they will be hauling to both APHA and AQHA shows around Ky, In, Oh and
Ill. If you see them be sure to stop by and say hello!
The Cragers are members of both the Kentucky Paint Horse Club and the
Kentucky Paint Horse Breeders Association.
“The Paint Horse industry has been wonderful to our family,” Dana says. “To
us, it’s full of the best people and the best horses in the business.”