Foundation Sires
Although the S Ranch breeding stock has been influenced by many great sires including Special Effort, Peptoboonsmal, Sons Doc O Sugar and others, the sires currently having the most significant impact on the S Ranch’s breeding program are Paddy’s Irish Whiskey, Doc O Dynamite, Master Merada and Boonsmal’s Colonel.

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Paddy’s Irish Whiskey
A 1991 bay stallion, “Whiskey” was purchased by the S Ranch as a yearling. Whiskey is sired by the #3 All-Time Leading Cutting Sire, Peppy San Badger. Whiskey’s dam was National Cutting Horse Association Hall of Fame member Doc’s Starlight who was a NCHA World Champion as well as a NCHA Finals Champion.

Whiskey himself was the earner of over $12,000 in the NCHA and his offspring have earned over $1,000,000. His foals are proven winners in reining, cutting, working cow horse competitions and rodeo. Whiskey was an integral part of the S Ranch’s breeding program and has a significant influence on the current bloodlines of the S Ranch’s mare band as well as being used as a sire for several S Ranch foals each year.

Whiskey did not stand to outside mares during his tenure at the S Ranch. In 2000, Paddy’s Irish Whiskey was the high-seller of the S Ranch’s dispersal sale at $560,000. He was sold to the Four Sixes (6666) ranch of Guthrie, Texas, a former AQHA Remuda of the Year, where he currently stands.

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Doc O Dynamite
A 1979 bay stallion, “Dynamite” (deceased) was purchased by the S Ranch as a yearling. Sired by the outstanding cutting horse Doc O’ Lena, Dynamite is an Equi-Stat All-Time Leading Cutting Sire. His offspring have won over $848,000 in cutting, reining, roping and barrel racing. Dynamite was a fundamental part of the S Ranch’s breeding program and his mark of excellence, namely outstanding athleticism, heart and trainability, are still strongly apparent in the bloodlines and disposition of the current mare band.

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Master Merada
A 1991 sorrel stallion, Master Merada is the earner of over $73,000 in the National Cutting Horse Association and was the 1996 NCHA $50,000 National Cutting Horse Association Novice Reserve World Champion. Master Merada’s sire was Freckles Merada, an Equi-Stat All-Time Leading Cutting Sire and NCHA earner of $106, 868. Merada’s dam, King’s Masterpiece, was sired by the #3 All-Time Leading Cutting Sire Peppy San Badger.
Master Merada currently stands at the S Ranch.

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Boonsmal Colonel
A 1998 sorrel stallion, Boonsmal Colonel was born and raised on the S Ranch and was sold as a 2-year old in the 2000 dispersal sale. Boonsmal Colonel is sired by the outstanding Peptoboonsmal, NCHA earner of $165,308, and the S Ranch dam, Another Lil, sired by the winning cutter Bob Acre Doc, NCHA earner of $381,000 and sire of offspring that have earned over $4.5 million in the NCHA. Boonsmal Colonel was one of the primary draws to the sale and earned over $5,000 in the National Cutting Horse Association.

Re-purchased by the ranch in 2005, Boonsmal Colonel is an outstanding athlete with an excellent mind. His athleticism and intelligence is evident in his foals as they possess the run, stop and quickness to excel in any equine sport. Boonsmal Colonel currently stands at the S Ranch.

History of the S Ranch Horse Operation
John Scott’s passion for versatile, athletic horses was the driving force behind the creation of the S Ranch horse program. Karla Camp, the former manager of the S Ranch’s horse program for over twenty years, also played a crucial role in making the S Ranch’s program successful. Her expertise and love of great horses helped to create the outstanding horse operation that continues today.

In both 1999 and 2000 the S Ranch conducted horse sales that drew world-wide attention. On August 18 & 19, 2000, John Scott reduced his horse herd and brood stock during a sale at the ranch headquarters. Buyers from 30 States, Italy and Canada purchased 243 Scott raised horses, with each horse selling for an average of $14,200. The success of the sale was a reflection of the demand for Scott horses to be used as cutters, reiners, working cow horses, barrel horses, rope horses, ranch horses and breeding stock.

The high seller of the event was reference sire Paddy’s Irish Whiskey, a 1991 son of Peppy San Badger out of the NCHA Hall of Fame mare, Doc’s Starlight. Former AQHA Best Remuda Award winner, the Four Sixes (6666) Ranch of Guthrie, Texas, purchased the accomplished sire and currently stands him. The beloved Doc O Dynamite was also sold in the 2000 sale, making it an emotional day for the family as “Dynamite” had been an integral part of the S Ranch breeding program for almost twenty years.

Both he and “Whiskey” are the sires of many great equine athletes in cutting, rodeo, reining and ranch work and their mark of excellence remains strong in the S Ranch breeding program today.

Other well-known AQHA members purchasing Scott horses included Frank and Robin Merrill, Carol Rose, Bill Horn, Leachman Cattle Co., Lannie Mecom, Gary Bellenfant, Ken Welch and Jim Ware.

The history of the S Ranch, Ltd. remuda’s foundation bloodlines can best be told in the words of John Scott, Jr.: “My father, John Scott, Sr., purchased 10 Hickory Bill daughters in 1925 beginning the horse breeding program that would supply his West Texas remuda and ultimately that of our Montana ranches, as well.”

“In 1934, on our home ranch in Mertzon, Texas, we got our first crop of colts by Jazz, by Harmon Baker by Peter McCue. Old Jazz had the A (branded) on his jaw of the Billy Anson Quarter Horses of Christoval, Texas. These foals by Jazz were out of good bred Quarter mares by a horse named San Antonio Sorrel, by Hickory Bill by Peter McCue. Mr. George Clegg of Alice, Texas gave San Antonio Sorrell to our neighbor, Mr. Noelke. The horse was a half-brother to the Old Sorrell, the King Ranch foundation sire. We foaled four crops of Jazz colts before Jazz died at 25 years of age.”

“My Dad then purchased a pretty little sorrel horse from a horse trader. The horse’s name was Red Jacket. We later sold this horse to Mr. Leroy Spires of Snyder, Texas. Mr Spires registered Red Jacket (AQHA#225) and placed third with him in the first Quarter Horse show in Stamford, Texas.”

In 1940, Dad bought a horse from Mr. Sherran of Catulla, Texas. The horse’s name was Little Wonder, by Rex Beach. We bred our mares to this horse until 1943. He was an outstanding reining horse. We raised many good cow horses and roping horses by Little Wonder, including Gaylor a gelding that I competed in the RCA steer ropings on, finishing fourth in the world, in 1949, and third, in 1950.”

“In 1941, we bought a stud colt from King Ranch by Peppy and out of Celia, by Old Sorrel. This horse’s name was One Eyed Hippy (AQHA#7518). I took about twenty of One Eyed Hippy’s fillies to the Powder River Ranch in Montana and bred them to Bill Van Vactor, by Billy Van, by Cotton Eyed Joe by Little Joe. Bill Van Vactor was out of a Waggoner Ranch (former Best Remuda Award Winner) mare named Electra, by Clover Leaf by Fleeting Time (TB). The dam of Joe Reed II was also by Fleeting Time. We bred Bill Van Vactor for about six years. I finished earning his AQHA ROM in cutting, and also won some reining points on him.”

“We always broke and rode the fillies and the geldings. We drew our replacements for the brood mare band from the better mares, as we needed them. For years, we rode mares only on the Powder River ranch and geldings on the Billings ranch.”

“We tried to breed the best of the mares to the best studs. Over the years, I have added a few mares from the Burnett-6666- Ranch in Texas (former Best Remuda Award winner), from the Ronald Mason (Cross J) Ranch in Nowata, Oklahoma, and from the Gill Cattle Co., in Arizona and Montana.”

“The next studs we used were two Gill horses – Texas Gill and Desecho. We then bred Eddie 40 (sired by Eddie and bred by former Best Remuda Award Winner, Haythorne Land & Cattle Co. of Nebraska) to these horses’ top fillies for two years. I really feel that the Eddie 40 horses were some of the best that we ever raised. They had everything a cowboy could want: lots of cow, easy to ride, good balance, soft mouth, and heart that would not quit.”

“To the mares from this foundation, we have added Doc Bar through Doc O Dynamite, and Peppy San Badger through Paddy’s Irish Whiskey. We are currently breeding to Paddy’s Irish Whiskey, Boonsmal’s Colonel sired by Peptoboonsmal and Master Marada sired by Freckles Marada.”