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Maremma pups born 5/05/15

Two Maremma Sheepdog puppies left!
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Update: Palomino sold to Ron of Stockton! Congratulations!!! 8/2/15
Black Stallion "Fella" sold to Lilly near Fresno!  Congratulations! 10/2015

Southern Sunrise's Jackpot WGC, DNA'D
Tobiano Buckskin
One of A Kind DNA'D
Black Velvet SOLD
 Foals DNA'd
 Palomino   SOLD
 Please watch for new foals yearly. Three foals due in 2016! Thank You!

WELCOME!       Contact Phone: 805-769-0938                   


Most recent fox trotters born: The Velvet Gentleman (sold) born 3.04.13 out of One of Kind and Boot Scootin Rain Dancer;  and an exceptional colt out of Southern Sunrise lines and is a gentle Palomino, Star Ambassador (sold!) born to Miss Brandy Supreme and Southern Sunrise's Jackpot on 10.29.12

The Velvet Gentleman sold to Karen in Hollister. Congratulations Karen! New name: Sendero!

Below: Sendero at the beach

Thank you for your interest in MP Fox trotters!
Located in beautiful Central California
Breeding the best to the best is a philosophy that has not failed to produce exceptional horses. Consistently producing horses with the best gaits and temperament proven in our outstanding foals. I am committed to raising the finest Missouri Fox trotters and offering introductory lessons to this fine breed, focusing on their genetically unique smooth gait and the good temperament lively personality of the fox trotter. I sell two to three horses a year that includes basic ground training for the foals and a free riding assessment on one of my trained horses.I am dedicated to providing sound, balanced horses, and serving the needs of discerning riders for getting the right horse. Through my breeding program, I strive to keep only the finest horses with the best bloodlines in the breed here on the ranch. I offer stud service, belly lease, and sell only quality horses to loyal buyers. Buyers get the best of the best in their horse to last many years of good service and comfortable riding.
Star Ambassador born on October 29th 2014 is now available. He is a beautiful palomino with fantastic gaits and temperament.

Sire of "star" is  WGC Southern Sunrise's Jackpot

Dam of "Star" is Miss Brandy Supreme

Contact: 805-769-0938
or call 805 769-0938
So Why Would YOU Want a Fox Trotter???
Why would someone want to get a Missouri Fox trotter?  

Fox Trotters are versatile, sure footed, horses and have a personality and affection that is unique to the breed. They excel in many disciplines, including endurance, cutting, roping, ranch work, jumping and agility. There is nothing quite like this horse breed with their good ambling gait for enjoyment and purpose on a long, all day trail ride. Finding an easy going comfortable horse to ride with spirit, personality, and comfort that will go the distance is what you get in the fox trotter. They are loyal and strong, and yet forgiving. The fox trotter is a great horse to consider for a retirement horse and every day use.

As we age many of us remember the fun we had as a youth riding horses. However, even if you have never ridden before and have always thought you wanted to learn, then finding a good, well tempered, smooth gaited horse will answer and satisfy a life long love quest for the right horse. Staying involved with horses as an older rider can be challenging. It just might be that you will find a new lease on life by getting involved with a fox trotter. Whether you are looking to find a horse who will go through big life transitions with you, or join you as you retire, spending time and interacting with this fantastic breed will be an adventure in itself. The fox trotter is one such companionable horse.
In Palm Springs, Florida, and in many other areas, folks are enjoying the Fox Trotter and starting large groups of retired and semi retired riders. More people are discovering what a pleasant ride, personality and relationship you can have with fox trotters. They are easy to train, easy on the back with their Cadillac of gaits, and wonderful to partner up. When you find a good horse match that is well broke but always ready to learn more, you can, at 60 years of retirement age, continue  to ride into the horse’s 20’s giving you riding pleasure into your 80’s and more! Gaited fox trotters will make all your transitions smooth and enjoyable.
This sweet, sensible breed with a nice and easy going, ground-covering gait will give you miles of enjoyment and you can endure longer in the saddle. You may even find that the unique gentle motion of the fox trot may improve your muscle tone, balance, and give your body a mild workout, while strengthening your side to side muscles around your spine instead of the up and down jarring of the hard trot. As a bonus you can see and enjoy some great local country on your outings. I look at it as health insurance because you are getting fresh air, exercise, and engaged in an activity that provides emotional, physical, and mental stimulation. For retirees or anyone looking to find a friendly mount with a comfortable gait and engaging personality. Get a Fox Trotter!                                               
Some quick facts about Fox Trotters:
1. Fox Trotters are the number one choice for the US Forest Service and this is why: the United States Forest Service took on the Fox Trotter as their official horse of choice in 1960.
2. The Fox Trotter won the Trail Horse of the Year in 2011."Absolut Sunrise"- #235 as they excel as America's Favorite Trail Horse.
3. In 2010 a Fox Trotter "JJ's Sweet Dream" aka "Diva", won all five categories in the National Verastility Ranch Horse Competition (NVRHC) against stock horses nationwide during the 2010 Stock Horse Show in Dodge City, Kansas and against top quarter horses in the country.  Archived Missouri Fox Trotter Journal December 2010
4.FOSH Horse of the Year is a Missouri Fox Trotter. Fox Trotters are disassociating from problems in the gaited horse world toward abuse in order to get best gaiting performance ...Fox Trotters are genetically inclined with minimal training and aids. The Friends of Sound Horses (FOSH) has named a Missouri Fox Trotter its Horse of the Year for the third time.The Kansas Kowboy D, owned by John Brandreth of Brandreth Farms,, is the 2010 FOSH Horse of the Year,
"It’s a thrill to compete against some of the best gaited  and non gaited horses in the country," said Brandreth. "Kowboy demonstrates that you can take a top gaited performance horse that wins demanding ‘in breed’ competitions for correct smooth gaits, and train that horse to excel in versatility horse sports like reining, cutting and barrel racing."
FOSH (Friends of Sound Horses) is a national organization dedicated to the promotion of humane horse activities and to fighting abusive horse-training practices. The FOSH Horse of the Year title is bestowed on the horse that accumulates the most points in FOSH-sanctioned shows for gaited horses, which are produced nation-wide and feature competition in a wide range of disciplines." From Jan 2012
See the Missouri Fox Trotting Horse Breed Association Website for more  on Fox Trotters:
Quarter Horse Corner:
Dedicated to Miss Myra    5/18/86-4/17/12 Photo below of Emily and Natalie Shaw with Myra and Skywalker in the back, her 2001 offspring.

Miss Myra was bred to our MFT Stallion Tobiano Buckskin and foaled a beautiful paint, Flash. This filly is light on her feet and can't wait to see how she gaits out under saddle.

 Myra's two offspring Skywalker and Flash. Flash is the MFT CROSS paint filly out of WGC Southern Sunrise's Jackpot, born 9/5/10. Skywalker is the sorrel, big boned, red gelding, out of Quarter Horse winner Kings Peppy Badger, born May 10th 2001. Miss Myra a 1986 bay quarter horse mare and  matriarch of the ranch is out of stock horse paint and Fritzy Smoke. Flash is the only quarter horse cross we have done and she is proving herself to be very sensible and quick on her feet. All other horses are full blooded foxtrotters as we transition from the quarter horse to fox tortter, Flash represents the best of both breeds.
This corner is dedicated to Miss Myra our beloved quarter mare with my son Evan on top. We compared her hard trot to the fox trotter trot...what a difference! It is with love and fond memories we had to say goodbye. We lost Myra on April 17th, 2012, she was 27 years old and we miss her dearly as she has been a big part of the family for 26 years. Her last foal "Flash" is an excellent example of what a Quarter Horse/Fox Trotter cross can do, however we are dedicated to preserving the Fox Trotter lines in our top fox trotter breedings. Each year we have quality fox trotters for sale.  Come back soon. %@%@%@%@%@%@%@%@%@%@%@%@%@%@%@%@%@%@
Thanks for taking the time to read about Fox Trotters. Come out to the ranch to see the horses ride the glide of a Missouri Fox Trotter ... call and schedule a ride...then climb aboard and feel the gait!
Contact information
MP Foxtrotters phone number 805-234-3541 or email Cathy at
Mail: 5025 Robles Sombrio, PO Box 608, Templeton, Ca 93465   Call and come on by!
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