2022 CQHA Performance Horse Breeder of the Year

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Sandy Land Stables - Barry Foote

Barry Foote established Sandy Land Stables in 1980 with the vision of breeding quality AQHA Quarter Horses using a well bred band of brood mares and importing semen from the top Quarter Horse stallions in the world. Progeny from his breeding program are now showing internationally in both Western and English events. 

It has been proven that it takes great mares to consistently produce world caliber foals. The mares assembled by Sandy Land Stables are of that quality and are now producing third generation fillies who are being added to the band.

A member of AQHA for 40 years contributing to the production of top quality quarter horses and supporting the breed in many ways, through support and sponsorship of local quarter horse shows as well as sponsoring and attending the QHAA hosted Canadian National Quarter Horse Show in Red Deer, AB where many of his horses have had a great deal of success over the years including many National and Reserve National Championships and Futurity Champions. 

Barry has repeatedly supported and hosted 4-H members by offering up his facility for club events as well as giving clinics and lessons to youth and adults. He has always been a large supporter of youth involvement and education with horses.  Giving riding lessons from his facility every winter for many years teaching all levels of youth and adults from people who had never ridden before to those competing at quarter horse shows. Barry thoroughly enjoys helping people achieve their goals and abilities with their horses. 

One of the first mares Barry Foote started his breeding program with was Katies Solo a daughter of Swift Solo. Katie was an appendix quarter horse who Barry showed successfully to get her AQHA papers. 

Foote, being presented the Trophy Buckle for the 2022 CQHA Performance Breeder of the Year on March 26, 2022 by CQHA President, Dr. Gilles Seguin at the AQHA / CQHA Canadian Summit and Awards Banquet in Brandon, MB.

Katie went on to raise many foals who went on to compete with the best in the world. Barry Foote purchased Dynamically Designed when she retired from showing. She had an incredible show career winning multiple Canadian National Championships and Canadian National Superhorse titles under the guidance of Dean Ross. ‘Maggie’ went on to produce many more Canadian National Champions, Reserve Champions, and World Show qualifiers. Barry purchased ‘I’m Poppin Hot’ at the AQHA World Show sale and she has been

one of his top producing mares. She produced a filly “I’m Poppin Good” who has gone on to produce AQHA Champions and significant point earners. 

Barry Foote bred a stallion So Dignified who was by Diversified out of Katie Solo. Jigger sired many babies in the area including a Manitoba Superhorse 50/50 Futurity Champion. Barry Foote also stood working bred stallion Zans Hot Spur and between the two stallions and his mares consigned foals to local futurities including the Manitoba Superhorse 50/50 futurity. 

Barry bred Only Invitational who was purchased and taken overseas to Germany where he has been the number one Quarter Horse stallion in that Quarter Horse market and was the leading halter sire in the World for a time. 

Barry has utilized shipped semen as well as embryo transfer processes to successfully breed his mares over the years. Barry is well respected by everyone involved in the horse world locally and internationally. 

Barry’s current mare band includes daughters of Invitation Only, Machine Made, Too Sleepy to Zip, Zippos Mr Good Bar, RL Best of Sudden, No Doubt I’m Lazy, and VS Code Red. Barry has some of the best top quality bred mares in all of Canada. Barry has plans to breed to LL Cool Bay and Machine Made this spring. 

Barry Foote has shown one of his yearlings in the Gold Rush Futurity lunge line class at the Canadian National Quarter Horse show every year which he has won or taken reserve championships multiple times. Barry has also shown in the states winning lunge line classes there as well including the Emerald Futurity. 

Barry’s breeding program is well respected and he showcases his horses with confidence and people are always excited to see the baby’s he brings out. 

Barry has dedicated his life to producing the best bred Quarter Horses without ever receiving any recognition and there isn’t anyone more deserving of the Performance Horse Breeder of the Year award then Barry Foote. 

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