Like the mythical phoenix, Rainbow 1 Ranch rises from the ashes, time and
time again. David and Susan Fuqua have raised Quarter Horses for 27 years
and have lived through extreme highs and severe lows, but with faith, hope
and good friends they persevere.
Rainbow 1 Ranch was a natural offshoot of Rocking One Ranches
that belonged to Dave’s family. Between Susan’s family
and Dave’s, they are both fourth generation ranchers. Dave
recalls a saying his Grandfather used to tell him, “You
can tell all there is to know about a man by the friends he keeps
and the horse he rides.” That says a lot about the
“old rock” Texans” like Dave and Susan.
Susan & Dave started their combined operation in Yoakum, Texas.
Dave’s “day job” required a move so they bought raw land in Lockhart, Texas
(123 acres with 200 lease acres) and started R1R from scratch. At that time,
Susan was pregnant and together they built fences in the heat of the summer.
In fact Susan was riding a horse less than12 hours before their daughter Nita
was born…talk about old rock Texans!
One of the first major obstacles for R1R was a freak accident where Dave
lost his leg. A little mare was sold to the Fuqua’s as a “kid horse”.
The mare threw a bucking fit and Dave thought he could step off. The
mare lunged and bucked as Dave swung his leg over her tail and caught his
ankle, literally kicking his foot off.
In July of 2004 R1R experienced another devastating event.
Susan and daughter, Nita walked out to the barn to work horses
after the heat of the day and found 2 of their yearling colts
dead in the pasture. After checking the rest of yearlings
they found the other 6 were standing or lying around, and knew
they weren’t well at all. Deadly blister beetles were
found in their alfalfa.
Good veterinarians certainly helped save the rest of R1R stock, but good
friends pulled together quickly. Friends helped treat horses, took samples
from stock tanks, arranged for a backhoe, and raked up blister beetles.
“It’s the adversity in life that tests us, but always brings out the best
in friends,” said Dave.
In 2004, Dave and Susan found 300-acres of raw land just outside of Stockdale.
The temptation to have water available for irrigation of hay and alfalfa,
no rocks, and the opportunity to fit another ranch into a show place prompted
another “do-over”. It took many months and long hard days, but they
moved a hot walker, a 6-stall barn, approx 100 goats, two stallions, 20 brood
mares and 25 years of accumulated junk in 2005…R1R was born again. The ranch
has 3 barns with a total of 30 stalls, round pen, arena, coastal fields and
a beautiful new house.
Some believe the Fuqua’s faith is being tested…they
might be right. Last year a careless motorist threw a cigarette
butt out their vehicle window and almost 50 acres of hay were
torched. Luckily Susan and Dave had someone working a bulldozer
on the property that day and he quickly cut a few strategic fire
lanes and opened a few gates for the horses. “We’re
lucky we didn’t lose the whole kit & caboodle,”
said Dave. “All of the weanlings had a ball running
The Fuqua’s collect their stallions for both A-I at the Ranch and for shipped
semen and have a fully equipped breeding lab on the ranch. They will also
collect, A-I on premises and ship semen for their customers.
R1R stands two Foundation bred stallions, Peppy Sol Anson and Smooth Blue
Snippy. Anson’s titles in the National Reining Horse Association are
many. Anson is 88% NFQHA and is by Solanos Peppy San by Peppy San Badger and
out of Too Tall Tess, NRHA World Champion Producer and AQHA Superior Producer.
Anson has sired many NRHA and NRCHA money earners, along with AQHA point
“Anson is the coolest thing on four legs!” said Susan. “His personality
is so mellow but he still has fire in his belly. Last fall a friend was tuning
him up and slid him 25 feet in keg shoes. He is still sound at 18 years old
and there are rumors Anson & a one legged guy are going to team up for
a local SHOT show.”
Smooth Blue Snippy, AKA “Boo” is an 89% FQHR Blue Roan stallion. Boo has
been producing 90% roan foals, mostly blue or bay roan. He was in training
with Randy Holcomb for roping training and really doing well. Dave and Susan
brought him home for breeding season and unfortunately, he broke a bone in
his foot while he pawing while he was tied up. Unfortunately the injury
was severe enough to end Boo’s roping career. “We were afraid we would have
to put him down at the time,” said Susan. “On the ranch he runs and
plays and doesn’t look lame, but we aren’t taking any chances.”
Like the mythical phoenix, Dave and Susan Fuqua of Rainbow 1 Ranch have
a vision for the future and are an inspiration to the rest of us. The
Fuqua’s don’t know the word quit. With enthusiasm and years of horse
knowledge, R1R is a thriving Quarter Horse venture.
For more information you can contact Dave and Susan at (830) 996-1105 Ranch
or (210) 218-4511 Cell or visit: www.rainbow1ranch.com.