Ruzsa Quarter Horses was founded by a father, Rodney Ruzsa, sharing his love for horses with his daughter Jennifer. Rodney was raised with horses and was a hobby team roper. In addition, he was interested in horse breeding and had an eye for good genetics.
When Rodney and Beverly Ruzsa established their dairy farm in Selby, South Dakota, they had to sell the few horses they had to keep the dairy farm running. Several years later, their daughter Jennifer showed an interest in horses and Rodney decided to get Jennifer her first riding horse at the age of 9 in 1990. When he bought her that horse, named Rio, he also purchased his first broodmare.
With that first set of horses, Rodney began to share his passion for horse breeding with Jennifer. They went to horse sales just to see quality horses and entered family playday horse competitions. Rodney bought Jennifer the Legends: Outstanding Quarter Horse Stallions and Mares books and she learned even more about the genetics that produce champions. Jennifer intently watched her dad selectively buy broodmares and put them through a screening process to cross them with the right stallions.
At the age of 13, Jennifer remembers the first time she met her favorite horse Ima Sun Frost, a product of her dad Rodney’s selective breeding. Before milking cows one morning, Rodney went to check on Surena Surenade to see if she foaled and he found a beautiful Palomino colt. Rodney went back into the house to find Jennifer and all he had to say to her was, “guess what I saw?” Jennifer went running out to the barn to meet the foal, who was friendly and extremely curious from the day he was born. His registered name was Ima Sun Frost but he was known to the family as Trigger. As this stallion grew he possessed unique characteristics that led Ruzsa Quarter Horses to grow into a bigger program to support this incredible horse.
Rodney and Jennifer shared a love for competing and together they went to many competitions. Rodney trained most of the mares with which he competed and won many titles with them. Those same title-winning mares became the foundation of Ruzsa Quarter Horses breeding program. Moreover, Rodney ensured Jennifer was well mounted. Jennifer won a number of all-around titles, regional titles, and state competitions, in 4-H and high school rodeo, competing in barrel racing and pole bending.
Through out her youth, Jennifer was heavily involved in decisions with the direction of Ruzsa Quarter Horses. The program emphasized the quality of mares but also made sure the mares had the best stallions. To support Ima Sun Frost the Ruzsa program brought in Sawyer Wood. Ruzsa’s largely based themselves around good Driftwood blood and loved to cross it with speed. So, they took Ima Sun Frost’s daughters and crossed them on Sawyer Wood, and visa versa. These two, great stallions have taken Ruzsa’s to new heights having sired world champions and national finals rodeo horses.
The New Ruzsa stallions maintain a balance of that Driftwood and running blood alive and well. AP Six Frosted Moons is a great cross of Marthas Six Moons blood with Sun Frost champion genetics. Top barrel futurity stallion Sawyers Game Changer is the cross of Sawyer Wood on a AAAT Dash Ta Fame’s race winning daughter. With the focus always on mare power, Ruzsa Horses push the envelope each year with amazing new crosses.