With agricultural roots embedded deep within South Dakota, Denny & Doris Lauing/Lauing Mill Iron L Ranch are carrying on the legacy. Our philosophy is that every animal raised is given a job. We put a lot of time & effort into training our horses making sure the horse learns the fundamentals & many aspects of the performance horse industry. No matter what is asked of our horses, whether it be roping, cutting or barrel racing….they have the brains to do it all. We think our broodmare band compliments our stallions creating a well built program. Our goal is to produce all around prospects that are athletic, correct confirmation, nice dispositions and excellent bloodlines that will provide you with the best opportunity to be successful on ranch or in the arena.
In 2011 we chose to relocate our operation from Central SD to east of the Black Hills near Sturgis. Even though we changed our address, our operation continues to focus on the same great genetics. That same year the Lauing Mill Iron L Ranch was recognized by the American Quarter Horse Association as a ‘Ranching Heritage Breeder’ representing the longevity, honesty and integrity of raising quality American Quarter Horses while upholding the ranching heritage.
Denny & Doris have made their lives what they are today by working together. With the joining of two families, we have managed to give 5 beautiful children the opportunity to learn & compete with these wonderful creatures; Keith Pazour & wife Erin, Scott Pazour & wife Sarah, Dan Pazour & wife Tessa, Kaylie & husband Aaron Sterud and Shean Lauing. As our family grows, we now have the pleasure to do the same for our Grandchildren. We believe our strong family values & faith has allowed to grow into what we are today. We invite you to stop by tha ranch anytime.
In 2011, the American Quarter Horse Association recognized the Lauing Mill Iron L Ranch, Denny & Doris Lauing, as a 'Ranching Heritage Breeder' representing the longevity, honesty and integrity of raising quality American Quarter Horses while upholding the ranching heritage.
Qualifications of a Ranching Heritage Breeder is that Ranch Remudas must consist of registered American Quarter Horses, AQHA registered mares must be used to produce ranch horses and operate a working cattle ranch. All foals born on the ranch are eligible to be nominated for an incentive fund for ranch horses and eligible to compete in Ranching Heritage Challenge events.
The Ranching Heritage Challenge will be a series of added-money, regional events that showcase the abilities of ranch-bred American Quarter Horses within a six minute competition where horses will be required to perform a reining pattern, hold and turn a cow on the fence in both directions and rope a cow.
The American Quarter Horse Association Ranching Heritage Breeder Youth Young Horse Development Project awards horses from contributing Heritage Ranching Breeders programs by placing well-bred ranch weanlings into the hands of interested youth. Throughout the next few years, these youth will work with professional horsemen to learn how to effectively care for the health, training and showing of their animals from the time they receive it. In 2012 Denny & Doris Lauing donated DL Miss Comos Bueno (2012 Palomino Filly).
With over 60 applicants, the American Quarter Horse Association chose Madison Belisle of Deer Park Wisconsin to be the recipient of the filly donated by the Lauing's. Denny & Doris will act as mentors to Madison and will assist her in any questions she may have. As part of the application process, Madison had to write an essay about how horses affect her life. She wrote, "While other kids my age are on their phones, computors or hanging out with their friends, I am spending time with my horses. It is the most important part of my life besides my formal education." Now that Madison has received the horse, she is required to write a report to the AQHA on the progress and things she has done with the horse. Within the first few weeks of Rue's (barn name given to the filly) arrival in Wisconsin, Madison took her to school to use in a demonstration in her large animal science class. Madison began riding when she was 4 years old. She bought her first Quarter Horse at the age of 8 from proceeds she made selling hand-made headbands. At the age of 12 she started her own business, Hearts & Hooves Riding Lessons, where she teaches students the basics of riding. She is involved in High School Rodeo, the National Barrel Horse Association, 4-H and is an officer with the FFA in her school. Her future plans is to attend college majoring in large animal veterinary science. She hopes to train Rue to be her next rodeo, arena and barrel horse. We wish Madison and Rue great luck in the future.
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January 2011 Breeder's Edition
Volume 5, Issue 6