A Gun with Socks
2008 Sorrel Quarter Horse Gelding
Sharp and Smart
2008 Sorrel Quarter Horse Mare
February 21, 2009
Real Hobby... is the best horse ever. My daughter, Jessica,
has been running barrels on her ever since the year after we
bought her from you guys. Last year they had a clean up
year. She has won numerous buckles on her in both the youth
and open races. She was high point youth for our District
NBHA last year. In October she was second in the 4-D open
class and won $1000. She also won the 3-D “Tuff Enough to
Wear Pink” open race at the NBHA finals. At those finals,
Roxie and Jessica would have cleaned up, but Roxie slipped
on her second barrel and
went off course. They are entered to ride in the big “Grab
the Cash Gala” next weekend in Santa Rosa. Jessica and her
mare just really “clicked” this past year.............. that
mare loves Jessica and will do anything for her. She has a
big, big heart. A lot of thank you’s go out to Jessica’s big
sister, Jennifer Weber, for making her the great barrel
horse that she is. Jennifer has occasionally run Roxie at
races that her sister could not make and she too is always
in the money. I will let you know how she does this coming
weekend in Santa Rosa. I’m sure someday we will breed her,
but right now the girls are having a great time on her.
Thanks so much for selling us this great mare.
Georgia and Jessica Crawford and Jennifer Weber
December 29, 2008
I wanted to drop you a note to tell you how pleased we are about a 2004
mare that we bought at your 2005 production sale. Smart Leta
is the most level headed, calm, easy going horse we have
owned. We have done little training with her, yet most any
person could ride her. Even in pasture with other horses,
she’s a dream. She never runs and stirs up the other horses,
she’s very quiet and docile, and keeps calm under all
situations. I think it is truly a sign of her breeding,
considering she has been like this since the day we bought
her, after being on the range for her yearling year.
We liked her so much we brought her with us from CA to OH when we moved in
2006. She also produces foals even better than her. She had
her first foal (a buckskin filly) this year, and it
displayed all of her great characteristics. We are hoping to
further her training soon, for we think she has as much
potential as we can give her. Keep up the good work on
breeding great American Quarter Horses.
Lauren & Brad Carter
August 5, 2008
Some photos of Badger Door. These are from the 60th
anniversary ride of the Master Trail Riders, 07/07/08 -
07/12/08. This was a 4 day ride and probably covered 50
To date Badger and I have, this spring, been on 6 different
gathers and brought in 2,500 pairs. This included parting
and loading trucks. Been to a couple
brandings and headed and heeled on him... Been to a half
dozen jackpot sortings and won one.
Bottom line Leonard, just like you told me, Badger Door is one honest
July 24, 2008
Just a very quick note to say ‘Thank You’ once again! Our
two boys are doing great! Our newest one is such a dream and
the sweetest, most gentle horse I believe I have ever owned!
For such a youngster, he is fantastic on the trail, even
with new objects presented to him! Would you believe we are
able to hose him down when he is laying down and even fly
spray when he is laying down also?! He loves it! When the
other horses get into trouble (in an impish sort of way), he
is the one who comes up to the house to tattle on them.
Seriously, he is amazing and sheer joy to ride.
I still cannot say enough about your horses!
Hope all is well at the ranch and hope to get down to see
May 8, 2008
Update from Jessica Haynie:
I want to thank Leonard and everyone out at Brooks for being
so wonderful and amazing!!! I could never have made it to
winning the 2008 Mother Lode Round-up Queen title without
all of your help and amazing horses!!
Thank you so much,
2008 Mother Lode Round-up Queen
P.S. Look for me at the parade and rodeo!
March 7, 2008
To the Brooks Ranch:
My mom swears Leonard Brooks saw this big blue truck pull up
and this “cute little 12 year old blond” get out, then he
sized us up and told the cowboys to get out “Gronies”. Plumb
Are Dry was a 4 year old gelding, affectionately called
“Gurney’s” after the owner of his dam. The Mexican
pronunciation sounded like “Gronies” and the name stuck.
Leonard put me up on the horse, insisting it was the best he
had. It was love at first sight. Boy did I have to do a lot
of begging to get my dad to agree to buy him. Actually I
don’t think I ever did convince him. My mom just bought him.
... We kept him at the ranch for 2 months for lessons and
took him home. Not long after that my mom got tired of
watching me ride and decided it was time for her to get a
new horse. ... She set her sights on a nice, calm mare, who
had to be black. ... Her name was Repeat a Queen (or as we
call her, Prieta, after the original). In February, 2003 she
Our new horses settled right in with us, doing well at
gymkhanas and on the trail. We liked them so much my mom
went a little crazy at the Brooks Ranch production sale in
2005, buying 3 two year olds and four broodmares, 3 of them
with babies and rebred. Our “herd” currently totals 10, two
POA’s and 8 Brooks Quarter Horses. We can’t say enough about
the quality of the breeding of these horses. My mom got a
new hip in June, 2007 and by fall was back up on her horse
Fast forward a few years. I had always dreamed of running
for the title of Mother Lode Roundup Queen. I decided that
2007 was the year to do it. I was a 17 year old high school
junior. After going back and forth over which horse to use
for the parades and horsemanship competition I settled on my
mom’s mare. She is always “on”. She is steady, able and
always willing to do exactly what is needed. She performed
perfectly for the parades and we won the horsemanship
competition, despite being injured in the trailer the night
before the contest.
Well, in 2007 I not only won horsemanship, but I also won
high ticket sales and Miss Congeniality, but I only won
first runner-up by a narrow margin in a very tight race of
four well qualified contestants. My goal, however, remains
winning the queen crown. So I am running again in 2008 and
again, using Prieta as my perfect queen horse. My mom steals
her back for the occasional gymkhana, but otherwise she’s
mine for now. Watch for us in the local parades, at the
horsemanship competition on May 3rd, and at the Mother Lode
Roundup Rodeo on May 10th and 11th!
February 13, 2008
To the Brooks Ranch,
“Bug” is the finest horse I have ever owned in my life.
Not only is he my best friend, but he is the smartest, most
loving animal I have ever known. When I first saw Bug, he
hooked on to me right away. I could tell he was one of those
geldings that are very people friendly and would make a
great companion on the trail or in the arena. Bug has been
more than what I ever expected. Not only is he a good all
around, solid trail horse, but I was able to take him all
the way to full certification
for Patrol and Search & Rescue with the Santa Cruz County
Sheriff Dept. Mounted Search & Rescue.
I have ridden Bug in the capacity of Deputy Sheriff, County
of Santa Cruz (Bug was a badge carrying deputy too) on
patrol through all the grounds of crowded county fairs, as
ambassadors and for direct security. Bug has the disposition
and the brains to trust me in any situation I may ask him to
enter. We have encountered crowds of thousands of people
with loud music, bright lights, running children, noisy
machinery and people intentionally trying to scare our
horses for the “fun of it”, and Bug never flinched.
When he earned his certification as a Deputy Sheriff, Bug
had to walk through “The Gauntlet” without refusing to pass
through any obstacle. The Gauntlet consisted of a trail
lined with several large beach umbrellas spinning, a large
tarp to walk across, banners, flags and windsocks flying
only 8 feet off the ground, and emergency flares on either
side. He had to drag a large sack full of cans during all
this, and to top it off a pack of fire crackers was lit on
the ground at the horses feet. Not many horses can be
trusted in intense situations like this, but Bug sacked out
quicker than any horse on patrol. I am able to trust Bug
in the high country on a narrow trail or to just stand still
while I’m putting shoes on him, that is when he’s not
tugging at my shirt to try and get me to play.
It might be possible to find a better horse than Bug, but
you’d better pack a lunch.
Thank you for my friend Bug.
January 31, 2008
Dear Leonard Brooks:
There was a special something in the air as my family and I
turned the truck down the Brooks ranch driveway. Something I
couldn’t explain, but I knew was good. I was recently in the
market for a true performance horse that would elevate me to
the next level of riding and more importantly horsemanship.
I found that horse at the Brooks ranch and many more. Mr.
Brooks is running a quality breeding and training ranch that
is truly world class, producing the soundest minded horses I
have ever seen. The ranch’s best kept secret is the 30 days
training you receive with your horse upon purchase which in
my opinion completely eliminates the 6 months of “ getting
to know each other” that is normally needed to achieve that
perfect rider/horse match.
Cutting, roping, gymkhana, barrels, team penners, sorters
and trail riders… you are missing out on a once in a
lifetime horse…. Do yourself a favor and at least go up
and see the ranch and test ride a few. Mr. Brooks, Lee,
Fernando, Lou and all the ranch hands……from the bottom of my
heart thank you for this life changing horse. See you soon.
January 30, 2008
I bought my horse Bella when she was three and I was six. I
have competed on her ever since, I am now 14. We have grown
up together and have accomplished alot. We have won many
state titles barrel racing through CGA, ACBRA, and Nor-Cal
Junior Rodeo. We are working hard, currently in high school
rodeo Barrel racing and pole bending. I consider Bella one
of my best companions. Together we are one, I trust her with
all I have and love her so much. Thank you very much, and we
will keep in touch.
Your Friend, Emilie Shadle
January 7, 2008
Hello there Mr. Brooks... Happy New Year!
And, yes, every day I think of all of you and say “Thank
You.” Hobby is a wonderful horse. He was 4 1/2 when we
bought him; he is now 8 1/2! As they say - “Time flies by
when you’re having fun.”
We have done very well at the local Carmel Valley Trail and
Saddle Club, and we are on a perpetual trophy in the
clubhouse. People love his whole persona. I pack him up, go
anywhere, and try it all - trail riding, sorting, reining,
cutting, and more fun. Hobby had the best foundation right
there at Brooks Ranch.
Our best to you and your family, and please pass on our
Happy New Year’s wish to Fernando and Luciano. Hope to pop
in someday to say “Hi” and see everyone. Happy trails!
Nancy & Bob
November 12, 2007
Hi Leonard -
Here are some pictures of our big weekend! I wish I could
clone her! She’s been an amazing partner for me. - Gayle
2007 Barrelnanza Finals Champion
World Barrel Racing Productions
“The World Barrel Racing finals was this weekend in Waco.
2,500 entries, 4 days, $660,000 payout! We now have one
excited barrel racer. Saturday night Gayle turned in a time
of 15.254 riding Neeca to take the lead from Angie Meaders
who was 15.256 and was in position to win one of the trucks.
After 200 more runs Sat night and then sweating out 300 more
today...Gayle was able to exhale a big breath and replace
with a smile that went ear to ear.”
November 16, 2007
Mr. Leonard Brooks,
Thanks for your wonderful horse “Hobbys Red Wagon”! He is
the best police horse I’ve had!
Kaan H. Chin
SFPD Star 460
September 21, 2007
Dear Mr. Brooks,
My mom bought Plumb Willy for me in February 2006 when I was 9 years old,
now I am 11 and we have come very far together. I started to
pattern him on the 13 events in CGA (California Gymkhana
Association) in the FC Division and 1 year later we competed
in the AAA Division at the CGA State show. We have won tons
of blue ribbons, 5 buckles and lots of other great things
together in gymkhana.
I also used him last year in Jr. Rodeo for goat tying, poles and barrels.
This year I have decided to focus only on barrel racing and
can’t wait for the new NBHA season to begin.
Everywhere we go, at least one person tells me how they like my
horse and that makes me proud.. He has a kind soft eye
and a personality to match. I love my horse to death and
wouldn’t trade him for the world!
September 17, 2007
Dealing with Mr. Leonard Brooks and his people at the Brooks
Quarter Horse Ranch was a wonderful experience. It is a
gorgeous ranch where they raise and train great horses.
Disposition is an important part of their breeding. I
purchased a beautiful red roan, a 4 year old quarter horse
gelding that has turned out to be one of those “once in a
Mr. Brooks steered me to “Redman” who is exactly what I was
looking for, and I shall be forever grateful.
September 2, 2007
Dear Leonard & Lee,
Now that I am back in school my time at “Brooks Ranch” will
be limited to just weekends. I already miss my time during
the summer months riding, not only my horse “Layla”, but a
variety of horses. I also miss my time spent with Leonard,
Lee, Lou and all the supportive hands at the ranch.
My horse “Layla” (SB Picture Perfect) and I have grown
especially close these past few months with the guidance of
Lee, whom I now call my “Barn Dad”. He is so generous with
his time and is always willing to help me. I have already
got three shows under my belt which could not have been done
without the help of my “Barn Dad”. I am looking forward to
many more upcoming shows. Everyone at the ranch is so
supportive and helpful I just can’t say enough! I would
also like to thank “Lou”. I could not have accomplished
anything without my best friend “Lou” who has given me so
many rides to and from the ranch.
Leonard, you have treated me like a grandfather would treat
his own granddaughter, showing me nothing but kindness and
generosity. You have always believed in me. You have made
buying a horse the greatest thing in my life. I think my
horse is wonderful and if I could I would spend every day
with her, and stay with her in her stall every night.
My mom loves her horse “Diamond” (Dry Dorey), and we have
gone on many great trail rides together. I think everyone
should buy their horse or horses from “Brooks Ranch”.
I love all of you,
I love the new website! Your new stud is beautiful. I also
really love your horse for sale “Fantasy Cash”. You are
right, he looks like a promising barrel prospect. He’s put
together beautifully! What do you price your 3 year olds
like him at now?
Thank you also for putting my pictures on your site. The
best thing I ever did was
drive to you ranch 12 years ago and buy my mare. She is
honestly the best thing that’s ever happened to me. I am
honored to be on the site.
The picture from the Houston Rodeo will be here next week
and I will send you a copy.
Thanks again, Gayle Jones from Texas
Photo sent in by Gayle, riding Neeca
June 16, 2007
I can’t wait to see your new web site, I’ll look for it
tomorrow. My horse is wonderful and I love her. I
took her to the Mariposa Mountain Riders Open Versatile
Ranch Horse Competition last Sunday and I think we both did
really well. We got our cow penned on time and she didn’t
balk at anything in the trail portion of the competition. In
the reining her circles were good and her lead changes
flawless! We didn’t win but we were up against 20 other very
accomplished and seasoned riders and horses. My trainer
thinks you should pay me for the advertisement of what good
horses come out of your ranch!!
I’ve attached a photo of my horse and me at the stable where
I keep her. Hope to see you next month when I come up to
give you my payment. Take care!
Dear Mr. Brooks,
Ever since we got “Flash” home, he has been wonderful! I’ve
taken him on trail rides, in the sand, by the river, out in
the orchards, he just loves to go everywhere. After
having him for only a couple of weeks, I had to take him to
Norco for the California Circuit Finals Rodeo. I have
included some pictures of us carrying the American Flag for
the National Anthem. Not only was he great in the trailer
for the 7 hours down to Los Angeles, but the very next
morning he had to run cattle and sort saddle broncs in the
arena before the rodeo.
On his very first time out, he carried the American Flag
around the arena and stood in the center, all by himself,
for the National Anthem. From then on, we were in the arena
for practically the entire rodeo. We carried sponsor flags,
ran victory laps, pushed steers and calves, and even did an
“act” with the rodeo clown.
I had many people comment on how beautiful and well
mannered my horse was. They were all astonished to find out
that he was only just 5 years old, but also, that this
was his very first rodeo! He did great.
Our next rodeo will be the Oakdale Rodeo on April 12th and
13th. It would be wonderful to see you there!
Miss Rodeo California 2003
August 15, 2007
Just wanted to update you on our mare Real Hobby, that my
Mom and I bought from you! My sister is running her in the
Youth, and has won a 3D buckle on her, and numerous other
awards, and my 3 year old grandson is riding her in the Pee
Wees! I have enclosed a couple of pictures!
P.S. Thank you for helping me out with that gelding I
returned, the filly you gave me in exchange is GREAT, she is
the kindest little thing I have ridden in a long time!!!!
I wanted to thank you for our
horse Dusty. He is the best horse ever.
Thanks also for all the great training we got at Brooks
Rachael & D.R. Hunter
November 11, 1996
Four Plumbs (Tessa) made her “sorting” debut at a penning in
San Martin Saturday. She was great! We finished 1st with my
regular team and after a double run off for second place,
finished third with my second team (ALL BROOKS HORSES, LOREN
THORSEN, PAM CALLEN AND FOUR PLUMBS!!)
She’s a great little lady and of course my gelding, Plumbs
Please (Money), I can’t say enough about. You’re truly doing
a great job with these horses!
Very truly yours,
Brooks Quarter Horse Ranch
Lee & Miriam Brooks
9700 Rock River Rd.
Jamestown, CA 95327