Sandy Ridge Stallion
Ridge Stallion Station is a family-based business owned
by Doug & Carol Schaffer of Bassano, Alberta,
Canada. As high school sweethearts, we had no idea our love
for horses would go this far, certainly owning a stallion station
was not even in the picture. We have four children, Vicki,
Thane, Logan and Jordan, who have helped us develop what was once
just a hobby to breeding approximately 200 mares per year.
Our goal at Sandy Ridge is to offer to the public
a variety of top quality, good looking, world-class stallions with
speed and cow genetics at affordable prices. These stallions
must have strong, proven pedigrees, good conformation, and excellent
dispositions, and if possible a proven performance record.
By offering reasonable rates and treating our customers fairly,
Sandy Ridge has become one of the leading stallion
stations in western Canada.
Doug has always felt that if he was going to feed a horse it may
as well be a good one, and if that was the case, the horse had better
pay his own way. This is still true today as Sandy
Ridge Stallions have to pay their own way or they go.
It's as simple as that! Periodically, though the stallion
roster is changed to offer new bloodlines. We own most of
the stallions but occasionally some are either leased or belong
to a partnership.
At age 16, Doug acquired his first stallion, a son of Leo which
likely sparked the flame for more well bred stallions such as sons
of Three Bars (TB), Vandy, Dash For Cash,
Special Effort, Easy Jet, Doc Bar, Rocket Bar and such
great stallions as Gallant Ghost, APHA Supreme
Champion; Pay Stinger, AQHA Champion; Kaweah
Sunrise si 96; Flying Effort si 94, a
leading Alberta Race sire; Wranglers War Leo, World
Champion Jr Working Cowhorse; Root Beer Doc, HiPt
Jr Working Cow Horse and Bit Olympia si 96, a leading
money earning Paint Horse. In later years we also stood Zans
Diamond Dude, World Champion Heeling Horse and Zans
Diamond Parr, Reserve World Show Superhorse, World Champion
Heading Horse, earner of over 1000 AQHA pts in Heading, Heeling,
Working Cow, Reining and Calf Roping and Miss N Command,
earner of over $65,000 in cutting. Most recently we stood Docs
Paradise, the sire of the winners of the $50,000 Calgary
Stampede Barrel Racing for 4 years in a row-2004, 2003, 2002, 2001!!
All of these stallions have made a positive impact on the Alberta
Quarter Horse Industry.
Sandy Ridge Stallion Station services include
the use of artificial insemination, shipping and receiving of cooled
semen, the capability of working with the problem mare, as well
as custom foaling and year round boarding. We attribute our
high conception rates to the use of artificial insemination.
Artificial insemination also allows us to use the semen more efficiently.
All advertised stallion fees include chute fees. There is
no extra charge for artificial insemination. Mare owners are
given a choice of individual pens for wet or dry mares @ $6/day
or large group paddock for dry mares @ $4/day.
Sandy Ridge Stallion Station runs approximately 25 select broodmares. We try to select mares that are sired by leading sires out of proven mares by leading sires that will complement our stallions. We sell our foals through the annual AQHRA Canada Cup Yearling Sale, the CBHI Super Stakes Barrel Sale and the remaining foals are sold private treaty on the farm; some of which spoken are spoken for prior to birth.
Sandy Ridge Stallion Station has become a way
of life for us and Doug offers a word of advice to any prospective
stallion owner: "If you do not sincerely like people
and are not willing to give up 5 to 6 months of your summer, then
you won't enjoy the stallion business!"
Sandy Ridge Stallion Station is located half way
between Calgary and Medicine Hat, on the Trans Canada Highway (#1),
and ½ mile east on the #550 Secondary Highway near Bassano,
Alberta. Our station is built upon a ridge of sandy soil,
hence our name.
We invite you to call or email if you would like further information regarding any of our outstanding stallions.
... Doug & Carol Schaffer