Historical Stallions of Steyskal Quarter Horses
At the heart of the Steyskal breeding program are the stallions Tiger Leo and Iron Rebel. Tiger Leo serves as a prime example of the success of the Steyskal breeding program. This great stallion became a National Snaffle Bit Association Hall of Fame member in 1995 because of his role as a great broodmare sire in the modern western pleasure industry.
Tiger Leo was actually sent to Stan Steyskal as a training horse. While in Stan's program, Tiger Leo finished his AQHA Championship. When owner Walt Chamberlain offered Tiger Leo for sale, the Steyskals formed the Tiger Leo Syndicate and the 10-year-old stallion was purchased. The Steyskals stood Tiger Leo until they had to put him down at the age of 28 with heart trouble.
We often talk about fate and how it steps in to play a role in the horse breeding industry. The Steyskals found out that Iron Rebel's difficulty on the track wasn't because of a lack of speed, but a gate problem. He was gate shy. This track problem enabled them to buy the pretty stallion, allowing him to excel as a show horse and sire of show horses. Thus, fate steps in to bring the racing blood of Top Deck into the working line.
Sire of earners of over 74 ROM's, 33 Superiors, and 11 AQHA Champions.