Both lifetime horse people, Phil and Lucie have put together a program to produce fine performance horses that can do well in the cutting, reining and reined cowhorse events and yet can still be valuable as ranch and trail horses. These are good-looking, very smart, very trainable horses with the pedigree to match.
In 2003 Phil acquired Playguns Lil Star, an own son of Playgun, out of Go For It Lil Star, who is by Grays Starlight. These are both powerful and exceptional sires, with Playgun having offspring earnings in excess of $8million and Grays Starlight being a leading sire of aged event money earners, exceeding $7 Million. “Chandler” as Phil calls this grey son of Playgun went on to earn in excess of $11,000 in the NRCHA and NRHA. His trophies litter the shelves in the Murphy home. Chandler is an old standby now, taking Phil to the reining pen in local shows and breeding mares. This horse is a gentleman through and through, easy to handle and terrifically willing, all business in the showpen and breeding pen as well. He stands 14.3 and is impeccable in his conformation, a grey horse, fading in color with age, but not in his impact on the L4 Quarter Horse foal crop.
In the fall of 2012, Phil called up an old friend in Oregon, looking for another stallion to breed to his good Playgun grand-daughters and as an added outcross for their other mares. Turned out his friend in Oregon was a neighbor to Todd Bergen and Todd had a stallion for sale. The horse belonged to Eric Storey of Alabama, the owner of Nic It In The Bud, and the horse was a son of that good stallion and out of a really fine mare named Wind Her Up Chic. This mare had won over $100,000 in the reining pen and her fine son by Nic It In The Bud was for sale. Injured as a yearling , he will never be shown, but his upcoming progeny are showing potential to be an asset to the L4 Quarter Horse breeding program. This horse is a pleasure to be around and wonderful to watch. He has the look: a blood bay with a huge mane and a kind eye, standing 15 hands with good bone and feet. He glides like silk across the pen and always trots up to see you when his name is called. He moves the way a cowhorse should, with a low head set and a natural sliding stop. He has an embryo transplant, same age, full brother that made it to the top ten of the NRHA finals in 2012 and is currently a “short stirrup” champion. His sire, Nic It In The Bud is by Reminic out of Genuine Redbud with LTE of over $148,000 and offspring earnings of $1,000,000+! We are excited about “Nic’s” upcoming progeny.
In the meantime, Phil and Lucie have been quietly raising purebred angus cattle and selling yearling bulls private treaty every spring. They calve in Dec/Jan and find that the weather actually kind of cooperates that time of year. They AI the cows every spring and are able to keep current with the changing breed trends. Working good cattle on fine cowhorses is a pleasure the Murphys enjoy and being a part of the new AQHA Ranching Heritage Breeder’s program seemed a perfect fit. Raising fine horses that are cow smart and showpen able is their goal and it’s also what makes getting up on those cold mornings to check pastures for new calves and new foals well worthwhile. People talk about having passions in life. Lucie and Phil are two of the fortunate ones and they certainly know and share a true passion.