Fiesta Time

Fiesta Time

May 4, 2023

By Keri Whitney

For the last 12 years, Cassidy Teague has been training barrel horses for the public. She is also a host on Barrel Horse World's podcast; Barrel Talk Radio, and the owner of Riata Buckle Stallion, Fiestas Gotta Gun. 

In December 2019, Cassidy purchased the gray stallion from Royal D Ranch of Henrietta, Tx. Cassidy had been riding horses for Richard and Dani (Royal D Ranch) and was already a big believer in his offspring. She couldn't miss the opportunity to own him. Fiestas Gotta Gun (Playgun X Firewater Fiesta) is a versatile stallion that has lots of bone, combined with plenty of speed and athleticism. His QData offspring earnings are over $272,000 including team roping, breakaway, and barrel racing. One of his top performing progeny earners is JD Yates' 2014 gelding, Dellas Little Pistol. 

"His offspring just keep proving him as a sire on both ends of the arena. When I bought him, the larger incentive programs were just starting to come about. They have been a game changer to our industry, and I am so grateful to be able to showcase his offspring at these elite events. I knew I wanted him to be in the Riata Buckle immediately- his babies are so cowy and they take to it extremely fast. He sired the 2-Time Runner-Up PRCA/AQHA Steer Roping horse of the year with lifetime earnings of over $150,000. PC THISDUDESGOTTAGUN is out of PC Sun Dew, by Sun Frost and is ridden by Mike Chase."

Cassidy has had several Fiestas Gotta Gun colts sent to her for training. She enjoys riding the different crosses and has learned what she likes about each one. Cassidy doesn't overdo things when working a young horse, Fiesta Gotta Gun babies are very smart and catch on to things very quickly. 

"They want to use their hocks and back end, have natural rate and get gritty in a turn.  I am big on forward motion and footwork. I track steers on them a lot to change things up and give them something else to think about while keeping them collected and moving through the bridle. The best advice I can give someone who has a prospect is to do your homework and take them to a reputable colt starter. The first 30-90 days are so important and stay with them the rest of their life. Also, pay them into the incentives, everything they are eligible for. It is so much cheaper to do it when they're young and whether you keep them or sell them it pays dividends down the road. We pay thousands of dollars a year for these babies to be eligible to compete for big money, so it's fun to watch them down the road have the chance to win some back."

People that own FGG babies can't say enough good things about them. They call me wanting more, but they are hard to find for sale. Cassidy may cosign a colt to the Riata Buckle Stallion Select Sale in November, held during the roping. 

"The incentive horse sales help promote the stallions in so many ways with great exposure to the public. I am so blessed to have come into Fiesta Gotta Gun's life. He is very special to me and I am so grateful to be able to ride so many of his babies. It's very rewarding to see his offspring compete and do well with all different levels of riders. He sure makes my job fun and I give all the credit to him."

Fiestas Gotta Gun is currently standing at 113 Equine in Milsap, Texas.