The fertile rolling, agricultural area of Northwest Iowa, near Sioux Center, is home to Red Oak Arabians. We are located an hour southeast of Sioux Falls, SD.
Our Arabian horse farm is situated on 13 acres of lush green pastures which provide ample grass, hay and exercise room for our precious broodmares and babies.
We established our Arabian horse breeding operation in 2003. At first glance it appears we are new to Arabians, however Randy was privileged to be raised with Arabians during part of his growing-up years. During those formative years, he was drawn to the extreme beauty and elegance of these impressive creatures.
Always fond of animals, many photos of his early childhood years on a farm in MN reveal Randy’s attraction with animals- ranging from squirrels to cats to goats to ponies, horses, rabbits, chickens, ducks, dogs and sheep. During Junior High, Randy also began raising sheep which transitioned into very successfully breeding registered Suffolk sheep, a legacy lasting 20 years which culminated with breeding numerous state and National and Reserve Champions, but more importantly putting together a consistent breeding program that now continues in numerous breeding operations throughout the US. In fact, just last year the US National Champion Ram was dammed by a ewe we bred and raised.
As a result of our breeding program’s success, we had the opportunity to market our entire sheep breeding operation to several interested parties. Although very difficult, we decided to seize the opportunity and closed this chapter of our life allowing us to open a new, more exciting one. It was this major decision that allowed us to start a small Arabian horse breeding operation enabling Randy to pursue a dream of his since he was a boy- to develop a breeding program of one of God’s most beautiful creatures- the purebred Arabian horse.
Although Marsha was raised in town and had no prior experience with horses, she has come to appreciate the Arabians’ extreme beauty and charisma and assists where she can. It is also our goal to develop our young children’s appreciation for this intelligent, kind, heart-stealing breed. It is truly amazing to watch the gentle interaction of such large animals with our young girls, Emily and Kaeley and son, Kellan . The horses just love and thrive on the attention they get from the kids. The horses can be full of spunk and animation one minute, but when the kids come to the fence, the mares and foals gently and eagerly welcome their petting.
We began our breeding program by acquiring some of the very best mares we possibly could- outstanding individuals with exceptional, proven genetics and parentage.
The focus of our breeding program is to breed structurally correct, typey Arabians based upon predictable pedigrees which are also capable of performing under saddle after successfully competing in halter.
As an astute student of breeding- one of Randy’s greatest thrills is the arrival of the newborns- the culmination of putting the “pieces” of the breeding puzzle together- building upon the individual strengths while seeking to consistently improve the quality of the previous generation.
On the business side, honesty and integrity are important attributes we want to center our breeding operation around. We seek to treat our customers and others as we ourselves would like to be treated. Just as much as we want to succeed, so we want our customers to be pleased with and succeed with the horses they purchase from us.
“The Meyer family is a wonderful group of people and we admire their love and passion for breeding Arabian Horses. They own one of our most favorite mares in all of the world… the beloved Brazilian national Champion *Miss Cajun HMP. ”
David Boggs & Midwest