Our goal is to promote quality, broke horses with some of the industries top bloodlines: Dash Ta Fame, Firewater Flit, Sun Frost, Judge Cash, Doc Bar and Driftwood to name a few. We specialize in prospects and performance horses. Our program consists of quality time with each horse from groundwork to time in the saddle. We instill a solid foundation into our horses and bring each one along slowly at their own rate. We give each horse different jobs while in training i.e. country riding, gathering cattle, sorting, branding, picking up, barrels, roping, pole bending and more. We feel this is good for their mind and will help make them a better, more versatile horse in the long run. Throughout the training process we also believe in giving colts time off to grow and be a horse. We feel this promotes mental and physical development, prevents burn out and makes for a much happier horse that enjoys his job.
Who is 4N
Howard and Laurie Nichols and Dan and Kasey (Nichols) Etbauer carry the 4N brand. We are a small family run breeding and horse operation located in the small panhandle town of Goodwell, OK.
Howard Nichols grew up farming and roping in AZ. The Nichols family owned two legendary horses, Driftwood (owned by Howard’s Uncle Buck) and AQHA World Champion Clabber (owned by Howard’s Grandfather Abe). The single blade plow Clabber pulled when not racing sits at the entrance of 4N Ranch.
Laurie Nichols grew up in northern CA into a horseracing and showing family. She excelled in many areas of showing before setting her sight to barrel racing. Today, Howard and Laurie are actively involved with horseracing, rodeo and roping and reside in Gilbert, AZ.
Dan Etbauer grew up on a ranch in central South Dakota. As a kid, he and his brothers would break and train ponies to sale. The Etbauer Brothers (Robert, Dan, & Billy), with 30+ National Finals Rodeo qualifications amongst them, are a saddle bronc riding legacy. They are the only three brothers to qualify to the NFR in the same event, a record they still proudly hold. Kasey (Nichols) Etbauer grew up in a farming family in Gilbert, AZ. She was literally born into the rodeo world. Kasey decided to make her debut while her mother was at a rodeo in CA awaiting her father’s arrival from another rodeo! Dan retired from saddle bronc riding due to injury in 2003. Today, he and Kasey are actively involved in rodeo, roping, and training, and reside in Goodwell, OK.
3x National Finals Rodeo Qualifier (Team Roping)
Bob Feist Invitational Avg. Top 10
USTRC money winner
Turquoise Circuit & Senor Pro Finals Qualifier (TR)
Multiple pro rodeo wins, calf roping & team roping
Turquoise Circuit Qualifier
Senior Pro Finals Qualifier
Multiple amateur, pro & open wins
Derby money earner
Wins in jumping, halter & working cowhorse
Prairie Circuit Finals Pickup Man
Wrangler NFR & NFSR Pickup Man
1995 Reserve World Champion Saddle Bronc Rider
10x National Finals Qualifier
Prairie Circuit Finals Qualifier and Champion
Calgary $50,000 winner
Multiple pro rodeo wins
6x TCRA Pickup Man of Year
USTRC money earner
High School & Intercollegiate Finalist
Kasey (Nichols) Etbauer:
2009 WPRA World Champion Heeler
2009 Prairie Circuit Heeling Champion
Multiple WPRA World Finalist
Turquoise & Prairie Circuit Finals
2003 KPRA Champion Barrel Racer
2005 KPRA Finals Champion
GCPRA, TCRA, & KPRA Finals Qualifier
Futurity & Derby Champion & money earner
USTRC Champion & money earner
Jr., HS, & Intercollegiate Champion
More 4N Information
4N Ranch also manages CEH Land and Cattle and Mountain Rose Ranch Quarter Horses (MRR), Parks, AZ (www.barrelspeedhorse.com). MRR has a quality breeding and horse program and we greatly enjoy working with them. Our fantastic website is designed and maintained by Deb Christy (www.trianglecross.com), so browse and enjoy all we have to offer, we think you’ll like what you see. Please contact us (Kasey@ptsi.net) for more information or questions, and thanks for visiting!