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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.

Our Credentials

Howard Nichols:

 3x National Finals Rodeo Qualifier (Team Roping)

NFR Judge

 Bob Feist Invitational Avg. Top 10

USTRC money winner

Turquoise Circuit & Senor Pro Finals Qualifier (TR)

Multiple pro rodeo wins, calf roping & team roping

Laurie Nichols:

Turquoise Circuit Qualifier

Senior Pro Finals Qualifier

Multiple amateur, pro & open wins

Derby money earner

Wins in jumping, halter & working cowhorse


Dan Etbauer:

Prairie Circuit Finals Pickup Man

Wrangler NFR & NFSR Pickup Man

1995 Reserve World Champion Saddle Bronc Rider

10x National Finals Qualifier

DNCFR Champion

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!