Jim's Father, Harold "Breezy" Thompson, was an avid horseman. He was an AQHA judge and often performed the duty of ring steward for Larue Sauers at the American Royal and Missouri State Fair.
At one time Breezy and Larue went to look at a young colt, but neither cared much for him. They had no idea that the colt would soon be famous. That colt would soon be known as "Impressive".
Breezy LOVED horses and wanted to have pastures full of broodmares, but his wife disapproved. Although he raised a few, his main involvement was training. He was well known around th area for being able to "put a rein on em" and aways had 2 or 3 saddled and tied in the lot - using them to check and work the cattle and taking advantage of any free moment to ride and train. Jim prefered motorized things to horses. You don't have to catch, saddle, feed or clean up after a motor cycle or 3 wheeler. "Sugarfoot" - his pony seemed to always know where Jim's feet were and frequently stepped on them... and even stepped on his hand after forcing an involuntarily dismount!
Lisa was born horse crazy. When she was 10, her soon to be stepfather, James "Rook" Rookstool, bought her a horse of her own - a grade gray mare out of a feed lot. He liked horses too and there were MANY to follow. In 1970 when Lisa was 12, he bought a 2-year-old green broke AQHA buckskin gelding - Pistols Bigun aka "Whistle". Lisa and Whistle learned a lot from each other and developed a very strong bond. MANY AQHA mares followed. Lisa purchased her first AQHA mare, a running bred filly named Seeulater in 1977 and bred her to a cutting horse and produced her first AQHA foal in 1978. In 1982 Jim Rookstool bought a mare, Bunkhouse Lupe, from Steve Lyons bred to Wayne Engledow's stallion Master Impressive with a filly by him at side - Impressive Lupe
After Lisa got out of college she did a lot of moving around. Not always able to take her horses with her, but always kept a couple of mares at home in Springfield when she couldn't have them where she was living.
When Lisa moved to Mound City in 1987 she had one horse living with her as well as Seeulater and one of her fillies at home in Springfield. After Lisa married Jim, Rook gave her two mares - Impressive Lupe and her daughter Lupes Super Gal. Breezy was particularly fond of Lupes Super Gal by Mr. Super Smooth. Breezy and Lisa became "partners in crime" and although her mother-in-law disapproved, Breezy finally had his wish of having a pasture full of boodmares.
A few years later Lisa found out that one of Jim's best friends, Del Clement, was the owner of the grulla stallion - Pretty Buck Zeb aka "Ole Zeb" She was unaware that Zeb was a full brother to Stopper Blue - a grulla stallion she had admired in SW Missouri at the Crossroads Stock Horse Association owned by Steve Wilson. Steve was a classmate of Del's brother Jesse. They had gone to veterinary school together and Steve was impressed by the Clement's Pretty Buck bloodlines. Del's dad, Jack, established the Flying U Ranch at Skidmore, Missouri and they kept a remuda of goodlooking hard working "cowboy type" horses. Although Ole Zeb was "un-shown" Jack always claimed Zeb was the best colt he'd ever raised - better than either Stopper Blue or their full brother Squaw Creek Squirt. Jack didn't hold much stock in show horses, but he liked FAST horses. Ole Zeb worked every day - either working cattle on the ranch or at the sale barn where Del was an auctioneer. He was often seen at rodeos and local ropings. They even held 1/4 mile races (discretely) on the Sqaw Creek Flat - a flat stretch of dirt road East of Skidmore. AND if that wasn't enough, he pulled a buggy for parades and weddings! Ole Zeb was the primary stallion for Lisa's breeding program until he died. Coincidentally, Steve Wilson also stood Mr Super Smooth!
After Ole Zeb died Lisa purchased CE Poco Silver LT aka Huckleberry - a grulla line bred Poco Bueno stallion. He was the sire of most of her foals for 2003-2008. In 2006 she bought Du It, aka "Champ" as a yearling. Champ has sired all of her foals since 2009.
1997 - Steve Lyons on Dun By Zeb. A 1995 grulla colt by Pretty Buck Zeb and out of Impressive Lupe.
These are the stallions who were the base of our breeding program
Sire of Full brothers Pretty Buck Zeb, Stopper Blue and Squaw Creek Squirt.
Sire of Dun By Zeb and several of our broodmares. His last daughter in our string was Im a Pretty Super Gal - dam of Destined to Du It.
Purchased as a 3 year old after the death of Pretty Buck Zeb and our primary stallion 2004-2007.
1982 - 1998
By Master Impressive out of Bunkhouse Lupe. Dam of Lupes Super Gal by Mr Super Smooth and Dun By Zeb by Pretty Buck Zeb. Photo with Dun By Zeb aka"Zebby" as a colt
By Mr Super Smooth and out of Impressive Lupe Dam of MANY of our foals. ROM and Superior Performance Producing Mare. Dam of Im a Pretty Super Gal by Pretty Buck Zeb
By Pretty Buck Zeb and out of Lupes Super Gal. Dam of Du It Tu It and Destined to Du It by DU IT. "Tater" came home at 16 years of age to be the last "Ole Zeb" Daughter and carry on both family lines.