2019 SDQHA LEGACY RANCH FAMILY
Louie Krogman was born on January 18, 1902 in Sibley, Iowa. He was the seventh of fifteen children. In 1906, his father, Frank Sr., his mother, Agnes, and family moved from Iowa to a little place called Dixon, SD. On May 10, 1917, the family moved to Mellette County and homesteaded ten miles north of White River, SD. On the ranch, Louie helped with the horses. One season his father shipped thirteen carloads of horses back to Iowa to be sold at auction. When Louie was young, his father always had 75 to 100 broodmares on the place. They always had 12-15 stallions in their stud barn, which were mostly work horses. Louie and his father would go around the countryside breeding outside mares for other farmers.
In 1930, grass was short so Louie, his dad, and his brother went looking for grass. They liked the land south of White River that did not have any fences, so they leased land along the Little White River. Louie lived in a dugout on this land for three years tending to cattle and horses.
In 1934, Louie married Lillian and to this union three children were born (Ronnie, Barbetta, and Dorothy). The family lived in a 12X14 shack west of the Little White River until Louie later bought a place on the east side of the river, which is where Louie Krogman ranch is today. Louie always ran a lot of horses on his place. One summer he sold 2500 head of horses off of his ranch. He sold 600 to a man by the name of Art Watson in one day. That same fall he sold 728 through the sale ring in White River, which Louie owned.
In 1949, Louie married Eunice and to this union five children were born (Stanley, Casey, Steve, Lorena, and Neil). Eunice is now 94 years old and still living on the ranch. Louie was a horseman and he owned and raised several different types of horses on his ranch throughout the years. His Quarter Horse business began at the 1950 Denver Stock Show when he bought the AQHA yearling stallion, Tom B Glover, who stood Grand Champion at halter that year. Louie kept many mares out of Tom B Glover and built his Registered Quarter Horse herd from that foundation. At that time, AQHA inspected the mares and the ones approved were simply called “Krogman Mare.”
Louie always had a goal of having a ranch horse with speed. He raced several horses from 1953 until 1976. Two of his favorite Quarter Horse race stallions were Leo 3 and Folly Bird. Their progeny went on to excel at rodeos in barrel racing and roping events. Over the years there was a shift away from the race horses with the use of Paprika Pine, Zippo Blue Pine, Smart Little Romeo, Playlight, and Watch Jo Pac.
The Louie Krogman family has grown and grandchildren are now a big help in keeping the ranch going. Steve, Lorena, and Neil, each of their spouses and their grown children, along with Ronnie and his daughter Janelle, own stallions and mares on the ranch.
In addition to horses, cattle have also always been a focus on the ranch. In the early years, primarily hereford cows were raised, but now the ranch consists of black Angus and black baldy cattle. For the past several years, the calves have been sold on Superior Livestock.
Louie passed away on December 6, 1991 and his legacy continues through his eight children and numerous grandchildren.
Louie's Stallions Throughout the Years
Half Bar-son of Three Bars TB
Pokey Dad - by Pokey Dun, grandson of Poco Bueno
Buckaroo Jess - by Sitting Bull
Toad McCue - by Toad, grandson of Joe Bailey
Krog's Star - by Baldy Pat Star by Pat Star Jr
Wyom - son of Krog's Star and out of a daughter of Texas Tom
Clab's Bar Leo - by Royal Fun by Royal Bar
Leo 3 - by Delleo by Leo
Krog's Leo and Krog's Laddy - both sons of Leo 3
Folly Bird - by Good Bird TB and out of a daughter of Bob's Folly
Sugar Pierre - by Lucky Pierre and out of a daughter of Sugar Bars
Majestic Spinner - son of Majestic Dell and out of granddaughter of Sugar Bars
Redmount Blue - by Keep The Fire by Robert Redford
Paprika Pine - by Barry Pine by Poco Pine
Past Stallions Owned By The Louie Krogman Family
Docs Shady Blue - by Redmount Blue
Watch Pep Up - by Watch Joe Jack
Zippo Blue Pine - by Zippo Pat Bars
Smart Little Romeo - by Smart Little Rondee
Douglas Don - by Paprika Pine
Krogs Leo Mount - by Redmount Blue
Heza Valentine Pine - by Aledo Blue
Watch Jo Sunup - by Watch Jo Pac
Lenas Shining King - Lenas Shining
Krogs Shady Pine - by Docs Shady Blue
Watch Jo Pac - by Watch Jo Jack Cody
Krogs Blue Limo - by Docs Shady Blue
Krogs Majestic Blue - by Zippo Blue Pine
Smart Little Finch - by Smart Little Romeo
Playlight - by Grays Starlight
In Loving Memory
July 22, 1935 - June 3, 2022
Ronald Harland Krogman was born July 22, 1935 in Pierre, SD, to Louie and Lillian (Paulsen) Krogman. Ronald grew up on the Louie Krogman Ranch south of White River, SD and attended school in White River where he graduated in 1955. Ronald often spoke about the large horse drives where he would lead the way to Murdo or Valentine and the sold colts would be loaded into boxcars for railway transport. He would describe the many nights of sleeping on the prairie under trees while spending days building fences on the ranch, working cattle and breaking horses to ride.
On July 24, 1955 Ronald married his high school sweetheart Janet Jeannine Jensen at the Methodist Church in White River, SD. They started their life together on the Louie Krogman Ranch along the Little White River. Ronald worked on the family ranch raising cattle and horses for five years. It was there that they began their family with the birth of their first child, Melinda (Lindy) Lee.
Ronald continued to help his father until the couple moved to the old Peterson place where the Cut Meat Creek and the Little White River join. At that time, they expanded their family raising Janel Kay, Todd Jody and Dana Marae. Ronald spent numerous hours teaching the sport of rodeo and working the family ranch.
In 1987, Ronald and Janet moved to town (White River) where Dana attended school. Ronald changed his career to be a craftsman, welder and jack-of-all-trades. He could fix or build just about anything. If there was a way, Ronald had the determination and will to build it. One of his pride buildings was the horse barn he built on the Ranch.
After losing his wife Janet to cancer in 2006, he kept the house for a few years before deciding to move in with his daughter Janel. Ronald spent his winters at Pierre and his summers at the ranch living in his camper. The ranch meant the world to Ronald. He enjoyed fixing up the barn, repairing the many break downs that the brothers brought to his attention, mentoring, and handing out orders to anyone that would listen.
All his life, he stayed involved with the Krogman Quarter Horse Ranch breeding operation. In 2009, Ronald was honored by the American Quarter Horse Association for 50 years of breeding horses. Horses were always on his mind and the love of his life, he lived and breathed them.
When his health began to fail, he spent most of his time at Janel’s. He enjoyed working in the garage making wooden spoons, forks and various items from wood or metal. Ronald always enjoyed planning and helping with the garden.
In Loving Memory
March 14, 1926 - September 7, 2020