appreciated for its stock horse abilities, stamina and smooth gaits

Breeding Stock

The Missouri Fox Trotter

Horse breeding complies to a well thought-out process of reproduction of horses, with the aim of maintaining or improving health, performance and willingness to perform with certain breed characteristics. Only horses that correspond to the established Breed Standards and Goals of the respective Breed should be used as a breeding stock. Pre-selection must always take place first, and is based on the following criteria:


Breed Characteristics

The Missouri Fox Trotter is a horse breed from the state of Missouri in the United States. At the beginning of the 19th century, the settlers in the Ozarks, a very rough, mountainous terrain, began to breed this type of horse. The settlers recognized very quickly the special advantages of the Fox Trotter’s gait. Also, the surefootedness of these horses quickly became known, as well as their ability to be used as ranch-horses because of their endurance and the soft comfortable walk.

Miller-Ranch has acquired an international reputation as a successful breeder of Missouri Fox Trotters. Since 1992 Lothar & Monika Rowe have built up the reputation of The Miller-Ranch, constantly improving upon the demands of breeding requirements by using better breeding stock, selected bloodlines of stallions and mares, and healthy horses without genetic defects. The Miller-Ranch proven reputation is based on performance through breeding that is fully committed to the Standards of the Breed.

Only the best horses are selected for breeding. All breeding horses at Miller-Ranch have passed DNA, negative PSSM test, OCD test, Breeding Suitability Test( ZTU) and a Breed Show ZBO. They have also been evaluated by approved Breed Judges of the MFTHBA and EMFTHA and then entered in specific classes of the original Missouri Fox Trotter Studbook.

It is the philosophy and priority of The Miller-Ranch to keep breeding, horse-care, and training at the highest levels possible. Success is guaranteed because the offspring prove themselves as the finest specimens of Missouri Fox Trotters with unbeatable versatility, beautiful conformation, charisma, extraordinary endurance, flexibility, cow sense and exceptional natural gaits and rhythm.

The Ranch supports natural breeding, embryo transfer and artificial breeding (A1). Frozen semen from our stallions are stored in Germany at a recognized Breeding Station of the EU. The horses that live on Miller-Ranch enjoy their life in a very horse-friendly environment. They are kept in compatible groups in large pastures. The stalls are extra-large inside with large outside paddocks and are only used as an infirmary and for foaling.

The Ranch has designated areas for all of the horses. There are individual pastures allocated to each herd of broodmares, geldings, mares and offspring. In addition, there are four large stallion paddocks centrally located so that the stallions always feel part of the daily ranch life – they are not isolated. The horses have hay 24 hours a day. They are raised and trained according to a set curriculum. Large, covered paddocks are also available for horses in training.

The Miller-Ranch is specially designed for breeding, raising and training the Missouri Fox Trotter. The facilities stand on 20 acres. There is a large covered riding arena, 2 round pens, one covered round pen with a freestyle walker and 2 playgrounds. All ranch areas support horse-appropriate keeping and training in entirety.


Breed Conformation


Missouri Fox Trotter


14 – 16 hands


900 – 1200 pounds


The horse’s Coat should be shiny with a healthy luster


All color combinations are acceptable


Should be sufficiently long, approximately 1/3 of the body.



The head should be symmetrically shaped and of moderate length (equal or shorter than 1/3 of body length). The distance from the outside of one teye to the outside of the opposite eye should be equal to one-half the length of the head. The eyes should be large, wide set and soft conveying a tractable demeanor. Jawbones should be prominent with adequate width between jawbones where they join at the throat. The head should taper to a refined muzzle.


The body should be balanced and have long sloping shoulders with an angle of 45 – 50 degrees, a short (to moderate length) back reaching into the withers, an adequate length croup with a slight downward tilt, a wide deep chest and moderate, not too long legs with moderate muscling.


The Foundation should have correctly formed limbs with adequate size bones and joints. Hooves must be adequate for the size of the horse, well shaped and hard. The toe direction of the hind legs may be slightly pointed outward (as long as the outward turn comes from the hips and not the hocks or below).

Breed Options
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Breeding Options to Consider

If you are looking for a really good Missouri Fox trotter, you may consider breeding your own baby with your choice of stallion and mare at Miller-Ranch. With this thought in mind we can also train your new horse with our proven training methods that will provide you with great horse/rider responses and a safer ride overall.

Miller-Ranch Ranch provides 3 types of breeding services, now consider the possibilities.

option 1

Natural Breeding

Choose from the Miller-Ranch breeding stock. Choose a stud of your choice and breed with your own mare. The ranch will take care of the mare until she is in foal and has the first and second ultra sound, proving she is in foal.

option 2

Artificial Insemination

You may prefer to purchase semen from your choice of Miller-Ranch stud breeding stock and have your mare artificially inseminated (AI) at Miller Ranch or the semen can be sent to your vet of choice. This may be a consideration for those who live far from Arizona. * Note; Fresh semen has the highest fertility results but both mare and stud must be at the same facility at the same time as the fresh semen must be used immediately. AI has been used in livestock for decades especially cattle, but more recently the practice of AI has been successfully used with horses.

option 3

Embryo Transfer

This option would take place at The Miller-Ranch. You can bring your Mare to the ranch for breeding with the stud of your choice. The embryo will be transferred to a surrogate mare. If you prefer to use this method at your own location then you would need to use Artificial Insemination (AI)

If you are interested in any of the options above, please contact The Miller–Ranch for details and resolve any questions or considerations you may have.

The Breed Show

The Breed Show held at Miller-Ranch in March 2018 was the first event in the USA, where Missouri Fox Trotters were evaluated to see if they met the necessary criteria for entry into the Stud Book of Origin for the Missouri Fox Trotter Breed. The first time a breed show occurred in the USA, was specifically held to assess the entire breeding stock of Miller-Ranch. MFTHBA and EMFTHA approved BreedJudges and the Breed Manager from Germany came together to the Miller-Ranch to evaluate their Missouri Fox Trotter horses. The horses must be 3 years old before they can be checked and evaluated, to see if they are suitable to be admitted for breeding and they must pass all credentials to be registered in the Stud Book of Origin managed by the EMFTHA on behalf of the MFTHBA. Within the European Union, all state-recognized Breeders Associations are controlled for compliance with the Principles of Breeding for the “Missouri Fox Trotter” Breed according to Decision KOM 92/353/EWG

The horses must also pass a ZTU before the judge’s qualification test. The ZTU is a Breeding Suitability Test by recognized veterinarians. This guarantees that no hereditary diseases and genetic malformations are passed on in breeding.

What is judged by the Breed Judges?

  • Each horse to be judged is presented in-hand
  • Height measurement
  • Measurements are compared with the conformation standard (Standard of the Breed by MFTHBA)
  • Any deviations must be within the specified limits
  • Performance


Each horse under saddle and without saddle is evaluated for the following criteria:

  • The horse’s performance
  • Stand quietly
  • Flat Foot Walk
  • Fox Trot
  • Canter


  • Rider and horse
  • The judges assess how the horse reacts to the riders aids and commands.

Composure Test


The Test GHP in this competition requires a horse to pass obstacles without shying away or refusing them. This is a part of the interior I-check. The Missouri Fox Trotter should show attention but not fear.

After the completion of the tests listed above, the judges complete an overall report with a score ranging from 1-10.

The Result

The EMFTHA e.V. (European Missouri Fox Trotter Horse Association) as an Affiliate of the MFTHBA is the only officially recognized Breeders’ Association, that administers the Missouri Fox Trotter Stud Book of Origin in the EU on behalf of the MFTHBA, Ava, Mo. The guidelines for the Breed from the MFTHBA, the Standard of the Breed, are fully adapted in the Principles of Breeding for the “Missouri Fox Trotter” Breed according to Decision KOM 92/353/EWG

Since November 2018, the European Union (EU) will only permit the import of breeding horses from non-EU countries into the EU (forms for the import of horses according to Implementing Regulation (EU) 2020,/602 of April 15,2020) if they are registered in the Stud Book of a recognized Breeder´s Association. They must be approved for breeding by this organization. All breeding horses of Miller-Ranch are registered in the stud-book of the Missouri Fox Trotter of the EMFTHA. Because of this registration the horses of Miller-Ranch and their offspring can be imported duty free into the EU as Missouri Fox Trotters for breeding. The import of semen or embryos from registered breeding stallions of Miller-Ranch to Europe is also permitted. Any MFT, imported without these complete EU forms,  will be imported as a ” horse” – a later change of registration as a breeding horse is not permitted.

Breeding Videos
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Breeding Results


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"Legend Outlaw´s Leatherman M.R." - Missouri Fox Trotter - "Legend Outlaw´s Leatherman M.R." a Missouri Fox Trotter, born and ...


Just A Little Crazy- A Miller-Ranch Fox Trotting Mare Missouri Foxtrotter mare 5 years old a little crazy on the trail. No ...


Arizona Outlaw´s Kachina M.R. Missouri Foxtrotter Mare Kachina is one of the brood mares at Miller-Ranch Missouri Foxtrotter mare 5 ...


Missouri Foxttrotter - Arizona Outlaw´s Kokopelli M.R. "Kokopelli" has finished the whole program: Basic Training, , the First Step, he ...


Mo. Travis´s Popea M.R. Missouri Foxtrotter Mare Popea lives today in Europe in Switzerland. She is a powerful mare.


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Missouri Fox Trotter - Legend Outlaw´s BlackBerry M.R. "Legend Outlaw´s BlackBerry M.R.",a real black horse, he is ...


Missouri Fox Trotter Mare "Velvet´s PinaColada M.R. Velvet´s Pina Colada a 4 year old Missouri Foxtrotter mare. Ready for ...


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