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Tyler horse breeder's legacy passed down to next generation

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POSTED: Friday, March 14, 2014 - 6:22pm

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Frank Perkins has bred horses for more than 55 years. A true Tyler cowboy, he is a legend in the equestrian community.

Perkins was placed on a horse at five years old, when horses were his only form of transportation. From there, he built himself a horse legacy. Perkins not only hosted the first Tyler horse show, but also created his own horse bloodline, the Poca Lena and Doc Bar. Frank Perkins said, "It's been a good life, but it's been rough. Everyone has to work and I sure had to work. I didn't inherit anything". Currently, he has 900 acres with 450 horses. To view his ranch, visit: http://www.frankperkinsquarterhorses.com/ .

Life threw a curve ball when Perkins was diagnosed with Parkinson's Disease. Perkins jokes, "He tells me my brain will keep deteriorating, but I never did have much of a brain to start with". Parkinson's is a disease that affects the nerve cells in the brain. This can result in shaking, slow movement, and collapsing. There is treatment, but no cure. So Perkins decided to hang up his hat. He said, "I've fallen 29 times in all. I never know when I'm going to fall so someone has to go along behind me holding my belt. I can't drive anymore, can't ride a horse, and you know all that hurts because I've ridden them all my life". 

However, Perkins stays positive, reminding those, "I wish that all the young kids would find a hobby working in something they like to do, and get busy, because life is short".

Perkins legacy will  continue on, as his son, Don Perkins, takes over the family business. There will still be a horse dispersal sale on May 24-25 at his ranch, which is a rare opportunity to purchase 300 registered Quarter Horses.

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