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Welcome to 3E Ranch in Mohall, North Dakota, home to Streakin Four Sixes and Famous Black Ty.
We offer horses for sale, stallion services of two great stallions and have a great selection of broodmares.
We will be offering a foal crop from both Streakin Four Sixes and Famous Black Ty.
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Biography written by Heather Nordick

David and Lisa O’Keeffe’s 3E Ranch is in north centrally located Mohall, North Dakota. Purchased in 2000 as the home-base to their breeding and training operation, it is home to their two stallions, Streakin Four Sixes, a 1999 AQHA Sorrel Stallion by Streakin Six out of Samantha Wrangler (Rocket Wrangler), and Famous Black Ty, a 2013 AQHA Black Stallion by Dash ta Fame out of Lanes of Royalty (Lanes Leinster). The ranch also houses the couple’s band of twenty or so broodmares, their prospects ranging from weanling to competition age, and the families “campaigners”, the finished barrel racing, team roping, and ranch horses. In addition to the ranch’s horse operation, the couple farms hay and small-grain crops, and has been the owner/operators of a bulk fuel and propane business with their company, O’Keeffe Oil, Inc., for the last 30 years. David and Lisa’s three grown children, Heather (Sam Nordick), Britta (Tyler Thiel), and Levi (Lindsey Goulet), are all married, and the family has expanded by four, with the addition of grandchildren, Jhett and Blair Nordick, and Laityn and Larimee O’Keeffe.
The location of the ranch was somewhat dictated by the couple’s history in the area, with both David and Lisa having grown up there, where horses were big part of both their childhoods. When it came time to choose a place to house the ever-growing horse operation that is now the 3E Ranch, the farm owned then by local farmer, Everett Peterson, was a clear frontrunner. Having been established in the early 1900’s as a bonanza farm by an entrepreneurial businessman who hoped to grow his place into the county seat, the farm at one time boasted a hotel, elevator and extensive cattle handling facilities, which were utilized by local cattlemen as a stopping point as they drove their cattle to the railroad to be sold each fall. Sadly, time got the best of the original 108 year old stone barn and grain elevator in recent years, and the O’Keeffe’s were forced to tear down and replace them. It was a big loss, both for the history in them and for the shelter that was provided, but the ranch is proud to have brand-new breeding and housing facilities, with the addition of two new barns in 2015.
One of those barns is a facility dedicated to housing the ranch’s two stallions, affectionately known to the family as “Patch” (Streakin Four Sixes) and “California Ken” aka “Ken” (Famous Black Ty). Added to the family in the fall of 2013, “Patch” was purchased from Frenchman’s Quarter Horses, owned by Lis and John Hollman, of Hot Springs, SD. Lisa and David had brought some mares to John and Lis to be bred in 2012, and had taken a great liking to all three of the Frenchman’s Quarter Horse’s stallions. In 2012 the 3E Ranch’s original stallion, Yellow Hammer Six, a 1999 Palomino AQHA Stallion, (Five to Six x Texs Futurity Winner, Magnolia Bars) had been sold and the O’Keeffe’s were on the lookout for their next sire to carry on what they started with YHS. When presented with the opportunity to buy Streakin Four Sixes, David and Lisa did not hesitate. Bred similarly to their first stallion, they knew he would be a good cross on their band of mares, and they were taken with Patch’s outstanding conformation and flawless disposition. After an 8 year hiatus from the arena, David and Lisa put Patch back under saddle, and the 17 year old stallion, who holds an AQHA ROM in heading, never missed a beat. “We backed him in the box and went to roping on him with no issues”, says Lisa, adding “he is a very versatile stallion with all the speed you will ever need.”
The 3E Ranch’s junior stallion, Famous Black Ty was purchased as a weanling. Looking to add a Dash for Cash stallion to their lineup, finding a son of Dash Ta Fame made sense. The O’Keeffes are happy with their purchase of Ken, who is proving to be a stellar athlete, and the family is excited for the young stallion’s future both as a stallion and in the arena. Ken is currently standing to a limited number of mares, only via artificial insemination. He is currently in training with plans to futurity him in the barrels in 2017. Breedings to both stallions are available via cooled semen either on site at the ranch or shipped. Streakin Four Sixes is also available to live cover, if necessary. Lisa is trained in stallion collection, shipment and artificial insemination, and handles all of the ranches equine reproduction needs on site.
The cornerstone of the 3E Ranch’s broodmare band is found in several mares purchased from Hill Quarter Horses of Raynesford, MT. These mares brought the likes of Givemalickin, Vegas Hardway, and Pandemar to the herd, which proved to be an outstanding cross with Yellow Hammer Six, producing several money winners in both team roping and barrel racing. The biggest standout was “Im Pandes Hardway”, a daughter of Vegas the Third out of a Pandemar mare. She has produced several great arena horses that are versatile, working in both the barrel racing and the team roping. Her most accomplished foals are “YHS Texs Roger” owned and ridden by their daughter, Britta, as her main pro rodeo mount, and “Pandes Easy Winner” aka “Cactus” who has been ridden by a number of people and won with them all at various levels. The broodmare herd has expanded from the handful of original mares to include the bloodlines of Noble Pride, Title Contender, Dr Kirk, Colonel Freckles, Smart Little Lena, Gallo Del Cielo, Doc O Dynamite, Jet Smooth, Shining Spark, and many others, and the most recent foal crop is shaping up to be the best yet. For customers looking for their next winner, the ranch offers weanlings on up to broke prospects and finished competitors in both the roping and barrel racing, via private treaty.
David and Lisa are proud of their family’s accomplishments that started almost 30 years ago when David was competing in the calf roping and team roping, and Lisa bought what would be her first competitive barrel horse, 1984 AQHA Chestnut Gelding, Crimson Tom. “He was a 5 year old with 30 days on him, and the farmer I purchased him from deemed him too much horse to gather the cows with”, chuckles Lisa, “I originally bought him to rope on, but on a whim took him to a Lynn McKenzie barrel racing clinic.” Admittedly, Lisa says she knew very little about barrel racing at the time, but it took only a short while to realize Tom’s potential as a barrel horse. He went on to win at the amateur, professional, and high school levels, with Lisa and both her daughters. At the age of 25 Tom was “retired” to a home with an 11 year old beginner barrel racer, Shyann Russel of Gillette, WY, who piloted Tom to his last 1D buckle at the age of 29. Today, he really is retired, and resides in Crawford, NE with Heather. He truly was an awesome horse and set in motion a series of events that culminated in what is today, the 3E Ranch. Thirty years later, the efforts have paid off, as both David and Lisa, as well as their family are having success on their home-raised horses.
David and Lisa’s children have all grown and gone their own directions, but the horses, ranching and rodeo have stayed with them. Both daughters and their son were High School State Champions in ND, and their son, Levi, was the Collegiate Reserve National Champion Heeler in 2014. The family has expanded with the addition of spouses and grandchildren. Heather and her husband, Sam who was a Badlands Circuit bareback rider and Collegiate Reserve Champion, now own and operate a ranch near Crawford, NE, and enjoy team roping and barrel racing. Heather also owns and operates Legendary Western, an online boutique. Britta was recently married to Tyler Thiel, and the couple resides in Belle Fourche, SD when they are not on the rodeo trail. Tyler is an insurance agent with Thiel and Associates, Belle Fourche, SD, and Britta is an mechanical engineer. They both enjoy training horses for calf roping, team roping and barrel racing, and compete both in the Badlands Circuit, and across the country. Levi and his wife, Lindsey, both compete in the Badlands Circuit and reside with their girls, Laityn, Larimee and plus one due in March 2018, in Belle Fourche SD where they train rope and barrel horses. Levi is also a certified Equine Dentist.
Some of the family’s current stars include:
“Pandes Easy Winner” aka “Cactus”, owned by David and Lisa O’Keeffe, Equistat barrel racing earnings of $10,000+, money winner in team roping and barrel racing, Qualifier for RFD’s The American Semi-Finals, Futurity money earner, and collegiate winner.
“YHS Texs Roger” aka “Roger”, owned by Britta Thiel, Equistat earnings of $50,000+, 2011 WPRA World Finals Derby Champion, Badland’s Circuit Finals Qualifier and round winner,
“Hammers Hardway” aka “Slick”, owned by David and Lisa O’Keeffe, currently being hauled in the Badlands Circuit in the heading by Levi O’Keeffe. Money winner in the barrel racing and team roping, most recently carrying Levi to a win at the Valley City, ND PRCA rodeo.
“Yellow Vegas Six” aka “Crocket”, owned by Clint Gorrell, PRCA money earning head horse, barrel futurity money earner, WPRA money earner
“YHS Mercedees” aka “Coco”, David’s up and coming heel horse, money winner in the heeling.
“Elite Six Hammer” aka “Dora”, David’s main heel horse, money winner at multiple levels.
“YHS Colonel Hammer” aka “Colonel”, owned by David and Lisa O’Keeffe, team roping money earner
“Hammer the Third” aka “Tres”, owned by Levi and Lindsey O’Keeffe, 1D money earner in the barrels, and team roping money earner.
“BI Hexagon” aka “Ike”, owned by David and Lisa O’Keeffe. Raised by Ireland Performance Horses of Box Elder, SD, Ike is a foal by Streakin Four Sixes who was trained and futuritied by Kami Ireland.
“Lady’s Red Moon” aka “Ladybug”, trained by Barb Waagen of Bottineau, ND, Lady is an amateur rodeo winner, and 1D money earner.
The goals David and Lisa started with, are still in play today. They pride themselves on raising well-rounded rodeo horses that have ability and conformation to back up their pedigree. Make sure to visit their 3E Ranch and Streakin Four Sixes Facebook pages!