Peggy and Denny Plooster were and are the supporting force of Performance Plus. The 160 acres of land just a few miles west of Sioux Falls, SD was purchased in 1936 by Peggy's father, Lee Buck. In 1974 Denny started improving the farm by putting stalls in the original barn and building an outdoor riding arena. In 1980 the indoor arena was built and the expansion continued over the next 18 years as Deb built her business.
Involved in the breeding of Bask/Crabet bred horses in the 1980's, Performance Plus acquired a High Hopes Son (High Jump) who was the inspiration for the Breeding program. Raising over 75 horses - and moving ahead with the times - Deb is now part owner in Ali Ventures LLC promoting the stallion Ali Fire (Baske Afire) X Ali Ceerise (Cognac), of which PPA has several offspring.
Showing will always be the highlight of Performance Plus with over 25 National Championships and multiple Top Tens. Regional Champions and Top fives. Finding the horse and rider combinations is always a challenge, but teaching both has many rewards. Deb has two daughters. Brianna, and Chelsey Helberg. Brianna competed for a few years as a youth and adult. Husband, Keith, you will see driving the semi and setting up at shows. He also enjoys taking his Harley and riding across new country sides. Keith has two sons, Ryan and RP. Ryan likes the horses too, now in college, he will continue to travel to shows in the summer months grooming.
The current facility includes 27 heated stalls, indoor arena 60x 150, 50' round pen, 5 tack up areas for lesson students, with 2 wash stalls, training barn wash stall, and tack room, client lounge that seats 40, loft area for viewing, a business office, learning center, and Deb's private office. Also connected is a machine/hay storage building 130x60, and a 50x60 heated shop. The original barn still exists with 4 16x16 foaling stalls and 3 other box stalls. Outside includes 90x180 outdoor arena, 4 large grass turn out lots with shelters and another 25 acre pasture. We produce all our own hay as well.
Performance Plus also offers an Academy program with several instructors, two in house Academy Shows, an annual Horsey Halloween, 4th of July Celebration and other Fund Days to promote the Arabian horse. It is Deb's strong commitment to educating people about horses that has kept the business going and growing. Lesson students learn from the ground up, they can decide whether they want to trail ride, or compete. From foals running in the pasture to the National Champions on the picture walls of the lounge you will feel the electricity that promotes the beauty and spirit of the Arabian Horse.