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Saddles That Fit Select your options carefully By Al Dunning


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One Size May Not Fit All Production Sales often have Tack Sales and can be good places to find quality used tack. Here are some thinks to consider when buying a saddle. By Al Dunning Craftsmanship

Being in the horse business for over 50 years I have seen all kinds of saddles. Some are very functional, some are beautifully made, some are built to fit the horse properly, and others I term ridiculous. You must understand that saddles are crafted for horsemen and horsewomen across many disciplines. The majority of horse owners ride only for pleasure, while some, like me, ride to train, develop, show, and for other professional reasons. The differences in saddles vary from sturdy (needed in roping) to comfortable and functional for trail riders. Your options today are vast in number. I will try to cover a few to help you in your selection of the perfect saddle for your needs.


The number one factor is fit. Not for you, but for your horse. This means that the tree of the saddle should conform properly to the conformation of your horse’s back. The tree is a wooden (though sometimes another material) set of “bars” that lie on either side of the spine of the horse, joined by a rear cantle and front fork. The shape of each of these components determines the fit of the saddle. Something for you to think about: Many times a saddle will “feel” good to you but not “fit” your horse. If it doesn’t work well for your horse, it is going to cause irritation, soreness, a bad attitude and a poor ride. There’s a lot more to think about than your personal comfort.

It’s obvious that the number one factor is how the tree fits your horse. The tree shouldn’t encumber the shoulders or put pressure on the loin area of the horse. A good set of bars distributes the rider’s weight throughout the horse’s back and doesn’t put undo pressure on the shoulder, mid back or loin. The fork

You know you’re riding a good saddle if you don’t have to think about it. Feel

The next thing is feel. My best way to define a good feel is “I don’t feel it” and nothing is uncomfortable to me. It is big enough, the seat doesn’t bind me up in any way, and nothing pushes against me that may deter me from a pleasant or athletic ride. I know I’m riding a good saddle when I don’t have to think about it. I like to be as close to my horse as possible, and most of the time I ride a saddle without a padded seat. The construction of our saddles, padded or not, should make you feel you are sitting close to your horse and around the barrel of the horse. Being a competitive rider, I’m looking for a saddle that gives me an athletic ride. This means that the saddle does not deter me from being able to move around, sit extra deep or use my legs freely.

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The swells should have enough gullet space and not sit on top of the withers, causing abrasion. or front of the saddle is usually determined by the intended use. The swells should have enough gullet space and not sit on top of the withers, causing abrasion. The width of the gullet, which is the space between the front of the bars, is determined by the thickness of the shoulders. The height of the gullet should be determined by the prominence of the withers. I would like to put some measurements to all these things, but

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the best way is to take a bare tree before adding the leather and set it on the horse’s back to determine if it is proper for your horse’s individual conformation. The cantle of the saddle has a lot to do with your particular riding activities. Some riders like a more upright cantle for added security where other riders like a more laid back cantle for more freedom. The pocket in the seat has everything to do with the shape of the cantle. There are other factors such as the ground seat that may be added above the bars to help conform where the rider sits. There are some obvious uses of the horn. In roping, a larger, thicker horn surrounded by rubber is for dallying your rope. While negotiating obstacles or for security, a horn is good to hang onto for safety reasons. But again, like other parts of your saddle, the horn should fit your intended use. Some trees are fiberglass covered and others are rawhide covered depending on how sturdy you need them to be. The leather has a lot to do with longevity of the saddle. Good leather, such as Hermann Oak leather, not only is sturdy, but adds to the appearance, quality and aids in decorative tooling. The conchos or saddle strings are used to hold certain parts of the saddle together. It is not uncommon to see small nails under the gullet or in various other places to ensure tightness. You can usually tell a quality saddle by the edging of the leather and the quality and straightness of the stitching. Personally, I’ve never preferred dyed leather. Instead I prefer oiled leather. Different saddle makers use different oils like Neetsfoot, peanut oil, vegetable oil, and even castor oil. Usually the higher the quality of the oil, the better it penetrates the leather

for conditioning and suppleness.


Hardware is mainly seen in the D-rings that comprise the front and back cinch areas. Andrew’s Hardware has been one of the most sought after by craftsman for many years. It is smooth and built properly to allow your rigging to be secure and safe. A double rigged saddle is comprised of the front and back D’s and cinches. The more vigorous your activity, the more secure you need your saddle–front cinch, back cinch and breastcollar. For saddles needing more strength, your front D should be rigged in the tree as we see in some double rigged saddles. These saddles will take a jerk from a cow in a roping event, as an example. Saddles without those requirements may be rigged in the skirt. Both ways of rigging are used frequently. When a saddle is rigged in the skirt there is less bulk between your knees and the horse. This saddle is usually secure for most activities other than roping. There can be a weight

A double rigged saddle is comprised of the front and back D’s and cinches. difference between the two, also. Most saddles weigh somewhere around 38 lbs. By lightening your tree and amount of leather used on the saddle, a quality saddle can be

Nails anchor the front cinch D-ring to the saddle skirt. made up to 10 lbs. lighter. The placement of the front D has a lot to do with how your saddle pulls down on your horse when cinched. Different conformed horses are suitable to different D ring placements. When talking about this portion, full rigged or 7/8 rigged are usually preferable. In summation, saddle fit is fairly technical. Horses come in all shapes and sizes. I train a number of horses and find there are a few quality handmade saddles that will fit the majority. Every now and then, I have an odd case with a horse with extremely heavy shoulders, mutton withers, high withers, or long or short backs that need a custom-made saddle just for them. Horses that are expected to perform at a high level need every advantage possible. As a good horseman or horsewoman, you should start by making sure your saddle and the rest of your equipment is suited and fit for your horse. Al Dunning of Scottsdale, AZ, is one of the most respected horsemen in the industry. His 40+ years of experience as a professional trainer has led him to produce world champion horses, books, DVDs, clinics, Team AD online mentoring, and ADTV on Better Horses Network. For more information, visit

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Equine Discussions With Cal Middleton

A BIT More This article is adapted from a chapter from Cal Middleton On Horses and Life published by Whirleybird Press in 2016. It follows the introductory article by Cal in our March 2017 issue. After a horse is working efficiently in a snaffle, you can progress to a more traditional hackamore, or to a bridle, with a bit that has shanks. But even after I progress from a snaffle, I will go back to a snaffle now and then and transition back and forth.  When the horse is ready, I may progress to a larger port or longer shank, for even more control with less effort on my part. But it is a huge mistake for a rider to think that, by simply selecting a more aggressive bit, they can control a horse who doesn’t feel safe. A more aggressive bit might work for a little while, but it won’t work for long.  And both the horse and the rider will pay for that mistake. Each time the rider transitions to a new bit, the horse may not like it at first, but as long as the basic riding skills of both the horse and rider are sound, the horse will learn to respond differently, but positively, to each type of bit used. Consistency in the use of the hands is key. If a horse ever gets scared of your hands, it's a difficult chore to get him back mentally. Bits that are “bendy” and flexible and that apply little or no pressure to the horse’s mouth actually hamper

the communication between the rider’s hands and the horse’s brain. Try to avoid these bits. They sometimes are marketed as being more “humane” and “giving” to the horse by offering more “relief”. In reality, they are the opposite. Because they do not allow the horse to feel pressure from the reins, the horse cannot continue to learn how to accept and comprehend what is going on. When the horse doesn’t feel pressure, there can be no learning on the part of the horse, or the rider. This leads to the horse being confused, and thus becoming mentally unsound, which in itself is highly inhumane.

“advanced” bit, like a spade, used correctly can be a great tool and not harmful at all. Good horsemen do not need gimmicks and new special bits regularly. They know how to use their arms and hands, through their reins, to supply direction to the horse, and their legs and feet to supply energy and self-carriage.  And they know how to use their brains to offer superior intelligence to the horse. A rider’s brain, well used, is better than switching to a new bit any day.

There are many other pieces of equipment, mechanical hackamores for example, that are mislabeled as being “nicer” to a horse than a bit, but in actuality they can be much worse. The end game with reins connected to a bit is to be able to transmit directional information to the horse, and get the hindquarters, shoulders and body going in the direction the rider specifies with his hands. Always ask your horse to move to the bridle, and thus to your hands. And don't believe everything you hear about bits, especially from someone who is trying to sell you one. A bit is only as good as the person holding the reins, and the horse responding to pressure. Even a “mild” bit like a snaffle, if improperly used, can cause physical damage to the horse’s mouth, and an

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Cal Middleton is a professional horse trainer who makes his living riding horses, coaching non pros, competing at shows on the state and national level and conducting clinics throughout the country. or call 816-256-9597.

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The Hankins Brothers started it all in 1945.

Waggoner, founder of the famous Waggoner Ranch of Vernon, TX. The Three D Stock Farm was originally used to breed Thoroughbred racehorses for W. T. Waggoner, the father of E. Paul Waggoner. They built the racetrack Arlington Downs on the Three D Stock Farm. It was a state-of-the-art track that was never profitable because betting on horse races was illegal in Texas. There was an effort to legalize betting, but when that failed the track was closed.

The famous Poco Bueno was sold at the Hankins sale in 1945 to E. Paul Waggoner for $5,700, “a fabulous figure for a quarter horse stallion”.

By Larry Thornton I often wonder what it would have been like to attend some of the great production sales of the past, just to see some of the famous quarter horses go through the sale ring. Maybe even bid on them and wouldn’t that have been neat! These sales represent a great part of the history of the American Quarter Horse. One of the most famous production sales would have to be the 1945 Hankins Brothers Sale at San

Angelo, TX, the first joint production sale of the three brothers. The Hankins Brothers (Jess, Lowell and J. O.) of Rocksprings, TX, were the force behind King P-234, the stallion the brothers called the “cornerstone of the industry.” Jess Hankins was the owner of King P-234, but the three brothers used him as a sire for their own individual mares. It was at this sale that E. Paul Waggoner bought the legendary Poco Bueno for his Three D Stock Farm of Arlington, TX. E. Paul Waggoner was the grandson of Dan

The Three D Stock Farm became the home of E. Paul Waggoner’s quarter horse breeding program. Waggoner later moved his quarter horse breeding operation to the Santa Rosa Rodeo Grounds forming the Santa Rosa Stable for his Poco Bueno quarter horses. The land the Three D Stock Farm stood on is now a part of Six Flags Over Texas, a 200+-acre theme park. Poco Bueno was foaled on the Jess Hankins Ranch in 1944. He was sired by King P-234 and out of Miss Taylor by Old Poco Bueno. Old Poco Bueno was a son of Little Joe. King P-234 was sired by Zantanon by Little Joe. This gives Poco Bueno a 3 X 3 breeding pattern to Little Joe. Garford Wilkinson wrote a biography of Poco Bueno in the December 1961 issue of The Quarter Horse Journal. The article “Poco Bueno, Leading Sire of ROM Performance Horses” tells the

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circumstances of how E. Paul Waggoner came to own Poco Bueno. Wilkinson starts by noting that Poco Bueno “was not early recognized for his potentialities.” The first-time Hankins showed the young Poco Bueno, he placed fifth in the yearling class at Fort Worth. Hankins was in the business of selling the horses he bred and so he priced him at $1,250. But he didn’t get any takers. He was told the price was too high. The next important show was Stamford, TX, in July where Poco Bueno won his class in the Texas Cowboy Reunion Quarter Horse Show and the asking price was raised to $3,500. Wilkinson indicated that by the time the Stamford show came about Poco Bueno had become “an extraordinary specimen of horseflesh.” E. Paul Waggoner was an interested observer at these shows. This is where the noted breeders Frank Vessels Sr. and Channing Peake come into the picture and how some may have felt that Poco Bueno was still overpriced. Vessels was the founder of Los Alamitos Race Course and the great Vessels Stallion Farm. Vessels had founded his breeding program around such noted horses as Clabber, the first stallion to be named an AQHA Racing World Champion. Peake and his wife Catherine later owned the legendary roping sire Driftwood. The blood of Driftwood is still in demand by

Jimmie Randals bought Poco Dell, the son of Poco Bueno, at the Waggoner sale in 1952 for $2,800. He used him to start his cutting horse breeding program. Photo courtesy The AQHA Hall of Fame and Museum ropers today. Vessels and Peak were interested in buying Poco Bueno but the price was too high for them so they went back to California without him. The next step in the story is the Hankins Sale in which Poco Bueno was an entry. It was at this sale in October of 1945 that E. Paul Waggoner bought Poco Bueno for $5,700. The purchase price was

considered “a fabulous figure for a quarter horse stallion.” G. W. Turpin, a Waggoner associate, explained to Wilkinson why Waggoner wanted Poco Bueno. “It was in 1945 that Paul Waggoner decided to concentrate more intensely on a quarter horse breeding program at his Three D Stock Farm,” Turpin said, adding that to accomplish his goals Waggoner

Wilkinson (biographer of Poco Bueno) starts by noting that Poco Bueno “was not early recognized for his potentialities.” WORKING HORSE MAGAZINE • Production Sales • Summer 2017 Page 31 Page 31 THE WORKING HORSE • NOVEMBER 2006

Poco Bueno became the poster boy for the American Quarter Horse Association to demonstrate what a quarter horse should look like. needed a great young stallion to stand and Poco Bueno was that stallion. Poco Bueno was started under saddle by Bob Burton and then was trained by Pine Johnson. Burton started Poco Bueno as a roping horse and soon found that the young stallion had the cow to be a cutting horse. So the switch was made and Poco Bueno became a cutting horse. When Burton left the Three D, Johnson was hired to focus on Poco Bueno. Poco Bueno became a noted show horse with a great record at halter and cutting. He stood Grand Champion Stallion at many of the nation’s top shows including the Fort Worth Stock Show before the AQHA started awarding points and honors such as the Register Of Merit. When the AQHA started its point system, he came out of retirement to earn 37 halter points and eight cutting points to be ROM in performance and one of the first AQHA Champions.

and performance.” They used the famous Buck Bryan photo of Pine Johnson riding Poco Bueno in cutting to highlight his performance ability. This photo was the model for the famous National Cutting Horse Association trophy belt buckle that was awarded for many years. Today Poco Bueno is well thought of as a sire whose influence has been phenomenal. He sired 84 ROM and 36 AQHA Champions and at one time he was the #1 sire of AQHA Champions. The interesting part of his AQHA sire record shows that he stood up to the title as the “model” quarter horse for conformation and performance. His foals earned a balanced 3,522 halter points and 3,617.5 performance points. This balance between performance and halter is reinforced with 21 Superior Halter Horses and 13 Superior Performance Horses.

The prowess of Poco Bueno as cutting horse carried over into the cutting pen through his offspring. He sired the NCHA World Champion Poco Stampede, the five time NCHA Reserve World Champion Poco Lena as well as the NCHA Open Top Ten horses Poco Bob, Poco Mona and Poco Tivio. Poco Lena, Poco Mona and Poco Stampede are all members of the NCHA Hall of Fame. Poco Lena and Poco Tivio are members of the AQHA Hall of Fame. The crossing of his daughter Poco Lena with Doc Bar and the daughters of her full brother Poco Tivio with Doc Bar formed the backbone of modern cutting horses. Poco Lena and Doc Bar produced the NCHA Open Futurity Champions Doc O’Lena and Dry Doc, both leading sires of cutters. The mating of Doc Bar and Poco Tivio mares gave the industry such noted horses as Doc’s Remedy, Boon Bar, Doc’s Haida,

Poco Bueno became the poster boy for the American Quarter Horse Association to demonstrate what a quarter horse should look like. The first time I saw a picture of Poco Bueno was in the “Encyclopedia Britannica” in the section on horse breeds. I was in the first grade. Poco Bueno represented the American Quarter Horse in other publications like the 1970 edition of “Livestock Judging And Evalution” and E. M. Ensminger’s 1964 edition of “Horses And Horsmanship”. Both publications called Poco Bueno “the model of quarter horse conformation

The famous Buck Bryan photo of Poco Bueno and Pine Johnson was the model for the National Cutting Horse Association trophy belt buckle for many years. Photo courtesy the author’s files

His foals earned a balanced 3,522 halter points and 3,617.5 performance points. Page 32

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Considering the price of horses at that time, it’s clear Waggoner thought a lot of Sundown. He paid $4,100 for the bay colt. Doc’s Lynx, Doc’s Solano, Doc’s Oak and many more. Poco Bueno wasn’t the only stallion that Waggoner bought on that October day in 1945. The second stallion Waggoner bought was Sundown. bred by Jess Hankins. He was the colt that placed first in the Fort Worth class in which Poco Bueno was fifth. Considering the price of horses at that time, it’s clear Waggoner thought a lot of Sundown. He paid $4,100 for the bay colt. Sundown was a 1944 stallion sired by King P-234 and out of Stifle by Billy Sunday. Billy Sunday was sired by Horace H, a thoroughbred, and out of Carrie Nation by Peter McCue. The dam of Stifle was a daughter of Little Joe. This gives Sundown the 3 X 3 breeding pattern to Little Joe. The bay colt Sundown was later named Beaver Creek when he was officially registered with the AQHA. The name Sundown was already taken. The new name came from the Beaver Creek on the Zacawista Division of the Waggoner Ranch. Beaver Creek became a Waggoner Ranch sire until breaking his left front pastern. He was sold to Hoss Inman with his last owner listed as Reed Hill and the Mitchell Ranch of Canadian, TX. He sired his last foal crop in 1961. Beaver Creek sired only 236 registered foals, including 10 show ROM and one racing ROM. He sired six AQHA Champions including Beaver Bell Boy, Beaverette, Kitty Bee Creek, Lucky Roan King, My

Little Joe Zantanon Jeanette King-P234 Strait Horse


Bay Mare Poco Bueno Little Joe Old Poco Bueno Virgnia D Miss Taylor Hickory Bill Eads Mare Unknown

Traveler Jenny Billy by Big Jim Mare by Sykes Rondo Yellow Jacket Gardner Mare Traveler Unknown Traveler Jenny Unknown Unknown Peter McCue Lucretia M Unknown Unknown

The pedigree of Poco Bueno shows that linebreeding to Little Joe was very common in the King P-234 foals. Beaver and Starlita Creek. His AQHA Superior halter horses were Beaver Bell Boy and Starlita Creek. Beaver Creek showed his true prowess as a sire through his daughters. He sired 136 daughters that produced 191 point earners with the foals earning 7,250.5 points. They earned 84 ROM with seven Superior halter awards and 20 Superior performance awards. This record includes George Dun by Hollywood George and out of Lady Beaver 2 by Beaver Creek. This gelding was the 1957 and the 1958 AQHA High Point Tie-Down Roping

Horse and an AQHA Champion. When Beaver Creek daughters were bred to Poco Bueno, they got the AQHA Champion Poco Pamlet as well as the ROM performers Poco Club, Poco Blunder and Poco Matis. Poco Jan, an AQHA Superior Halter Horse, was a Poco Bueno daughter out of a daughter of Beaver Creek and bred on the Waggoner Ranch. This mare earned 103 halter points. She is a three-quarter sister to Poco Electra by Poco Red Ant by Poco Bueno. Poco Electra was an AQHA Champion and Superior Halter Horse. The dam of these two performers was Little Electra. The

Bee Line was a third stallion Waggoner took home from the Hankins Sale in 1945 (indirectly)... he bought his mother Little Red Ant in foal to King P-234. WORKING • Production Sales • Summer 2017 Page 33 HORSE MAGAZINE


The legacy of Bee Line through Nifty Bee and Boggie Bee has come down through many of their descendants including a line of stallions... mare with 68.5 points in reining, western riding, western pleasure, trail and working cow horse. Bee Bars Penny was bred to Poco Red Ant producing Ms Bee Bars, an NRHA Futurity finalist in 1977.

Poco Pine after winning one of his 50 Grand Championships at Halter with Paul Curtner showing him. foals of Little Electra were shown in the Produce of Dam, now called the Group class, winning 22 out of 32 classes from 1956 to 1959. The three foals that put this record together were Poco Jan, Poco Electra and Mico Electra. Mico Electra was foaled in 1957 and sired by Cactus Breeze, a son of Cactus King who was a full brother to Poco Bueno. Bee Line was the third stallion Waggoner took home from the Hankins Sale in 1945. Waggoner didn't buy Bee Line directly, but he bought his mother Little Red Ant in foal to King P-234. Bee Line was foaled in 1946 on the Waggoner Ranch. Little Red Ant was sired by Little Jazz. Little Jazz was sired by Jazz by Harmon Baker. Jazz was also the sire of Red. Red was the sire of legendary cutting horse Jessie James. Jessie James was trained and stood for a short time with Poco Bueno at the Three D Stock Farm. She was also the dam of Poco Red Ant by Poco Bueno. Bee Line like Beaver Creek became a contributor to the Waggoner Ranch Page 34 Page 34

breeding program. He sired 22 point earners that earned 431.5 points with 11 ROM. He sired one AQHA Superior performance horse and two AQHA Champions in Jet Beeline and Bobby Bix. The 135 daughters of Bee Line produced 132 point earners with 1,169.5 points. This includes 29 ROM with five AQHA Champions including Beeotoe, Twisty Dude, Jess An Impression and Poco Gata. Poco Gata was a daughter of Poco Bueno. Jess An Impression was a Youth and Open AQHA Champion. Boggie Bee was one of the great daughters of Bee Line. This mare was bred by C. L. Johnson of Hinton, OK, and foaled in 1958. She was owned by Frank Heidermon in 1960 when she was placed in a sale. She was purchased by Dale Rose as a broodmare prospect for his son, the legendary trainer Larry Rose. When Larry brought his new mare home he started her and she came up lame. They also discovered she was in foal to a horse named Contradict by Iron Bars. Bee Bars Penny was the foal and she went on to be a great show

Dale Rose bought a second horse at the sale. His name was Nifty Bee by Bee Line. Nifty Bee, foaled in 1959, became a successful show horse for Dale and Larry. He earned 91.5 performance points with three halter points. His performance points came in reining, western riding, trail and western pleasure. He was the 1965 Honor Roll Trail Horse. Nifty Bee sired 30 AQHA performance horses that earned 799 points. His get include 17 performance ROM, two AQHA Champions, Nifty Bee Too and Nifty Rascal, and three Superior performance horses, Nifty Sadie Dell in western pleasure, Jodies Nifty Bee in reining and Nifty Della Bee in reining. His high point winners were Nifty Babydoll in trail and Nifty Della Bee in reining. Nifty Della Bee was sired by Nifty Bee and out of Boggie Bee and she was one of 11 foals from this cross, which also included the ROM performers Nifty Bee, Nifty Ginger, Nifty Sandy and Mr Nifty Bee. Nifty Della Bee became the dam of Great Simon Sez, an NRHA Open Futurity Reserve Champion who is now in the NRHA Hall of Fame. Nifty Della Bee is the dam of Miss Della Pine, a show mare that is the dam of Bee Pine Fifty, an NRHA All American Quarter Horse Congress Futurity Reserve Champion. The last foal from the Nifty Bee/ Boggie Bee mating was Boggie’s Last. This mare earned $9,403 in the


The Hankins Brothers started a great tradition of productions sales with their first sale. NRHA. She became a broodmare producing a number of reiners including Boggie’s Flashy Jac, the 1990 All American Quarter Horse Congress Open Reining Champion. He sired foals that have earned over $900,000 in reining. The legacy of Bee Line through Nifty Bee and Boggie Bee has come down through many of their descendants including a line of stallions that carry the blood of these two horses. Great Red Pine won $60,952 by winning events like the 1991 Tradition Futurity. His dam is Nifty Jodieann by Nifty Bee. This stallion is the sire of horses that have earnings of $761,025. Great Red Pine is the sire of Great Resolve (Einstein) who earned $147,377 and was the winner of the 2000 All American Quarter Horse Congress Straight Arrow 3-Year-Old Open. He is the sire of foals that have won over $1.12 million. Great Resolve is the sire of Einsteins Revolution, winner of $349,448 in events like the 2007 NRBC Derby Championship. Great Resolve is out of Fly Flashy Jac by Boggies Flashy Jac who is out of Boggie’s Last by Nifty Pep and out of Boggie Bee. Great Resolve is the sire of horses that have won over $1.5 million The Nifty Bee/Boggie Bee cross is an interesting one from the pedigree standpoint as they were both sired by Bee Line. This gives their foals a 2 X 2 breeding pattern to Bee Line. The foal Ms Bee Bars is also inbred to the three-quarter brothers Bee Line and Poco Red Ant. When Poco Bueno became an established senior sire, E. Paul Waggoner held his own annual production sale. Some examples of those who made successful

purchases include Jimmie Randals and Paul Curtner. Jimmie Randals bought a son of Poco Bueno and Shady Dell by Pep Up. Randals was launching his ranching operation and wanted to start a breeding program with a focus on cutting horses. He planned to pay $2,000 but ended up giving $2,800. Poco Dell became a successful show horse earning an AQHA Championship with points in cutting. He was a very popular stallion that sired 18 AQHA Champions, 48 show ROM, 11 superiors in halter and three in performance. His top show horses include Dell Tommy, a two time AQHA High Point Western Pleasure, and the great halter mare Madonna Dell, a Superior Halter Mare. The purchase of Poco Dell made Jimmie Randals a wellrespected horseman in the industry. He served as the NCHA president from 1973 to 1975. Other highlights of the 1952 Waggoner sale include some interesting information that comes from the catalog notes from Jimmie Randals. One of the mares reportedly sold was Mary Jane W by Pretty Boy. This mare is the dam of four foals by Poco Bueno. They include Poco Jet, an AQHA Superior Reining Horse and an NCHA money earner of $2,076.26; Poco Mike, a point earner; Poco Marg, an ROM show horse with 13 halter and 11 performance points, and Poco Jane, who earned eight AQHA halter points. Poco Jane was the dam of the legendary sire King Fritz. Mary Jane W sold for $355. Randals’ reported that another horse that sold in the 1952 sale was Poco Red Ant., the three-quarter brother to


Bee Line. Poco Red Ant sold for $300 as a weanling and his dam sold for $330. The 1954 Waggoner Production Sale found a horseman name Paul Curtner looking for a filly to take home. He ended up buying a mare with a Poco Bueno colt at her side, Pretty Rosalie by Pretty Boy. Curtner named the horse colt on her side Poco Pine after the great Poco Bueno rider and trainer Pine Johnson. As the story goes Pine told Paul that he had bought the best colt at the sale. Some reports show that Pine thought the colt was the “best” he had seen. Poco Pine was a full brother to Poco Stampede, the 1959 NCHA Open World Champion. Poco Pine put Curtner in the stallion business after a successful show career. He became an AQHA Champion that is reported to have earned 50 Grand Championships at halter. He was Superior in halter with 135 points. He earned 17 performance points in cutting, reining and western pleasure. Poco Pine became a leading sire of halter and performance horses with 41 Open and Youth AQHA Champions and 84 ROM. He was like his sire in that he sired 3,312.5 halter points and 7,637 performance points. His foals earned 15 Superiors in halter and 39 Superiors in performance. His foals include Poco Margaret, the 1962 AQHA Honor Roll Halter Horse. Poco Pine was the broodmare sire of the great pleasure horse sire Zippo Pine Bars. Poco Pine is one of two stallions owned by Paul Curtner that is in the AQHA Hall of Fame. The other Hall of Fame stallion is Zippo Continued on page 47

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By any measure, a flying lead change is considered an advanced maneuver and can be tricky to execute correctly. Horses dropping their shoulder, not changing behind, rushing through the lead change and anticipating the change are all common problems that riders encounter. In this article I want to share with you some exercises that I do with my horses to keep them more correct and honest in the lead change. These tips are intended for horses that are advanced enough to perform flying lead changes. To begin, let me say that I rarely change leads in the middle of the figure 8, like we are asked to do at the horse show. Changing leads in the middle of the arena is a sure way to get your horse anticipating the lead change. That anticipation often causes anxiety and acceleration in the change or not changing at all. When I do change directions in the middle of a figure 8, I will often begin to counter canter around the new circle and possibly change leads

I am loping parallel to the rail on the right lead. halfway around that new circle. When setting up a lead change most riders will press with their outside leg on the horse. (Example: Pressing with your right leg when your horse is on the left lead.) The rider will

I’ve now changed leads to the left while continuing along the rail. Page 42

then switch to the opposite leg when they ask for a lead change. However, many horses, when they feel our outside leg, will begin to anticipate and never really move off of the rider’s outside leg. They never pick up their shoulders, move their rib cage over or change the arc in their body to get set up for the new lead. You can improve this by leg yielding your horse over into the direction of the lead that they are on, for numerous strides, and then continuing on in the same direction. You can set this up like you are going to do a figure 8. As you come through the middle begin to press your horse over into the pre-existing circle with your outside leg. Get definite lateral movement for numerous strides. You would then continue on in the same circle and direction. Now your horse will begin to realize that he really does need to move his body over when he feels that outside leg. Just because he feels

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your outside leg doesn't necessarily mean it has anything to do with a flying lead change. You can also practice this leg yield at the lope by traveling from one corner of the arena all the way down to the diagonal corner at the other end while loping. Keep your horse pointed toward the end of the arena and push them over sideways. As you approach the end of the arena you can allow your horse to straighten out and continue in the direction of the lead that you are on or you can counter canter around the end. This leg yield down through the arena could be considered an "oblique" maneuver. Here is another great exercise to keep your horse honest in the lead change. This is especially beneficial for those horses that drop their shoulder and want to fall into the new lead. This exercise will necessitate using the fence or wall of the arena to help you. As you are traveling around the arena, a few feet off of the long wall, ask your horse to change leads towards the wall. This means that if you are loping around to the right, on the right lead, you would change leads to the left while loping along that fence line. The arena fence will now become a visual barrier for your horse and discourage them from fading and falling into the new lead. Then you can continue counter cantering to the end of the arena and on around.

This mare is demonstrating good posture on her left lead. Primo Photo Credit

Experienced performance horse riders are always thinking outside the box and being creative in how they set up and ask for lead changes. There are many other things that a

Always keep in mind that you never want your horse to think that a change of lead has anything to do with the change of direction. If they do, they will begin exhibiting the negative behaviors we mentioned previously and your lead changes are going to suffer. WORKING HORSE MAGAZINE • Production Sales • Summer 2017

rider can do as well. I certainly have not given you an exhaustive list. These are just a few ideas to help keep your horse accurate and honest with their flying lead changes.

For over 30 years Richard Winters has been helping horses and people progress on their horsemanship journey and is noted for his clinics around the world. Accomplishments include World Championships in the National Reined Cow Horse Association, European International Colt Starting Champion and Road To The Horse Colt Starting Winner. He is also a published author with his newest release entitled “From Rider to Horseman”. Winters recently became Director of The Horse Program at the prestigious and historic Thacher School in Ojai, CA.

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Mares With More

The Blackburn Mares By Larry Thornton

Pedigrees of the early quarter horses show that horses were often named for an individual or a ranch.They would be listed simply as the Jones Mare or the Smith Ranch Mare. The pedigrees of many of these individuals are often unknown and those unknowns become the mystery of the quarter horse pedigree. The Waggoner Ranch of Vernon, TX, is one of the early ranch breeding programs that played a key role in the development of the American Quarter Horse. The Waggoner Ranch was founded by Dan Waggoner in 1849 and became the W. T. Waggoner Ranch Estate in 1923 under the guidance of Dan Waggoner’s son W. T. “Tom” Waggoner and his children. The Waggoner family continued to operate the Waggoner Ranch as the largest ranch “under one fence in the state of Texas” until it was sold in 2016. The Waggoner name is one of those familiar ranch names that is very common in the pedigrees of our horses today. Many of the early Waggoner Ranch mares appear in the Stud Book pedigrees as a Waggoner Mare and, for all practical purposes, the pedigrees of these mares have been lost.

There are not many photos of Blackburn so it is hard to get an appreciation of his quality. Courtesy AQHA Hall of Fame & Museum

The next group of Waggoner mares in the AQHA Stud Book are known by their sire. It is common to see mares from the Waggoner breeding program listed as daughters of Yellow Jacket, Yellow Wolf, Bailey, Buck Thomas, Waggoner's Rainy Day P-13 or Pretty Boy. Many of these mares were out of Waggoner mares with the unknown pedigrees. The Blackburn Mares are one such group of mares that started on the Waggoner Ranch. Blackburn was the sire of these mares and these mares became a significant part of the success of the Waggoner breeding program and the success of the famous stallion Poco Bueno. Therefore, the Blackburn Mares are our Mares With More for this issue. Blackburn was born in 1927. His sire was Yellow Jacket and his dam was Siss by Peter McCue. Andrea Mattson in her book “Roots,

Foundation Bloodlines Of The Quarter Horse,” says that Blackburn was known by more than one name during his life. She reports that he was also known as Buck, Cowboy and Fuqua by Yellow Jacket. The breeder of Blackburn is listed in the stud book as J. L. Fuqua, Jr. of Amarillo, TX. The story of

Blackburn came with a pedigree rich in the history of the quarter horse. Blackburn and who bred him begins with his sire Yellow Jacket. Yellow Jacket was used by the Waggoner Ranch from about 1916 or 1917 to 1924. The Waggoner Ranch then gave Yellow Jacket to Lee Bivins of Amarillo, TX, in 1924.


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Bivins reportedly bred Yellow Jacket to five mares owned by Edgar Thompson. These mares produced the stallions Yellow Boy, Cowboy and Blackburn in 1927. Yellow Boy was registered in the AQHA Stud Book as P-18 and Cowboy as P- 12. This makes Cowboy P-12 and Yellow Boy P-18 two of the 20 AQHA Stud Book Foundation Sires. The AQHA reserved the first 20 numbers in its Stud Book for important stallions during the years the AQHA was forming. They started with Wimpy P-1 who got his number as the Grand Champion Stallion at the Fort Worth Stock Show in 1941. The #20 horse was Pancho P-20 a stallion owned by Bill Warren the first AQHA President. Yellow Boy P-18 was an important sire for the JA Ranch of Palo Duro Canyon in Texas. Cowboy P-12 was the sire of Hard Twist and Shue Fly. Hard Twist was the 1946 and 1951 AQHA Racing Champion Stallion and Shue Fly was the 19411942-1943 AQHA Racing World Champion. Blackburn was registered as P-2228. What makes this so interesting is the fact that all three of these stallions were listed in the AQHA Stud Book as bred by three different people. Richard Chamberlain in The Quarter Horse Journal story, "Speed and Cow Sense, The Story of Yellow Jacket," reports that Cowboy P-12 was bred by Ed Thompson; Yellow Boy P-18 was bred by Lee Bivins and Blackburn was bred by J. L. Fuqua. The registration file on Blackburn that is now housed at the AQHA Hall of Fame and Museum sheds some light on the Blackburn story and who bred him. The information on who bred Blackburn comes in the form of a letter written by Glenn Turpin for E. Paul Waggoner. Turpin wrote: “Years ago the late Mr. W. T. Waggoner gave his

famous old Yellow Jacket horse to Mr. Lee Bivins of Amarillo. Edgar Thompson, Folsom, New Mexico was associated in some way with Bivins and was allowed to breed a few mares to this horse. (Yellow Jacket). He mated a mare named Siss to Yellow Jacket and got a colt which he named Cowboy and which he sold to J. L. Fuqua when five years old. Mr. Fuqua, Chapham, New Mexico, sold this same horse

Jacket. This makes Ed Thompson the breeder of Blackburn. Blackburn came with a pedigree rich in the history of the quarter horse. His sire Yellow Jacket was bred by Jim Barbee of Kyle, TX. Franklin Reynolds in the story, “Yellow Jacket... A Most Wonderful Horse” that appeared in the May 1959 and June 1959 issue of The Quarter Horse Journal, quotes Lige Reed that

Buster Waggoner was a son of Blackburn, one of his three point earning foals. Lester and Margaret Goodson with Matlock Rose on Buster Waggoner. Photo courtesy University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History,; crediting George Ranch Historical Park. to the Waggoner’s, years later, and they named him Blackburn. Since he was once owned by Mr. Fuqua it is reasonable to assume he might have been given that name (Fuqua) at some time or other but we do not definitely know.” Blackburn was registered by the Waggoner Ranch in 1945. The registration application for Blackburn shows that the Waggoner Ranch listed Fuqua as the owner of both Yellow Jacket and Siss, the dam of Blackburn. But it was later penciled in that Ed Thompson owned Siss and that Lee Bivins owned Yellow

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Yellow Jacket came to the Waggoner Ranch in 1916 or 1917. He had been a noted race horse. He was a red dun stallion that stood about 15 hands 2 inches. Reed indicated to Reynolds that Yellow Jacket “showed some evidence of thoroughbred blood, was well-formed and had a good disposition.” Lige Reed worked on the Waggoner Ranch from 1903 to 1933. He then went to work for the equally famous Burnett Ranches of Guthrie, TX. Yellow Jacket was sired by Little Rondo by Lock’s Rondo. The dam of Little Rondo was Minnie Franks by


Project. The dam of Yellow Jacket was Barbee Dun, who was bred by W. W. Lock. Barbee Dun was sired by Lock’s Rondo. This gives Yellow Jacket a 2 X 2 inbreeding pattern to Lock’s Rondo. This means that Lock’s Rondo is found twice in the second generation of Yellow Jacket’s pedigree. Lock’s Rondo was sired by Whalebone. Whalebone was bred by William Fleming. Whalebone was sired by the famous foundation sire Old Billy. Old Billy was sired by Shiloh. The dam of Old Billy was Ram Cat by Steel Dust. The dam of Whalebone was Paisiana, who was sired by Bailes’ Brown Dick and out of Belton Queen by Guinea Boar.

Poco Tivio and his full sister Poco Lena were a great source of Blackburn blood through their second dam, one of the Blackburn Mares that was never recognized.

The dam of Lock’s Rondo was Mittie Stephens by Shiloh Jr. Shiloh Jr was sired by Shiloh. This gives Lock’s Rondo a 3 X 3 breeding pattern to Shiloh. This means that Shiloh is found twice in the third generation of

Photo courtesy Randy and Sue Magers

Lock's Rondo Little Rondo Minnie Franks Yellow Jacket Lock's Rondo Barbee Dun Mary Lee

Blackburn Dan Tucker Peter McCue Nora M (TB) Siss Unknown Unknown Unknown

Whalebone Mittie Stephens Project (TB) Franks Mare Whalebone Mittie Stephens Joe Lee Nellie Barney Owens Butt Cut (Lady Bug) Voltigeur (TB) Kitty Clyde (TB) Unknown Unknown Unknown Unknown

the pedigree of Lock’s Rondo. The dam of Mittie Stephens was Nellie Gray by Dan Secres. Her dam was Texanna by Chieftan. This pedigree is found in Victoria Short’s book “Unregistered Foundation Sires Of The American Quarter Horse.” The dam of Barbee Dun was Mary Lee. Mary Lee was sired by Joe Lee by Hamilton’s Joe. Victoria Short in “Unregistered Foundation Sires Of The American Quarter Horse” says that Mary Lee was out of Nellie, a Lock mare. Barbee Dun was bred by W. W. Lock, the man that stood Lock’s Rondo. The dam of Blackburn was Siss and the Blackburn registration application indicates that she was listed with no pedigree at that point. It was later determined that she was sired

by Peter McCue. Peter McCue was sired by Dan Tucker. Dan

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Tucker was sired by Barney Owens by Martin’s Cold Deck. Martin’s Cold Deck was sired by Old Billy by Shiloh. This gives Blackburn a cross to two of the Old Billy strains of quarter horses. Yellow Jacket gives Blackburn the South Texas strain of Old Billy.

Eighteen of the 36 AQHA Champions (sired by Poco Bueno) were out of daughters or granddaughters of Blackburn.

we have no pedigree information. The story “The Waggoner Horses” by Franklin Reynolds in the October 1956 issue of The Quarter Horse Journal relates a little about what kind of horse the Blackburn foals were: “Son Probst, a Waggoner cowpuncher for 17 years, and now foreman of the Whiteface Ranch... describes Blackburn colts as tough, with stout backs, good for big ranch work and good roping horses. They could carry a man all day.” The leading breeder Paul Curtner offered some interesting insight into the kind of horses produced by

This Old Billy strain is prominent in horses like Little Joe, Zantanon, King P-234, Possum, San Siemon and so on. The other Old Billy strain comes from Peter McCue, whose sire line traces directly to Old Billy. The Peter McCue line has given us such noted stallions as Harmon Baker, Dodger, Pretty Boy, John Wilkins, Joe Hancock and Sheik P-11.

they weren't haltered until they were two or older and that makes a lot of difference. If they would’ve started them out as weanlings or yearlings and halter broke them, messed with them, they probably would have been a different horse. But they’d wait till they were twos or better and go to start breaking them and that is still harder to do.” Blackburn was a ranch sire that had a limited number of foals go to the show pen. This includes Buster Waggoner, an ROM performer, Red Waggoner, an ROM performer, and Sugar Mae, an AQHA halter point earner. Buster Waggoner was an

Nellie D, the dam of Poco Speedy.

Photo courtesy The AQHA Hall of Fame and Museum

The dam of Dan Tucker was Butt Cut. This mare was sired by Jack Traveler by Steel Dust. The dam of Butt Cut was June Bug by a horse we will call Harry Bluff II. This Harry Bluff was a grandson of the original Harry Bluff. Harry Bluff II was sired by Telegraph by Harry Bluff. The original Harry Bluff was the sire of Steel Dust.

Blackburn in an interview I had with him: “An ole boy that worked up there one time told me about them. He didn’t call them Blackburns, but they had about 80 head and they lotted them every night. You’d go out about four in the morning and rope one of them and ride them all day.”

The dam of Peter McCue was Nora M, a thoroughbred mare. Her sire was Voltigeur by Vandal. Her dam was Kitty Clyde by Star Davis. The dam of Siss was an unknown mare so we have no pedigree information.

Curtner added, “The ole boy said, ‘If you can ride him five jumps in the morning you had it made.’ They wasn’t too bad, the Waggoner Ranch got along with them pretty good. But they would buck.

The story "The Waggoner Horses" by Franklin Reynolds in the October

“But they all would in that part of the country,” he continued. “Because


NCHA money earner of $1,661.51. Blackburn was the sire of 138 daughters that produced 267 performers that earned $4,327.5 AQHA halter and performance points. This includes 79 ROM, 25 AQHA Champions, 11 Superior halter and 8 Superior performance horses. His maternal grandget earned a respectable $158,729 in the NCHA during the early years of that association. The Blackburn Mares story begins with E. Paul Waggoner’s purchase of Poco Bueno in 1945. E. Paul Waggoner was the son of Tom Waggoner and grandson of Dan

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Waggoner. When E. Paul Waggoner bought Poco Bueno, he was turning the 3D Stock Farm at Arlington, TX, into a quarter horse breeding farm. Poco Bueno proved himself as a great show horse earning Grand Championships at many of the major shows and then as a winning cutting horse. He became a leading sire with 36 AQHA Champions and 84 performance ROM. Eighteen of the 36 AQHA Champions were out of daughters or granddaughters of Blackburn. Some of the early Blackburn daughters were not registered with the AQHA, but the good news is many of the Blackburn mares were registered giving a documented history of those mares. Dolly D, the dam of three AQHA Champions, was sired by Poco Bueno. The first AQHA Champion was Poco Mona who earned 47 AQHA halter points and 283 AQHA performance points with a superior in cutting. She was

the AQHA Honor Roll Cutting Mare in 1958. She was in the NCHA Open Top Ten for three years. The second AQHA Champion out of Dolly D was Poco Bay. He earned 39 halter points and 14 performance points. The third AQHA Champion

The well known Driftwood stallion Wilywood is an example of the breeding that combines Poco Speedy with Driftwood. was Poco Doll, a dun mare. She earned 96 AQHA halter points and 17 AQHA performance points. She was Superior in halter. The dam of Dolly D was a daughter of Waggoner's Rainy Day P-13 and she

Pine Johnson roping off Pretty Buck. Pretty Buck followed in Poco Bueno’s footsteps but proved to be an important piece of the Blackburn Mare influence.

Photo Courtesy ”Where the West Begins: Capturing Fort Worth” Historic Collection Cattle Raisers” Museum, Fort Worth

was out of a Waggoner Mare, whose breeding is unknown. Lady Blackburn III was another good producing daughter of Blackburn that went to the broodmare band of Poco Bueno. She was the dam of two AQHA Champions sired by Poco Bueno. They were Poco Bob, who was another Superior cutting horse and halter horse. He earned 51 halter points and 125 performance points. He was an NCHA Top Ten qualifier in 1961. Poco Lynn, the next AQHA Champion from this mare, was the 1958 AQHA High Point Halter Horse. She earned her Superior in halter with 83 AQHA points and she had 20 AQHA performance points. Lady Blackburn III was out of a daughter of Waggoner's Rainy Day P-13. Lady Blackburn III was the dam of Little Electra by Beaver Creek, a son of King P-234. When they bred Little Electra to Poco Bueno, they got the AQHA Superior halter horse Poco Jan. Little Electra was the dam of Poco Electra, an AQHA Champion sired by Poco Red Ant by Poco Bueno. Nellie D was another Blackburn daughter bred to Poco Bueno and they produced the AQHA Champion Poco Speedy. Poco Speedy is often seen in the pedigrees of the Driftwood bred horses. The well known Driftwood stallion Wilywood is an example of the breeding that combines Poco Speedy with Driftwood. The sire of Wilywood is Orphan Drift, a grandson of Driftwood. The dam of Wilywood is Oui by Poco Speedy. The dam of Oui Oui was Woodfern by Driftwood. Nellie D was out of a Waggoner’s Rainy Day Mare, who was out of a Waggoner Mare. Mary D was a daughter of Blackburn and she produced two AQHA Champions by Poco Bueno. They were Poco Pico and Poco Dias. Mary

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D was out of a mare by Bailey. The dam of the dam of Mary D was a Waggoner Mare, whose breeding is listed as unknown.

AQHA Honor Roll Working Cow Horse. Sheilwin was sired by Pretty Boy and out of a Waggoner Mare by Blackburn.

Poco Robin and Poco Nadine were AQHA Champions by Poco Bueno. They were out of Jeep W by Blackburn. The dam of Jeep W is listed in the Stud Book as a

Lady Beaver 136 was another daughter of Beaver Creek that produced an AQHA Champion by Poco Bueno. This AQHA Champion was Poco Pamlet. Lady Beaver 136 was out of a mare by Blackburn.

Harold Schafer and his manager Ted Ressler started the Blackburn Ranch. The foundation of the Blackburn Ranch was 49 own daughters of Blackburn. Waggoner Mare, whose breeding is listed as unknown. Sheilwin must be considered the most famous granddaughter of Blackburn to be bred to Poco Bueno. She was the dam of three AQHA Champions−Poco Lena, Poco Tivio and Poco Champ. Poco Lena was a legend as a cutting horse. She was the NCHA Reserve World Champion five times and the NCHA World Champion Cutting Mare three times. She was the AQHA Honor Roll Cutting Horse three times with Superiors in cutting and halter. She was an AQHA Champion with 641 AQHA cutting points and 174 AQHA halter points. Poco Tivio was an NCHA Top Ten qualifier for two years. He was an AQHA Champion with 12 AQHA halter points and 19 AQHA performance points. Poco Champ was Superior in halter with 54 AQHA halter points and 26 performance points. Pretty Pokey was a full brother to these AQHA Champions and he was the 1960

Miss Bow Tie was a daughter of the famous Waggoner stallion Pretty Buck. Pretty Buck stood on the 3D Stock Farm with Poco Bueno. The dam of Miss Bow Tie was Sheilfly by Blackburn. Miss Bow Tie became the dam of three AQHA Champions sired by Poco Bueno−Poco Bow Tie, Poco Bow and Poco Discount. The dam of Sheilfly was a mare by Cotton Eyed Joe by Little Joe. The dam of Sheilfly's mother was a Waggoner Mare, whose pedigree is unknown. The success of Miss Bow Tie is just one example of the success of Pretty Buck and Blackburn. This has proven to be a good cross as well in Snipette by Blackburn. Snipette was the dam of the 1953 NCHA World Champion Cutting Horse Snipper W. Snipper W was an AQHA Champion with Superiors in cutting and halter. He earned 52 AQHA halter points and 129 AQHA performance points. He was sired by Pretty Buck. Snipette was out of a mare by Bailey. Blackburn was like many stallions in that when his daughters filled the broodmare band at the Waggoner Ranch, he was moved to a new location. Blackburn was used by the Cowan Ranch of Seymour, TX. This marks the beginning of a second chapter in the life of Blackburn. Blackburn bred the Cowan ranch mares that were simply known as Cowan Mares. The Stud Book doesn't give any pedigrees for these mares. Paul Curtner went to the Waggoner


sale in 1954 to specifically buy a Blackburn mare. When he went home he owned a Pretty Boy mare named Pretty Rosalie and her colt that he named Poco Pine. Poco Pine was a great show horse and sire. But Curtner still wanted some Blackburn mares and he bought some of them from the Cowan Ranch. "Well my interest in the Blackburn horses came because Poco Bueno had crossed pretty well with them,” he recalls. “He sired Poco Lena, Poco Mona, Poco Bay and Poco Tivio. So, I wanted a Blackburn mare and one of the reasons is I thought they were good broodmares.

The reuniting of Pretty Buck with Blackburn mares gave the Schafer breeding program the AQHA Champions Mr Blackburn 37 and Mr Blackburn 40. “As I recall, they gave him (Blackburn) to a guy named Claude Cowan. So, I went and bought eight or nine Blackburn mares that were raised on the Cowan Ranch. I raised a few mares out of them by Poco Pine. But they were more or less every other year breeders. The first year I got them, I had five or six colts. Then I bred the ones that didn't have a colt back the next year and I got colts. When I bred the ones that did have a colt back, they didn't have one the next year. That was the way it was for me. I'd still like to have a pasture full of them.”

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The registration file on Blackburn shows that Claude Cowan from the Cowan Ranch of Dundee, TX, bought Blackburn. Cowan later leased Blackburn to Bob Haley of Seymour, TX for a short time. The registration file indicates that Blackburn died in 1951. The third chapter in the life of Blackburn comes from Harold Schafer of Bismark, ND. Schafer owned the Gold Seal Company, which sold household products such as Snowy Bleach, Glass Wax and Mr. Bubble, a bubble bath for kids. Schafer and his manager Ted Ressler started the Blackburn Ranch. The foundation of the Blackburn Ranch was 49 own daughters of Blackburn. Schafer bought Blackburn daughters from several sources including Paul Curtner. Then Schafer and Reseler bought the great Pretty Buck at the Glynn W. Sams Estate Dispersal. This put Pretty Buck back with the daughters of Blackburn. The reuniting of Pretty

Buck with Blackburn mares gave the Schafer breeding program the AQHA Champions Mr Blackburn 37 and Mr Blackburn 40. Schafer used the Blackburn mares to produce such AQHA Champions as Mr Blackburn II (by Poco Birthday); Mr Blackburn 16 (by Poco Mos) and Mr Blackburn 28 (by Poco Eagle). Poco Eagle was sired by Poco Rey by Poco Bueno. Poco Eagle was out of Scar Face S, a Bailey Mare from the Waggoner Ranch. Poco Mos was sired by Poco Bueno and out of Pretty Me by Pretty Buck by Pretty Boy. The dam of Pretty Me was Suits Me by Pretty Boy. Poco Birthday was sired by Poco Bueno and out of Etta's Birthday by Joe Traveler One of the Schafer bred mares was Blackburn 36. This mare was sired by Poco Nino. Poco Nino was sired by Poco Bueno and he was out of Patsy Buck by Pretty Buck. The dam of Blackburn 36 was Lady Black 62 by Blackburn and out of a Waggoner Mare. Blackburn 36 is the dam of the good mare Grulla San by Leo

San Hank by Leo San. Grulla San is the dam of High Brow Hickory. High Brow Hickory is the winner of over $229,155 as an NCHA Futurity Co-Reserve Champion. High Brow Hickory is the sire of High Brow Cat the Equi-Stat all time leading sire of cutting horse money winners with foal earnings of over $72 million. The dam of High Brow Cat was Smart Little Kitty by Smart Little Lena. Smart Little Lena was sired by Doc O’Lena. Doc O’Lena was sired by Doc Bar and out of Poco Lena by Poco Bueno and out of Sheilwin by Pretty Boy. The dam of Sheilwin was a daughter of Blackburn. The blood of Blackburn Mares runs deep in quarter horse history as evident in horses like High Brow Cat. This blood is found where ever quarter horses go leaving a legacy that had its beginning on the Waggoner Ranch and then moving to North Dakota and the Blackburn Ranch. On the way, they became members of our Mares With More.

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Taking photos of your horse, whether for the purpose of presenting him to sell or simply for your own personal collection, requires more than whipping out your cell phone and snapping a shot or two. Background, lighting, horse position all make a huge difference in capturing your horse at his best. And if you’re using a photo to sell your horse in an ad or online, that image is critical. There are many factors that affect how you take a photo: lighting, flash, if the photo is being taken inside or outside, focus−the list is endless. It can be frustrating to take countless photos of people because you end up deleting the majority off of your camera roll because they aren’t their “good sides or someone moved at the last second.” If we have that many technical issues taking our people photos, taking horse photos is even more difficult. You set up the scene, make all of the necessary preparations, adjust the

Say “Grain”! Tips on taking great horse photos lighting and even make sure that you have your horse’s attention by distracting them with a few peppermints. Only, it does not work. Kathy Russell of Kathy Russell Photography has been taking photos of horses since she was a little girl. Horses have been an integral part of Russell’s life. She rode, showed, cleaned stalls and ran horseback riding camps. She began braiding horsehair in order to pay bills that also paid her way through college and photojournalism school. While at photojournalism school, she chose a niche market with equestrian photography, blending her two passions of photography and horses. Through her experience and expertise with both horses and

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photos, Russell understands how to take the perfect photo of a horse. Drawing on this experience Russell offers some tips to help ensure the perfect photo of your horse.

Time of Day

Shooting early in the morning or late afternoon when the sun is lower in the sky is the optimal time for a photo shoot. It produces a much more dynamic photo. Midday photos make for harsher shadows and highlights. The “golden hour” as many photographers call it is a perfect time to play with light and can create that magical feel we seek.

Bring A Friend

Having a great assistant can truly make or break some photo shoots. While you are busy trying to frame

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the perfect shot and figure out the light, it is extremely helpful to have someone who can help you with the positioning of the horse and making sure the horse’s ears are forward. This assistant should be someone who is not trying to look pretty in the picture. In fact often you don’t want to have a person in the photos. Photographers should be focused on taking the picture and the subject should be focused on the horse’s position and presentation.


It is important to pay attention to what is in the background of your photo. The cleaner the background, the more impact the subject in your photo will have. Sometimes just taking a step to your left or right can change the entire look of the photo. Avoid trailers, fencing, buildings and other objects that distract from the final image. Trees or bushes can provide a good background for light colored horses, but may be too dark for darker horses. Flat ground with a clear horizon is the best choice. Don’t be afraid to move around!

The photos left and above are appropriate for presenting your horse for sale in print or online.

Keep the Horse Happy

Often the “golden hour” is close to feeding time. Make sure your horse has eaten and had a workout before your shoot. This will help reduce any unnecessary movement. Also, you should give your horse a minute to settle in and adjust to what is going on. Often your equine subject will be a little confused as to why they are being asked to stand in one spot on the grass and not allowed to eat. Give them a minute, they will figure it out.

Getting your Horses’ Ears Forward

Some horses are natural-born models and will strike a pose all day long. Others are unimpressed to be out of their stall for photo shoot purposes and may need some extra help paying attention to what is happening. Some things that help

While this may be a pretty shot, it doesn’t show the horse’s conformation and other details potential buyers want to see. even the most stubborn horses are: treats (however, don’t actually feed them any until the shoot is over), a horse sounds app or a water bottle with grain in it for shaking. Tossing a hat in the air to get your horse’s head up and ears forward is a good trick. It is very helpful to have an extremely energetic assistant willing

to do anything to help you get your shot.


Depending on your objective in taking the photo, resolution of the image may be crucial. If the photos are to appear in print, you want high resolution. Without getting too

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technical, resolution or dpi is defined as how many pixels, or dots, per square inch comprise the image. The more dots, the higher the resolution. For quality printing 300 dpi is optimum. Most cell phones shoot at 72 dpi which is fine for online use. Cell phones also shoot in a very large format–perhaps 30 x 40 inches. One can improve the resolution by decreasing the format size and increasing the dpi. This requires photo manipulation software such as Photoshop. If you don’t have this software, make sure whoever is creating your ad does. And make sure you send them the original full size image–do not reduce it! Following these tips may take a bit more time, but the end result will be worth it.

Photographer and equine enthusiast Kathy Russel, a native Canadian, now lives in Palm Beach, FL.

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APHA Listed/AQHA Sons & Daughters For Sale! Cliff & Ann Wetzel (507)362-8130 • Waterville, MN

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Horses with color, conformation, and disposition in various stages of training.


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20th Annual Central Nebraska Ranch & Production Horse Sale Sunday, September 17, 2017 1:00 pm

Custer County Fair Grounds-Broken Bow, NE Jim Eberle, Auctioneer

—8 Breeders offering— Working Horses Brood Mares Performance Horses Two Year Olds Yearlings & Weanlings

Sell 60 Hing orse s

For catalog in advance of the sale please call 308-870-0261 or e-mail By Aug. 25, 2017 The sale lots may be viewed on the website by Sept. 1, 2017

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Lolli Bros. Livestock Mkt., Inc. Dominic, Frankie and Tim • Highway 63 • Macon, Missouri 63552 Request a catalog by e-mail, phone or visit our website Dominic Lolli • (660) 385-2516 • (660) 651-4024 Cell E-Mail: Website:

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42nd Annual


Saturday September 2, 2017 Faith Livestock Commission Co. Faith, SD

Selling Performance Bred Weanlings & Saddle Horses


HC 68 Box 11, Glad Valley, SD 605-466-2456

DENNY & DORIS LAUING 605-347-6193

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20th Annual Production Sale


Your Outlet for Quality and Color (Blue and Red Roans, Buckskins, and Palominos) with some of the highest percentages of Driftwood/Hancock found today! We are your LARGEST source of High Rolling Roany at ONE ranch. Our program originates from foundation legends!


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HQH Mare and Foal Preview All Day Saturday


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Hetlved Quarter Horses 20th Annual Production Sale

(3 miles W. and 5 1/2 miles N. of Robinson, ND 58478)

Beginning with Parade of Stallions


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Hermanson Kist All-Breed Fall Horse Sale 1300 Head of Horses Friday, Saturday, Sunday Sept. 29-30, Oct.1, 2017

Sale time is 8 am on Friday & Saturday and 9 am on Sunday AT KIST LIVESTOCK AUCTION, MANDAN, NORTH DAKOTA AUCTIONEERS: Earnie Schanker & Blake Thompson PEDIGREE READERS: Robbie Rainer & Gary Lohman

Kist Livestock Auction Company Mandan, ND 58554 701-663-9573 fax 701-663-9860 Dave Hermanson cell -701-400-8188

Entry deadline Monday, Aug. 1. Must have entries in Kist office to produce catalog in time. There will be no tack sale at this fall sale.

Offering an Elite Set of Foundation Bred Horses FOR SALE September 23, 2017 @ Faith Livestock in Faith, SD

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Annual Special Fall Sale

40th Annual

September 2nd & 3rd

Waukon Horse Sale, LLC 1645 State Hwy 76 waukon, Iowa

Sat â&#x20AC;˘ Oct. 14, 2017 10 AM Tack Horses @ 1 PM

Broadus, Montana Offering a select group of Ranch Broke ride horses Performance horses Brood Mares & Weanlings

Saturday, September 2nd 2 & 3 year old futurity $3000 added money

Mature Horse Versatility Futurity All-around Saddle Awarded

Sunday, September 3rd

Consignors Paid Day of Sale Established market since 1978

Open Yearling Halter $10,000 purse Sale Preview

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No Consignment Fee - Nationally Advertised Featuring ranch horses, cutting, reining, roping and trail broke horses Blue Roans, Bay Roans, Buckskins, Palominos

Check our website for consignment info. Auctioneers: Alan Odden, SD Carol Wagenson, WI

For consignment & sale information

Dan 406-427-5420 Jeanie 406-436-2284


Owned & Managed by Ron Juve Ron Juve (563)382-5001 (H) (563) 379-0927 (C) Note: Monthly Sale Every Second Saturday More Info @

Selling 90 head 1:00 pm Sunday September 3rd

Calendar of Events Planning for Production Sales

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Weaver Quarter Horses 2 22nd Annual Production Sale Great Falls MT Expo Park 406-378-2600


Hetletved Quarter Horses 2 20th Annual Production Sale near Robinson, ND 701-392-8351


Capouch Livestock 2-3 16th Annual Production Sale 608-989-9300


Krogman Quarter Horses & Paints Winner (SD) Livestock 3 605-259-3476


Come to the Source Production Sale - Laramie, WY 9 307-742-4669


Weber & Co Perf. Horse Sale Ranch Hdqtrs. near Valentine, NE 9 402-389-1406


St. Clair Performance Horses at Nebraska Horse Classic 9





Myers/Copper Spring Performance Horse Sale Copper Spring Ranch, Bozeman, MT 605-641-4283 Copper 9 406-579-1540 Spader Ranch Annual Sale & Ranch Horse Contest Kansas City 10 816-261-3055 NE Quarter Horse Classic Ogallala, NE 308-588-6243 17 Roan Alliance Performance Sale Imperial, NE


Munns Ranch 19th Annual Prod. & Ranch Horse Sale Rexburg, ID 208-351-3377 Powder River QH Breeders Sale & Futurity Broadus,MT 406-427-5420 Louie Krogman Family Valentine Livestock, Valentine, NE 605-259-3486


Fischer Farms Wagner, SD

Horse Creek Sale Castle Rock, CO 970-345-2543 Harmon Quarter Horses Montana Breeders Group 20th Annual AQHA Horse Sale Great Falls, MT, Expo Park 406-759-5369 Open Box Rafter Performance Quarter Horse Sale Rapid City, SD 605-538-4450 Raymon Sutton 66th Production Sale Gettysburg, SD 605-264-5452 Sugar Bars Legacy Sale Sheridan County Fairgrounds Sheridan, WY


Ozark Foundation Breeders 10th Annual Sale 870-895-4026

Lolli Bros Livestock Mkt 23 Macon, MO 660-385-2516

Reindl Quarter Horses Foundation Bred Horse Sale 605-452-3243

September 2017 1-2

Lopez, Meyer & Lauing 42nd Annual QH Production Sale Faith, SD 605-466-2456 605-347-6193

Premier Equine Auctions Mane Event 29-30 Consignment Sale Lake Charles, IA 337-494-1333

Hermanson-Kist All Breed Horse Sale Mandan, ND 701-663-9573

Billings Red Lodge Cooke City

12 North Broadway • Red Lodge, MT 59068 1925 Grand Ave Stes. 138-139 • Billings, MT 59102 (406) 446-4744

EquEstrian ProPErty Highway 87 North, Roundup

Stunning custom built six bedroom/five bath log home on 170+ acres. Amazing horse barn, arena, pens, stalls and oversize shop. $895,000 • MLS #272189 Suzy Hahn at (406) 223-8238 or Joy DeSaveur at (406) 670-8818

56 Promise Lane, Roberts • One of a kind property that has it all -- hunting, fishing, views, ranching and farming. Beautiful 3 bedroom/2 bath, 1,678sf home built with huge logs, and a detached 2-car log garage. On top of that, there is also a 40x60 garage that is perfect for storage or shop or stable. Grounds are landscaped with 4 ponds drawn from Dry Creek -- two duck ponds and one goose pond along with a fishing pond. For your pleasure there is a sauna, and a guest cabin... what else could you possibly need or want?!! $849,900 • MLS #263003 Contact Jim Hilderman for more information at (406) 425-1540

Sheep Mountain Ranch

Turnback Trail, Red Lodge/Luther

Mountain views galore from these secluded parcels totalling 97.43 acres. Stunning location for your dream horse ranch where you can enjoy the almost one million acres of USFS and State lands. MLS #270808 $990,000 For more information: Suzy Hahn (406) 223-8238 or Joy DeSaveur (406) 670-8818

Black Forest Ranch, Roundup

248 Chance Road, Belfry • 161 acres on the beautiful Clarks Fork River right at the Wyoming/ Montana border. Set up for cattle, awesome water rights and a new center pivot make this ready for your Montana dream. 130 acres irrigated, a 3 bedroom, 2 bath ranch house, loafing shed,barn, garage & shop round out the offering. MLS # 271745 $1,250,000 ...or the house & 20 acres for $695,000 Myrna Rue for more information (406) 670-5707

This 34.8 acre ranchette is a perfect setup for you and your horses with round corral, hayshed, auto-water, 3192 sf barn/shop with three stalls, fenced and cross fenced with smooth wire. Relax on the deck of this sweet three bedroom home with great views, pristine yard, garden and three wells. MLS # 271352 $389,900 Joy DeSaveur (406) 670-8818

639 Clear Creek Road • Roberts 431 Cottonwood Road, Roberts • A balanced livestock operation with cattle, irrigated and dry land hay, and upland bird hunting. 1,714 ares with spectacular views of four mountain ranges with Willow Creek running through it, along with eight reservoirs, two developed springs and great water rights. Plus a well taken care of farmhouse, three car garage, 40x80 barn, and two sets of pipe corrals. MLS # 243548 $3,250,000 For more information, call Joy DeSaveur at (406) 670-8818

Forty-five acres, two creeks, one pond, a high-producing spring, irrigation, good hay production, and a gorgeous four bedroom home with amazing views of the mountains, sunsets and a beautiful yard. Lots of wildlife and bird population. Home and 3.58 acres may be purchased separately. MLS # 263277 $880,000 Contact Joy DeSaveur for more details at (406) 670-8818

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Riverfront Property | Equestrian Setup | Spectacular Views

Dan Porter Broker/Partner Bozeman Broker Group PH: 406.539.0879 Samantha Fish Realtor Bozeman Broker Group PH: 406.570.0239



Silesia, Carbon County, Montana Premier equestrian center located along the Clarks Fork River 20 miles southwest of Billings. 30+ indoor stalls, small indoor training arena, large indoor riding arena, 2 large outdoor riding arenas plus two custom-built homes and MORE!

Reduced to $2,500,000

Contact Denver Gilbert at (406) 697-3961 WORKING HORSE MAGAZINE • Production Sales • Summer 2017

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For Sale

1450 Horse Farm Road Divernon, Illinois

Commercial Real Estate Services

Horse Boarding Stables Indoor & Outdoor Arenas Fenced Pasture

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Simply An Amazing Piece Of Real Estate Very Versatile Property Suitable For Other Uses Property Details • Approximately 1.5 miles west of Exit 83 (Glenarm Exit) on I-55 • Built To Be, If Not The Best, One Of The Best Full Service Equestrian Facilities in Central Illinois • Horse Boarding Stables, Indoor & Outdoor Arenas, and Fenced Pasture • Owner Currently Rents Stables and Horse Care Services Horseback Riding Lessons, Horse Camp in Summer, Boarding Indoor, and Pasture • Current Key Employee Desires to Continue Working For New Owners • Buildings: ±29,112 sf Total ❶ Arena/Stables: ±15,120 sf ❷ Tack Sales Area (Unfinished): ±3,456 sf ❸ Maintenance/Storage: ±4,200 sf ❹ Hay Storage: ±3,840 sf ❺ Multi-Purpose Storage: ±2,496 sf Includes All The Buildings • Land: ±39.17 ac • 2016 RE Taxes: $6771.58

List Price


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250± ACRES ~ $2,500,000


295± ACRES ~ $3,900,000



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Located in southeastern Oregon, this ranch consists of 125,200+/- acres with 22,200 acres of deeded lands capable of running up to 2,800 mature animals year-round. Excellent water characteristics with numerous lakes, creeks and springs. $12,500,000. Contact Robb Van Pelt.


Fishing retreat and premier river ranch with 1.5 miles of Big Spring Creek snaking through the middle of the 475+/- acres creating an exclusive and private premier river ranch located in Lewistown, Montana. $3,604,000. Contact Kimberly Lowry.


A 35-acre equestrian ranch located in southern Douglas County, Colorado. Features a 4,909 square foot, 4-bedroom, 5-bath main home, guesthouse, 5-stall Priefert barn with bunkhouse, hay storage, outdoor riding arena, round pen and a loafing shed. $1,495,000. Contact Eric West.


The 466 acres, located in Sisters, Oregon with a gravity pressurized irrigation system with pivot, wheel lines and hand lines. Ability to divide into 5 luxury estate parcels, each with 63 acres of irrigation, barns and existing dwellings. $6,300,000. Contact Robb Van Pelt.


A boarding and training facility situated in a highly desired rural area in Broomfield, Colorado. The 6.1 acres is licensed to board 48 horses. Indoor and outdoor arenas, round pen, 35 box stalls, 10 with runs and 9 outdoor paddocks with shelters. $1,365,000. Contact Karen Mikkelson.

133-acre equestrian facility features a 60 x 100 indoor arena, 125 x 280 outdoor arena, home with two master suites & gourmet kitchen, 6-bay heated shop/garage, hotwalker, 3 paddocks, outdoor stalls all nestled in the pine hills of Musselshell County, Montana. $729,000. Contact Kebi Smith. | 877-609-7791

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Iowa Park—Indoor arena, commercial kitchen, shop, banquet room, offices, 3/2/2CP modular home, all on 30 acres. AG exempt, fenced. Great income potential. $650,000. Larry Porter

Fort Worth—5/4/5 on 8+ acres, Aledo ISD. Huge master suite, cook’s kitchen, vaulted ceiling, 2-car detached garage w/room upstairs, workshop, barn for horses! REDUCED!! $600,000. Tom Moore

Terrell—TRAINING/EVENT CENTER! 400 seat covered arena, concessions, show barn, office, tack room, hay barn. Updated 2600SF home, pool on 50 acres. REDUCED!! $870,000. Bobby Norris

Whitesboro—3/2/2 country home; open kitchen/LA Hickory hardwoods, large master, split BR on 50+acres. Storage building, 60x40 barn, fenced for cattle, AG exempt. $535,000. Tom Moore

Kenefic, OK—Well-kept 2/1 home on 75 acres near Washita River. Storm cellar, loafing sheds, tack room, 2 large shops, 3 barns, 4 tanks, huge pecan trees. REDUCED!! $259,000. Tom Moore

Camargo, OK.—Hunting retreat on 1500+ fenced acres fronting Canadian River. Main house w/pool, manager’s house, bunkhouse, camper hookups, 3600’ runway, MORE! $3,699,000. Tom Moore

Marietta County, OK—Historical Equine Ranch. 1180+ acres with live creek. 8000+SF historical home, pool, poolhouse, 4BR guesthouse. Covered arena, barns, round pen. $7,900,000. Pete Rehm

Camargo, OK—3700+ acre rec/working ranch, 2 miles river frontage, 11 wells. 4/2 mod home, bunk houses, foreman’s qtrs, barns, chutes. REDUCED!! $4,900,000. Pete Rehm/Gabe Webster Larry Porter 817-597-8699

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