Ranch horses’ can-do attitudes gives them the versatility to go any direction in or out of the arena. The Legacy Ranch Horse Sale, being held September 17 in Prescott, Arizona, will offer at auction some of the best ranch horses raised, trained, and used by hard-working cowboys and horsemen on two of northern Arizona’s most historic ranches: the K4 and Diamond A ranches.
Both ranches have proven breeding programs from years of selecting the best bloodlines for producing horses with good feet and bone, speed, athleticism and cow sense. The Kieckhefer family has raised ranch and rodeo horses on the K4 since the 1940s, infusing such Quarter Horse bloodlines as Poquito Mas, Driftwood Ike and Cee Booger Red. Several K4-raised horses have competed at the Wrangler National Finals rodeo.
For more than 40 years, the Diamond A Ranch, the largest cattle ranch in Arizona, has produced tough ranch horses to transport cowboys and work cattle on the vast, rugged pastures bordering the Grand Canyon. The horses’ pedigrees boast such foundation Quarter Horse bloodlines as Colonel Freckles, Driftwood, Peppy San Badger, Zan Parr Bar, Doc O’Lena and Playgun.
From the time they are foaled, the horses on both ranches develop strength, stamina, and surefootedness in steep, brushy, rocky terrain. On these rugged ranches, the horses are exposed to a variety of situations. The ranch cowboys depend on them daily to pack them to remote pastures not suitable for motorized vehicles where they gather and move cattle and still have enough energy to trot back to the trailer at the end of the day. The cowboys take pride in training horses that are light in the bridle, easy to maneuver and efficiently get the job done.
Prior to the evening auction, sale horses are previewed in dry work and branding demonstrations. For more information, visit ranchhorsesale.com.