Box O Quarter Horses isn’t your average family ranch. They are the home for multiple world champions, and produce some of the nicest horses in the Western industry.
Jecca Ostrander is the head “Boss Lady” at Box O, in regards to their horse program. Their goal is to produce Quarter Horses that are well rounded individuals. “I’ve worked hard to maintain cow horse & performance lines that are very versatile,” says Ostrander.
If you are 30 miles south of Gordon, in the Sandhills of Nebraska, you might be in the territory of Box O Quarter Horses. The ranch produces cattle (Angus and Limousine) and some nice versatility horses. “We started branding horses with the BOX O about 30 years ago. It was Cash’s’ [Jecca’s Husband] brand that his mom had given him as a kid,” recalls Ostrander.
Over the past 3o years, the operation has grown significantly. They started off in the show pen when the AQHA made the Ranching Heritage program. “We loved how the ranching heritage works to highlight the versatility and talent in ranch-raised horses.”
Starting out, their ranch stallion was BOXO Heaven Blues. “We realized he had more talent than we had ever raised before,” says Ostrander. “We decided to have some training put into him. After awhile, he was the top earning Ranching Heritage Horse for several years.”
But as BOXO Heaven Blues’ time ticked by, they decided to look for their next big hit. They purchased Opus Cat Olena From Wagon Hound Livestock because “We knew the horses were ranch-raised, and started by [NRCHA Million Dollar Rider] Matt Koch,” says Ostrander. This December, they are excited to set foot on the first riding foal crops of Opus, and look forward to their potential in the show pen and at the ranch
Their success with Opus Cat Olena and the ranch has taken off. For instance, “Opus won the AQHA Junior Working Cowhorse, in 2018 at the world show with Matt. We have also had big success on Savannah Boxo, and Valentine’s cat. They won the versatility Cowboy division at the Versatility World Finals with [my son] Stetson riding them,” Ostrander explains.
Most importantly, the family enjoys spending time with each other riding fine footed colts amongst big framed cattle.