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Haythorn Land & Cattle Co.

The historic AQHA Ranching Heritage Breeder is conducting its last public auction to be held at the ranch August 30-31.

Haythorn Land & Cattle Co.
March 19, 2013

Haythorn Land & Cattle Co. mares and foals

“Our goal is to breed big, stout, sensible horses, with lots of endurance, athletic ability and cow sense,” says Craig Haythorn. (Journal photo) BELOW: Watch how cowboys work cattle and use their American Quarter Horse remuda at the Haythorn Land & Cattle Co.

Since 1884, the Haythorn Land & Cattle Co. brand has stood for quality. Harry Haythornthwaite and his descendants have been recognized with the AQHA Legacy Award for raising top working registered American Quarter Horses at the Arthur, Nebraska, ranch for more than 70 years. In 1992, the ranch was awarded the prestigious AQHA Best Remuda, the first ranch ever recognized with the award. August 30-31, the historic Haythorn Land & Livestock Co. is conducting its last public auction to be held at the ranch.

The Haythorn Figure Four Finale Sale will feature 185 of the finest American Quarter Horses with proven working and performance bloodlines. AQHA Ranching Heritage Breeder Haythorn Land & Cattle Co. has been consistently breeding great sires to great mares for more than 120 years resulting in top performance horses that excel in and out of the arena.    

Not only will the sale feature ranch-broke geldings and proven broodmares, but 10-15 of the ranch’s best stallions will also be offered at the sale. The Haythorn Land & Cattle Co. horses are bred for durability and athleticism. Haythorn-bred horses have gone on to excel in and out of the arena. To consistently produce the type of horses that working cowboys, ranchers and competitors want to own, Haythorn Land & Cattle Co. maintains several herd sires of their own. Now through the Haythorn Figure Four Finale, the public will be allowed to purchase many of the ranch’s stallions and take more than 100 years of careful breeding and infuse Haythorn bloodlines into their own herds.

“Our goal is to breed big, stout, sensible horses, with lots of endurance, athletic ability and cow sense,” Craig Haythorn says. “We make sure that we’re breeding flat-boned, well-balanced horses as far as conformation. The recent drought conditions that are affecting many parts of the United States have forced us to reduce our herds. It has been a tough decision to make, but we are offering some of our best individuals in this sale.”

The first session of the sale will be held August 30 following the ninth annual Waldo Haythorn Futurity. The grandson of Haythorn Ranch founder Harry Haythornthwaite, Waldo was inducted into the American Quarter Horse Hall of Fame in 2002, the year he passed away. Potential buyers can see the Haythorn bloodlines at work at the Futurity before purchasing. The Futurity will feature Haythorn-bred 3-year-olds competing for their share of $10,000 in prize money in conformation, reining, cow work and roping classes.  

On August 31, a preview of the 50 finished ranch geldings will be held, and the remaining horses will be auctioned. The August 30-31 sale will also feature 40-45 broodmares, 2-year-olds, yearlings and weanlings, who are eligible for the AQHA Ranching Heritage Challenge. Haythorn Land & Cattle Co. is a founding member of the AQHA Ranching Heritage program. You can learn more about these ranch horse competitions at www.aqha.com/ranching.

Don’t miss your opportunity to own a legendary Haythorn Land & Livestock Co. American Quarter Horse. These horses will carry the Haythorn brand that has stood for quality since 1884. Whether you are looking for a ranch horse with the cow sense, athletic ability and intelligence to make ranch chores less of a burden or a performance horse that will utilize those same traits to win in the arena, Haythorn Land & Livestock Co. has you covered.   

A list of horses in the auction can be found at www.haythorn.com. For more information on the August 30-31 Haythorn Figure Four Finale and to request a sale catalog, contact Loriann Lindner at (605) 881-2827 or the ranch office at (308) 355-4000.
About the Haythorn Land & Cattle Co.

Located only 17 miles north of Ogallala, Nebraska, Haythorn Land & Cattle Co. is a working ranch, raising commercial Angus cattle, and is famous for its foundation-bred American Quarter Horses. The ranch was the winner of the inaugural coveted American Quarter Horse Association’s Best Remuda Award in 1992.  Nestled in the rolling Sandhills of Nebraska, the Haythorn operation has been the largest breeder of American Quarter Horses in the United States for many years. The Sandhills can be formidable even for four-wheel-drive pickups, which occasionally bog in the area’s heavy sand, so the Haythorn’s American Quarter Horse remuda is required to gather and work the ranch’s mother cow herd and their calves.