Four Sixes RanchApril 25, 2013
The Return to the Remuda Sale is a collaborative effort between four of the most prestigious ranches in the world – Four Sixes Ranch, Beggs Cattle Co., Pitchfork Cattle Co. and Tongue River Ranch. (Journal photo) BELOW: Visit the Four Sixes Ranch, winner of the 1993 AQHA Best Remuda Award.
The Four Sixes Ranch in Guthrie, Texas, will host the annual Return to the Remuda Sale September 27-28. The sale will include registered American Quarter Horses of various ages from four historic AQHA Ranching Heritage Breeder ranches: Four Sixes Ranch, Beggs Cattle Co., Pitchfork Cattle Co. and Tongue River Ranch. Three of the ranches are winners of the prestigious AQHA-Zoetis Best Remuda Award, which recognizes the outstanding foundation that ranch horses laid for the American Quarter Horse. In addition to offering some of the best horses in the industry, the sale also serves as an unofficial reunion for American Quarter Horse enthusiasts.
Return to the Remuda provides the opportunity to purchase horses from legendary ranches that have been refining and perfecting American Quarter Horses for more than a century. These sale horses carry the bloodlines of generations of horses, whose ranch skills, intelligence and athletic ability today still translates to success in the arena or on working ranches.
Hosted by the Four Sixes Ranch in Guthrie, Texas, this year’s event will feature some of the industry’s finest bloodlines with success in cutting, reining, reined cow horse, roping, barrel racing and ranch horse competitions. The sale will offer approximately 150 head of quality horses that range in age and includes weanlings, yearlings, 2-year-olds, ranch geldings, mares and stallion prospects. A demonstration of sale horses will be held September 27 at Tongue River Ranch in Dumont, Texas, and the sale will be conducted September 28 at the Four Sixes Ranch in Guthrie, Texas.
In addition to owning a piece of history and some of the top bloodlines in the industry, successful Return to the Remuda bidders will be entered into a drawing for a weanling filly from the Tongue River Ranch. To express their appreciation, the participating ranches will be donating the filly, and she will be raffled off immediately following the last lot number offered in the sale. Only buyers in the sale will have a chance to win this filly so the more horses purchased will increase a buyer’s chance to win. The winner must be present to win at the time of the drawing.
September 27-28, the Return to the Remuda Sale will offer the opportunity to purchase horses that carry historic brands and outstanding bloodlines with the versatility to pursue almost any discipline. In addition, the Four Sixes Ranch, Beggs Cattle Co., Pitchfork Cattle Co. and Tongue River Ranch are all AQHA Ranching Heritage Breeders, and many of the horses in the sale will be eligible to compete at AQHA Ranching Heritage Challenge events.
A list of Return to the Remuda Sale horses will be available at www.6666ranch.com. To request a sale catalog by mail, call (855) 674-6773.
About the Return to the Remuda Sale
The Return to the Remuda Sale is a collaborative effort between four of the most prestigious ranches in the world – Four Sixes Ranch, Beggs Cattle Company, Pitchfork Cattle Company and Tongue River Ranch. The Return to the Remuda Sale features horses of various ages with the top bloodlines in the equine industry. While concentrating on raising horses that can assist with ranch work with traits such as stamina, intelligence, cow sense, athletic ability and correct conformation, these same traits translate to success in arena competitions. For more than a century, these ranches have been dedicated to preserving the working American Quarter Horse lineage, producing top individuals and creating a legacy in the industry.
About the Participating Ranches
Four Sixes Ranch - Guthrie, Texas
1993 AQHA Best Remuda Award Winner www.6666ranch.com
The Four Sixes’ history dates back to 1864 when Captain Samuel “Burk” Burnett founded the ranch. AQHA bestowed the inaugural Legacy Award on the ranch in 1997 to recognize 50 consecutive years of breeding American Quarter Horses. In 1994, the Four Sixes Ranch received the Best Remuda Award for its outstanding band of working cow horses that tend thousands of the ranch’s cattle. The Four Sixes is known for “Horses with a History; Brands with a Background.”
Pitchfork Land & Cattle Co. - Guthrie, Texas
1998 AQHA Best Remuda Award Winner www.thepitchforkranch.com
Its heritage and stature position the Pitchfork Land and Cattle Co. among a handful of great American ranches. The Pitchfork's operations span around 180,000 acres in two states and more than a century of continuous operation primarily under one family. The Pitchfork stands as a testimony to those who have loved the land and its cattle and to those who have dedicated their lives to making it one of the finest ranches in the world.
Tongue River Ranch - Dumont, Texas
2011 AQHA Best Remuda Award Winner www.tongueriverranch.net
Tongue River Ranch still focuses on many of the traditions that were utilized by the Swenson’s Ranches in 1898. Cowboys still head out for the day on horseback. A day’s work involves roundup, branding and doctoring the herd by dedicated horsemen in the old fashioned cowboy way. Tongue River Ranch takes great pride in preserving the land for future generations to come. Continuing tradition and preserving history is a way of life not a job at Tongue River Ranch.
Beggs Cattle Co. – Fort Worth, Texas
Today, the Beggs Cattle Co. raises commercial cattle and American Quarter Horses. The ranching business is still done the traditional way using horses. Maintaining and preserving the Western heritage earned Beggs Cattle Co. the Charles Goodnight Award in 2005, and the ranch was awarded the American Quarter Horse Association's Legacy Award in 2003. They began raising horses in the early 1900s long before there was an association or registry.
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