KT Ranch Named Ranching Heritage Breeder of the Year

KT Ranch Named Ranching Heritage Breeder of the Year

KT Ranch of Connell, Washington, is recognized as a leader in the ranching business.

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The Connell, Washington-based KT Ranch is recognized as the 2021 AQHA Ranching Heritage Breeder of the Year.

This award is open only to AQHA Ranching Heritage Breeders who exemplify the ranching lifestyle. Ranching Heritage Breeders are working cattle ranches that produce five or more registered American Quarter Horses each year for ranch work. Nominees for the award are chosen by their peers, with final voting done by the AQHA Ranching Committee.

The ranch is operated by Donald and Pamela Pierson and their family, daughter Toni Meacham and her husband Kicker Meacham, and daughter Kellie Pierson-Geddes and her husband Ben Geddes.

KT Ranch was founded in 1995 by the Pierson family after going out on their own. They had previously partnered on a registered Hereford and Angus cattle operation, but decided to branch out and add an equine outfit to their business. Both Don and Pam grew up in ranching families with over 100 years of experience passed down to them. The transition to adding horses to their operation was an easy one, which allowed them to set their operation apart from neighboring ranches in the area at the time. Their focus was on breeding good using ranch horses that would be applicable to all aspects of ranch life.

“KT is a smaller ranch compared to some, but they work hard at what they do and take pride in producing quality horses,” said Karen McCuistion, AQHA senior director of member programs. “They are a tight-knit family operation that carries on the traditions and values of ranching. We appreciate their support of AQHA programs by raising top-quality ranch and using horses.”

KT Ranch is an active supporter of AQHA programs and developing educational opportunities for American Quarter Horse Youth Association members, including supporting the AQHA Ranching Heritage Young Horse Development Program. They believe in mentoring young adults with ranching interests to preserve the future of the Association and to create the next generation of ranchers.

The 2021 AQHA Ranching Heritage Breeder of the Year award will be formally presented during the AQHA Breeder Banquet, slated to be hosted during the 2023 AQHA Convention at the Omni Hotel in Fort Worth.

To learn more about the AQHA Ranching Heritage Breeders program, visit www.aqha.com/ranching.

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