About the Best Remuda Award
AQHA Corporate Partner Zoetis is proud to support this prestigious award.
Remuda: "The herd of horses from which those to be used for the day are chosen."
To honor the contributions that ranch horses have made to the heritage of the American Quarter Horse, the American Quarter Horse Association and Zoetis present the Best Remuda Award. The award began in 1992 and has since recognized 23 outstanding ranches for their efforts in raising American Quarter Horses, an important tool of their trade.
Any ranch that has five or more American Quarter Horse mares used to produce horses for ranch work and is a member of AQHA is eligible for this award. We encourage you to nominate your ranch or a ranch you feel would be deserving of the Best Remuda Award.
To apply for the Best Remuda Award, please download an application.
Winners of the Best Remuda Award
Historically, there has been some confusion on the location of Muleshoe Ranch. Most people seem to think that it’s located at Muleshoe, Texas. It’s not, although it was at one time.
Cattle and cowboys have been on this ranch for 136 years, ever since 1877, when Henry H. Campbell established a ranch about 80 miles northeast of what would be come Lubbock, Texas.
When Henry Singleton bought the 81,000-acre San Cristobal Ranch, south of Santa Fe, New Mexico, in the mid-1980s, people familiar with Henry had to wonder what was going on. That purchase did not fit the pattern of businesses that Henry had been buying.
It was an ususual spring, and one like it everyone hopes not to see again soon. Dry and hot. Unusually dry and unusually hot. And windy. Of course, everyone knows the wind blows during the spring in West Texas, but every day?
In 1889, when Isaac Ellwood stepped down from the train in the West Texas town of Colorado (known today as Colorado City), he knew he had come to the right place. The railroad shipping pens were full of cattle.
Howard Haythorn came to Maxwell on horseback at age 13, helping his father trail in a herd of cattle and horses to their new home.
The Moorhouse ranching tradition began in the 1800s when Edward Moorhouse raised cattle in Texas and Oklahoma’s Indian Territory. Edward’s youngest son, Togo, purchased land in the 1930s that would grow into the operation that is today Moorhouse Ranch Co.
Today, the S Ranch is still owned and operated by the Scott family – John Scott Jr., John Scott III, Jim Scott, Maggie Scott Brown and Sissy Scott Croft are all general partners of the 227,000-acre ranch (including leases).
The Cogdell family has made a name for itself in two areas – ranch horses and cutting horses.
Established in 1886, Babbitt Ranches is one of the largest and most historic ranches in Arizona.
Douglas Lake Cattle Co. is a town of itself. It has a store, post office, school and church. It’s also the largest ranch in Canada.
Almost everyone’s vision of a desert is that of a dry, sandy area, almost void of vegetation and with unrelenting heat. That’s not necessarily so – especially in the winter and early spring.
Henry Green said that when his father stepped down from the train, he was the maddest man that Henry had ever seen. And the thing about it, he was mad at Henry.
The Van Norman family is a steward of the land and prides itself in continuing the traditions set forth by their parents and grandparents, the late Charlie and Della Van Norman.
When Frank Springer topped a rise and looked down on the little village of Cimarron, New Mexico, in February 1873, two things immediately struck him – the snow-covered peaks to the west, and the rolling short grass prairies to the east.
The 118-year-old Pitchfork Ranch breeds good horses by necessity, because no modern convenience can take their place in rugged terrain.
When R.A. (Rob) Brown Jr.'s grandfather established his Throckmorton, Texas, ranch in 1903, one of the first things he did was to make sure he had some top horses.
For more than a century, the Barby family has made its living on horseback, herding cattle on the sprawling Bar B Ranch, east of Beaver, Oklahoma.
The oldest family ranch in Oklahoma doesn't rest on historical markers or tradition. Stuart Ranch, carved out of Indian Territory in 1868, is in the midst of a renaissance, a rebirth, thanks to strategic efforts by the Stuart family and ranch personnel.
Turning back through the pages of Texas horse history, it may be said that in his time, (W.T. Waggoner) owned or used most of the great Texas horses of his day.
Raising good ranch horses was always a goal with Samuel Burk Burnett, legendary founder of the Four Sixes Ranch. He found his calling early, and joined his father in the cattle business in Denton County, Texas, when Burk was only 19 years old.
Few ranches in America today are as reliant on horses as the Haythorn Land & Cattle Co. Others are bigger, land-wise, but the Haythorn is the largest breeder of American Quarter Horses in the United States.