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Horse Buyers 'Come to the Source' at Laramie Sale

If you were a horse buyer, Laramie, Wyo., was the place to be recently as four area horse breeders came together for the "Come to the Source" production sale. The Bath Bros Ranch and Vista Grande Ranch from Laramie, Wyo., and Merritt Quarter Horses and KeSa Quarter Horses from Fort Collins, Colo., have been putting on this sale for 12 years.

"We were just four good friends, with similar breeding philosophies, who got together to put on a horse sale." said Randy Dunn of the Bath Bros Ranch, "Twelve years later, we are still good friends and putting on one of the best sales in the country. A lot of marriages don't last that long."

What makes this sale unique is that all of the horses offered for sale can trace their bloodline to a blue roan stallion named Blue Valentine. Blue Valentine had outstanding linage. He was foaled in Arizona in 1956 out of Beauty's Dream, a daughter of Valentine. His sire was Red Man by the legendary Joe Hancock. Like has sire and grandsire, Blue Valentine had speed, good bone, gentle disposition, longevity and cow sense. He also had strong genes and passed his favorable traits on to 210 AQHA registered foals. Blue Valentine richly deserves his place as one of the great foundation ranch and performance sires.

King Merritt and Hyde Merritt acquired Blue Valentine and owned him until his death in 1980 on Hyde Merritt's Wyoming ranch. Chip Merritt has continued the tradition started by his father and grandfather of breeding top quality quarter horses with the Blue Valentine and Hancock blood lines on his Merritt Quarter Horse ranch outside of Fort Collins, Colo. "They are not only good rodeo horses, but you can do most anything on them" Merritt says, " ranch work, ranch rodeo, trail riding, pleasure, barrel racing and speed events."

KeSa Quarter Horses, located 10 miles east of Fort Collins, breeds high percentage foundation Driftwoods and Blue Valentines. Sam Shoultz said, "Our reference sires, Mr. Junewood, Blue Fox Hancock, Driftwood Sensation, and Hancock Red Fox, have all earned Open AQHA performance points in the cattle events and all carry time proven working genetics." KeSa Quarter Horses is consistently invited to participate in the prestigious CSU "Legends of Ranching" performance horse sale.

Dick Van Pelt of Vista Grande Ranch, which is located up against the foothills just south of Laramie, Wyo., crosses his Blue Valentine bloodlines with Joe Hancock and Leo to produce top quality, ranch bred, working cow horses. Greg Fry, trainer at Vista Grande Ranch says, "We put a really good foundational start on our horses. A buyer just needs to put in the hours and keep them going."

The fourth ranch is the historic Bath Bros Ranch of Laramie, Wyo. Of the four, Bath Bros Ranch is the only working cattle ranch. Randy and Laurie Dunn carry on the family tradition which started in 1868. Bath Bros horses are the Blue Valentine, Driftwood, Hancock crosses that really shine on the ranch and in the arena. "Billy Ward, seven-time NFR Pickup Man, rides nothing but Bath Bros geldings," Randy Dunn says, "and, at one time, we had four world champions riding our horses."

With these four talented breeders and the exceptional bloodlines they work with, you can expect a top quality sale. This is not just a local sale. Horse trailers from Texas, California, Virginia, Florida, New York, New Mexico, Utah, Wyoming, and Colorado were lined up to take home prized purchases. The long distance purchase title went to Dick Van Pelt of Vista Grande Ranch who sold two mares and a stud to a cowboy in France who will use them when competing in the French National Ranch Horse Versatility series.

Randy Dunn summed up what makes the "Come to the Source" such a popular sale. Dunn said, "It's an honest sale. You can't go to a sale anywhere else that has the percent of Blue Valentine and Driftwood in the number of horses that we do." He went on to say, "We sold 112 horses and I would bet that 97 percent of them had either Blue Valentine or Orphan Drift on their papers. And there were a lot of horses here that had six, seven, or eight crosses to Blue Valentine and plenty that had five, six, or seven crosses to Driftwood."

The "Come to the Source" horse sale has been held in Laramie on the last weekend in August for 12 years, and if you are looking for a horse with bloodlines that have stood the test of time, start making your plans now to "Come to the Source" in 2010.

If you were a horse buyer, Laramie, Wyo., was the place to be recently as four area horse breeders came together for the "Come to the Source" production sale. The Bath Bros Ranch and Vista Grande Ranch from Laramie, Wyo., and Merritt Quarter Horses and KeSa Quarter Horses from Fort Collins, Colo., have been putting on this sale for 12 years.

"We were just four good friends, with similar breeding philosophies, who got together to put on a horse sale." said Randy Dunn of the Bath Bros Ranch, "Twelve years later, we are still good friends and putting on one of the best sales in the country. A lot of marriages don't last that long."

What makes this sale unique is that all of the horses offered for sale can trace their bloodline to a blue roan stallion named Blue Valentine. Blue Valentine had outstanding linage. He was foaled in Arizona in 1956 out of Beauty's Dream, a daughter of Valentine. His sire was Red Man by the legendary Joe Hancock. Like has sire and grandsire, Blue Valentine had speed, good bone, gentle disposition, longevity and cow sense. He also had strong genes and passed his favorable traits on to 210 AQHA registered foals. Blue Valentine richly deserves his place as one of the great foundation ranch and performance sires.

King Merritt and Hyde Merritt acquired Blue Valentine and owned him until his death in 1980 on Hyde Merritt's Wyoming ranch. Chip Merritt has continued the tradition started by his father and grandfather of breeding top quality quarter horses with the Blue Valentine and Hancock blood lines on his Merritt Quarter Horse ranch outside of Fort Collins, Colo. "They are not only good rodeo horses, but you can do most anything on them" Merritt says, " ranch work, ranch rodeo, trail riding, pleasure, barrel racing and speed events."

KeSa Quarter Horses, located 10 miles east of Fort Collins, breeds high percentage foundation Driftwoods and Blue Valentines. Sam Shoultz said, "Our reference sires, Mr. Junewood, Blue Fox Hancock, Driftwood Sensation, and Hancock Red Fox, have all earned Open AQHA performance points in the cattle events and all carry time proven working genetics." KeSa Quarter Horses is consistently invited to participate in the prestigious CSU "Legends of Ranching" performance horse sale.

Dick Van Pelt of Vista Grande Ranch, which is located up against the foothills just south of Laramie, Wyo., crosses his Blue Valentine bloodlines with Joe Hancock and Leo to produce top quality, ranch bred, working cow horses. Greg Fry, trainer at Vista Grande Ranch says, "We put a really good foundational start on our horses. A buyer just needs to put in the hours and keep them going."

The fourth ranch is the historic Bath Bros Ranch of Laramie, Wyo. Of the four, Bath Bros Ranch is the only working cattle ranch. Randy and Laurie Dunn carry on the family tradition which started in 1868. Bath Bros horses are the Blue Valentine, Driftwood, Hancock crosses that really shine on the ranch and in the arena. "Billy Ward, seven-time NFR Pickup Man, rides nothing but Bath Bros geldings," Randy Dunn says, "and, at one time, we had four world champions riding our horses."

With these four talented breeders and the exceptional bloodlines they work with, you can expect a top quality sale. This is not just a local sale. Horse trailers from Texas, California, Virginia, Florida, New York, New Mexico, Utah, Wyoming, and Colorado were lined up to take home prized purchases. The long distance purchase title went to Dick Van Pelt of Vista Grande Ranch who sold two mares and a stud to a cowboy in France who will use them when competing in the French National Ranch Horse Versatility series.

Randy Dunn summed up what makes the "Come to the Source" such a popular sale. Dunn said, "It's an honest sale. You can't go to a sale anywhere else that has the percent of Blue Valentine and Driftwood in the number of horses that we do." He went on to say, "We sold 112 horses and I would bet that 97 percent of them had either Blue Valentine or Orphan Drift on their papers. And there were a lot of horses here that had six, seven, or eight crosses to Blue Valentine and plenty that had five, six, or seven crosses to Driftwood."

The "Come to the Source" horse sale has been held in Laramie on the last weekend in August for 12 years, and if you are looking for a horse with bloodlines that have stood the test of time, start making your plans now to "Come to the Source" in 2010.


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