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Keeping the tradition alive at the 2011 Pitzer Ranch Horse Invitational

Lindsey Salestrom
Lincoln, Neb.

Photo By Lindsey SalestromThe Ranch Horse Invitational is designed to showcase Pitzer-bred horses ability, confirmation and disposition. The mare in this picture is by eligible stallion Harlan Baron Red and owned by Brandi Salestrom.

Since 1945 the Pitzer ranch in Ericson, Neb., has been known for producing horses that can earn their keep on the ranch, as well as excel in the arena. It was Howard Pitzer’s idea that horses should have the stamina to handle daily ranch activities, such as sorting or branding, and also be able to bring home a paycheck from jackpots, rodeos and shows. He also wanted horses that had eye appeal and good bone structure, so they could be used for the span of their adult life.

Those ideals have been a tradition at the Pitzer Ranch and implemented over 60 years using selective breeding to produce horses with ability, conformation and a disposition that any level of rider can compete with. To demonstrate the potential of Pitzer-bred horses, and to give producers an incentive to keep improving their breeding stock, the ranch has developed an event called the Howard Pitzer Ranch Horse Invitational.

The Pitzer Ranch horses are known for their lineage from the great American Quarter Horse Association (AQHA) Hall of Fame stallion Two Eyed Jack. The legendary stallion was purchased in 1964 as a 3-year-old and was used for working cattle on the ranch when he wasn’t racking up points in the show pen. Before he was retired from showing at the age of 9, he earned points in a multitude of events including: halter, western pleasure, huntseat, reining, western riding and working cow horse.

Outside the arena Two Eyed Jack also proved to be a great sire as many of his foals went on to win titles in confirmation and performance classes. During his lifetime, he became the all-time leading sire of AQHA champions, a title which he still holds even after his death in 1991 at the age of 30. Two Eyed Jack descendants have continued to make well-rounded ranch and show horses, keeping the tradition alive.

Several stallions descending from the Pitzer bloodlines have become accomplished athletes and, like their predecessors, are proving to be great sires. With that in mind, Howard Pitzer’s grandson, Jim Brinkman, was determined to create an event that showcased talented young horses produced by Pitzer-bred stallions. Brinkman’s visionary approach lead to the development of the Howard Pitzer Ranch Horse Invitational.

The event will be taking place this year on Sept. 7, 2011, at the Pitzer Ranch. On the ranch’s website, Brinkman states, “For many years I have talked about and worked to design a competition for the [progeny] of accomplished and approved Pitzer Ranch-bred sires. They will compete in a contest to show what I think is the ultimate ranch horse.” The overall goal of the event is to give breeders the incentive to continue improving their horses while providing old-time friendly fun and competition.

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The event will showcase the versatility, disposition, conformation and ability of Pitzer-bred horses. Brinkman describes the event saying, “This competition is designed based on what we expect a broke horse to do at our Pitzer ranch. This is a competition for any level [of] rider to compete and showcase their horse’s skills in any or all of the events.”

The Ranch Horse Invitational will be composed of six events including: a conformation class, cowboy trail, one man ranch sorting, jackpot team roping (heading and heeling) and barrel racing. All events will have 100% payback and those horses contending for the all-around title can expect upwards of $8,000-$10,000 in prize money along with awards from generous sponsors. Owners of eligible stallions will receive awards and a percentage of money earned by their sire’s offspring placing in the competition’s all-around category.

Not all of the Ranch Horse Invitational eligible stallions stand at the Pitzer Ranch as Jim has found other outcross stallions that he admires for their traits and accomplishments. The eligible stallions have been nominated by their owners and this year only stallions qualified for the Ranch Horse Invitational will have their weanlings in the Annual Pitzer Ranch Fall Production and Consignment Sale which will take place two days after the competition, Sept. 9-10, 2011.

For those interested in competing in the Howard Pitzer Ranch Horse Invitational, an entry form and more information pertaining to eligible horses can be found on the ranch’s website http://www.pitzerranch.net or call (308) 653-2134.

The Pitzer Ranch is looking forward to celebrating the talent of the horses they produce and encourage those who are interested to attend the upcoming Ranch Horse Invitational and Annual Fall Production and Consignment Sale. Be a part of the action and experience the Pitzer tradition.

Since 1945 the Pitzer ranch in Ericson, Neb., has been known for producing horses that can earn their keep on the ranch, as well as excel in the arena. It was Howard Pitzer’s idea that horses should have the stamina to handle daily ranch activities, such as sorting or branding, and also be able to bring home a paycheck from jackpots, rodeos and shows. He also wanted horses that had eye appeal and good bone structure, so they could be used for the span of their adult life.

Those ideals have been a tradition at the Pitzer Ranch and implemented over 60 years using selective breeding to produce horses with ability, conformation and a disposition that any level of rider can compete with. To demonstrate the potential of Pitzer-bred horses, and to give producers an incentive to keep improving their breeding stock, the ranch has developed an event called the Howard Pitzer Ranch Horse Invitational.

The Pitzer Ranch horses are known for their lineage from the great American Quarter Horse Association (AQHA) Hall of Fame stallion Two Eyed Jack. The legendary stallion was purchased in 1964 as a 3-year-old and was used for working cattle on the ranch when he wasn’t racking up points in the show pen. Before he was retired from showing at the age of 9, he earned points in a multitude of events including: halter, western pleasure, huntseat, reining, western riding and working cow horse.

Outside the arena Two Eyed Jack also proved to be a great sire as many of his foals went on to win titles in confirmation and performance classes. During his lifetime, he became the all-time leading sire of AQHA champions, a title which he still holds even after his death in 1991 at the age of 30. Two Eyed Jack descendants have continued to make well-rounded ranch and show horses, keeping the tradition alive.

Several stallions descending from the Pitzer bloodlines have become accomplished athletes and, like their predecessors, are proving to be great sires. With that in mind, Howard Pitzer’s grandson, Jim Brinkman, was determined to create an event that showcased talented young horses produced by Pitzer-bred stallions. Brinkman’s visionary approach lead to the development of the Howard Pitzer Ranch Horse Invitational.

The event will be taking place this year on Sept. 7, 2011, at the Pitzer Ranch. On the ranch’s website, Brinkman states, “For many years I have talked about and worked to design a competition for the [progeny] of accomplished and approved Pitzer Ranch-bred sires. They will compete in a contest to show what I think is the ultimate ranch horse.” The overall goal of the event is to give breeders the incentive to continue improving their horses while providing old-time friendly fun and competition.

The event will showcase the versatility, disposition, conformation and ability of Pitzer-bred horses. Brinkman describes the event saying, “This competition is designed based on what we expect a broke horse to do at our Pitzer ranch. This is a competition for any level [of] rider to compete and showcase their horse’s skills in any or all of the events.”

The Ranch Horse Invitational will be composed of six events including: a conformation class, cowboy trail, one man ranch sorting, jackpot team roping (heading and heeling) and barrel racing. All events will have 100% payback and those horses contending for the all-around title can expect upwards of $8,000-$10,000 in prize money along with awards from generous sponsors. Owners of eligible stallions will receive awards and a percentage of money earned by their sire’s offspring placing in the competition’s all-around category.

Not all of the Ranch Horse Invitational eligible stallions stand at the Pitzer Ranch as Jim has found other outcross stallions that he admires for their traits and accomplishments. The eligible stallions have been nominated by their owners and this year only stallions qualified for the Ranch Horse Invitational will have their weanlings in the Annual Pitzer Ranch Fall Production and Consignment Sale which will take place two days after the competition, Sept. 9-10, 2011.

For those interested in competing in the Howard Pitzer Ranch Horse Invitational, an entry form and more information pertaining to eligible horses can be found on the ranch’s website http://www.pitzerranch.net or call (308) 653-2134.

The Pitzer Ranch is looking forward to celebrating the talent of the horses they produce and encourage those who are interested to attend the upcoming Ranch Horse Invitational and Annual Fall Production and Consignment Sale. Be a part of the action and experience the Pitzer tradition.