2022 Breeder’s Guide Program: Pitzer Ranch
Pitzer Ranch is featured in The Team Roping Journal's 2022 Breeder's Guide, highlighting industry-best rope horse breeding programs, studs and incentives.

Pitzer Ranch

Ericson, Nebraska



It might have been Hall-of-Fame stallion Two Eyed Jack that put the Pitzer Ranch on the map, but Howard Pitzer’s legacy continues today with the same champion bloodlines.

This program has bred and raised ranch and rope horses for 75 years. Sporting a band of 400 broodmares, the ranch produces winners that have been ridden from the NFR to the trail course. Annually, the Pitzer Ranch is one of the AQHA’s top breeders in terms of winnings.

Each stallion is a proven winner and producer, adding a level of hard-earned credibility to the operation. Some stand in the breeding barn for collection, while others are turned out with their band of mares—many of whom excelled in the arena and on the ranch, themselves.

While the ranch offers a wide variety of stallions to choose from, the bay roan Dukes N Divas (by Duke Joe Jack out of Two Eyed Diva by Two Eyed Red Buck) has earned his Superior in heading and heeling, with more than 200 open performance and halter points.

Showjoe Jack (by Show Me A Song Joes out of Rosalee Joe Jackie by Joe Jack Honey Bar) has earned more than 250 open performance points and qualified for the World Show along the way. The ranch added the gray stallion Gunna Wimp Em to the lineup as an out-cross—a son of the $9.5 million sire and NRHA Hall of Famer Wimpys Little Step out of the Colonels Smoking Gun daughter Miss Silver Gun. Another outcross is Mia Browbeater, by High Brow Cat out of the NCHA money-earning Son O Mia mare Quejanamia, offering some of the industry’s most sought-after bloodlines in a size big enough to head, heel, cut or ranch. Mia Browbeater earned $69,914 in the NCHA and won second in the NCHA Futurity’s non-pro division before her breeding career. Full details on all 11 Pitzer Ranch stallions are available at pitzerranch.net.

You can browse the latest offspring at the two annual sales in Nebraska. The spring sale is scheduled for April 23, 2022, and includes lots of broke horses and yearlings, while the fall sale, set for Sept. 9–10, 2022, is a production sale with mostly weanlings, but also some broke horses and broodmares.

A big draw during the Fall Sale is the annual HP Ranch Horse Invitational, scheduled for Sept. 7, 2022. Now in its 12th year, it’s the highest-paying ranch horse competition in the country. It’s open to 4- to 6-year-old horses from paid-up sires, with new eligible sires added each year. It pays out more than $80,000 annually, testing horse in a five-event format in and out of the arena. They compete in heading, heeling, cowboy trail, one-man ranch sorting and barrel racing.

Pitzer Ranch horses cover every facet of what you need in a performance or working horse. The vast Nebraska Sandhills serve not only as a beautiful backdrop to the ranch, but provide Pitzer horses a foundation in ranch country.

Read: The 2022 Team Roping Journal Breeder’s Guide

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