2023 Breeder's Guide Program: Pitzer Ranch

Pitzer Ranch is featured in The Team Roping Journal's 2023 Breeder's Guide, highlighting industry-best rope horse breeding programs, studs and incentives.

Pitzer Ranch offers a jackpot to preview its horses before the Pitzer Ranch Sale | courtesy Pitzer Ranch

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 Jim Brinkman and family and the same champion bloodlines.

This program has bred and raised ranch and rope horses for over 75 years. Sporting a band of 400 broodmares, the ranch produces winners that have been ridden from the trail course to the NFR. Annually, the Pitzer Ranch is one of 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 at their breeding facility for collection, while others are turned out with their bands of mares—all of whom excelled in the arena and on the ranch, themselves.

While the ranch offers a wide variety of stallions to choose from, the pretty sorrel, Favorable Intentions (by Duke Joe Jack out of Rita Red Jackie by Mr Baron Red) is an AQHA Champion with over 175 open performance points and several AQHA World Show qualifications, superiors and grands in numerous events. He was a top-5 sire at the first-ever Riata Buckle roping. Standing in with some of the biggest names in the performance horse sire world.

The ranch added in some cutting blood with Mia Browbeater, by High Brow Cat out of the National Cutting Horse Association (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 on. Mia Browbeater earned $69,914 in the NCHA and won second in the NCHA Futurity’s non-pro division before his breeding career.

palomino horse being ridden across wood bridge at the HP Ranch Horse Invitational
A Pitzer Ranch horse competing in the HP Ranch Horse Invitational | courtesy Pitzer Ranch

Another outcross from the reining world is gray stallion Gunna Wimp Em—a son of the $9.5 million sire and National Reining Horse Association Hall of Famer Wimpys Little Step out of a performing Colonels Smoking Gun daughter Miss Silver Gun. There is truly a stallion at Pitzer Ranch to fit any breeder’s needs. Full details on all 13 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 22, 2023, and includes several broke horses, high-quality rope horses and yearlings, while the fall sale, set for Sept. 8–9, 2023, is a production sale with mostly HPI Eligible weanlings, but also includes broke horses, prospects, stallions and broodmares.

A big draw during the fall sale is the annual HP Ranch Horse Invitational, scheduled for Sept. 6, 2023. Now in its 13th year, it’s the highest-paying ranch horse competition in the entire country. It’s open to 4- to 6-year-old horses from HPI paid-up sires, with new eligible sires added each year.

It paid out more than $100,000 last year, testing horses 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 location for the ranch, but also provide Pitzer horses a strong foundation in ranch country.

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