2024 Breeder's Guide

Pitzer Ranch
With seven decades of breeding program history, Pitzer Ranch produces incentive-eligible horses that are versatile, athletic, good-looking and user-friendly.
The HP Ranch Horse Invitational is set to pay out well over $110,000 in 2024. | Courtesy Pitzer Ranch

Pitzer Ranch
Ericson, Nebraska

For nearly eight decades, the Pitzer Ranch has been raising champion Quarter Horses in the heart of ranch country. The Nebraska Sandhills ranch, owned and operated by Jim Brinkman and his family, continues the legacy of his grandfather, AQHA Hall of Fame member Howard Pitzer, that began more than 70 years ago with his Hall of Fame stallion, Two Eyed Jack.

The foundation Howard and “Jack” laid can be found in the blood of the 400+ head broodmare band and 15 proven stallions that stand at the ranch. The breeding decisions in this program have recently produced Riata Buckle winnings of over $300,000 and notable AQHA and rope horse futurity successes, not to mention recent NFR qualifiers. Some of the stallions will stand at the ranch’s breeding facility for collection and others are turned to pasture with their band of mares for the season.

The Pitzer Ranch broodmare band spends their days grazing the Sandhills Ranch.

Every stallion has been proven in and out of the arena and is paid into a number of incentives. From the Ranch’s own HP Ranch Horse Invitational to the wildly popular Riata Buckle and the new Top Gun Stallion Incentive, each stallion’s get is eligible for loads of money in the roping and Western horse industries.

New to the Pitzer Ranch stallion battery for 2024 is the gorgeous and ultra-talented Metallic Casanova. The red roan cowhorse has amassed $200,820 under NRCHA showman Clay Volmer. Metallic Casanova’s commanding arena presence, versatility and undeniable athletic ability make him a valuable outcross to the ranch- and rope-horse-based breeding program that Pitzer Ranch is known for.

The “line-bred” Jack stallions like Dukes N Divas and Favorable Intentions carry the blood that the program was built upon. Both are paid Riata Buckle sires and their get has had great success recently.

There truly is a Pitzer Ranch stallion for any type of mare customers may want to breed. The focus of the ranch is to produce sound, good-looking, user-friendly horses that can compete in a variety of areas and win.

You can browse the latest offspring at the two annual sales held at the ranch. The Spring Sale is scheduled for April 27, 2024, and includes several broke horses, high-quality rope horses and yearlings. The Fall Sale, set for Sept. 6-7, 2024, is a production sale with mostly HPI, Riata Buckle & Top Gun eligible weanlings. It also includes broke horses, prospects, stallions and broodmares.

Metallic Casanova, 2018 red roan stallion owned by Pitzer Ranch/DACK Cattle LLC.

A big draw during the Fall Sale is the annual HP Ranch Horse Invitational, scheduled for Sept. 4, 2024. Now in its 14th 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.

The HPI paid out more than $110,000 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 breathtaking location for the ranch but also provides Pitzer horses a strong foundation in ranch country.

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