Open Box Rafter Ranch Production Sale


September 11, 2010 • Rapid City, South Dakota

  Behind the sale: Open Box Rafter Ranch is a working cattle and horse ranch owned by Jim and Joni Hunt. “This is what we do full time,” says Joni Hunt. “Our seven children (ages 7 to 22) are involved in every aspect of its operation from making selective breeding decisions about matings, to halter breaking, doctoring, working cattle, branding, starting young colts and putting up the hay to feed in the winter. They can identify every one of our 120 mares by name.”

  Best known for: Quality horses, hard to find bloodlines, and cowboy heritage. Open Box Rafter Ranch is an authentic family ranch with generations of history. Jim's grandfather, Albert Lopez, had the first band of registered AQHA mares in SD. Joni's great-grandfather, Tom Berry, raised Remount horses and was South Dakota's "Cowboy Governor" in the 1930's. Many of the horsemen who come to the sale are repeat buyers, returning for quality prospects, the ranch’s solid reputation for good horses, and South Dakota ranch hospitality.

  Expect to see: Quality horses and carefully chosen, exceptional broodmares. “We’re proud of our stallions,” says Joni, “but our focus has also been the quality of our broodmares. We believe ‘good horses, like good men, have good mothers.’ More than 30 of our broodmares are granddaughters of the immortal Sugar Bars, one of the most versatile and influential sires in Quarter Horse history.” The sale, held at the fairgrounds in Rapid City, off Interstate 90, is easy to access and five miles from the airport.

  Web sites and contact information: Log on to RafterRanch.com; phone or email Jim or Joni Hunt, 605-538-4450; rafter@lakotanetwork.com.

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