Legendary 6666 Ranch & Road to the Horse
Legendary 6666 Ranch To Supply 2011 Road to the Horse Remuda
One of the most well-respected Quarter Horse ranches in the United States, 6666 Ranch is a recipient of the AQHA Best Remuda Award, and has been named an AQHA All-Time Leading Breeder of Performance Horses. There is no doubt to any true horseman that the 6666 Ranch is a legend in its own time. It is only fitting then that this unmatched ranch be the remuda provider for the 2011 Road to the Horse Legends which will test the horsemanship prowess of Pat Parelli, Chris Cox and Clinton Anderson in Murfreesboro, TN on February 25-27, 2011.
Working in partnership with the American Quarter Horse Association, 6666 Ranch was selected for their exemplary equine breeding program, outstanding performance record and a long history of tradition and excellence.
Each year a notable Quarter Horse ranch is invited to provide the Road to the Horse remuda of ten three-year-old geldings for the World Championship of Colt Starting. Working hand-in-hand with the American Quarter Horse Association, Road to the Horse owner and producer Tootie Bland and Boss Wrangler Adam Tarpley carefully consider each ranch’s breeding program and husbandry record before making a final selection.
“Our boss wrangler Adam asked me what ranch would be #1 on my wish list if I could have the remuda from any ranch. My immediate answer was the 6666. He said ‘okay, then let’s call them’ and then just took it and ran with it. I couldn’t be more elated to be getting the remuda of my dreams in the same year as the three biggest clinicians of our time,” says Bland.
The 6666s initiated their Quarter Horse breeding program in the 1960s, carefully breeding for cow sense, speed, gentle disposition and confirmation. Standing the most highly regarded stallions in the equine industry, 6666s ranch claims that much of their success rests squarely with a band of over 100 top-notch broodmares.
Focusing on certain “mare families” that are proven to deliver desirable traits to their offspring has provided several predominant broodmare groups. Matching proven maternal genetics with the industry's leading cutting, reining, ranch and all-around performance producers, 6666 Ranch has created fail-proof system for success.
6666s keep many of their foals for later use on the ranch or in the breeding program. The geldings selected for the Road to the Horse Remuda will come from a group of horses chosen to remain at the 6666s with the eligibility of being included in the cowboy string. Helping manage the Black Angus cow/calf operation that includes 7,000 mother cows, the cowboy string is an integral part of 6666 Ranch.
“On the male side of production, we will select a few stallion prospects and then pick ranch remuda horses. These geldings are not from one particular sire line, but are a good mixture of performance breeding. For Road to the Horse we will pick the best representation and cross section of 6666s raised horses,” says Glen Blodgett, DVM, of the 6666s horse division.
The sires of the Road to the Horse remuda will include:
Sixes Pick - 1998 Sorrel Stallion by Tanqueray Gin out of Natural Pick by Tenino Badger
Paddy's Irish Whiskey - 1991 Bay Stallion by Peppy San Badger out of Doc's Starlight by Doc Bar
Playboy's Buck Fever - 1999 Buckskin Stallion by Freckles Playboy out of Tsarina Chexinic by Reminic
Seven From Heaven - 1999 Gray Stallion by Playgun out of Peppys From Heaven by Peppy San Badger
Playin Attraction - 2002 Sorrel Stallion by Playin Stylist out of Ginnin Attraction by Tanqueray Gin
These stallions, along with nearly 20 others standing at 6666 Ranch, sire around 125 foals each year at 6666s alone. While some are kept at 6666s, others are trained for competition or consigned to sales such as The Return to the Remuda Sale.
The Return to the Remuda Sale, put on by 6666 Ranch, Beggs Cattle Co., Pitchfork Land & Cattle Co. and Tongue River Ranch, auctions 125-150 horses, including weanlings, yearlings, two-year-olds, stallion prospects and aged geldings, each year. For a sneak-peak of the bloodlines that will compose the Road to the Horse Remuda, check out the sale hosted at the 6666 Ranch in Guthrie, Texas on September 25, 2011.
General admission bleacher tickets to the 2011 Road to the Horse Legends are on sale now at www.roadtothehorse.com. In addition to the publicly available seats, a special prime seating block has been set aside for members of the Road to the Horse Nation. The Nation, a membership club that fans can join for $39.95 a year includes a host of benefits in addition to prime seating, including a members-only website, advance access and line privileges, merchandise discounts and more.