September 10-12, 2010 • Ericson, Nebraska
More than 60 years ago, Howard Pitzer took his early depression-era experience as a stockman and combined it with the heritage of his horse-trading father. In 1944, he started the Pitzer Ranch by renting grass for 25 cents per acre and taking in cattle. Any profit went to purchase land and cows.
Living expenses in those days were made by trading horses, and in 1964 Howard purchased Two Eyed Jack—a Quarter Horse stallion who would have a lasting impact on the breed as the all-time leading sire of AQHA champions.
Howard’s dedication to core values, truthful representation and careful breeding built a legacy in the horse industry that has lasted for generations. Both Howard Pitzer and Two Eyed Jack were inducted into the AQHA Hall of Fame in 1997.
Today, Pitzer Ranch continues Howard’s ideals and vision, maintaining a reputation for top quality Quarter Horses with conformation, disposition, athletic ability and ranch horse substance. Howard passed away in 1998, followed by his wife, Florence, in 2010, but grandson Jim Brinkman continues his legacy.
The ranch held its first production sale in 1977 and has expanded to two sales annually—one in the spring and one in the fall. This year, the fall sale begins on September 10 with the Pitzer Ranch Broke Horse Sale, which offers 150 head of broke ranch and rope horses. September 11 is the date for the Pitzer Ranch Production Sale, featuring 300 head of weanlings, breeding stock and riding horses by Pitzer Ranch sires. The Pitzer Ranch Guest Consigner sale is on September 12, with 200 head of weanlings, breeding stock and performance prospects whose parents are of Pitzer Ranch lineage.
Buyers who aren’t able to attend in person can bid and buy on-line by viewing the sale live on-line at DVAuction.com.
For more information: Log on to pitzerranch.net, or call (308) 653-2134.