Pitzer Ranch, Eric­son, Neb.

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SINCE ITS START af­ter the end of the Great De­pres­sion in 1944, the Pitzer Ranch has pro­duced horses built to drag a 1,700-pound bull or spin steers at the WNFR. Most fa­mous for iconic stal­lion Two Eyed Jack, to­day Pitzer Ranch puts out 250 to 300 colts each year, selling a high per­cent­age to jack­pot team rop­ers.

“We’ve tried to keep our struc­ture and our mus­cle pat­tern made the right way for it,” said Jim Brinkman, grand­son of Pitzer Ranch founder Howard Pitzer. “And, of course, their dis­po­si­tions are a pri­or­ity. I tried to go into the cut­ting horses as out­crosses, and right now I’m try­ing a Corona Caliente horse. I want to keep some speed and size. We al­ways kept more size and struc­ture than the cut­ters and the rein­ers. That lends it­self to the team rop­ing deal.”

The Pitzer Ranch still runs plenty of beef cat­tle, so colts that aren’t sold as wean­lings at the Pitzer Sales stick around to do ranch work un­til they’re ready to hit the jack­pots. Most Pitzer Ranch 4and 5-year-olds are scooped up by rop­ers as soon as they start to get solid, Brinkman said.

“We have 50 or 60 years of selec­tion,” Brinkman added. “These horses they do have a nat­u­ral in­cli­na­tion to be rope horses com­pared to some of the out­cross horses I’ve had. Over time, it does start to make a dif­fer­ence. We’re putting out 250 to 300 colts a year. Take that times 50 years, that’s a lot of horses.”

Some of Pitzers horses also end up in the horse show mar­ket and the feed yards, but a vast ma­jor­ity end up in the hands of recre­ational rop­ers. Most of Pitzer’s mares have been roped, shown in the rein­ing or rop­ing or even shown in the hal­ter classes un­til they be­come brood­mares.

CHAD MASTERS AND CODY

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