The second annual Legacy Ranch Horse Sale is scheduled for Saturday, September 16, at 6:30 p.m. at the Prescott, Arizona, Rodeo Grounds. Once again, three of Arizona’s largest, most historic ranches – the K4 Ranch, Campwood Cattle Company, and O RO Ranch – have teamed up to present a unique offering of using horses carrying the brands of ranches with over 300 combined years of tradition.
The sale is being held in conjunction with Olsen’s Equifest Arizona, a three-day equine extravaganza that includes barrel racing, team roping, clinics, demonstrations, a trade show featuring 40 vendor booths, and more, all free to the public.
The offering of 31 horses includes broke ranch horses, roping and ranch prospects, and broodmares. All have been raised by these traditional working cattle ranches on some of the roughest, rockiest country northern Arizona has to offer.
“These horses are bred and trained to perform every job a big working ranch has to offer, and they are used daily,” says Rick Kieckhefer, manager of the K4 Ranch. “They are asked for a lot, and they give a lot. They are the backbone of our operations, and without them we could not be successful.”
The K4 Ranch, established by the Kieckhefer family in 1941, runs 3,200 mother cows on 200,000 acres of rangeland, as well as a farming operation and feedlot. They have been raising registered Quarter Horses for racing, performance and ranch work since 1943.
The nucleus of Campwood Cattle Company is the 7 Up Ranch, which was established in the late 1800s. Overall the operation runs more than 2,000 mother cows and stockers on 134,000 acres. The current horse program was begun over 20 years ago.
The history of the O RO Ranch dates back to the early 1800s and the 100,000-acre Spanish Land Grant known as the Baca Float #5. Now comprised of 257,000 acres and 5,000 head of cattle, the ranch has been breeding Quarter Horses since the American Quarter Horse Association was formed in 1940.
Horses in the sale offering will be shown in the fairgrounds arena the afternoon of the sale, with a rope horse demo from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m., and branding and arena dry work from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. The horses will be available in the stall area for buyer viewing and questions from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m., and the sale begins at 6:30 p.m.
The sale is being managed by D&D Equine Services, L.L.C., and Rick Machado will be the auctioneer. For more information, visit www.ranchhorsesale.com. Or call 520/360-9524, or email Legacyhorsesale@icloud.com.