The brand new Legacy Ranch Horse Sale is scheduled for Saturday, September 17, at 6:30 p.m. at the Prescott, Arizona, Rodeo Grounds. For the first time in history, 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, horsemanship clinic by Buster McLaury, vet clinics, trade show, and more, all open free to the public.
The offering of 35 horses includes broke ranch horses, roping and ranch prospects, broodmares, and yearlings. All have been raised by these traditional working cattle ranches on some of the roughest, rockiest country northern Arizona has to offer.
“These horses know how to adapt,” Rick Kieckhefer, K4 manager says. “They get around on rough terrain, and they’ve done it all, from working big herds of cattle, to dragging calves to the fire, to packing ranch kids around after they’re retired.”
The K4 Ranch, established by the Kieckhefer family in 1941, runs 2,500 cows on 185,000 acres, and has 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 and runs more than 2,400 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 at 2:30 p.m., arena dry work demo at 3:30 p.m., and ranch horse demo (branding and sorting) at 4:30 p.m. 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.