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Longtime National Reined Cow Horse Association supporter and stallion sponsor 6666 Ranch bolstered their commitment to the reined cow horse industry in a multi-year agreement that names the famed Texas ranch as a Corporate Partner of the ever-growing association. The working cattle ranch that also houses many of the cow horse industry’s leading sires elevated their status with the association on the heels of renewed involvement in the working ranch cowboy membership drive.
“We were thrilled to host the 2021 Cowboy Clinic at the historic 6666 Ranch in June,” said Anna Morrison, NRCHA executive director. “While there, we had the opportunity to see first-hand the leading role that Dr. Blodgett and the 6666 Ranch family take in connecting working ranch cowboys to the traditional horsemanship and competitive sport of reined cow horse.”
The partnership between the 6666 Ranch and the NRCHA is now new, but rather has deep roots. The ranch stands NRCHA Million Dollar Sires Bet Hesa Cat (by High Brow Cat) and WR This Cats Smart (by High Brow Cat). The ranch is also breeder of competitive reined cow horse stallion Quahadi (by Bet Hesa Cat), owned by Burnett Ranches LLC and shown by NRCHA Million Dollar Rider Boyd Rice to more than $55,000 in earnings, who will be featured in the upcoming invitational fence challenge at The Run For A Million in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Ranch-bred, raised and trained horses have successfully competed in the NRCHA, and of late, Saddling At Sunrise (by WR This Cats Smart and out of ranch-bred mare Sunshine Ingredient) has carried Rice to the Open Novice Horse Champion title at the 2021 Tres Osos Cow Horse Derby and NRCHA Million Dollar Rider Kelby Phillips to the 2021 NRCHA Stallion Stakes Reserve Championship. Resident trainer and NRCHA professional Terry Riddle has shown ranch-owned stallion South Wichita (by Bet Hesa Cat and out of ranch-bred Gins Last) to third in the 2018 Limited Open and sixth in the Intermediate Open at the NRCHA Snaffle Bit Futurity®.
“We were honored to host the grassroots approach of the Cowboy Clinic,” said Glenn Blodgett, DVM, 6666 Ranch horse division manager. “The cow horse is an integral part of our program here at the 6666 Ranch. This partnership was a great example of simultaneously growing the industry and attracting newcomers to the sport. The 6666 Ranch looks forward to working together to promote the association for breeders, owners, and contestants.”
As a Corporate Partner, the 6666 Ranch will continue to provide support to the growing NRCHA membership base and increasing event purses at the five premier events produced by the association. This elevated and hands-on participation in reined cow horse only brings the ranch deeper into the NRCHA Sponsor family while honoring the heritage of the ranch and the sport.
Based in Pilot Point, Texas, the National Reined Cow Horse Association was formed in 1949 in California, with the goal of preserving and educating the public about the rich history of this traditional horsemanship. The NRCHA is responsible for promoting the sport and ensuring high standards of competition and continuing to work to keep the Vaquero tradition alive in today’s equine industry. The NRCHA also supports numerous affiliate clubs across the United States, Europe and abroad. These groups serve as the association’s backbone, holding many NRCHA-sanctioned competitions and events each year.
(Press release courtesy of NRCHA).