Wagon Wheel Ranch

WELCOME

 
Greetings,

We pride ourselves on producing some of the top producing and top performing Foundation Bred Quarter Horses in the industry!

Our breeding program is primarily designed to concentrate the blood of specific legendary sires (King P-234, Royal King, Joe Hancock, Blue Valentine, Mr. San Peppy, and Driftwood) to produce some of the greatest using and performing horses with impeccable bloodlines, strong bones, great cow instincts, and a gentle disposition – the type of horse you will be proud to own and be mounted on!

Built originally by the late visionary, Fred G. Gist, today we continue his legacy by furthering the Wagon Wheel Ranch Breeding Program and producing more top-quality using and performance horses with the versatility, disposition, and training to meet the needs of the ranch, the trail, and the arena.

Thanks to everyone for the decades of support and appreciation. We hope you get the chance to come out and enjoy the wonderful things the Wagon Wheel Ranch™ has to offer sometime soon!

Sincerely,
Elaine Conger Gist, Owner

John C. Gist, Manager

The Wagon Wheel Ranch™ Crew

OUR HISTORY

 

Originally established in 1872, the historic Wagon Wheel Ranch has been home to a premier Foundation Quarter Horse Breeding Program built by the late Fred G. Gist.

1872

Ranch Established

The storied Wagon Wheel Ranch was originally a working cattle, sheep, and goat ranch. Now home to the renowned Fred G. Gist Foundation Quarter Horse Herd, this ranch is a true Texas treasure. Comprised of almost 10,000 acres, this historic ranch still embodies the charm of the old west.
1972

Gist Family Ownership

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Since the ranch’s centennial anniversary, the Gist family has preserved Foundation Bloodlines critical to the development of the modern Quarter Horse at the historic Wagon Wheel Ranch in central Texas.
 
Founded by the late breeding trailblazer, Fred G. Gist and his wife, Elaine Conger Gist, the Wagon Wheel Ranch Breeding Program was primarily designed to concentrate blood of specific legendary sires, including King P-234, Royal King, Joe Hancock, Blue Valentine, Driftwood and Mr. San Peppy and more.
2004

Herd Of 1,000+

The Foundation Bloodlines of the American Quarter Horse are beloved for their size, cow sense, performance ability, versatility, and kind dispositions. The intent of this breeding program is to create, preserve, and strengthen a genetic vault like no other. At the peak of its breeding operation, the herd size was well over 1,000 head. Such a herd size made it possible to test and prove the Genetic Inheritance Statistic System.
 
Now, the program has become the industry’s breeding go-to secret. Many famed trainers and breeders start, improve, or correct their programs with stock from the Wagon Wheel Ranch. With the breeding system in place, each pairing is intentional and highly predictable. Select horses from this program can be equally considered performance horses as well as producing horses, which makes them genetic super horses*.
 
(*Genetic super horses are very uncommon horses with multiple matched pairs of chromosomes, as well as a positive hybrid vigor %.)

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2017

Sul Ross Partnership

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The Fred G. Gist Memorial Foundation, through a $15 million endowment to Sul Ross State University, seeks to perpetuate and promote the valuable and historic role played by the American Quarter Horse on working ranches, as well as provide a resource for future generations in the study of genetic research and breeding while nurturing the ranch horse competition market.
 
The key component to this mission is the gift of these 245 strategically-bred American Quarter Horses from Wagon Wheel Ranch and the Gist Family to Sul Ross State University, where they will roam more than 300 acres, as well as become part of a new emphasis on genetic research and breeding that will ultimately result in an annual production sale with students involved every step of the way.
 
Among its many accolades, Sul Ross State was the birthplace of that National Intercollegiate Rodeo Association where it has a long and successful history with seven national titles, placing in the top 10 at the College National Finals Rodeo 33 times, and having six all-around cowboys and cowgirls. It also serves as the home to the Borderlands Research Institute for Natural Resource Management, the Center for Big Bend Studies, the Chihuahuan Desert Research Institute and the Chihuahuan Desert Resource, Conservation, and Development Area, Inc.
 
This collection of superior genetics, a genetic vault, will now form the core of a new signature equine educational program at Sul Ross State University.

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WHY CHOOSE US?

 
Paying attention to a horse’s foundation and genetics, leads to success in the arena, on the trail, or on the range. Founded by the late breeding trailblazer, Fred G. Gist and his wife, Elaine, the Wagon Wheel Ranch Breeding Program was primarily designed to concentrate blood of specific legendary sires, including King P-234, Royal King, Joe Hancock, Blue Valentine, Driftwood and Mr. San Peppy. Having increased the purity of many famed Foundation Bloodlines, the Wagon Wheel Ranch boasts being home to some of the purest foundation stock in the world, in particular the highest percentage Blue Valentine and King P-234 stallions in the world.
Blue Valentine57
Joe Hancock25
King P-23449
 
9728Acres
383Cows
3523Registered Quarter Horses Bred
46Years In Business

CURRENT NEWS

 
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TESTIMONIALS

 

From the horses to the crew and customers, the Wagon Wheel Ranch is all about family. Here’s what some of our family have shared.

Shawn Borst
We bought our first walking stick horse in 1998, and have followed the ranch and the breeding program for years! Was blessed to be able to come to the last sale, we bought 4 horses, all of which have a mind that is stead fast, and they are very easy to be around. They will be some of the best ranch horses in Kansas. Well worth the drive!
Shawn BorstHappy customer
Melissa Marie Davis
Beautiful Ranch, gracious & accommodating staff, the most beautiful & stout horse stock in every color combo imaginable. It is a must to visit and buy one of their horses.
Melissa Marie DavisSatisfied customer
Happy ranch hand
I had such I great experience while working for the Gist family! Mr. Fred had his vision, and I’m glad to see it being carried out!
Happy ranch handJake Holladay
Bill Blackman
Great people to deal with great horses.
Bill BlackmanHappy customer
Karen Smith
Such beautiful horses and gracious staff. It was a delight to be here.
Karen SmithPleased guest

SUL ROSS - THE NEXT STEWARD

 
The superior collection of genetics in the Wagon Wheel Ranch Foundation Quarter Horse Herd, appropriately named the Fred G. Gist Memorial Herd, will form the core of a new signature equine educational program at Sul Ross State University.

 

The Fred G. Gist Memorial Foundation, through a $15 million endowment to Sul Ross State University, seeks to perpetuate and promote the valuable and historic role played by the American Quarter Horse on working ranches, as well as provide a resource for future generations in the study of genetic research and breeding while nurturing the ranch horse competition market.

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