Shortly after my dad’s passing in 2009, my mother Elaine and I made the decision to continue the work that my father Fred G. Gist began. Since then, I have worked with our Ranch Foreman, Rusty Rodgers, to preserve the decades devoted to building one of, if not the, most significant and concentrated lines of King P234, Blue Valentine, Joe Hancock and Driftwood lines known in the world.
Eventually, after producing thousands of horses, the herd came to include a band of stallions and mares with some of the highest percentage of blood from these legendary lines known in the world.
After seeking out a new steward for the Wagon Wheel herd, we intended to share our valuable genetics in a program to be launched at Sul Ross State University. Our initial plans have recently changed, however we are still working with Sul Ross State to help them build a small herd.
Our new goal is to share these bloodlines and our valuable genetics with you through a complete dispersal of the Wagon Wheel Ranch herd.
Over the years, I have come to know many who share our love for Foundation American Quarter Horses. It is our hope that this sale will provide Quarter Horse herds of all types with an infusion of high percentage Foundation blood. Whether you already have a Foundation herd, or have a herd with more modern bloodlines, our genetic vault will help you restore genetic traits that are at the foundation of the American Quarter Horse.
This has not been an easy decision to make. It is, however, what we believe to be the best decision for us and our horses.
Our hope is when you eventually make your purchase, you will have a sense of what this herd has meant to my family, and to our Wagon Wheel Ranch family over the years. I hope you will be equally blessed as you take these fine individuals into your own families. Thanks to all of our customers, new and old, and thank you for your part in preserving the very foundations of the American Quarter Horse.
John C. Gist, Manager
The Wagon Wheel Ranch™ Crew
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.
Gist Family Ownership
Herd Of 1,000+
A New Generation
WHY CHOOSE US?
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.