Then, a man came along with the foresight and determination to restore and preserve the valuable Foundation Bloodlines. That man was Fred G. Gist. Heritage is the story of Mr. Gist’s visionary work at the Wagon Wheel Ranch, and the impact he’s had on the future of the American Quarter Horse.
An Emmy Award Winning Director tells the story of how a geologist changed the face of horse breeding in America with a natural instinct, diligent research, and a passion that carries his legacy on to this day.
From his genetic studies, to his cross-country travels gathering horses carrying valuable Foundation Blood, to his pushing the genetic envelope like no other –Fred Gist blazed a trail from the past to the present preserving Foundation Bloodlines for generations to come.
In 2014 on November 21st, Total Horse Channel launched “Heritage: Preserving The Foundation of the American Quarter Horse.” Later, Heritage aired on RFD-TV’s Equestrian Nation, and received 2 Emmy nominations for the story and cinematography.
This documentary from Wagon Wheel Ranch was Directed by: 5x Emmy Winning Director – Nick Nanton of Celebrity Films and The Dicks+Nation Celebrity Branding Agency.
YES, #HERITAGE WAS NOMINATED FOR 2 EMMYS!
Thanks to everyone who participated in preserving the legacy of Mr. Fred G. Gist and his work at the Wagon Wheel Ranch!
They had so much fun the first time that Red asked Fred to come back again.
Interview On March 2004
Interview On May 2004
For nearly 40 years, the Gist family of Midland has preserved Foundation Bloodlines critical to the development of the modern Quarter Horse.
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.
Now, this collection of superior genetics will form the core of a signature educational program at Sul Ross State University.
The Wagon Wheel Ranch & Sul Ross seek funding for Foundation Quarter Horse Equine Education Program.