Haythorn’s Figure 4 Finale Sale: Final Sale To Be Held at the Ranch
The last big public horse sale at the Haythorn Land and Cattle Co., Arthur, Nebraska, will be held August 30 & 31. Called the Haythorn Figure 4 Finale, the sale will feature 185 horses including 50 ranch geldings and broke mares, 10 ranch stallions, 40 broodmares, started two year olds, yearlings and weanlings.
The quality of the horses offered isn’t in question, as the Haythorns have been raising horses for over 120 years and have definitely figured out what works for them. “We’ve been building this mare band for over 120 years, so this 100 head we are running now is a outstanding set of mares,” says Craig Haythorn. He adds, “The 50 or so we are selling are a cross cut of all ages, from the old proven mares to some young mares just starting out.”
“We are offering a really good set of geldings too. They’ve done everything that we do on the ranch and some of them have been hauled to ranch rodeos, ranch horse competitions and ropings. They’re solid,” says Haythorn.
Haythorns are and always have been a family ranch. The decision to sell down was a family decision reached after long discussion by Craig and his wife Jody, their grown sons Sage and Cord, and Sage’s wife Kelley. “We wanted to make it more manageable. We don’t need that many horses for the ranch but we ran them to have the sales. We’ll need less help for the horse program and we’ll take care of more of it ourselves,” says Craig, adding “We’re not changing anything, just making it more manageable. We‘ll still be using horses for the ranch work just like we‘ve always done.”
Horses are deeply engrained in the fiber of the Haythorn family and Craig explains “Growing up, all I ever wanted to do was ranch. We had the first registered horses in Nebraska and we’ve been raising horses since the turn of the century (1900). The horse deal has always been a passion of mine and it’s not going to change as the boys are horsemen too.”
The Haythorns and the good cowboys and families that work on the ranch, participate regularly and win at WRCA (Working Ranch Cowboys Association) ranch rodeos across the nation and have competed many times at the WRCA Ranch Rodeo finals in Amarillo, Texas. Craig and his sons and the ranch cowboys also compete in Ranch Horse competitions and do well. The quality of the Figure 4 branded horses is evident with the awards that have amassed over the years. They are always well mounted on solid, stout, handy horses that also work for a living on the ranch.
It’s no wonder that the Haythorn Ranch won the AQHA Best Remuda award in 1992 and are AQHA Ranching Heritage Breeders. The horses are of excellent quality and are good examples of the working Quarter Horse and it’s abilities. Having the ranch work and the good hands riding them that the Haythorns do, the horses also work for others who are seeking a solid, broke horse for a saddle horse, whether they are a roper, rancher or weekend rider. “We’re marketing to a different set of riders in the past 10-20 years. Our buyers are more pleasure or recreational riders and weekend riders who are looking for a horse that’s done it all and will stay broke,” says Craig.
The stallions in the sale lineup are a who’s who of top ranch and working bloodlines. Surprisingly, the stallion PG Shogun is one of them. Craig explains, “We own him in partnership with another person and he’s kind of being wasted here, so we’re going to sell him through the sale. He’s 14 years old and in good shape. I think he’s the best horse I ever rode in my life.” That’s saying quite a lot coming from a man who has ridden hundreds of good ones over the years.
“We are keeping some really good studs too that are proven on our mares. We have a new Playgun stud coming up and a Metallic Cat son we have added,” says Haythorn. “We are keeping a tremendous set of mares too, so we’ll still be raising the same good horses. We’ll sell them private treaty, on the internet, and at some sales. We did really well at the Black Hills Stock Show Sale in Rapid City, the Best of the Remuda Sale at Ft. Worth, and the Western Heritage Classic at Abilene, Texas.”
The Haythorn Figure 4 Finale sale will kick off August 30 with the 9th Annual Waldo Haythorn Futurity, which is held in memory of Craig’s father. The Futurity features Haythorn bred three year olds competing for a share of $10,000 of prize money in conformation, reining, cow work and roping classes. Following the futurity, the first session of the horse sale will be held. On the 31st, the second session of the horse sale will be held after the preview of the ranch geldings.
The Haythorn Ranch is nestled in the beautiful sand hills south of Arthur, Nebraska and the ranch headquarters is where they hold the sale. The sale is quite an event, with good food, good horses, and cowboy hospitality in abundance. This last sale is likely to be the event of the summer and certainly worth the drive to see this many good horses in one place.
For the on-line catalog, sale and futurity information, go to http://www.haythorn.com or call the ranch office at 308-355-4000 or Loriann Lindner at 605-881-2827.
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