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Silver Spur Operating Co. is selected for the 2017 Zoetis AQHA Best Remuda Award

https://www.aqha.com/news/2017/june/06292017-zoetis-aqha-best-remuda-award/

To honor the contributions ranch horses have made to the heritage of the American Quarter Horse, the American Quarter Horse Association and AQHA Corporate Partner Zoetis are proud to announce Silver Spur Operating Co., an AQHA Ranching Heritage Breeder, as the recipient of the 2017 Zoetis AQHA Best Remuda Award.

Silver Spur encompasses historic ranches in four states, and a rich and diverse cattle and equine operation. Owned by Silver Spur Land and Cattle LLC and managed by Thad York, the Silver Spur operates in Wyoming, New Mexico, Nebraska and Colorado. The original Silver Spur ranch at Encampment, Wyoming, was homesteaded in 1879 by Albert H. Huston. After more than 130 years, the operation grew to include four Wyoming ranches, four Colorado ranches, the historic TO and Bell Ranches in New Mexico, and feedlot and farming operations in Nebraska.

The Bell Ranch has an extensive history with AQHA. An AQHA Legacy Breeder of more than 50 years, it was managed in the 1930s by Albert K. Mitchell, one of AQHA’s founders and the Association’s only four-term president.

Silver Spur’s cattle program is the ninth-largest commercial cattle operation in the United States, it runs 15,000 mother cows. The family oriented operation raises quality American Quarter Horses to provide for its cowboys day-to-day needs. The ranches have more than 200 horses, about half of which are mares. The mares are ridden and worked before they graduate to the broodmare band.

“We strive to produce big-boned, solid-bodied horses that will hold up to the long-term rigorous demands of a working ranch horse, as well as possessing the athletic ability and cow sense found in a top-notch performance horse,” said York. “By crossing the steadfast and proven lines of yesterday with the progressive cow breeding of today, we breed quality horses that not only shine in the show pen but contribute to the success and livelihood of the ranch.”

The ranch has bred horses such as Versatility Ranch Horse world champion SS Hey One Eye and performers such as SS One Eyed N Style, Penny For Your Thots, SS Two Eyed Annie and SS One Eyed Dualer. The ranch stood the WR This Cats Smart stallion WR One Eyed Jack for several seasons until the horse’s untimely death. The operation’s newest herd sires are Metallic Masterpiece, a son of Metallic Cat with performance earnings exceeding $73,000, and the addition of Light My Dynamite, a son of CD Lights.

The ranch is involved with many outreach projects, including the Colorado State University Legends of Ranching Sale, assisting with youth group fundraisers and helping with community improvement projects. Silver Spur also offers internships for college students interested in agriculture.

“As stewards of the land, we make every effort to preserve the traditions of yesterday as we forge ahead using new and progressive approaches in both our cattle and equine enterprises,” York said. “We strive to raise cattle and horses of the highest caliber while working diligently to pass on our values, faith, importance of family and our love for agriculture to future generations.”

The Zoetis AQHA Best Remuda Award began in 1992 and has since recognized outstanding ranches for raising American Quarter Horses, an important tool of their trade. Any ranch that has five or more American Quarter Horse mares used to produce horses for ranch work and is an AQHA Ranching Heritage Breeder is eligible for this award. The award will be formally presented to Silver Spur Operating Co. during the 2017 Working Ranch Cowboy’s Association World Championship Ranch Rodeo, November 9-12 in Amarillo. Silver Spur Operating Co. will also be recognized during the 2018 National Cattlemen’s Beef Association Convention in Phoenix and at the 2018 AQHA Convention in Jacksonville, Florida.

The ranch will be featured in the Fall Ranch Horse Journal and the November issue of America’s Horse. Subscribe to AQHA’s Ranch Horse Journal or read the digital edition for free at www.aqha.com/magazines.

To honor the contributions ranch horses have made to the heritage of the American Quarter Horse, the American Quarter Horse Association and AQHA Corporate Partner Zoetis are proud to announce Silver Spur Operating Co., an AQHA Ranching Heritage Breeder, as the recipient of the 2017 Zoetis AQHA Best Remuda Award.

Silver Spur encompasses historic ranches in four states, and a rich and diverse cattle and equine operation. Owned by Silver Spur Land and Cattle LLC and managed by Thad York, the Silver Spur operates in Wyoming, New Mexico, Nebraska and Colorado. The original Silver Spur ranch at Encampment, Wyoming, was homesteaded in 1879 by Albert H. Huston. After more than 130 years, the operation grew to include four Wyoming ranches, four Colorado ranches, the historic TO and Bell Ranches in New Mexico, and feedlot and farming operations in Nebraska.

The Bell Ranch has an extensive history with AQHA. An AQHA Legacy Breeder of more than 50 years, it was managed in the 1930s by Albert K. Mitchell, one of AQHA’s founders and the Association’s only four-term president.

Silver Spur’s cattle program is the ninth-largest commercial cattle operation in the United States, it runs 15,000 mother cows. The family oriented operation raises quality American Quarter Horses to provide for its cowboys day-to-day needs. The ranches have more than 200 horses, about half of which are mares. The mares are ridden and worked before they graduate to the broodmare band.

“We strive to produce big-boned, solid-bodied horses that will hold up to the long-term rigorous demands of a working ranch horse, as well as possessing the athletic ability and cow sense found in a top-notch performance horse,” said York. “By crossing the steadfast and proven lines of yesterday with the progressive cow breeding of today, we breed quality horses that not only shine in the show pen but contribute to the success and livelihood of the ranch.”

The ranch has bred horses such as Versatility Ranch Horse world champion SS Hey One Eye and performers such as SS One Eyed N Style, Penny For Your Thots, SS Two Eyed Annie and SS One Eyed Dualer. The ranch stood the WR This Cats Smart stallion WR One Eyed Jack for several seasons until the horse’s untimely death. The operation’s newest herd sires are Metallic Masterpiece, a son of Metallic Cat with performance earnings exceeding $73,000, and the addition of Light My Dynamite, a son of CD Lights.

The ranch is involved with many outreach projects, including the Colorado State University Legends of Ranching Sale, assisting with youth group fundraisers and helping with community improvement projects. Silver Spur also offers internships for college students interested in agriculture.

“As stewards of the land, we make every effort to preserve the traditions of yesterday as we forge ahead using new and progressive approaches in both our cattle and equine enterprises,” York said. “We strive to raise cattle and horses of the highest caliber while working diligently to pass on our values, faith, importance of family and our love for agriculture to future generations.”

The Zoetis AQHA Best Remuda Award began in 1992 and has since recognized outstanding ranches for raising American Quarter Horses, an important tool of their trade. Any ranch that has five or more American Quarter Horse mares used to produce horses for ranch work and is an AQHA Ranching Heritage Breeder is eligible for this award. The award will be formally presented to Silver Spur Operating Co. during the 2017 Working Ranch Cowboy’s Association World Championship Ranch Rodeo, November 9-12 in Amarillo. Silver Spur Operating Co. will also be recognized during the 2018 National Cattlemen’s Beef Association Convention in Phoenix and at the 2018 AQHA Convention in Jacksonville, Florida.

The ranch will be featured in the Fall Ranch Horse Journal and the November issue of America’s Horse. Subscribe to AQHA’s Ranch Horse Journal or read the digital edition for free at www.aqha.com/magazines.

Congrats to Lonesome Pine Ranch

 

 

 

 

 

This years winner of the WRCA Upper North Platte Ranch Rodeo is Lonesome Pine Ranch.  With there win, they will be in Amarillo for the WRCA finals on November 9-12, 2017

2nd- Hip O/Barta Cattle Company
3rd- Broken H/Hebb Cattle Company.
Top Hand- Connor Grokett
Top Horse – Cades Cat- Hip O /Barta Cattle Co. – Jeremy Knoles

 

Walden, CO- One of our own…

http://www.waldencolorado.com/single-post/2017/03/04/Ranching-Lifestyle-Serves-Us-All

Ranching Lifestyle Serves Us All

March 4, 2017

Jeannie Jenkins

      Some people spend their whole life searching for a home. When we look out our backdoor, everything is home.

      North Park serves as a home to many people, including our family. We are a local ranching family on the Silver Spur Ranch. Being a ranching family is a little different than a typical family. It’s a lifestyle that isn’t fit for just anyone.

      Living on a ranch has brought families like ours together to accomplish one main goal; to feed the world. Ranching has instilled hard work,compassion, thick skin, and courage in all of us.

    North Park has also contributed to the personality of our family; not only by giving us a unique place to live but the thought of the community always being by your side in a time of need. We have all gone through rough times where the people we may not get along with are the first ones by our side to show support and encouragement. The ranching community and the community surrounding us have been the things that mean the most to us.

        We live each day to make the world better, feed the world, and being there for our neighbors. Ranching is a unique way of life, but we wouldn’t trade it for the world because it is our world. My family is beyond grateful for the opportunity to live this life in such a great place.

*EDITORS NOTE*

     Allen & Jeannie have raised two talented and service minded young ladies, Kyan and Kayla.    Allen is a 1993 graduate of NPHS  and is a strong part of the Silver Spur core.   He and Jeannie have raised their daughters ranching in North Park. He’s volunteered on the North Park Fair board.

     Jeannie is active in the community as well serving on the NPHS Board of Education and volunteering as the 4-H Trailblazers  Livestock Club leader.

 Kyan is a 2016 graduate of NPHS and attends college at Northeastern Junior College where she aspires to be a veterinarian. She proudly raised her own herd of show lambs and win many accolades in her showing career. 

      Kayla is a sophomore at NPHS and is one incredible athlete. She also shows livestock. Both girls have been North Park Never Summer Rodeo Queens.

 

 

Silver Spur Employees attend Grassland Nutrition’s 2017 Meats College

Silver Spur Employees attend Grassland Nutrition’s 2017 Meats College

A Day of Education, Steak and Discussion

On Friday, February 10, 2017, Dr. Kelcey Swyers, owner and private nutritionist with Grassland Nutrition, invited a large group of her beef clientele to a very educational event, 2017 Meats College hosted by Colorado State University and Dr. Dale Woerner, Associate Professor of Meat Safety and Quality. Among the beef producers who attended were a couple of Silver Spur Ranch’s employees.

The day started off with an extensive tour of JBS’s beef packing plant in Greeley, Colorado. The group consisted of 60+ beef producers across the state of Colorado and Wyoming. We were divided up into 6 groups and toured the whole facility, from the coolers to the fab floor. Dr. Swyers was noted in saying, “For many years I have wanted to give the beef producers who I work with the opportunity to go through a big commercial packing plant.” All had a front row seat to see what happens to the beef we produce as it is processed into branded product for the consumer.

After the tour of the JBS packing plant, the group assembled at CSU’s brand new CoBank Center for Ag Education located at ARDEC (Agricultural Research, Development and Education Center) for lunch and for presentations by Dr. Woerner of Colorado State University. Dr. Gary Tibbets of ZinPro Performance Minerals, and Don Anderson of Elanco. We were fed an incredible steak dinner prepared by a member of CSU’s Meats Judging Team and sponsored by Elanco and ZinPro Performance Minerals. The Meats Judging program at CSU uses these catering opportunities to raise money to fund travel to attend all of their competitions across the United States.

After lunch, we all stepped back into the classroom. Dr. Woerner gave an interactive steak tasting panel and discussion on grading, tenderness, flavor and eating experience presentation. Dr. Woerner’s driving point of the discussion was how can we as beef producers better differentiate the beef we produce and provide a “top shelf” eating experience for our beef consumers. Discussion questions were entrained and the attendees were involved in topics of the industry. Dr. Woerner’s presentation was a wild success and everyone in the room left with a new perspective on how we can influence the eating experience in every bite!

We also had presentations and discussions from Dr. Gary Tibbets of ZinPro Performance Minerals on their program StepUp – Lameness Prevention Program and Don Anderson of Elanco on hoof health and foot rot prevention.

Thank you to Colorado State University, and sponsors, ZinPro Performance Minerals, Elanco and Grassland Nutrition for the very educational day learning more about the beef industry and how to better ourselves as producers.

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And the Winner is…..

jenna[1]Jolly SL[1]For the second year in a row- Jolly and S&L Cattle took home the buckles! Beachner Brothers was second. Four Three/ FX Bar Ranches and Bootheel 7/ Hageman Ranch tied for 3rd.
Jenna Stierwalt had the Top Horse.
Ty Swiler, Beachner Brothers Livestock won the Bronc riding with a 79 and earned the buckle for Top Hand.
Thank you to all the teams that traveled to Encampment and to all of those who were in the stands!
See you next year!!