Welcome to Sunup Ranch
Top Performance and Ranch Prospects

Top performance, ranch and show prospects by SUNUPS TYREE, ZANS TYREE DRIFTER, WATCH RED SUNUP, HEY JOE JACK and JACK PARR SUN are available now at the ranch. Weanlings, Yearlings, 2-Year-olds, 18-Year-old, Broke, Started or Ready to start. Young stock is halter broke and handled right.

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2018 AQHA World Show Qualifier, Heeling, Performance Halter and Tie-Down Roping, 2018 AQHA 4th Place High Point Tie-Down
Sunups Tyree

We've Honed Seven Decades of Proven Performers. Now It's Your Turn to Own a Sunup-Bred, Versatile Quarter Horse.
Yearlings, Started and Ready-To-Start 2-Year-Olds


  All are eligible for AQHA's Ranching Heritage Challenge.

Sunup named finalist for AQHA Ranching
Heritage Breeder of the Year Award

Sunup Ranch was one of 13 finalists

Visit Sunup Ranch in the Ranch Horse Journal
Sunup's 65-year-old program featured in inaugural issue

Sunup Ranch is proud to be featured in AQHA's Ranch Horse Journal. Click on the cover photo above to go to the online edition, which includes a video link. We are now offering started, ranch-raised horses like Charms Whim, pictured above, a beautiful young mare by Sunups Starwatch.

Please Contact us for details and pricing.

In Memory of Watch Tyree Two

Watch Tyree Two (Watch Joe Jack x Ima Tyree), through his offspring, will continue to influence Sunup's breeding program. Tyree produced consistently outstanding foals over the past three decades. Some were World Show Qualifiers, Minnesota Champions, and Regional Champions, but most of them have been good using horses, companions, and lifelong mounts for their owners. Tyree was among the finest stallions we ever purchased from the Pitzer Ranch, and it was thrilling to get this last Watch Joe Jack foal from the great mare Ima Tyree. He had what we looked for in a Quarter Horse sire. You could always see his characteristics in his foals -- they were chiseled and classy. Tyree had a lot of personality, and he was one of the smartest horses we have owned.

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Read more about how Sunup Ranch's foundation bloodlines have brought us to the future. Click Here to read Larry Thornton's "Sunup Ranch, Part II: Evolution of a Breeding Program" in The Working Horse magazine. Missed Part I? Click Here.
True Ranch. True Grit. True Horses.
From a Sunup customer in South Dakota: “I just want to tell you how great Rillo is! I cannot get over how quiet and gentle he is. He took an instant liking to the kids at the birthday party …We have taken him out on about 6 rides and he just goes where you point him! If he is unsure of something he does not get rattled just gives it his best try! He reminds me of Rio when he was young, like a 15-year-old been there done that horse in a 3-year-old body! He is perfect for us here!”

We currenlty have prospects with endless potential and enduring pedigrees. To take our latest Sunup video tour,    click here.

In 1952 George Paul was bought as a weanling, sight-unseen, from the Nicholson Ranch in Oklahoma. He was bought on a dream. He was a son of Bert and out of the mare N.R. Jacci X Star Deck X Oklahoma Star. N.R. Jacci's dam was N.R. Queen X Bert. Bert was a son of Tommy Clegg.

Little did we know how much George would mean to Sunup's breeding program. He truly put us in the business. He had great speed and agility, traits from his sire, plus he had a lot of type, with muscle expression, heart girth and symmetry. He sired horses with great versatility, conformation and kind dispositions. Today, most of our mares carry George Paul in their pedigrees. He sired multiple AQHA champions; multiple ROMs; multiple APHA champions; multiple Futurity winners; multiple Get of Sire wins; Halter & Perf. pt.-earners; NCHA COA and money-earners. In the January 2006 Quarter Horse Journal you'll find George Paul listed as the grand-sire of Beau Bonanza, the 15th All-time leading open halter point-earning stallion.


Visitors are always welcome. We're located just 7 miles west of Brainerd, Minnesota on Minn. Highway 210, and one mile north on Cass County 18 (Pine Beach Drive). Photos and videos are available for long-distance buyers. We specialize in matching horses with customers, whether they're purchasing their first horse or their 50th. Sunup Ranch horses have found homes in almost every state, Canada, England, Switzerland, Germany, Norway and Italy. We now accept Visa, Mastercard and Discover for your horse purchase or stallion fee.

So if you're looking for that special halter prospect, or your next performance horse, look to Sunup Ranch.

A Sunup Ranch Quarter Horse ...It's What Works

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The Kettlewells
Barbara, Vickie Kettlewell & Greg Booth, Jennie Kettlewell

Sunup Ranch Brainerd, Minnesota 56401
cell 218-838-1266
2020 Sunup Ranch

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