Christmas Sale! Great Yearling Prospects
2-year-olds, Weanlings Available
EXCEPTIONAL FINISHED GELDING
Driftin Tyree Two, “Drifter,” is a handsome, talented 7-year-old bay gelding in the prime of his life. Bred and raised at Sunup Ranch, he was purchased as a yearling and has had the kind of professional training and experience that puts a solid foundation on a horse. He stands 16 hands and weighs in at 1400 pounds of sound, fit, athletic horse. He has a great mind, is sound in every way, is a joy to ride, and will work all day.
In addition to his foundation training, Drifter has had 30 days of professional roping training. He has worked cows in Kip Fladland clinics, emphasizing open range-style cattle handling. Drifter has a lot of cow sense and has great potential to go on in any cattle-related discipline. He has been trail riding in rugged terrain since age 3, and spends winters in Arizona where he is the go-to trail horse. He is experienced with water crossings, dogs on the trail, traffic, bridges, desert and mountain riding. His outstanding conformation and disposition go along with his endurance – he just never quits. He is comfortable in the lead, middle or bringing up the rear. He stands quietly for a trail break. He goes for hours without tiring. He’s also a gentle giant that an 8-year-old granddaughter loves to ride.
Drifter is good with all the things you’d expect from a quiet, willing horse – clippers, farrier, trailer loading, easy to catch in the pasture. He’s in the middle of the pecking order in a group of horses. He’s up-to-date on all his vaccinations, teeth work and trimming.
His sire, Zans Tyree Drifter (Zan Parr Sun x Tyrita George), has produced an AQHA Open Ranch Riding point-earning performer, and has offspring in training, including with Versatility Ranch Horse champion Lavert Avent in Colorado. Zan Parr Sun produced multiple AQHA Performance and Halter point earners, ROMs and Superiors. His maternal grandsire, Watch Tyree Two, produced multiple AQHA Registers of Merit and Superior Performance earners, AQHA Regional Champion and Reserve Champion in heeling, AQHA Incentive Fund earners, multiple World Show Qualifiers in heading, heeling, tie-down roping and performance halter, as well as performance and halter point earners in other breed associations.
Drifter would make a great performance horse in roping, Ranch Riding, Versatility, and even English classes. Video and additional photos available.
Introducing Sunups Tyree
We are very proud of Sunups Tyree, 2013 AQHA stallion owned by Crow Bar Ranch and Sunup Ranch. "Paul" is shown here at the Black Hills Stock Show qualifying for the 2018 AQHA World Show in Level 2 Open Dally Team Roping -- Heeling. Thank you to trainer and exhibitor Cody Marx, and to Jeff Carney (pictured heeling). Paul was part of the Sunup Colt Challenge in 2015 with Ronja Fillies.
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 new Ranch Horse Journal
Sunup's 65-year-old program featured in inaugural issue
Sunup Ranch is proud to be featured in AQHA's new 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.
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.
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.
Sunup Ranch · Brainerd, Minnesota 56401