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Lometa, Texas, May 2, 2018 – The storied Wagon Wheel Ranch will hold a complete dispersal of its legendary Foundation American Quarter Horse herd June 29-30 at the ranch headquarters in Lometa, Texas. The ranch is widely regarded for the role the Gist family played, under the guidance of Fred G. Gist, to preserve valuable foundation American Quarter Horse bloodlines such as King P234, Joe Hancock, Blue Valentine, Driftwood, Royal King, and more.
“While this has been a difficult decision to make, we believe it’s the right one for our family,” said John C. Gist, son of the late Fred Gist, who passed away in 2009, and his wife, Elaine Conger Gist. “Since my father’s passing, my mother and I worked faithfully to continue the mission my father undertook more than 40 years ago. With the sale of the remaining horses, we are excited about the possibility that those who cherish Foundation American Quarters Horses as we do will put these bloodlines to work improving the hybrid vigor and genetic strength of their own herds.”
Gist said the sale will include an impressive array of stallions, broodmares and foals, with a wide spectrum of color, including buckskins and roans. The sale will consist of two sessions to be held Friday, June 29 and Saturday, June 30, with gates to the ranch opening at 9 a.m. daily. All horses entered in the sale will have a negative Coggins Test for Equine Infectious Anemia, dated within 360 days of the sale. All stallions will have undergone AQHA Five Panel testing. Superior Livestock will televise the sale, as well as provide livestreaming of the event. Phone bidding will be available. Lunch will be made available to sale attendees each day for a nominal fee.
“We are looking forward to hosting our current friends and welcoming others to the Wagon Wheel for what will be a landmark event,” said Gist. “Our family has very much appreciated the many stories shared about the impact our horses have had around the world and we look forward to seeing this amazing collection go to dedicated new owners.”
To learn more about the sale and download a catalog, go to wagonwheelranch.com or to request a catalog, call ranch foreman Rusty Rodgers at (512) 734-0234. Updates about the sale are also available on the ranch Facebook page at Wagon Wheel Ranch Quarter Horses.