<P>42 JUNE 2016 RANCH HORSE JOURNAL An AQHA Ranching Heritage Breeder, Sunup Ranch breeds working American Quarter Horses that can help them work their cattle and get a job done. Founded by Reed and Barbara Kettlewell in 1950, Sunup Ranch is now managed by their daughter Vickie Kettlewell and her husband, Greg Booth. My parents placed a lot of emphasis on the structural cor- rectness and temperament of their horses, Vickie says. We like to emphasize those very same things. Everyone likes a good working horse. Some of those characteristics – such as the expression, the typey head and the symmetry – is impor- tant. The word I might use is a horse that has a little extra class about them. They take your eye. The correctness through the legs and feet (is important), she continues. Also very important to us is that the horse is a very tractable horse, one that most anyone could get along with and take in various directions. We still emphasize the versatility of our horses. We dont peg into a niche; we believe the horse should have the ability to do a lot of different things. And over the years theyve certainly proven that, from speed events to horses that have gone on to be jumpers, hunter under saddle, to eventing, cutting and working cow horses and rope horses. Theyre not pegged. Every horse has its own nature and set of ability, but we feel most of them can do a range of things pretty darn well. Sunup Ranch is also an AQHA Legacy Award winner, and has bred more than 1,200 foals for over 50 consecutive years. It continues today. Its driven mostly by passion, Vickie says. You have to have that if youre going to go through the daily work it takes. It can be very hard work and its every day. The History SUNUPS HISTORY BEGINS IN THE SAME ERA AS AQHAS FORMA- tion, almost seven decades ago. It began with Barbaras love for the horse, even at a young age. She grew up a city kid in Minneapolis, and traded a bike and a Ping-Pong table for her first horse, which she thought she could keep in an open field next to her home. That, of course, didnt quite work, and Barbara and what quickly became horses, plural, moved to a boarding barn. Thats where she met the man who would become her hus- band, Reed Kettlewell. The two horse-crazy young adults married in 1950, after Reed graduated from the University of Minnesota with a degree in animal husbandry. They settled in Champlin, about 20 miles north of the Twin Cities, and began breeding and raising Angus cattle. Barbara was a big fan of Quarter Horses, and by that time had acquired several nice horses. She became a real student of the early bloodlines and pedigrees, Vickie notes. In 1952, Barbara made a significant purchase in the form of a little bay weanling son of foundation sire Bert named George Paul from the Nicholson Ranch. ‘George was bought sight unseen and came in the fall after his weaning, Vickie says, adding that she herself was born shortly after the horses arrival. The running joke in our fam- ily is we were never sure who Mom was most excited about! George Pauls sire eventually joined the American Quarter Horse Hall of Fame for his significant contributions to the breed. George Pauls dam, N R Jacci, was by Star Deck and out of a Joe Reed mare. George Paul himself became the foundation sire for the Sunup program, siring 184 foals that Ranch stallion Zans Tyree Drifter COURTESY SUNUP RANCH</p> <UL><LI><a href="http://www.mzines.net/publication/1310/ohwywrpjs/1/1/">Front-Cover</a></LI> <LI><a href="http://www.mzines.net/publication/1310/ohwywrpjs/2/2/">Inside-Front-Cover</a></LI> <LI><a href="http://www.mzines.net/publication/1310/ohwywrpjs/3/3/">Page-1</a></LI> <LI><a href="http://www.mzines.net/publication/1310/ohwywrpjs/4/4/">Page-2</a></LI> <LI><a href="http://www.mzines.net/publication/1310/ohwywrpjs/5/5/">Page-3</a></LI> <LI><a href="http://www.mzines.net/publication/1310/ohwywrpjs/6/6/">Page-4</a></LI> <LI><a href="http://www.mzines.net/publication/1310/ohwywrpjs/7/7/">Page-5</a></LI> <LI><a href="http://www.mzines.net/publication/1310/ohwywrpjs/8/8/">Page-6</a></LI> <LI><a href="http://www.mzines.net/publication/1310/ohwywrpjs/9/9/">Page-7</a></LI> <LI><a 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