<P>RANCH HORSE JOURNAL JUNE 2016 43 went on to earn AQHA champion titles, and points in halter and performance classes from cattle events to pleasure. George is who put us on the map, Vickie says. Among the things that attracted my mother and then my father (to the breed) was that they loved the Quarter Horse conforma- tion and type. They loved the temperament and the ability of the horse, and how it was a horse that could do so many dif- ferent things. I think among the things that were really important to them, and to my father who subsequently became an AQHA judge, was the structural correctness of the horse. They really placed a lot of emphasis on that in their selection of horses. As the Twin Cities grew, they were forced to move in the late 1960s to what is their current location about two hours north of the Twin Cities, where they raise Black Angus and Quarter Horses on 670 acres near Brainerd. They peak at about 65 head of cattle and 75 horses, including 18 to 24 foals per year, on average, over the ranchs history. Reed died in 1986, but the family, including Vickies sis- ter, Jennie, push the ranch forward. We work to connect people to the ranch (lifestyle), says Greg. People that might not buy a horse, but still appreciate the lifestyle and what they produce. Both Vickie and Greg are very involved with the Minnesota Quarter Horse Association. Vickie is the longtime newsletter editor for the affiliate, as well as being the youth adviser. Greg is the current vice president and has served various posi- tions on the board. They are also members of the National Versatility Ranch Horse Association and its local affiliate Northern Lights Versatility, and work to bring more roping and ranching events into Minnesota. The Blood ONE OF THE RANCHS CURRENT STALLIONS IS THE 21-YEAR-OLD Sunups Starwatch. The stout sorrels blood is a timeline of Sunups progression. His second dam, EZ Georgia, is a product of a niche cross between George Paul and the Wimpy II mare EZ Dawson. All 11 of EZ Dawsons foals were by George Paul and their blood continues in much of Sunups broodmare herd. Six of those foals were point earners. Their first was Dawson Beauty, a 1956 model and a significant producer of AQHA Champions and producers Poco Impala and Beau Bonanza. Still today, 40 years after her death, Dawson Beauty is in the top 20 all-time leading dams of halter winners. EZ Georgia was EZ Dawsons third foal, and Georgia went on to produce 10 foals, most produced through Sunups favored crosses to a Two Eyed Jack stallion. One of those crosses produced Sunups Starwatchs dam, Star Eyed Charm. My dad, as an AQHA judge, was a real student of the Quarter Horse, Vickie says. I think we learned a lot from him. My husband and I, as the second generation, have taken the ranch in a few different directions in terms of trying to get a few more of our horses out there and showing, and some new kinds of management to the land, while weve stayed within our breeding program. Star Eyed Charm was crossed on another of their programs influential sires, Watch Tyree Two, a buckskin son of Watch Joe Jack, to produce Sunups Starwatch. Both Watch Tyree Barbara Kettlewell with ROM-earner Sunups Poco Darling, while Greg Booth holds Superior-earner Sunups Misty Star and Watch Berry Bay. All three horses are daughters of Watch Tyree Two bred by the ranch. ANDREA CAUDILL Two and his older brother, Watch Tyree, were bred by the Flying S Ranch of Colby, Kansas, and purchased from the Pitzer Ranch in Nebraska. Watch Tyree Two, the last son of Watch Joe Jack and Ima Tyree, sired both halter and perfor- mance horses before his death in 2014. Other sire lines the ranch has favored to cross on their broodmares are those containing the Two Eyed Jack-bred Mr Baron Red from the Pitzer Ranch and American Quarter Horse Hall of Fame stallion Zan Parr Bar, as well as Peponita, Skippers King, Freckles Playboy and Gay Bar King blood. The palomino Zan Parr Sun was an influential sire for them for many years, and they currently stand two of his homebred sons: the 12-year-old Zans Tyree Drifter, whose fourth dam is EZ Dawson; and Jack Parr Sun, a 21-year-old whose second dam, Fancy Georgia, is a daugh- ter of George Paul. The ranch also stands Watch Red Sunup, a 17-year-old son of Mr Baron Red bred by Jim Brinkman, and the ranchs new stallion prospect is Hey Joe Jack, a 2-year-old bought off the Pitzer Ranch. Again, we kept our finger on the Zan Parr lineage and also the Joe Jack Red, Mr Baron Red and Watch Joe Jack, Vickie explains. Hes one of our promising up-and-coming horses. We plan to show him and add him to our breeding lineup. Were looking for another outcross, just like my parents have done for more than 65 years. Our mares are our seedstock. We kept the best-producing lineage. The Future A RANCHS SURVIVAL REQUIRES INNOVATION AND DIVERSIFICA- tion, and Sunups owners work hard on those traits. While Minnesotas wet weather lends itself to rich vegeta- tion, that land must be managed to best feed the livestock that graze on it. They have instituted a rotational grazing program and then teamed with the University of Minnesota Extension Services to conduct a study on silvopasture, the practice of combining forestry and grazing by integrating and managing the trees with grazing areas. Since were in a traditionally wooded area, a lot of people just graze their cattle in the woodlands, Greg explains. 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