<P>78 JUNE 2016 RANCH HORSE JOURNAL GEORGE HUMPHREYS IS A LEGEND IN THE WEST Texas ranch country. George went to work for the Four Sixes Ranch, headquartered at Guthrie, Texas, in 1918 at age 19. He retired 52 years later, in 1970, as foreman. The Four Sixes was founded by S.B. (Burk) Burnett and was managed by Bud Arnett at the time George started work there. I interviewed George in 1974 for a story in The Quarter Horse Journal, and he told me how he got the job. I was living at Aspermont (Texas), he said. I had a friend named Curtis Ray who was working for the Sixes, and I wanted to go to work there. Curtis and I went to Guthrie, but when we got there, Bud Arnett wasnt there. George unloaded his saddle and bedroll and he and Curtis sat down to wait. In about 30 minutes, Bud Arnett came driving up in a buggy, and the two boys walked out to meet him. Curtis told him I wanted a job, George said, and Ill never forget what he said. He wore glasses, and he kinda looked over the top of those glasses at me – I didnt weigh but about 115 pounds – and said, ‘Young rooster, what can you do? Curtis told him, ‘Mr. Arnett, he can ride your horses. Ill guarantee you that, cause hes a bronc rider. Mr. Arnett said, ‘You look a little light for that, and Curtis said, ‘Well, he may be, but he can ride your horses. Arnett told George to hang around for two or three days, that he might be able to put him to work. The next morning, George walked out to the corrals. He was looking through the board fence at a bunch of horses, feeling low because he was pretty sure he wasnt going to get a job, when Arnett called to him. Young rooster, if youre gonna work, youd better get your saddle and bridle and get in here. TSixes Arnett had a cowboy rope George a horse that he thought would buck so the manager could see just how good of a bronc rider George was. George said, Mr. Arnett had the boy hold this horse while I saddled and bridled him. He was a big bay horse that weighed about 1,200 pounds. When I started to get on him, about the time I laid my leg over the cantle, he popped open with me. Pretty good buck- ing horse. Well I rode him, got along fine. We were going to ride down to the old 8 Ranch, and we got there about sundown. He bucked with me some more, but not like he did at first, so I told Curtis, ‘Im not gonna unsaddle this son-of-a-gun. Im just gonna leave the saddle on him and tie him to the fence, let him soak with that saddle on. The next morning, he was pretty well drawed, but he didnt give no more trouble. For the next year or so, George rode a series of bucking horses, as he went about the ranch work. One morning, wagon boss Billy McClaren roped a horse out of the remuda, and told George to put his bridle on him. Every time I got close to his head, George said, that horse would come at me with both forefeet a pawin. Mr. McClaren By Jim Jennings George Humphreys RANCH WRITING George Humphreys is a legend from West Texas. This photo was taken in 1974, after he had retired. 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