<P>RANCH HORSE JOURNAL JUNE 2016 79 many horses in that length of time. I was just a young button, but I was wild as a little March hare. I might not have been as wild as some of those ol ponies, but I thought I was. I was a top bronc stomper. I worked at the bronc pens for several years, and then they turned it over to me and I ran the bronc pen. Now, Im not bragging, but when I first came here, very few horses ever bucked me off. I have been bucked off three or four times, but not many times back there when I was in my prime. George said, But because I was a pretty good bronc stom- per, I started out drawing $30 a month. Cowboys drawed $25 a month, but good bronc riders got $5 more. There were some good cowboys making less than I was, cowboys with more experience, but I never did work for less than $30 a month. Ill tell those stories today and people say how its a shame that years ago we didnt have those good horses that weve got now. But, we had good horses back years ago. Good as a man ever put a leg across. People kinda forget those things. Jim Jennings is the retired AQHA Executive Director of Publications. He is the author of the books Best Remudas and They Still Ride Good Horses, both of which are available at Quarter Horse Outfitters. He said he never spent a more enjoyable afternoon than the one he spent in George Humphreys living room, listening to the stories. told another cowboy to get his rope and get that old broncs toes in a loop so I could bridle him. The cowboy forefooted him and laid him down, and I put my bridle on him. The old pony was kinda sitting on his haunches. I was gonna let him up to saddle him, but Mr. McClaren told me to just saddle him right there. So I got my saddle on him and then Mr. McClaren said, ‘Now get on him. You probably cant get on him when he gets up. And I couldnt have either, cause he wasnt broke at all. Ill bet he hadnt been rode three times. But there wasnt any buck in him, he was just green, thats all. He wouldnt handle any, but I loose-herded him around there while everybody else saddled up – there were 12 or 15 cowboys there – and we headed off south. George said that the ranch raised around 500 colts a year when he went to work there, and that they used to break from 230 to 235 horses every spring. Never did break a horse until he was 3 years old, George said. He was 3 before we ever put a saddle on him. And if one didnt look good then, or was too small as a 3, wed pass him up and turn him out in the pasture until the next year. Wed put those horses in the bronc pens and wed have 10 or 12 stompers down there that broke horses. Wed usually start about the middle of February and we wouldnt do any- thing else until about the first of April. Wed break that Ranch Foreman George Humphreys holds the lead of the famed sire Hollywood Gold, who died in 1964. 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