R.A. Brown Ranch

When R. A. (Rob) Brown Jr.’s grandfather established his Throckmorton, Texas, ranch in 1903, one of the first things he did was to make sure he had some top horses.  He had been in the cattle business since 1895, and he knew the value of a good cow horse.

Rob says his dad had a number of good horses, including one called Tubal Blake, which had the Blake and Steeldust breeding of the early days.  But he thinks the one that is really the foundation of their breeding program today was a horse called Blue Gold, which they got from the 6666 Ranch.

Rob’s dad was a friend of Anne Burnett Tandy, who owned the 6666, and he volunteered to go to the Wyoming Hereford Ranch and pick out the 6666’s Hereford bulls.  He also bought the stud Blue Rock for them.

Blue Rock was by Lost Cause (TB) by Eternal out of a Yellow Wolf mare.  Yellow Wolf was by Old Joe Bailey.  As a way of repaying Rob’s dad for his favor, Anne told ranch foreman George Humphreys to pick out the top stud prospect from Blue Rock’s first colt crop and give it to the Browns.  They called him Blue Gold.  Blue Gold’s dam was by Hollywood Gold, another top 6666 stallion, and out of a daughter of King O’Neill II (TB).

“That old Blue Rock line of horses had a lot of quality, really good heads and necks,” Rob says. “Practically every mare on this ranch was raised here, as was her mother, her grandmother and her great-grandmother.  We’ve brought in very few outside mares over the years.”

The R.A. Brown Ranch utilized the bloodlines of the Remount Stallions Lost Cause (TB) and King O’Neill II (TB).

Photograph courtesy of The Quarter Horse Journal