KILLIAN RANCHES IS A FULL TIME WORKING CATTLE OPERATION. WE RAISE HEREFORD, ANGUS, BRAHMA, AND EVERY COMBINATION OF THE THREE BREEDS OF CATTLE. WE FEED OUR CALVES IN OUR FEEDLOT IN MESA, AZ THATHAS BEEN IN OPERATION FOR ALMOST 100 YEARS. THE RANCHES ARE LARGE AND ROUGH, WHICH MAKES IT ALL A HORSEBACK OPERATION. WE USE OUR HORSES TO DO EVERY ASPECT OF THE WORK. WE RAISE ALL OF OUR OWN HORSES AND USE THEM EVERYDAY. THESE HORSES ARE PROVEN TO BE ATHLETIC, SOUND, OF GREAT DISPOSITION, VERY COWY, AND CAPABLE OF PUTING IN A FULL DAYSWORK. OUR SHIPPING PENS WE HANDLE THE CATTLE IN HAVE BEEN DESIGNED TO USED HORSEBACK. WE SORT, BRAND, MOVE, AND HANDLE ALL OF OUR CATTLE WITH HORSES. SO IF YOU BUY A BROKE HORSE FROM US YOU CAN BE ASSURED IT HAS DONE ALL OF THESE JOBS. OUR BRAND WE USE ON THE HORSES IS CALLED THE LAMP. IT REPRESENTS AN OIL LAMP SHADE. IT IS ON THE LEFT HIP. IF YOU SEE THAT BRAND ON A HORSE YOUCAN BE SURE ITS A GOOD ONE.
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OUR HORSES HAVE THE FOLLOWING BLOODLINES:DRIFTWOOD; SPEEDY II, SPEEDY MAN, ORPHAN DRIFT. TWO D TWO; TWO EYED JACK, TWO ID BARTENDER. THREE BARS; BARJO, DOC BAR, DOC O LENA, MR SUN O LENA,. EASY JET, GO MAN GO, OLD MAN, JOE HANCOCK, POCO BUENO, FLYING BOB, BLONDIES DUDE, LEO; SON O LEO, BLUE VALENTINE; LEO HANCOCK HAYES, LIMITED HANCOCK, SMOKIN BLUE HAYES, MR SAN PEPPY; PEPPY SAN BADGER. DOC TARI, FRECKLES PLAYBOY,NASRULLAH, JACKIE BEE, COY'S BONANZA, AND SHINNING SPARK.
Our family has been raising American Quarter Horses for 5 generations. With ranches in Arizona, New Mexico, Colorado, and Kentucky we have always had the need for a good cow horse to get our work done. Our start in the ranch horse business was when my Grandpa's uncle Rex Ellsworth sent him some Flying Bob bred mares to his cattle ranch in Colorado. My Grandfather also raised some thoroughbred horses in Paris, Kentucky. He bred these thoroughbred mares to Rex's stud Olden Times. He also bred many of his mares to Rex's stallion Prove It. Grandpa Max also owned and partnered on several other stakes winners both Thoroughbreds as well as Quarter Horses. Whatsyourpleasure, one of grandpa's thoroughbreds that won several stakes. My Dad, Mark Killian, followed in the Quarter Horse racing with a son of the Allred brothers' stud, Barjo, Callmebarjo. A few of the mares we currently breed come from that family. He also syndicated a son of Go man Go, MIddland Man. Middland Man also featured Depth Charge and Bobbie Leo close in his pedigree. We have a few mares that are grand daughters to this horse, that have been great producers for us, they cross very well with the cutting-type horses by contributing size, bone, and speed. In the 1970's as a payment for legal work, as my grandpa was an attorney, he acquired some horses that were by a horse called Speedy II, a son of Driftwood. One mare in particular, Speedy's Lass, has been the foundation of our horse program here at the ranch. Our mares carry this blood today, as does our stud, Killian's Mr Pep. In my experience the horses with Speedy II blood, have been my favorites. Through the years we have had horses with great speed from the racing blood lines we had bred for years, and cow sense from the driftwood, Speedy II bred horses. We wanted to continue to improve the genetics. My dad bought a palomino stud from Weiscamps, Skipper W bred, Skip Cancel. Later my dad acquired from the King Ranch Mr Sun Pep, a son of Mr Sun O lena, out of daughter of Peppy San Badger. Also he bought a grandson of Freckles Playboy, Scoty Playful Tari. All of these studs have contributed great cow sense, athletic ability, stamina, confirmation, and from sun pep, in particular, disposition. We have very gentle horses. You will also notice a few of our mares have a thoroughbred line in their pedigrees. These mares are our best producers. The thoroughbred is back a few generations, but these horses have really proven themselves with lots of endurance, good quiet dispositions, great cow sense, and tremendous athletic ability. The endurance is a must for us, with the size of our operation. Recently I acquired some Leo/Hancock/Poco Bueno/Driftwood bred mares that have brought a little more size and bigger, harder feet to our program. Incorporating these mares into our breeding, I believe now we have produced, over the last three generations, the perfect ranch horse. As you will see in our pictures we raise cattle in some rough, malapai country that requires a tough horse to stay sound and work a full day. With 30 section pastures, it sure enough takes a tough horse. when you ride out in a long trot in the mornings, you want a horse that will travel well and be comfortable for you. Our main ranch today, Hackberry / One Hundred Eleven ranch, was sold to us in 2011 by the Ellsworth Family, my grandpa's cousins. My great great grandfather William Ellsworth bought the Hundred eleven ranch in 1912 then later bought the adjoining Hackberry ranch, which was known as the rail n at the time. Back then it was wild open country, they worked lots of cowboys, ran a wagon for their works, and lots of horses. Later this was Rex's ranch where he raised lots of great horses, it's very neat to have kept it in the family and to continue this business that has been passed down throughout the generations. The ranch was set up to raise horses and has been great for raising colts. You hear lots of breeders talk about how their horses have tough feet and come from rough country. We invite you to see for yourself from our pictures on the site, it doesn't get much rougher. You will see that these horses really can do it all, and in the rocks. Whether it be cover lots of rough country, work a herd, cut, drag calves to the fire, pack around kids, win you some money at the weekend jackpot, or even keep their cool while leading a maverick. We have what you want in a horse, and just about in any color too. Feel free to contact us by phone or email, or stop on by. We welcome you to see these great horses.