Wagonhound Land and Livestock Company rests on the northern slope of the Laramie Mountain range in southeastern Wyoming, just south of Douglas. From about 9,000 feet, timbered slopes fall away to native shortgrass and midgrass prairie—blue grama, wheat grass, prairie junegrass, and taller grasses along the creek bottoms. A few miles to the north, the North Platte River flows eastward toward Nebraska. Wagonhound Creek, named for a rough crossing where pioneer wagons often broke their tongue-axel junctions, called “hounds,” flows northeastward through the ranch toward its confluence with the Platte.
Wagonhound Land and Livestock runs about 3,000 Red Angus pairs bred from top bloodlines. A very light stocking rate of 35 to 40 acres per animal unit (cow and calf ) and frequent rotation ensures range health during dry periods. During winter, Wagonhound cattle receive supplemental feed — about a ton of hay per cow, or 3,000 to 3,500 tons per year.
Wagonhound Land and Livestock is committed to breeding the world’s finest ranch and competition horses. The ranch’s horse program made a huge leap forward in 2002 with the acquisition of the entire 2001 crop of Driftwood fillies–descendants of the great Quarter Horse Driftwood. Additional purchases of daughters and granddaughters of Smart Little Lena, Peppy San Badger, Shining Spark, and the legendary Tanquery Gin broadened the broodmare base. On the stallion side, Wagonhound’s program moved to the next level with the purchase of WR This Cats Smart, a sorrel cutting horse that went on to win many championships and reserve championships, including the 2005 NCHA Open World Finals. He is a both a NRCHA and NCHA Leading Sire.
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