Pitzer Family
The Pitzer family, from left: Joel and Jane Qualm and daughters Jessica, Jayana, and Jenita; Jim and Tana Brinkman and children Sarah and Sam; and Kay Pitzer Brinkman.

Pitzer was aggressive when it came to the show ring and, by the end of 1964, Jack racked up 46 grands and 6 reserves in halter. Phenomenal! He was also entered in western pleasure classes, and he earned 18.5 performance points.

“I realized what this horse was,” mused Pitzer. “He was more than special. He had a peculiar attitude. He could eat grass or he could cut cattle. It was almost as if he looked at me and said, ‘If you can do it, so can I.’ I remember one time when we put him in a trail class. We had to carry a bunch of ducks. Well, Jack sure didn’t like it, but he did it. About the only thing he ever flatly balked at was a tight trailer. He just couldn’t stand it.

“He was an extremely easy-riding horse. The first time I ever rode him was in a pleasure class at the Kansas State Fair. I rode him from his stall to the arena and, on the way, there was a small ditch filled with water. He hopped over it and then set me down as if l were riding on springs. One year I put him in the versatility class at the Congress. He ran barrels and set a record, and he’d been running barrels only 2 weeks.”

When Pitzer says he used Jack to cut cattle, he doesn’t confine the statement to show rings. Pitzer used Jack on the ranch, reporting that the horse exhibited a lot of natural cow sense.

The year 1965 stands out in Pitzer’s life. That was the year he and Lindholm acquired Two D Two. Approximately a year later, Pitzer relinquished his portion of ownership in Two D Two for Lindholm’s share of Jack. 

“I wanted Jack to have a permanent home,” he said. “We did some more swapping and trading, including some cattle, and settled the deal. I’ve always told people I had to buy Jack a piece at a time and that’s about the truth.”

Jack was in and out of show rings until he was 9 years old. He amassed numerous titles, including AQHA Champion and Superior Halter, 217 halter points, 3 cow horse, 6 reining, 3 western riding, 46.5 western pleasure, and 7 hunter under saddle. While he was still performing, the industry was able to take a look at his get. He had only six registered foals from his first crop, but they also included his first AQHA Champion-Katie Two Eye. That same crop delivered Miss Sunbonnet, who eventually earned 179 halter points.

The sorrel stallion took credit for 14 registered foals in 1966. Among them were Miss Buckets, Two Jack Two, Hilda Jack, and Denver Jack. The list continued to grow each year, adding the likes of Jacks Tune, Acres High, Chubby’s Doll, Two Eyed Dandy, Two Eyed Luck, Wowitsa Jack, Two Eyed Donna, Two Eyed Hilda, Miss Denver Dot, Two Eyed Revenue, Bucket Jack, and Topper Star Jack.

Watch Joe Jack later became an outstanding sire for Pitzer. He was out of Watch Jo Moore, by Joe M. Moore, and was 1973 AQHA High-Point Western Pleasure Stallion, and earned 225 halter points and 149 western pleasure points.

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  1. Jerry Brinkman Reply

    Great article about “Jack” I grew up on the ranch, cousin to present owner Jim Brinkman.
    I have a few of the bloodline that I run today .
    I traveled some with “Gramps “, Howard Pitzer and rode Jack a few times over the years.
    I could tell a few stories of horse trades and many of the great mares from the ranch.))

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