Howard PitzerHoward Pitzer

Born near Plainview, Nebraska, Mr. Pitzer was raised on his parents' farm and took the drivers seat at the early age of 7. Horses have always been a part of Mr. Pitzer's life as they were part of the working crew on his parents' farm and also served as transportation to and from school.

Upon graduation from high school, he attended the University of Nebraska and won the first showmanship contest at the Block and Bridle "Junior Baby Beef Show" now known as the Little Ak-Sar-Ben Showmanship Contest. Mr. Pitzer also participated on judging teams, where he acquired his start in "horse trading."

Working his way up through the ranks, Mr. Pitzer moved to his present location in 1946. Being young and ambitious, and knowing the meaning of hard work, he built the small ranch into the efficient, highly productive unit it is today. Located 4 ½ miles northwest of Ericson in Wheeler County, it is beautifully situated along the Cedar River. Starting with a few Angus cows, the herd was built up to its present 2200 head.

The 28,000 acres are dotted with 10 center pivot irrigation systems, which have boosted a yield of alfalfa and pasture tremendously. Mr. Pitzer now devotes the majority of his time to raising top quality Quarter Horses which have made the Pitzer Ranch famous. One hundred twenty-five brood mares and 5 stud make up the heart of this excellent breeding program. The Pitzer Ranch has produced many outstanding horses, but at the top has to be "Two Eyed Jack", a 13-year-old stallion with a list of wins as long as his well-muscled legs.

Mr. Pitzer was selected as Nebraska's recipient of the "Stockman of the Century" award by the Denver Stockmen.

In addition to community activities including Masonic Lodge, church, school and county fair boards, Mr. Pitzer is active in the Nebraska Stock Growers' Association, the AQHA, and Nebraska Quarter Horse Association. He has also received the Ak-Sar-Ben award of merit for his service to the community and his contribution to the animal industry.