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Erb Ranch

Calvin and Brooke have been ranching Beaverhead County for the last 30 years. They raise horses suitable for ranching in the big country of southwest Montana. The Erb’s strive to improve their horse herd every year to produce the most desired horses. Their horses’ bloodlines include Nu Cash, Gunsmoke and Jackie Bee. Calvin and Brooke have been donating horses to the University of Montana Western Natural Horsemanship program since 2011.

Goggins Ranch

The Goggins Ranch is located in Billings, MT and focuses on raising solid, useable horses for the ranch. They have been raising horses for the past few years and look forward to advancing the quarter horse genetics through studs like Slick By Design crossed on cutting bloodlines to produce an all-around cow horse. This is the 3rd year they have sent quality horses through the sale.

Harrington and Hirschy Quarter Horses 

Harrington & Hirschy Quarter Horses is a family-run operation that is continuing the legacy of the late, Don Harrington. Harrington & Hirschy Quarter Horses have been producing quality horses for the last 40 years in Beaverhead County. Their horses’ bloodlines include: Nu Cash, Paddys Irish Whiskey, Doc O Dynamite, and Peptos Stylish Oak. Harrington & Hirschy Quarter Horses are intelligent and hard working animals. Harrington & Hirschy Quarter Horses have been donating colts to the UMW Sales Prep Class since 2011. Visit for more information. 

Holland Quarter Horses 

Verna Holland and her late husband Chad are lifetime cattle ranchers in the Grasshopper Valley and have been members of the AQHA since 1968. Hollands’ horses are proven to be athletes in the competitive arenas as well as on the ranch. Conformation, disposition, cow sense and athletic ability are the program goals. The Hollands enjoy watching young students learn and achieve thier skills through the horsemanship program at UMW. They have been donating horses to the UMW sales Prep Class since 2011. 

Hollenbeck Ranch 

The Hollenbeck Ranch is located twenty-five miles west of Billings, MT. The Hollenbeck Ranch has been in the horse breeding business for four generations. Their goal is to breed horses that have a purpose, disposition, and the ability to win. The goal of their breeding program is to preserve the Driftwood bloodlines, and produce horses from the Doc O Dynamite, San Peppy and Hancock bloodlines as well. These unique horses have had the ability to win for generations. This is the fifth year that they have donated horses to the Montana Western Sales Prep Class. Visit for more information. 

2M Livestock 

As J2 and Megan Bridges have set their roots and started their family together here in Beaverhead County, they have also just ventured into the breeding world. Both being raised on the back of a horse has given them the foundation to continue learning and striving to better their own breeding for their future generations. Working on the Erb Ranch for nearly 10 years, they have been blessed with opportunities to try many different bloodlines with the end goal of the ideal performance horse in or out of the arena. This is their first year donating to UMW sales prep with their first ever crop of colts. 

Jacob Christenson 

Jacob Christenson is a recent Montana Western graduate and was a student in the Colt Challenge and Sale for four years. After graduation Jacob went back to Minnesota to continue his work on his family’s horse operation, OutWest. Jacob’s experience in the program, and the way that impacted him, inspired him to continue his relationship with the sale as a first-time donor. Jacob believes the horses he selected will provide a great experience for students to learn and grow, just as he did. 

Roaring Springs Ranch 

The Roaring Springs Ranch is headquartered in the sweeping Catlow Valley on the high desert of southeastern Oregon in Harney County. The mission of the ranch is to be sustainable: this requires focus on economic, ecologic, and social function of their operation. They are proud of the abundance of diverse wildlife species that share the landscape with their cattle, horses, and ranch families. RSR runs around 250-300 head of horses on the ranch, including 60 broodmares and three stallions. Their horses are foundation bred in order to develop a well-rounded ranch horse with good cow sense. This is the fifth time they have donated to the UMW Sales Prep Class. Visit for more information. 

Weaver Quarter Horses 

The Weaver family has a long tradition of raising horses since 1887. The brand, A Standing X, was recorded in the Weaver name in 1888 and is still going strong six generations later. Stan and his wife Nancy live in the Bear Paw Mountains by Big Sandy, Montana. The Weaver horses are known for their bone structure, stamina, conformation and their keen eye for a cow. Some of the horses’ bloodlines include Peptoboonsmal, Peppy San Badger, Frenchmans Guy, Smart Little Lena and Poco Bueno. Weaver horses possess the mind and disposition to succeed in whatever you ask of them. They have been donating horses to the sales Prep Class since 2014. Visit for more information.