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Gardiner Angus Ranch in Ashland, Kansas, is large and rich in tradition. Four generations of the Gardiner family have been heavily involved in improving the performance and genetics of the Angus breed. The ranch was established in 1885 and has become nationally known for quality cattle of impeccable standards in breeding and in market quality. A Spring Sale each year for the past thirty-four years has established Gardiner Angus Ranch as one of the most respected in the industry.  Encouraged by their father, Henry Gardiner, a true pioneer in the cattle industry, Garth, and his two brothers have brought the ranch into the 21st century with the latest in breeding techniques, applied science and utilizing the data available for genetic improvement, continue to grow the reputation to international renown.

Garth and Amanda are parents of three thriving children who ride, rope, play sports and help keep life hectic. The kids are 10, 11, and 13 and are developing their passions, which involve everything from music to basketball to horses and cattle. Greysen, Gage and Grace all have the competitive bug that has bitten their parents.

It is no surprise that Garth and Amanda Gardiner took some very conservative steps into this new sport. After all, they’d been studying genetics, pedigrees and quality production since their union in marriage in 1999. Now they brought that savvy to another level, waiting and watching with avid interest as this latest interest took hold. Knowing that a good horse had to have balance, bone, good sense and trainability came from years of riding their own talented rope horses. Now, with an expert eye, they headed for the show pen and the breeding aspects of these competitive performance horses.

A close look at their EquiStat records illustrates a winning streak that has not slowed down yet. Their show careers started in 2006 and by the end of 2011, Garth and Amanda had put a lot of checks in their pockets as well as dozens of titles on their horses. This was a young couple who knew how to pick a good horse, a good trainer and also knew the value of dedication. After all, their cattle had been the source of everything in their lives and now the horses would have to earn their respect along the way. Major winners over the past few years, owned or bred by Gardiner Quarter Horses, include such stellar names as Hickory Holly Time, Time For A Diamond, Cutting Wright Up and dozens more. As owners and as riders, they evaluate athletic ability, conformation and a willingness to be trained above everything else. Garth Gardiner has proved his ‘eye’ for a keeper, riding a set of winners over these past few years that includes Flo N Blu Boon,  Just Rein Or Shine, Soula Jule Forever and Amanda has proven herself a hand with winners like Whachichi Chex, Wrightin Checks and Hoo Talks Money.

The most recent success for Gardiner Quarter Horses, includes owning the 2014 NRCHA Open Derby Champion, Hickory Holly Time, shown by Kelby Phillips.  With earnings in excess of $115,000, the young red roan Stallion by One Time Pepto and out of Hickorys Holly Cees was also the 2013 NRCHA Intermediate Open Futurity Champion.  Amanda and Gardiner bred and raised, Wrightin Checks, also found success in Paso Robles, CA.  Showing their way to Reserve Non Pro Derby Champions, pushing the earnings of this 4 year old Hes Wright On son to over $25,000.  2014 was a good year for Gardiner bred horses.  Cuttin Wright Up and Erin Taormino won the NRCHA Level 1 Open Futurity.  Cuttin Wright Up, son of Hes Wright On and out of Isabellena, finished the NRCHA Futurity with over $35,000 in earnings, finishing in the Top 10 in the Limited,Intermediate and Open Futurity as well. Nick Dowers and Gardiner bred and raised Time for a Diamond, continued to have success in 2014, both at the NRCHA Derby and Stakes, and won the Open Hackamore Class at the NRCHA Futurity bringing the earning for Time for A Diamond’s LTE to $131,000.

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