CS Ranch received the
AQHA Best Remuda Award in 2000
Horses are an integral part of life on the CS. The ranch
has raised its own horses since the 1880s. The early CS
breeding program was influenced by a French-bred
thoroughbred stallion named Uhlan and two English-bred
stallions, Ute Chief and Uhlan II. These three stallions
and 12 English-bred fillies formed the nucleus of the ranch's broodmare band.
In 1912, Hank Springer purchased the stallion "Little
Joe" from Billie Anson of Cristoval, TX. Harmon Baker,
a son of Peter McCue, sired Little Joe. This beautiful
sorrel stallion had a profound pre-registry influence on
the Quarter Horse breed and the CS remuda. Well- known
breeders such as Dan Casement, Waite Phillips, Hal Cooper,
Landon K. Moore, Albert Mitchell and Hank Wiescamp had
foundation stallions and mares that traced back to the
Little Joe gene pool.
The CS participated in the US
Army Remount Services breeding program from the 1920's until it was
discontinued during WWII. The ranch was allotted a number of excellent thoroughbred
stallions to breed to their mares, with the objective of producing
top mounts for the cavalry. Chimney Sweep, Donnay and Energy
were the most influential of the remounts used by the CS. Chimney
Sweep sired Brushmount (AQHA # 0015000) who became a great
foundation sire of both the American Quarter Horse and Palomino
During the grim years of the depression, Ed Springer realized that
the market for good horses was stronger than the market for beef.
He added to the broodmare band and the CS supplied horses to the
US Army. At one point, there were 200 producing mares in the CS
operation. Horses were also sold as polo prospects and hunter-jumpers
on both the East and West Coasts.
was a longtime friend of Albert Mitchell of the Tequesquite
Ranch at Albert, NM, who was one of the driving forces
behind the establishment of the AQHA . Both men shared
a passion for good horses. In 1948, 60 CS mares were inspected
and 43 were accepted into the original AQHA Registry. Now, all foals branded with a CS are
registered. In 2007, CS was recognized by the AQHA with a Legacy Award for registering Quarter Horses for over fifty years.