Photography by Bee Silva
Horses with a History; Brands with a Background
Legendary Quarter Horses
and superior Black Angus cattle
are hallmarks of “The Four Sixes
,” a historic Texas ranch that is part of Burnett Ranches LLC, owned by Mrs. Anne W. Marion, the great-granddaughter of the ranch's founder: Captain Samuel “Burk” Burnett. The ranch stands some of the most well-respected Quarter Horse stallions in the industry, with elite broodmares that produce some of the best race, ranch and sale horses available anywhere.
The Burnett holdings cover 275,000 acres on two Texas ranches: the 6666 Ranch (headquarters), near Guthrie, and the Dixon Creek Ranch, between Panhandle and Borger – both located in the western half of the state. The ranch is dedicated to superior water and range management practices, working as much as possible to reclaim land for native grasses and restore or improve natural water resources. The ranch is wildlife friendly, carefully maintaining a moderate stocking rate of about 30 acres per cow/calf pair. This ensures survival in drought conditions and keeps horses and cattle at their healthy best.
With more than 48 windmills, 100 pipeline tubs and 100 dirt tanks just at the Guthrie site, a full time person is devoted to this equipment. Employees in general range from 50 to 100, as seasonal needs fluxuate. Of those, nearly 20 are full-time cowboys in the traditional sense of the term. Often, employees are the second or third generation in their family to work at The Sixes, where they are considered more than team members; they are family.