For more than 100 years, gray hair has been a good thing on this Texas ranch.
When someone trots up on a gray horse, the first response is to step back and say "Wow." Michele Jones photo.
By Colleen Schreiber for America’s Horse
Frank Jones Jr.’s family has been raising gray cow horses for more than 100 years now, continuing a long line of horses that knew how to get a job done and looked good doing it.
It makes perfect sense that when you ask Frank’s son, Bedford, what makes a good horse, he replies, “Well, first it has to be gray. When someone trots up on a gray horse, the first response is to step back and say, ‘Wow.’ ”
In addition to this American Quarter Horse program, the Jones family operates a diversified farming and ranching operation in on the Wicker Ranch in Yoakum, Gaines, Dawson, Borden, Crosby and Dickens counties in West Texas.
Bedford, now 36, came back to the family operation in 1998 after completing two degree programs at Texas A&M University. He lives with his wife, Michele, and their 5-year-old son, Henry, on their ranch just outside of Spur, Texas. His parents, Frank and Jean, are also actively involved in the family’s operations. Bedford’s younger sister, a Dartmouth graduate, has recently come back to the family operation as well. She’s handling the books and may in the future take over the farming side of the operation.
“You could change the cows around, but you weren’t going to change the horses around,” Bedford says. “They were our Wicker Ranch horses.”
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