July 16, 2012
Riding back in time to visit the home of American ranching — and the heart of Ford truck country.
From AQHA Corporate Partner Ford
Editor’s Note: This piece, titled “King Ranch Roundup,” originally ran in the spring 2012 issue of My Ford Magazine, a Ford company publication. We thought you’d love this up-close and personal glimpse into King Ranch — and the Quarter Horses and Ford trucks that continue to propel this historic ranch into the future.
The great American cowboy is not urban legend; he’s not confined to history; and he’s not a caricature most accurately served up in the reels of a classic spaghetti western. He’s alive and well. I know because I spent two days with him and his comrades at the 825,000-acre sprawl where it all began — the historic King Ranch in Kingsville, Texas.
What started here when a stowaway-turned-steamboat-captain purchased a Mexican land grant in 1853 led to the very first registered breed of American cattle. And in 2001, the ruggedness and bold attitude of this Texas holy land inspired an original King Ranch breed of Ford trucks. On this typically humid South Texas morning, that tradition is in true form.
I find myself shaded from the sun by two shadowy figures on horseback. To my right is Adan “Bull” Alvarez, whose six-foot-five frame would dwarf me even without his current position on top of his stallion. To my left is Robert Silguero, a calm man who sports a subtler figure. The even tone of his voice speaks of experience and leadership out here on the range. They are fourth- and fifth-generation cowboys (or Los Kinenos–King’s men–as they are often called) respectively, and the life out here is all they’ve ever known.