Ron’s great granddad, Frank Keene, came from Sterling, Virginia, by oxen to Virginia City, Montana, in 1864. He was racing horses down Last Chance Gulch in 1865. He established a ranch on the Missouri River near Canton, Montana, where he raised his family. Ron’s granddad, Guy Keene, homesteaded southwest of Lingshire (35 miles northwest of White Sulphur Springs) in 1914.
This ranch is now owned by Ron and Donna. They began ranching full time west of White Sulphur Springs in 1979. Due to the prolonged drought, they sold most of their cows in 2002 and are now managing a ranch for absentee owners. They had leased this ranch for 22 years and raised their family there.
Ron spent a lot of time with his grandparents. He always rode horses that were gathered off the open range. Donna had been the Secretary of the Montana Quarter Horse Association. They married in 1971, and Donna got Ron to realize the value of quality horses. They have been raising Quarter Horses since then and have always bred for a quality, versatile, good using kind of horse.
They now have a little more time to devote to their horses, which have always been a part of their lives. Ron still helps the neighbors trail cattle, brand, ship, and wean calves and is always training his young horses.
Breeding good mares to their stallion, Dual Dash, is giving the Burns Ranch the type of horses they are striving for--Quality Horses with Good Sense and Speed, Topped with Proven Performance.
“The Cowboy Kind”
#323 Red Rosie Jackie
Grand Champion Quarter Horse
#512 Watch Jo Dance
Reserve Champion Quarter Horse
Burns Ranch Horses Top NWMT Quarter Horse Show
“Red Rosie Jackie”, owned and shown by McKinley Bean of Kalispell, MT. showed well at the North West Montana AQHA Horse Show last weekend. “Red Rosie Jackie” is a 2020 red roan filly sired by Watch Joe Jack Move out of LM Rosie Skip, both owned by Ron and Donna Burns of Burns Ranch Quarter Horses of White Sulphur Springs, MT. “Red Rosie Jackie” and McKinley are in their first year of the Flathead County “Colt to Maturity” project and received a Blue Ribbon. The following day while competing in the Open Show they won the Yearling Class and then came back to be the Grand Champion Quarter Horse.
Earning 2nd, Reserve, in the Yearling Quarter Horse class was “Watch Jo Dance”, 2020 bay filly sired by Watch Joe Jack Move out of RW Bucks Dancer both owned by Ron and Donna Burns of Burns Ranch Quarter Horses. She was shown and owned by McKinley’s mother Traci Bean. She commented, “So awesome, these two yearlings were so well behaved in a class full of other horses. Very proud and excited to see how these girls grow up in the years to come”.
McKinley cashed in on the “Ron Burns Youth Futurity”.
Smart Joe Dually, a 5 year old gray gelding, raised by Burns Ranch Quarter Horses of White Sulphur Springs, MT sold at the premier “League of Legends” horse sale August 28, 2021, in Livingston, MT. “Sterling” was consigned by Chance Bernall of Dillon, MT and shown by 10 yr. old daughter, Reagan, to a crowd pleasing bid of $45,000. He had several years of ranching experience and some at team roping as a header. “The best part of “Sterling” is his puppy dog nature as he will meet you at the gate every morning with good manners. Another sure thing, “Sterling” is gentle and he is honest”. He was sired by Dual Dash and out of Shes Snow Joke, both Burns Ranch horses.
Burns Horse Sells at League of Legends Horse Sale