Greg Booth and Vickie Kettlewell
Sunup Ranch was founded by Reed and Barbara Kettlewell near Osseo, MN in 1950. The ranch had a small beef herd and registered Quarter Horses. In the mid-1970s, the operation moved to its present location in Sylvan Township between Brainerd and Pillager, where the Angus herd grew and stallions from the Two Eyed Jack, Peponita, and Zan Parr Bar, Watch Joe Jack, and Mr. Baron Red bloodlines were added. In 1993, Greg and Vickie began managing the ranch while Vickie’s mother Barbara Kettlewell kept her involvement by keeping the history of the ranch and giving her expertise on Quarter Horse Pedigree. Today, Greg and Vickie have beef cattle, a mare herd, and sell registered Quarter Horses for ranching, recreational riding, showing, and breeding. The horses go all over the world, from the U.S. to Canada to Mexico, Germany, Denmark, Norway, Sweden, Great Britain, and Panama. Greg and Vickie operate the ranch under a conservation plan and practice rotational grazing for cattle and mares.
In the community, Greg serves on the Sylvan Township Board, Kinship Partners, Minnesota Quarter Horse Association, Northern Lights Versatility Ranch Horse Association, Cass County Farm Bureau, Farmer Union, and the Cass County Extension Committee. Vickie is involved with Sustainable Farming Association of Central Minnesota, Minnesota Quarter Horse Association, Land and Water Summer Tour, and Harvest Dinner. Greg and Vickie are both involved with the American Quarter Horse Association and the Crow Wing Basin Forage Council. They also provide ranch tours for the public during the summer.