Gate To Great Horses

The horses that enter the Great Geldings program will spend anywhere from a few months to a year or more transitioning from track life to ranch life. Many hours of rehab and training go into each horse and we strive to develop them for their best suited career as indicated by their aptitudes.


Once the horses go through the Gate To Great program, they are ready for their new career. If you are interested in a particular horse, contact us for details on the individual's progress and fill us in on what you are seeking in your next mount.

This page will change as horses enter or complete the training program.  Bookmark us and check back often!


About our current offerings:

A majority of the Thoroughbred geldings listed below came to us from one of the top breeding/racing programs in the nation, Solera Farm of Williston, Fl. Under the watchful eye of owners Dr. Krista Seltzer, D.V.M. and Edward Seltzer, these horses represent generations of black-type producing mare lines they have developed. Most of their horses are foaled in Kentucky and are pointed to the early books of the Keeneland September Yearling Sale. Others are broken and trained at the Florida facility under the eye of trainer Curtis Garrison before being sent trackside with some of the best conditioners in the racing business. All are retired with plenty "left in the tank" as second careers are in mind and come to us with full histories, which we make available to our buyers. They are registered but papers are not available. As the second owners, we do our best to determine each gelding's strengths and weakness in an effort to find the right home. We are honored to be entrusted with these royally-bred horses!


16.0 hd. Bay Gelding

2015 by Into Mischief X Little Cat Feet (by Tale of the Cat)

7 starts, 2 wins, $35,945. Last raced 6/22/2019.


Here's a looker from one of the hottest sires going, with a recent Horse of the Year, Authentic! Liger won his first two starts and carries Storm Cat blood top and bottom. Liger is well on his way to being an all-around ranch and pleasure mount. This gelding has lots of outside miles under his belt gathering pastures, sorting cattle and has started  roping. He will flat eat a cow and is ready to go to work. Saddles up and rides right off without issues, stands at mounting block, quiet riding alone or in company. Good to catch, load, shoe and no vices. Full veterinary history available.  SOLD




Ten Hut

16 Hd. Chestnut Gelding

2013 by Field Commission X Hustle (by Greatness)

66 starts, 11 wins,  earned $254,356; last raced: 12/30/2020


A true war horse and the first foal sired by champion Field Commission. Ten Hut raced at ten major tracks during his five-year career. This gelding has some light cow work and herd gathering under his belt. He's showing plenty of potential for jumping and the arena, with a sweet-heart disposition to make a wonderful companion. SOLD

Uncage the Cat ("Ears")

16. hand bay gelding

2016 By City Zip out of Panther Strike (by Black Minnaloushe)

8 starts, winner, last raced 1/8/21.


Tall, dark and handsome, Uncage the Cat is a half-brother to graded stakes winner Chapalu and out of a stakes mare. Another young, quality gelding from the top breeding program at Solera Farm.




Take Command ("T.C.")

15.3 hd. gray gelding

2016 By Field Commission out of Espanola Way (by Cozzene)

10 starts, 3 wins, Stakes Winner, $129,348, last raced 12/13/2020.


This friendly gelding ran with class and comes from a Solera Farm blue hen mare- line that's yielded other GTG Great Geldings such as "Seltzer", "Rambo" and "Lil Red."  Priced at $10,000. 





Sallal (GB) -  "KING"

15.3 hd. bay gelding

2012 By Exceed and Excel (AUS) out of Wise Melody (GB)

Multiple winner in Europe and USA


This hunk of a bay has been one of the main ranch horses, doing every job needed, from gathering big, rough pastures to branding calves. The "go to" horse of the string for a number of years with tons of outside miles doing the tough jobs. Good to catch, shoe, load, tie, and so much more --  it really requires a phone call to Dale for the whole scoop. "King" started off in England, raced in France for Al Shaqab and was imported to America to win again before making his way to the cattle country of western South Dakota. This unique gelding is priced at $25,000. See his photo gallery and videos below. This offering came to us through Herringswell Stables/ Graham Motion. 









First In Class

16. hand bay gelding

2014 by Saffir out of Diamond Lane (by Bold Ruckus)

38 starts, 3 wins, last raced October of 2019.


This is a half- brother to Irish Diamonds, a competitor at the 2013 Rolex Ky under Micheline Jordan. "Classy" had some off-track riding before he came to GTG, but will be getting some exposure to cattle and general ranch riding, which includes lots of outside miles.



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Gate to Great
Newell, SD 57760

Phone: 605-569-2249



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