Letters for June 14
Remembering a longtime friend
There once was a man, a true gentleman, a dying breed. John Baeta was well known for raising and training registered quarter horses, not only his own but the many others who sought his expertise of over 60 years in the world of horses. Early days consisted of showing halter, working stock and cutting horses and managing John Ascuaga’s ranches.
While shooting scenes at John Ascuaga’s ranch in Jacks Valley, John Wayne admired John’s work cattle with his dogs, Chiquita, one of the dogs, even got in a scene.
John started managing Ted Milton Bacons four ranches in Gardnerville, Markleeville, Smith Valley and Coleville in 1976.
He enjoyed entertaining all his friends by including them in branding and cattle drives. He gave all he could to help others succeed. Some friends you may know are Red and his wife Lothian Skelton, with Red’s paintings hanging proudly on the walls of the Jubilee ranch, and Lothian loved to help work the cattle drives too!
Charlie Daniels, Dave Corlew, his road manager along with Daves wife Caroline were special friends visiting the Jubilee as well. Charlie and Dave had a great time roping and doctoring the cattle.
As all ranchers know broken bones and other injuries come with the trade, John was no exception, on July 2, 2012 John had a tragic injury that put him in the hospital and to rehab until December. John then retired and moved from the Jubilee to Smith Valley with eight horses and his dog Tuffy.
John Baeta of Minden passed away at 89 Oct. 23, 2016.
DeAnna and Jan Lopes