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The principles of success in the Word of God prove true at the P Bar Ranch. The succession of Christian cowboys in the Pollock family as well as the sustainability of the P Bar Ranch are just some of the results of walking in obedience to the Word of God.

Ross and Claire Pollock, married 40 years have seen the faithfulness of God through the years. Claire: “If God hadn’t been faithful, we wouldn’t be here.”

One hundred and twenty five years ago, Ross’ ancestors had a vision for the success of the P Bar. Trailing horses gathered from Nevada to the present day P Bar Ranch south west of Maple Creek , the Pollock Brothers homesteaded and settled in the rolling hills just south of the infamous Fort Walsh, just below Bald Butte and Look Out Point.

The Pollocks brothers were mostly involved in horse ranching during the early years. At one point, they bought a Percheron stallion from England, paying $1500 which is said to be equivalent to $50,000 today. They only had this stallion for a couple months and it broke its leg shortly thereafter. This, along with the tractor gaining popularity, caused the Pollocks to change over to Hereford cattle.

One wise move that Ross’ grandfather made was to obtain first rights to the two creeks that flowed through the ranch. He acquired a license in 1906, and although Ross has expanded it a little bit and improved the ditches some, the irrigation system that was put in place is very near to what was originally created. He saw potential in the creeks and that vision has given ongoing supply to the present day ranch. Ross flood irrigates his hay land and to this day has had only one year that he didn’t get enough hay for their own use!

Once Ross’ grandfather died, the ranch was taken over by a great uncle and then a cousin for a couple of years. Ross’ father, Howard Pollock and his wife, Hertha, bought what was left of the main ranch. Ross went on to university for a year and realized he’d rather be on the home place, so started buying into the ranch in 1966.

This ranch was built on the principles of God’s Word. Ross, along with two brothers and a sister grew up on the ranch knowing the importance of be obedient to the Word of God.

One of the principles of the Bible that Ross and Claire consistently follow is tithing. In Malachi 3:10-12 it says to ‘bring all the tithes into the storehouse, that there may be food in My house and try Me now in this,’ says the Lord of hosts, ‘if I will not open for you the windows of heaven and pour out for you such blessing that there will not be room enough to receive it. And I will rebuke the devourer for your sakes, so that he will not destroy the fruit of your ground, nor shall the vine fail to bear fruit for you in the field, says the Lord of hosts; and all the nations will call you blessed, for you will be a delightful land,’ says the Lord of hosts. Ross began tithing as a small child and continued until the year he went to university. He thought he could use his money other ways; however, near the end of the school year, he ended up in a car accident and the money that it cost him to get everything settled up was exactly what he would’ve given in tithes. He realized that it didn’t pay to disobey and to this day, he and Claire tithe 10% of their gross income. As Ross shares, “giving ten percent of your gross is a step of faith. Stepping out in faith like that, when you please God, He’s got to bless you for it.” At times when the finances were tight, they would step out in faith and continue to give and would see the faithfulness of God come through every time.

God instructs us to rest and once again, this principle of setting a day apart for rest and refreshing brings success. The Pollocks have chosen not to work on Sunday. Many times they’ve ended up getting their haying finished earlier than others due to their obedience. One neighbor quit working on Sundays because of their living testimony. He said that he’d work on Sunday and fix on Monday so determined to stop working on Sundays. Ross and Claire have found when they honor Christ, their hands are blessed.

One lesson that Ross learned one year was during haying season. A family came by the ranch that wanted to see around the place. Ross was getting upset because he had haying to do and was held up by these people to get his work done. The Lord showed him that there are two things that are eternal - God and people so he quit haying and willingly showed those people around. Since that day, Ross and Claire have put God and people first. The Word of God says that we are to seek (aim at and strive after) first of all His Kingdom and His righteousness (His way of doing and being right), and then all these things taken together will be given you besides. So do not worry or be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will have worries and anxieties of its own. Sufficient for each day is its own trouble. Matthew 6:33,34

As Ross and Claire have put the Word first and foremost in their lives, they have found sustainability and success on their ranch, and in their lives, marriage, and children. Praise God for a heritage of faith!
 

 

Written by Wanda Smith