We started with just a handful of Longhorns in 1987. We had them on a family farm outside of Daingerfield in northeast Texas. After buying the first Longhorns, we became involved with the STLA and TLBAA and made new friends while learning a lot about raising cows. In 1991, we bought the ranch just outside of Burnet and moved the herd to Quail Ridge. After working on the pastures for six years, we now have 96 acres of coastal and an outstanding herd of 40-50 Longhorns.
We have had a lot of fun over the years, but really didn't have winning cows for quite some time. We started showing in 1988, and the turning point in our producing show cows was our partnership purchase with Bob Coffee of an incredible bull named Wall Street No. 7. We could easily see the calves from Wall Street were much different and better — and along with Bobby Dube's help on a feeding program, we developed some consistency in producing top heifers. Later, Rusty Stine began working with us and took us to our World Reserve Grand Champion and World Champion wins. John T. Baker, who lives just down the road, has provided ongoing advice and help of all kinds throughout the years.
In recent years, we have shown more bulls than heifers, with our crowning point being when QR It's A Lonely Knight was named as the TLBAA World Show Grand Champion Bull in 2002. Tom is currently in the process of retiring and we had planned to stop showing this year, but we produced an exceptional young bull, QR King of Broken Hearts, that has a great start on this show season with his winning Grand Champion Bull at the Texas State Fair in October. He has been sold and we look forward to following his progress through next year. Here we are at retirement age and now producing some of the best calves we've ever had from a breeding program we’ve worked for over 12 years to develop.
Our breeding program includes bulls and females with superior genetics to produce calves with large to moderate size, good horns, and with gentle dispositions. We plan to sell some calves as show prospects and we look forward to working with some teenagers who would like to get involved with showing. We started using the Internet for our marketing program early and have advertised to build a name in the Longhorn business that has the reputation for being consistent producers of quality stock and for being willing to help new breeders develop a program to meet their goals.
Points we would emphasize to all new
There are some wonderful people in the
Texas Longhorn business. Get out and meet
them and take advantage of their knowledge
and years of experience.