Matador Ranch’s horse-breeding focus is to produce stock able to traverse rugged terrain safely with outstanding cow ability. The ranch produces many of the horses used by its employees and markets others in select forums.
In the early 1970s, Matador Ranch revived its horse breeding program under the direction of then-president/general manager John Lincoln. The ranch purchased a group of Sugar Bars-bred mares and a stallion and then designed a breeding program around conformation and disposition to result in a dependable ranch horse able to deal with the terrain of the Rolling Plains and canyons while demonstrating ability to handle cattle.
Today’s ranch management continues the tradition of past mentors by working diligently to ensure Matador Ranch horses – using the influence of Hollywood Gold, Royal King and Peppy San Badger genetics – have the conformation and disposition to stay employed on the ranch in this era. The ranch has maintained the foundation bloodlines in its mare band and has introduced genetics from today’s performance horses by using sons of High Brow Hickory, High Brow Cat, Dual Pep and Playgun, among others. The methods used to start colts give them the opportunity to make great working ranch horses as well as performance horses.
A safe working environment is essential for the Matador Ranch team and its livestock. Part of the safety program is an ongoing development of employee skills through various horsemanship clinics. As a result, team members at the ranch have successfully competed in Stock Horse of Texas, Ranch Horse Association of America and Ranch Cutting Horse Association events. Over the last few years, Matador Ranch has qualified horses for the finals in both RHAA and RCHA, along with the AQHA Versatility Ranch Horse competition. Matador Ranch is also part of the Caprock Ranchers Sale and Futurity held annually in July at Levelland, Texas.
Matador Ranch horses fit in numerous different disciplines: team roping, barrel racing, weekend cutters and pleasure.
We invite you to look our program over and if you are interested in owning a horse with the Matador Ranch 50 brand, give us a call. We sell weanling colts all the way up to aged geldings. Check here for available stock for sale.