Aubrey

"Photo courtesy of Green Valley"

Horse Country USA

Aubrey is situated on US 377 just north of Denton in the Cross Timbers region. The town was originally named Onega when the Texas and Pacific Railway built a section house there in 1881. By the 1980's, peanuts were the leading crop, with an average annual harvest of 3,000 tons processed in the local drying plant . The Peanut Festival is still celebrated the first Saturday of October, though peanuts have since given way to equines. The sandy loam soil, great for growing peanuts, is also great for training horses and has attracted many horsemen to the area making it "Horse Country USA."

Aubrey Area Chamber of Commerece is located at 205 S. Main Street. www.aubreycoc.org, 940/365-9781. Aubrey city offices are located at 205 S. Main Street. www.aubreytx.net, 940/440-9343.

A. Brent Loseke Colt Company, 6630 Green Valley Circle, After working at beautiful Green Valley Ranch for 6 years, Brent and his wife Paula built a 14-stall horse barn on their own property, only two miles from Green Valley Ranch. The performance horse industry has long recognized Brent for his ability to start and train young prospects that go on to shine in the show pen. The new theme is "Less is More". Brent's plan is to get his hands on 14 of the best horses available and focus on the combination of time, patience, and a strong foundation in his training technique to produce champions. A few of the winning horses started by or marketed by Brent Loseke or The Colt Company are: Chic Please, NRHA Futurity Champion, NRCHA Futurity Reserve Champion. Chocolate Chic Olena, NRHA Futurity 3rd Non Pro, NRHA Derby Non Pro and Limited Open Champion, AQHA World Champion Senior Reining, USET Finalist. Shining Spark, NRHA Futurity 5th, AQHA World Champion Jr. Reining, LEGENDARY Sire, Senor Tejano Whiz, NRHA Open Futurity 9th, Congress Reining Futurity Champion, winner of over $100,000 NRHA (Born, raised and sold by The Colt Company) Setting off Sparks, NRHA Futurity Open 10th, winner of over $50,000 NRHA, mother of high selling two year old at 2007 NRHA Futurity Sale and Ruf Tuf Whiz, outstanding two year old which sold for $110,000 at the 2007 NRHA Futurity prospects sale. www.coltcompany.com, 940/727-3035.

"Horse Country USA"

B. Tom McCutcheon Reining Horses, 3732 Shepard Rd., is a state-of-the-art breeding, training and rehab facility. Tom is listed as one of the leading riders in the reining horse world. He has a lifetime earnings of over $1 million. His most recent victories are winning the 2011 FEI World Reining Finals. Tom was named the US Equestrian Federation Equestrian of the year in 2010. The ranch is home to Gunners Special Nite, named 2010 USEF Horse of the Year as well as double gold medalist at the 2010 World Equestrian Games. Tom also won both team and individual gold medals at the 2010 Games. www.tmccutcheon.com, 940/381-0800.

C. Green Valley Reining Ranch, 3952 PR 2718, is built on 400 spacious acres of green pastures that provide a superb setting for an outstanding horse operation. It features a 60,000 sq ft arena to facilitate the training, a first class show barn, a complete veterinary clinic, a state of the art breeding facility, three mare care motels, a sale fitting operation, administrative offices, and a spacious entertainment area. Green Valley Ranch is perhaps the ideal model of an operation focused on today's sophisticated reining industry all conveniently located in the heart of "Horse Country USA". www.greenvalleyreining.com, 940/384-9592.

D. Jerry Vawter Quarter Horses,2108 W. Sherman Dr., is home to Halter Horses winning 26 World Championship and National titles. 940/365-1454 or 940/391-9726.

E. Toskhara Arabians, 7429 Grubbs Rd., is owned by Dick and Christine Reed, who have bred fine Polish tradition Arabians since 1989. The Reeds pride themselves on being producers of show horses that participate in reining, dressage, and western pleasure, along with oval track race horses. The ranch is home to the impressive stallion Kordelas. www.toskhara.com, 940/365-9370.

F. Star Ranch, 8400 Fishtrap Rd., is dedicated to the advancement of the sport of reining and home to the renowned coach and trainer, Ken Eppers. Visitors welcome. www.txstarranch.com, 940/365-7777.

G. Tabor Ranch, 9029 Arvin Hill, specializes in youth, amateur and open events. www.taborranch.com, 940/440-4000.

Aubery, Texas

H. Hogany Tops Farm,9510 Ike Byrom Rd., is an established hunter jumper barn. Visitors welcome. www.hoganytopsfarm.com, 404/425-2599.

I. Hopper Ranch,5502 Hwy. 377, is a great place to get into the excitement of barrel racing. Every Tuesday night, weather permitting, barrel racing is held in the arena and is free to the public. www.hopperranch.com. 940/440-0108.

J. Winterhaven Ranch,1700 Spring Hill Rd., is a full-service 75-acre horse ranch and a state-of-the-art luxury boarding facility. www.winterhavenranch.com, 940/231-7779.

K. Roger Daly Horses,1936 Springhill Rd.,/FM 428, was established in 1975. Roger Daly primarily works with Quarter and Thoroughbred horses. Daly prepared for sale and sold the filly Falling In Love Again, just prior to her winning the Million Dollar American Futurity at Ruidoso Downs in 1998. Daly sale preps about 300 horses for major sales and breaks about 100 horses per year. 940/365-2037.

L. Mandolynn Hill Farm,8701 FM 2931, has been and continues to be an industry leader in Arabian Racing. The farm is a full facility breeding and training center with all necessary amenities, including a 5/8 mile training track. www.mandolynn.com. 940/440-9360.

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