The Team
Chris Brown
Ranch Founder, Owner, and Trainer
 
Kalli Duranczyk
Ranch Assistant

Chris has been training and showing cutting horses and training Non Pro riders for over 30 years. During this time, Chris has contributed to the success of the Sonoma County horse industry by focusing his efforts on local riders, their horses, and cutting associations. Chris has trained many local champion horses and riders. He was one of the original founders, past President, and a life time member of the Vintage Cutting Horse Association. He has been an approved NCHA AAA rated judge and judged many cuttings.

Chris is originally from Australia where he spent eight years as a jackaroo (an agricultural intern) in the Outback learning ranch operations. In 1972, he came to the United States to expand his knowledge of the training and breeding of American Quarter Horses. During his travels in the U.S., he was bit by the "cutting bug" when he accepted employment and learned the cutting trade from Leon Harrel - one of the cutting industry's top trainers and showmen - a two time National Cutting Horse Association Futurity Champion.

After a few years, Chris opened his own cutting horse training facility on a 16 acre ranch in Santa Rosa where he overseas ranch operations including training. Chris has won many championships and trained many champion riders and horses.

In 2012, Chris received the prestigious Annual Equus Award from the Sonoma County Horse Council for his outstanding contributions to the horse community in Sonoma County.
 
I am pleased to introduce you to our new Ranch Assistant.
Kalli hails from Sebastopol and has 15 years experience riding horses and several years experience in horse facility supervision. She is trained in Classical Dressage, Jumping, Three-Day Eventing, and has shown in Western Dressage. Kalli has worked with several notable trainers including: Julie Renfro-Cross (Reining & Western Dressage), Suzanne Brock (Eventing), Lester Buckley (Grand Prix & Cutting ), Craig Johnson (Reining), and Kain Emmons (Reining and Cutting).

Kali is responsible for ranch and livestock management, conditioning, and rehabilitation. She resides on the ranch helping ensure care of livestock 24/7.


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