Welcome to Chris Brown Cutting Horses!

The ranch was established in 1983 by Chris and Cecelia Brown and became a leading cutting horse and rider training facility in Sonoma County.

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 cutting competitions.

Chris is originally from Australia where he spent 8 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 and 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 on Sonoma Mountain 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 Sonoma County Horse Council Equus Award for his dedication to teaching and advancing the discipline of Cutting in Sonoma County.

On June 9, 2016, Chris received the 2016 Best of Santa Rosa Award in the Horse Training category by the Santa Rosa Award Program. The award is given annually to honor the achievements and accomplishments of local businesses throughout the Santa Rosa area. Recognition is given to individuals or organizations that enhance the positive image of small business through service to their customers and the community. Winners are determined based on information gathered by the Santa Rosa Award Program and provided by third parties.
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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