The Team

Chris Brown
Ranch Founder & Owner

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. He was one of the original founders, past President, and is a life time member of the Vintage Cutting Horse Association. Chris has trained many local champion horses and riders. He has been an approved NCHA AAA rated judge and has judged many cuttings. Chis is a recipient of the 2012 Sonoma County Horse Council Annual Equus Award for is many years of contribution to the horse industry.

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.
Sam Brown
Cattle Management and Horse Trainer

In addition to his cattle management and training duties at the ranch, Sam works as a "cowboy for hire" in Sonoma, Napa, Mendocino, Contra Costa and Solano counties. Sam provides assistance at brandings, round-ups, and shipping livestock, as well as constructing and repairing corrals, fencing, holding pens, and cattle chutes. He uses his cattle handling expertise when helping clubs with cattle feeding and management.


When training horses, Sam utilizes his access to "wide open spaces" to put lots of time and an excellent "handle" on the colts he starts. He trains all types of horses from ranch stock to finely bred colts. When giving lessons, Sam teaches his students how to handle cattle while on horseback as well as how to ride and show cutting horses.


Sam was raised on the ranch watching his dad, Chris, training cutting horses and riders. He was a star rugby and football player at Montgomery High School in Santa Rosa. After high school, he transferred his athletic abilities to training colts and riders. In the last few years, Sam has expanded his skills to include cattle and ranch management while working for Five Dot Land and Cattle Company. Sam also shows cutting horses and is an accomplished leather and metal artist, specializing in western leather stamping and western jewelry.


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