WELCOME TO THE NORTH TEXAS HORSE COUNTRY
Denton County sits in the middle of the North Texas Horse Country and we invite you to enjoy it at your leisure. Home to some of the most pristine horse farms in the state, along your driving tour you will see miles of pipe and rail fencing, beautiful pastures and of course horses!
The loamy soil and warm climate are perfect for the thriving equine industry. Situated 36 miles north of Dallas and Fort Worth, where I-35 E meets I-35 W, Denton is the county seat of Denton County. From the century-old courthouse and quaint town square to the world-class Texas Motor Speedway, Denton offers a setting where these diverse worlds meet and match the “fun-factor potential” of any destination anywhere!
The area is populated with more than 300 horse farms, many of which are breeding and training facilities, but remember they are real working ranches and may not be able to entertain individual visitors. Unless gate signage at the ranch specifically invites drop-in visitors, please refrain from entering private driveways and stick to the main roads. This ensures safety for our visitors, our horses and a positive visitor experience for everyone.
If you would like an up close visit, we suggest you join one of the prearranged tours offered by the Denton Convention and Visitors Bureau.
Book your Behind the Scenes Tour or call 888-381-1818 to reserve your seat.
As you drive from Denton and through FM 428 you will find many ranches from to Denton to Aubrey, TX. 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.”
Tom McCutcheon Reining Horses 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.
3732 Shepard Rd., Aubrey, TX 76227 │ 940-381-0800
Cardinal Reining Ranch was 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, 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. Cardinal Reining 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”.
3952 PR 2718, Aubrey, TX 76227 │ 940-384-9592
Jerry Vawter Quarter Horses is home to Halter Horses winning 26 World Championship and National titles.
2108 W. Sherman Dr., Aubrey, TX 76227 │ 940-365-1454 │940-391-9726
Toskhara Arabians 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 racehorses. The ranch is home to the impressive stallion Kordelas.
7429 Grubbs Rd, Aubrey, TX 76227 │ 940-365-9370
Follow Hwy 377 north from Hwy 380 and you’ll find horse farms along each side of Hwy 377 crisscrossing through Aubrey, Pilot Point, Tioga, and Whitesboro.
Hopper Ranch is a private ranch that offers a variety of services and events for the entire family. Bring the family to Hopper Ranch to learn to ride a horse, for a horse and pony birthday party, horse camps or to watch a barrel race on a Tuesday night! Barrel Racing, Camps, Horseback Riding, Corporate Events, Lessons, Boarding, and Holiday Celebrations are just some of the things the ranch offers.
Every Tuesday night, weather permitting, barrel racing is held in the arena and is free to the public. Watch or join the competition for some great Barrel Racing Action. It doesn’t matter if you are a serious competitor or just getting started. Hopper Ranch is the perfect place to enjoy a lazy day of riding with good friends or learn some basic horsemanship skills.
Contact the ranch for information about barrel racing or to schedule an event.
5502 Hwy. 377, Aubrey, TX 76227 │ 940-440-0108
Winterhaven Ranch is a full-service 75-acre horse ranch and a state-of-the-art luxury boarding facility.
With the staff’s 5-star reputation in horse husbandry, quality care and the many amenities Winterhaven Ranch offers, it is no wonder that the horses that come to board here, stay through their retirement years.
Among the many pleasures you will find are lush pastures, a grove of stately trees lining a bridle path, climate controlled stalls, covered arenas, and much more.
1700 Spring Hill Rd, Aubrey, TX 76227 │940-231-7779
Roger Daly Horses 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.
1936 Springhill Rd., Aubrey, TX 76227 │940-365-2037
The Pilot Point area has drawn visitors and settlers to the gentle rolling hills of North Central Texas for over 150 years. The town was first known as “Pilot’s Point” for a high point of timberline trees that served travelers as a landmark. Pioneers began settling in the area in the late 1840’s. Pilot Point was near an early immigrant trail and was a stop on the Butterfield Stage route. The original town was platted in 1853, making Pilot Point the oldest town in Denton County.
Today we are surrounded by pristine ranches that are the homes of regional, national and world championship horses. The horse industry is our most renowned and fastest-growing industry in the surrounding Pilot Point area. Many of the horse ranches from our area open their facilities to the public, offering education and enjoyment of horses and of the horse industry.
The area a myriad of outdoor activities due to the close proximity of Ray Roberts Lake State Park which boasts several sites including Isle du Bois and the Johnson Branch. Camping is available at both locations or you can reserve a room at Lone Star Lodge and Marina. The park includes a beautiful Greenbelt Corridor with a 20-mile multi-use trail system. The trail begins at the Ray Roberts Dam and ends at the headwaters of Lake Lewisville. This unique trail corridor meanders along the heavily wooded banks of the Elm Fork Branch of the Trinity River. Equestrians, hikers, bikers, canoeist, birdwatchers, anglers and other outdoor enthusiasts can access the trail at one of the three trailheads, located at Hwy. 380, FM 455 and FM 548.
Mandolynn Hill Farm has been and continues to be an industry leader in Arabian Racing. The farm offers breeding, foaling, boarding services, and is a training center with all necessary amenities, including a 5/8 mile training track.
8701 FM 2931, Pilot Point, TX 76258 │940-365-2559
Walking Tall Ranch is dedicated to the development and training of all gaited breeds with an emphasis on the Tennessee Walking Horse. Walking Tall’s desire is the delivery of smooth, professionally trained horses for customers all across the country.
There is also a veteran trainer who is able to take in trainees of all ages and experience levels.
9940 Cole Rd, Pilot Point, TX 76258 │940-365-9811
Four Fillies is a western horseback riding facility that has been in business since 1997. The farm sits on 12 acres in Pilot Point, Texas. In addition to providing horseback riding lessons, they also offer parties for all kinds of events, trail rides on the beautiful equestrian trails of nearby Lake Ray Roberts, and summer riding camps for kids ages 6 – 14.
11242 Friendship Rd., Pilot Point, TX 76258 │940-391-4293
Edgewood Lanning, Inc. is owned by Bill and Ann Lanning, and is a premier Quarter Horse, Halter Horse Ranch. Through their first-rate promotion and breeding program, the famous Mr. Conclusion became the all-time leading sire of AQHA. Visitors welcome.
9979 Oak Creek Dr., Pilot Point, TX 76258 │940-686-9416
Wilbanks Paints ‘n’ Pasos is a horse breeding farm dedicated to producing fine registered Paints and Paso Finos. The Paso Fino is distinguished by its natural four beat gait, beautiful flowing mane and tail, graceful carriage and incredibly smooth ride.
Wilbanks offers professional training of Paso Fino horses for pleasure or competition. Horse evaluations are available for purposes of discovering the level of training necessary for that perfect Paso Fino.
Appointments are available throughout the week and weekends for lessons, tours or trail rides. A mere five minutes gait from Lake Ray Roberts are endless miles of interesting trails.
11560 Merrill Rd., Pilot Point, TX 76258 │940-686-5462
Valor Farm in Pilot Point, Texas grew as a result of a lifelong love of horses shared by its owners, Clarence and Dorothy Scharbauer. Clarence, who passed away in 2014, was a former president of the American Quarter Horse Association. He was prominent in the industry for over 40 years and is a member of the breed’s Hall of Fame. Dorothy, who passed away in 2005, owned racehorses from a very young age. She learned much about the industry from her father and won her first stakes race, the 1953 Ruidoso Derby, at the age of 22.
The couple’s interest in Thoroughbreds began with the 1959 Kentucky Derby, which Dorothy’s father, Fred Turner Jr., won with Tomy Lee. With the goal of winning another Derby, the Scharbauers began buying Thoroughbred yearlings in 1984. By 1987, Dorothy and daughter Pam had captured the roses with the great Alysheba, who became the all-time leading earner and was later inducted into the Hall of Fame.
After Clarence’s passing in 2014, the farm was purchased by one of the Scharbauers’ sons, Douglas, who continues the family tradition.
9599 FM 455, Pilot Point, TX 76258 │940-686-5552
Family-friendly environment, where horses and horsemanship are showcased and developed. This center is unique in that few equine operations are as accessible and open in spirit and in its best practices. Just pure fun and skill-appropriate access to the world of horsemanship. Offerings include safe and secure fenced pasture boarding, barns with large, well-kept stalls, and a truly world-class covered riding arena. Also onsite, a horse walker, large enclosed round pen, spacious outdoor riding arena, RV hookup and trailer parking, and horse turnout. The facilities also include tack rooms, laundry facilities, wash bays, and tie posts for convenience. This location prides itself on the care they provide, but equally as important, they honor the tradition of Texas hospitality: you will always be greeted with a smile!
10134 Foutch Rd, Pilot Point, TX 76258 │214-662-0156
1316 S. Hwy 377, Pilot Point, TX 76258 │940-686-9324
McQuay Stables is a state-of-the-art Reining and Hunter & Jumper training, sales and breeding facility located in Tioga, Texas, the heart of North Texas horse country. The facility consists of three properties that house approximately two-hundred horses, with an average of eighty in training at all times. The program is divided into three divisions: Breeding, Reining, and Hunters & Jumpers. Each division has it’s own dedicated staff, which in addition to the office staff, average a total of twenty employees. Owner Tim McQuay is a legendary reining trainer with earnings reaching more than $3 million. Colleen McQuay has won numerous USEF championships and AQHA events in the hunter/jumper divisions.
15135 E FM 922, Tioga, TX 76271 │ 940-381-0800
Hendricks Reining Horses, Inc., is owned and operated by head trainer Dell Hendricks and his wife, Terri. He is ranked by NRHA as one of the all-time leading money earners with winnings in excess of $1,294,616. The facility, located in Tioga, Texas is dedicated to breeding, raising and training reining horses.
14974 E FM 922, Tioga, TX 76271 │ 940-437-5157
Cinder Lakes Ranch and Reproductive Center located between Valley View and Tioga offers a full range of services including Full Reproductive Program, Stallion Services, Mare Management, and Sales Fitting.
11828 S FM 372, Valley View, TX 76272 │ 940-637-2536
St-Onge Reining Horses is owned by Pat St-Onge who has enjoyed showing in reining events nationally and internationally. His ranch, located between Gainesville and Tioga, welcomes visitors. The ranch specializes in the training, showing, selling and breeding of top caliber Reining Horses. Pat is a top 50 all-time NRHA money earner with earnings of 500k.
523 St Onge Dr, Gainesville, TX 76240 │ 940-368-4369