Dixon Flow­ers Rope Horses,

Nowata, Okla.

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DUKE DIXON FOUNDED Dixon Flow­ers Rope Horses in early 2011 af­ter meet­ing a young kid from Mis­souri named Bil­lie Jack Saebens.

“We were al­ready show­ing horses with AQHA, and we had quite a few go­ing down the road,” Dixon, who makes a liv­ing run­ning pri­vate am­bu­lance com­pa­nies in Ok­la­homa and Texas, said. “We needed a way to tran­si­tion them from the show world to the real world. The whole idea was to have horses that were able to func­tion in the jack­pot and rodeo world. Horses guys want to ride for all lev­els— from guys mak­ing a liv­ing rodeo­ing to the av­er­age, week­end team roper.”

Leg­endary NFR cow­boy and AQHA world cham­pion JD Yates shows some horses for Dixon, and then Saebens takes them on the road heel­ing for Cole­man Proc­tor and Tyler Wade. But long be­fore they make it to the show pen or the Thomas & Mack, they’re check­ing cows and spend­ing hours and hours in the arena with Saebens.

Tra­di­tion­ally, Dixon Flow­ers Rope Horses has bought young prospects and turned them into rodeo-ready mounts, but re­cently Dixon has ven­tured into breed­ing.

“We aren’t breed­ing lin­eage and pa­pers—mind you, they’re all stocked with what­ever you want—but these are ac­tu­ally proven mares,” Dixon said. “Mares who’ve al­ready proved they’ll go out and make a liv­ing. There are so many mares out there who have never done any­thing. We aren’t a 50-year op­er­a­tion in terms of breed­ing. We’re kind of hav­ing to cre­ate our own deal here. We’re do­ing a lot of trial and er­ror to fig­ure out what works. Bil­lie is rid­ing all these mares, so he knows what we need to off­set.”

Saebens han­dles most of the buying and selling, and most of Dixon Flow­ers’ horses are avail­able through pri­vate treaty.

JAKE LONG AND COLONEL

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