Dixon Flowers Rope Horses,
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.