Reliance Ranches, Guthrie, Okla.
OWNED BY THE MCKINNEY FAMILY, who also own the Lazy E Arena and race horse program, Reliance Ranches’ performance horse program is operated by four-time PRCA world champion bareback rider
Bobby Mote. The McKinney family stands Quarter
Horse racing legends like Mr. Jess Perry and Corona
Cartel, and when their offspring are through racing,
Mote transforms them into top performance horses.
“They’ve all proven themselves on the track,” said
Mote, who grew up riding cutting horses and has honed his team roping skills with the likes of Trevor Brazile. “There aren’t any—I don’t like the term rejects—but there aren’t any of those. These owners aren’t into drugging them to run their wheels off.”
Mote introduces the horses to junior rodeos and team roping jackpots, and they each get 90 days of cutting training, too. He rides them on the ranch. The end goal is for these horses to go to ropers who make a living rodeoing, but he works to get each one broke enough that a roper at any level could ride them, Mote said. Ropers at all levels are divided by their horsepower, Mote added, and at any level you can make real money competing with a rope in your hand.
“These horses have the absolute best genetics that you could ask for in a speed horse,” Mote said. “I ride horses every day by Corona Cartel and daughters of
Mr. Jess Perry. They’ll send me the horses with the right genetics and dispositions to be performance horses. Just the cream of the crop that comes out of the race program. We spend a lot of time getting them really, really broke. People like them to be used like a cutter. When a person is going to buy a prospect—be it a roping or barrel horse prospect, they’ll have been through the paces. The number one question is: Do they have the speed? That’s answered. These horses are proven to run. Are they broke? That’s where we come in. We’re going to put them through the steps to be sure they’ve seen a lot. I haul the younger horses with me to the jackpots and junior rodeos. I want them used like they should be used.”