Re­liance Ranches, Guthrie, Okla.

Spin to Win Rodeo - - Raising The Bar -

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.”

TREVOR BRAZILE AND JV

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