Hey everyone, I'm Timothy Murdock, owner of Cascabel Ranch. I just recently took ownership from Cole Tieman, who retired at the age of 62 after his sons who were supposed to inheret the ranch walked out to start a new business by themselves. I'm his Nephew, I've worked at the ranch for as long as I can remember, my father brought me there and taught me all about horses. Eventually I became skilled enough to become a trainer and several of our horses have become very successful under my direction. Now, I like to stay humble but my father always said I had a gift for communicating with our four legged friends and I take a lot of pride in my work. Over the years I became close with my uncle, and he's now entrusted me with his life's work and his fathers before that, all the way back to Jack Tieman who founded the ranch in 1889, and although I'm a new name in the line, I intend to carry on the Tieman tradition. Of course, like any story it's best to start at the beginning, so I'll kick it off with the very day I took ownership of the ranch.
"Timothy Murdock, Congratulations, you're now the owner of Cascabel Ranch" his lawyer said, giving a firm hand shake. "Thank ya' sir" I replied, giving a warm smile before glancing down at the signatures on the deed. I'd been working at Cascabel as a hand all my life but I never imagined I'd have the papers to the old ranch. As amazing as this was I couldn't help but feel a little intimidated, with the recent financial struggles and Cole's boys walking out on the place, I was concerned I'd make the same errors. No I thought to myself, I'm gonna make this right, learn from your mistakes and others'. I exited the office, feeling confident I'd bring Cascabel back to the successful place it was before. I continued to ponder changes I could make to improve the ranch while weaving my way through cars in the parking lot. Finding my truck, I got in and started the engine. Time to go home.
Now, I suppose if ya'll are gonna be following my story, I reckon I should probably give you a tour of the ranch I call home. Right now there's only four horses on residence, so don't be spooked by the emptiness. The rest will all slowly return after doing some repairs around the ranch.
As you can see, this is our grand entrance, no but seriouslybut we like to keep our ranch on the smaller side so there's no need for a fancy driveway. Off to the left is the mare half, the right belongs to the stallions, I bet we can start over there.
This here is the stallion barn, it's always louder on this side of the ranch.
These are the stallion paddocks, eventually we'll be replacing the paddock panels with something shinier, they're a tad worse for wear.
This is the arena where we work our stallions, several champions were broke and trained right in this very arena. Cool aint it? This whole place has a ton of history, but that's 'nother story.
Now onto the mares half, we have the mare barn. Quiet and peaceful most days.
And of course the mare's arena
And lastly I'll show you a birds eye shot of the ranch, it's not the biggest out there but we don't really need a gigantic setup with only 28 horses.
Since most of the horses are staying in a temporary pasture I can only introduce the four we have back already. They're all four personal horses of mine that I've trained since yearlings and I'm excited for you to meet them, let's take a walk through the stallion paddocks.
This is CSR Shining Gemini, more commonly referred to as Judah. He's the flashiest horse on the ranch, born from a pretty tobiano mare and a stallion who was the first to carry white spotting in our area. We got a stroke of luck with Judah who happened to inheret both patterns. He's fairly laid back compared to most stallions on the ranch, he's a great horse to work with. He would let you sit and rub his forehead all day but we'd better get moving, the sun is starting to set.
This big guy is CSR Midnite Caper or "Caper" a smokey black splash carrier. Most people mistake him for a dark bay but he gets a lot of compliments regardless. He's got the record amount of wins here, placing in almost every competition he's entered.
This one here is CSR Lena Dee Blue, a blue roan overo stallion from outside lines, He was purchased as a young colt to introduce new blood into future generations, we're really hopeful about his guy and so far he hasn't disappointed. We think he'll make a great sire when the time comes.
Lastly we have CSR Mister Ruff aka "Tuff Boy" a grandson of the infamous Colonel's Smoking Gun. He has done very well here and is following closely behind Caper as far as wins.
Well, that's all I have to show you today. It was great to meet you and soon I'll have much more horses to and more stories to tell. Have a nice afternoon, I've really enjoyed giving you the tour!