San Juan Ranch
A pair of champion reined cow horse stallions in Weatherford, Texas, are anchored by CD Olena, a cutting sire that NFR heeler Ryan Motes helped put on the team roping map.
John and Brenda Stephenson own San Juan Ranch, which was originally in San Luis Obispo county, California, and relocated to Weatherford in 2011. The Stephensons have specialized in breeding cutting, reining and working cow horses, with mares that carry bloodlines like Shining Spark, High Brow Cat, Smart Little Lena, Playgun, Smooth As A Cat, Playin Stylish and WR This Cats Smart.
Their flashy palomino stallion CD Diamond, 13, by CD Olena, is a half-brother to CD Starbucks—Motes’ 2013 PRCA/AQHA Heel Horse of the Year and two-time Heel Horse of the BFI. He’s also a half-brother to two-time NFR heeler Cole Davison’s great horse Apollo Oak, who was out of Shiners Little Oak—the dam of San Juan Ranch’s NRCHA Futurity champ Stylish Little Oak. Plus, the stud’s second dam, Zans Diamond Jackie, produced several AQHA team roping standouts. In 2012, CD Diamond won the NRCHA Open Futurity with Corey Cushing and was named Horse of the Year.
“He’s a nice horse for both the cutting and the reining,” Cushing said at the time. “He’s been a horse that it doesn’t matter how fast or how soft a cow is, you know that he’s going to handle it.”
A colt by CD Diamond, SJR Diamond Go Time out of ARC Its Go Time (One Time Pepto x ARC Catty Dual) won a round at the Royal Crown Roping Futurity heeling and made the finals at the ARHFA World Championship Futurity in both heading and heeling.
The ranch also stands SJR Diamond Mist, a 7-year-old bay stallion by CD Diamond out of Cat Mist (High Brow Cat x Little Mist Smart). He won the 2018 NRCHA Open Futurity in his own right, and went on to earn nearly $180,000. Last year marked his first foal crop and San Juan Ranch is excited to campaign his get in all events.