2023 Breeder's Guide Program: Philipp Ranch

Philipp Ranch is featured in The Team Roping Journal's 2023 Breeder's Guide, highlighting industry-best rope horse breeding programs, studs and incentives.

Philipp Ranch offers a full preview of all its offspring in action at its production sale. | Elite Equine Promotions photo

Philipp Ranch
Bedias, Texas

The Philipp Ranch is a multi-generational operation with a history of raising high-quality rope horses. Several decades ago, Johnnie and Kathy Philipp founded Philipp Ranch to breed, raise and train horses. Today, Philipp Ranch includes the next generation—sons John and Shane— and has started offering their long-proven bloodlines to the public.

“Mom ran barrels and Dad roped and they starting raising our own horses years ago,” John Philipp said. “We never stood our studs to the public until 2021; we had mares and we raised and trained the colts ourselves.”

Programs such as the Riata Buckle, to which all of their stallions belong, incentivized the change.

“Now that they’re paying back to the stallion owners, there is more incentive to offer our studs [to the public] instead of raising colts just for us.”

After many years of holding an annual production sale to offer colts from 2 years old and up, the Philipps, who have taken their horses to ProRodeos for many years, are focusing more on showing in the lucrative rope horse futurities.

Philipp Ranch comprises a herd of 65 proven broodmares and four stallions. The Ranch stallions are full brothers Curtis Dracula and Curtis Done Dun It, Cash One Pepto and Clean N Shiney.

“We kept two sons by the old stud we had,” Philipp said of Commander Curtis, who brought “head horse” size to traditionally smaller cow-bred genetics. “It started with a set of mares and has evolved and grown. We rode all the mares so that we knew they would work for our program.”

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