Texas oilman and horse breeder Charles Moncrief has passed away. * Photo courtesy of Texas Cowboy Hall of Fame.

Charles Moncrief Passes Away

Western performance horse breeder and Texas oilman Charles Moncrief has passed away.

Moncrief, of Fort Worth, died Wednesday, Jan. 6. Private funeral services will be held later this week.


Moncrief’s career was in oil, and he went to work for the family business — Moncrief Oil, Montex Drilling Company and Moncrief Ranches — after serving in the U.S. Marine Corps.

Together with his wife, Kit, Moncrief owned Western performance horses for the past three decades. They campaigned the winners of more than $1 million, first cutters and in recent years owned a number of successful reined cow horses, and also bred the earners of more than $2.6 million.

They also owned or bred winners in many other events, ranging from halter competition to ranch events and English equitation classes.

At their Moncrief Quarter Horses in Aledo, Texas, the couple stood National Cutting Horse Association (NCHA) Futurity Open Champion and Equi-Stat Elite $1 Million Sire Royal Fletch, American Quarter Horse Association (AQHA) Junior Working Cow Horse World Champion Mr Playinstylish and Royal Fletch’s son, World’s Greatest Horseman finalist and $92,000-earner Royal Smart Fletch.


Along with his wife, Moncrief was heavily involved in philanthropy. Charlie served as a trustee for Texas Christian University and the Culver Military Academy, the board of directors for the State Fair of Texas, the Moncrief Foundation, and a lifelong member of the All American Wildcatters. 

He also served nearly five decades on the board of directors of the Fort Worth Stock Show & Rodeo.

“We are deeply saddened by the death of longtime Stock Show board member, Charlie Moncrief,” Fort Worth Stock Show & Rodeo President and General Manager Brad Barnes said in a statement. “Charlie served in a variety of capacities including livestock show superintendent, executive committee member and Secretary of the organization. He served for 47 years on the board of directors, a tenure exceeded only by Stock Show President Emeritus, Bob Watt.”

His dedication to the Western way of life and to the state of Texas was recognized in 2019 when he and Kit both were inducted into the Texas Cowboy Hall of Fame.

In lieu of flowers, Moncrief’s family requests donations be directed to the Moncrief Cancer Institute, the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center – Simmons Cancer Center, and the Fort Worth Stock Show and Rodeo. 

His arrangements are being handled by Greenwood Funeral Homes.