Pale Taschka, a Warmblood Quarter Horse cross, jumping
Courtesy of Craig Schmersal

Pale Taschka: Reining Stud Meets Warmblood

Hi all! Spring is on its way, finally! We had a cold, wet winter here in Arizona, with snow in Scottsdale! I’m glad we are back to the 70s with no rain. I have had a lot of inquires and comments about our experiment, Pale Taschka, so I’m going to tell you all about him. […]
man on horse herding cattle at Home Place Land & Cattle Company

Welcome Home to Home Place Horse & Cattle Co.

We all know that High Brow CD was the highlight of Western Bloodstock’s The Evening Session sale, held during the 2018 National Cutting Horse Association (NCHA) Futurity. We all watched $7 million rider Austin Shepard tear up as he spoke of High Brow CD, stating, “He is the best horse I have ever rode.” Chris […]
SDP Hy Rey Bound conformation shot

Have Your Cake & Eat It, Too!

I have grown up in the horse business, probably not in the way you think, though. Yes, I was used for labor in my parents’ business — nothing unreasonable, but I did learn how to work. I did not grow up with show horses or thinking that horsemanship was a fun thing. I grew up […]
Dennis Moreland talking with Ryand Thibodeaux about tiedowns

Purpose of, and Proper Use of, Tie-downs with Dennis Moreland Tack

Does your tie-down ever get a bad rap? Tie-downs, also called nosebands with tie-down straps, are used to help horses maintain their balance during quick, powerful maneuvers in speed events like roping and barrel racing. While it’s easy to assume a tie-down is used only to keep a horse’s head down, the purpose of a […]
SDP Buffalo Ranch stallion roster

Meet the Buffalo Ranch Stallions

Darren Moore, in his perfect voice, said over the speaker, “SDP Buffalo Ranch is bringing 18 stallions on Thursday, the 21st. Be sure to stop by, say ‘Hi,’ and meet the stallions from 4 to 7 p.m.” As I hear that, the checklist starts running through my mind, and that checklist is LONG. We absolutely […]
foals standing with mares

A Good Bull

“A good bull is half your herd; a bad one is all of it.” I can’t tell you how many times I heard this as a kid. My father often recited that mantra to countless mare owners to get them thinking about the value of mating selection. I have now learned this principal well with […]
Chaps throughout history illustration

Leggings, Batwings, Woolies and Chinks: The History of Chaps – Part Two

Whether you call them chaps, leggings, bat wings, woolies, or chinks, the different styles of leather leg coverings are an important part of a cowboy’s gear. Derived from the Spanish chaparreras, they protect a rider’s legs from brush, thorns and the elements. Dennis Moreland of Dennis Moreland Tack says different leathers cut in various styles […]
Scott Plummer headshot

Momma Deafness

My brother Scott … he was a hoot, I tell ya. The kid lived in trouble. My poor parents raising a kid like Scott, ha! It sure makes me chuckle now. He was three and half years older than I, my closest sibling. I recall his teenage years, my dad asking in utter frustration to […]
chaps throughout history

The History of Chaps – Part One

Whether you call them chaps, leggings, bat wings, woolies, or chinks, the different styles of leather leg coverings are an important part of a cowboy’s gear according to Dennis Moreland of Dennis Moreland Tack. Derived from the Spanish chaparreras, they protect a rider’s legs from brush, thorns and the elements. Different leathers cut in various […]
Craig Schmersal reining horses

How I Start My 2-Year-Old Horses

Hi All!  I hope you had a wonderful holiday. I enjoyed mine with lots of family and friends. For me, it’s a great time of year to reflect on the past and set goals for the future. As many of you are starting 2-year-olds, I thought I would touch on a few things I do […]