foal running at SDP Buffalo Ranch

Off to the Races

In the “real” world, winter is settling in and people are surviving until the sun comes again and spring is officially here. But, in the horse breeding world, January is a time of wonder. Some time after the first of January, we look forward to the fruits of our labor from the previous year as […]
Shane Plummer standing with grandfather and family

Embrace the Suck

There’s an interesting title for this blog entry, but it has been on my mind a lot these last couple weeks. “Embrace the suck” is a commonly used term in the military. Basically, it means to do what needs be done, no matter how pointless, lame or tiring the task seems. For the elite in […]
Shane Plummer with family sitting on Santa's lap for Christmas

It’s OK to Believe

Last week, after some Futurity fatigue, my wife, Jane, and I were invited by my parents to spend a few days with them, my brother and his wife in New York City. It was really great to spend some quality time with all of them. We had prearranged plans to attend a few Broadway plays. How […]

Showtime

I don’t know if it is a good thing or a bad thing to pin all of our hopes and dreams on one show, but that is what we do in our industry. The FUTURITY, whether it is cutting, reining, reined cow horse or now barrel racing, the Futurity is the gold standard for each […]
headshot of light n lena in his turnout

Light N Lena (2000-2018)

The first time I saw Light N Lena was in 2006, when he and Phil Rapp made the 5/6-Year-Old Open finals at the Brazos Bash. I remember as clear as day my first impression of him, with that beautiful flaxen mane and tail flowing and sweeping around in the pen. He had a look, style […]
Sunrise at SDP Buffalo Ranch

What Does Your Future Hold?

This morning, while enjoying my first cup of coffee, I Google searched for an article on planning for your future. The results gave me several options, of course, but the one that caught my eye was on Huffington Post, contributed by Jay Lickus. The title was “7 Serious Questions to Plan Your Future,” and the […]
Hy Rey Bound intermediate champion award

A Champion’s Mind

Do you want to be a champion? Do you want to be the greatest? Well, me too! How do we get there? There is a cool book by Dr. Jim Afremow called “The Champion’s Mind: How Great Athletes Think, Train and Thrive.” This book breaks down the mental strategies that champions use on the field, […]
Shane plummer horseback

Free to Choose

Last week, I showed one of my favorite cutting horses at the Brazos Bash in the Derby Non-Pro. I walked onto the arena floor, went through my pre-show ritual—which consists of stretching to the left, stretching to the right, touch my toes, touch my toes—and then I got on my horse. As I sat there […]
Cattalou colt kissing Chico

How Much For That One?

People wonder why a particular horse is worth more than another. How can one horse be priced high and another horse be valued much lower? As with any other item for sale, it all comes down to market value. A Rolls-Royce is worth more than a Honda, and a Louis Vuitton purse is worth more […]