Where the magic happens
horse training facilities
In 1997 Glade Knight teamed up with John Mitchell to create one of the best cutting horse programs. To date, Slate River is recognized for having premier quality American Quarter horses that are proven to be successful at NCHA events. The culmination of our program and cutting edge facilities have allowed us to stay competitive at shows.
Our facilities include several barns, sheds, and a climate controlled indoor arena.
breeding barns & facilities
Our Texas ranch contains a fully functional state of the art breeding facility. Unlike other ranches, Slate River does not outsource foaling and mare care; rather, we manage the foaling process in-house. Our breeding facility is climate controlled and designed to maximize mare and stud comfort for optimal foal turn out.
While each ranch has its own charm, both ranches have cattle operations. The Texas ranch sustains a feeder cattle program with 8,000 to 10,000 cattle per year. We graze wheat pastures in the winter and coastal/native pastures in the summer. The Virginia ranch operates a cow-calf program with a 175 mama cow herd where they graze on the lush green pastures along the Slate River. Much of our success in the cattle industry is attributed to our strategic partnerships with some of the best buyers and sellers in the market.
farming operations & logistics