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 the slate river story 


Slate River Ranch won the Top Owner & Top Breeder titles for the third time.




Slate River Ranch won Top Breeder two consecutive years in a row. 




In 2008, Slate River was the first cutting horse ranch to ever receive Top Owner and Top Breeder designations from the National Cutting Horse Association. Two years later, Slate River won the titles again. 


Slate River Ranch was also home to: the award-winning stallion Mr. Boonsmal To You, by Peptoboonsmal and out of Quick Playgirl; Playdox by Freckles Playboy out of Dox Come Back; and Bobs Freckle by Bob Acre Doc out of War of Freckles.\


That Sly Cat exemplified the success of the Slate River Ranch training and breeding programs. Sired by High Brow Cat, NCHA number one All-Time Leading Cutting Sire, with 1st Dam That Smarts by Smart Little Lena, That Sly Cat achieved lifetime earnings of $104,793.


Under the direction of John Mitchell, Slate River Weatherford has become one of the top cutting horse breeding and training facilities in the industry, garnering numerous NCHA distinctions and consistently achieving high honors at competitive events.



The Slate River Ranch story began in the mid-1970s when Glade Knight purchased land in Buckingham, Virginia. The scenic Slate River that follows along the perimeter of the property became the ranch’s namesake. Graced with lush green pastures, rolling hills and exquisite views, today the ranch encompasses 650 acres, a state of the art equine training facility and a top-notch Angus cow calf operation.

Slate River Virginia sparked a passion for competitive cutting horse breeding and training, which in 1997 led Glade to the heart of the industry in Weatherford, Texas, where he acquired approximately 245 acres of land.


In 2014, Slate River Ranch sold its remaining studs and shifted its focus to quality mares and today Slate River Ranch is home to Junie Wood, the 2014 NCHA Horse of the Year.



In 2021, Slate River Ranch home grown filly Janie Wood, by Stevie Rey Von out of Junie Wood, marked a record score of 230 to become the Open Futurity Champion.

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