Our Journey to the Ranch
From Hot Rods and Harleys to Texas Longhorns
“I have never been so tired, so dirty and so happy all at the same time. I’m living a dream.”
Sandy Stotts on raising Texas Longhorns at Stotts Hideaway Ranch
It’s funny what interests and hobbies have excited us
over the years. I guess we have all gone through numerous phases in our
life, and my wife has endured through everything, from hot rods to super
bikes to Harleys, to name just a few. At this time in our life, we are
even more excited to turn to something we both totally enjoy—raising
Although the concept of being cattle ranchers was a bit new for us,
Sandy actually grew up in the country as a child living with her
grandparents in Center, Texas. Looking back, she remembers the wonderful
life in the country at Buck’s Hideaway and all of the good times they
enjoyed together. She reminisced about that life over the years, and we
occasionally talked of someday buying our own little place and slowing
down a bit.
Well, we’re not so sure that slowing the pace is possible, but the time
to fulfill our dream of a place in the country finally presented itself.
When it did, it took us almost two years to find just the right place,
one that fit our budget and location parameters.
Our plans began simply by acquiring a few Longhorns for their beauty and
the tax benefits. But as we discovered the soothing rhythm of ranch
life, our vision became more focused. What a beautiful sight it is for
us now to look out over the pasture at a herd of Texas Longhorns and to
enjoy time outdoors getting to know them. Going to the country and
mingling with the Longhorns is something we both love more than anything
in the world. Trading in our hot rods and Harleys for the soothing
rhythm of ranch life, replete with Texas Longhorns, has been a wonderful
transition for us.
Stotts Hideaway Ranch still has a little wilderness surrounding it and we think it’s an amazing place. We find that the slightest sounds and sights of nature bring us pure enjoyment these days. From the deer feeding on the corn we’ve dropped along the dirt roads, to the scarlet cardinals pecking at the kernels, or the squirrels robbing the pears from the tree, life on the ranch has a soothing rhythm. Admiring the beautifully colored Longhorns, of course, is among our favorite pastimes, and we especially enjoy introducing them by name and sharing their personalities with others who come to visit.
It’s a Bulls Eye! Stotts Hideaway Ranch's Bulls Win Top Awards
Longhorn World Championship Awards
September & October is show month among Longhorn breeders
and Stotts Hideaway Ranch has won Bronzes and Ribbons at both National Shows;
The Horn Showcase in Fort Worth, Texas and the World Chamionships in Oklahoma.
Since breeding longhorns in 2007, we have won nearly 20 something bronzes
and numerous ribbons and other prizes and have had a wonderful time doing it...
The ranch was also presented the Hard Charger Award for its top-flight breeder’s program.
It is awarded only on occasion when merited, and, according to a spokesperson for
the Longhorn Marketing Alliance, honors a relatively new breeder who has “charged” ahead,
making dramatic progress in quickly establishing an outstanding program.
The breeder must set high standards for quality, character, and be a positive influence
for the Longhorn industry.
Among the most positive aspects of our journey to the ranching life are the friendships we’ve made along the way. During our exploration period, we met and visited with many others at their ranches, large and small, and everyone was extremely helpful in showing us the way. Many thanks to all of you for your kindness, your friendship and the valuable information exchanged.
Doug & Sandy Stotts with Ron Marquess
| Doug & Sandy Stotts with Ron Marquess
Thanks especially to Texas ranchers Ron and Barb Marquess, of Marquess Arrow Ranch in Ben Wheeler
and to Rex Mosser of Mosser Longhorns in Midway.
We are proud to say that our foundation herd came from these ranches,
and we would highly recommend their Longhorns as some of the finest to be found anywhere.
But beyond their top-quality product, these people surpassed anyone’s expectations by assisting us in establishing our cattle operation. They freely provided resources, equipment and even their personal manpower working with us hands-on at the ranch. We are very grateful for their Texas-size hospitality and, although our ranch is small by comparison, we hope to live up to their standards in every way in offering the finest Texas Longhorns around.
Rex Mosser, Mosser Longhorns, brings his tractor over to assist Doug and Sandy along with Ron Marquess, Marquess Arrow Ranch, in getting their ranch ready to bring home their new babies.
Rex Mosser, Mosser Longhorns, brings his
tractor over to assist Doug and Sandy
along with Ron Marquess, Marquess Arrow Ranch,
in getting their ranch ready to bring home their new babies.
We wish all of you many memorable moments on your own little piece of heaven, wherever it may be. And if Texas Longhorns are part of your future, we hope that you will allow us to steer you toward just the right “masterpiece” or two, or even an entire herd for your ranch. We hope to enjoy the soothing rhythm of ranch life for many years to come, and we wish you happy trails as well.