Bob & Adrienne Willett
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Our Goal:
Our gaited goal is to produce gaited foals with smooth gaits, sound minds, strong conformation, and with a little splash of color. With trail riding in mind, we believe that smooth gaits and a sound mind is of upmost importance, but we also like horses that are between 14.2 and 15.1 - it makes it a lot easier to get up on a horse out on the trail if it is not 15.2 plus hands! We do try to sell all of our young stock before training age - if you are like us, you have a certain way you like to train (or a trainer that trains the way you like) and it is easier to do it your way from the start. Though we do have an occasional trained trail horse for sale, that is not our primary focus - if you do purchase a trail horse that has been started and ridden by Bob, it will not be a horse that just goes down the trail - he teaches them to bend, flex, and respond to leg cues like all his Quarter Horses, so when you see that tree trunk jutting into the trail, you can easily maneuver your horse around it without taking off your knee cap!

Our Quarter goal is to produce 1-2 foals per year that we hope will be competitive in cow events, particularly cutting or reined cow horse events, so we breed to the best stallions we can afford and those we think will cross well on the bloodlines of our mares.  Our babies are not cheap - we take excellent care of our mares and it costs a lot to get these foals on the ground, so we price our foals accordingly.

Our History

We started out to purchase *1* horse shortly after moving to the foothills of the Ozarks in SW Missouri in August of 1999.  We thought we would enjoy trail riding, so we naturally thought of the state's official horse, the Missouri Fox Trotting Horse.  We started with more than one (our broodmare, Angel, is one of our original horses) and enjoyed trail riding in the immediate vicinity of SW MO.  We continued to grow our horse herd, first getting into foundation bred Quarter Horses, before soon realizing that Bob's passion was working horses on cattle.  We slowly began to replace our foundation quarter horses with the more modern cutting bred Quarter Horses.  We continued riding trails with our Foxtrotters, purchasing a living quarter horse trailer and expanding our riding into other states. Though we enjoyed the personality of the Foxtrotting horses (and an occasional trail ride on one of the Quarter Horses), we decided we wanted something with a little smoother ride.  We found a two-year-old buckskin tobiano mare (Tan) down in MS and once we started riding her, we knew that Tennessee Walking/Spotted Saddle Horses were the way we were going to go.  In 2011, we decided to bring our Quarter Horse mare herd down to minimal numbers, and keep only those that had either earned NCHA money and/or produced NCHA money earners, and breed them to the best stallions that we could afford.  We also decided to increase our mare herd with Tennessee Walking Horse mares and invest in a quality stallion.  Our goal with our Tennessee Walking Horses is to produce smooth gaits, sound minds, good conformation (nice hips, pretty heads, good chests), along with color.  Our goal is to produce nice foals for purchase as weanlings or yearlings, so our trained horses for sale will usually be limited. We have purchased a couple of stallion prospects and plan on picking the best for some pleasure trail and/or versatility training in the future.  Check back when you can - or come by to see us - we are always happy to show you around the ranch!

Contact Us:
417-637-0026 (please call after 8 AM and before 9 PM, CST)
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Please note that our email responses can be delayed depending upon our travel schedule.  We will make every effort to reply to each message as soon as we possibly can.  If we are traveling, we are able to pick up and answer phone messages every few days, so if you need a quick reply, please call rather than sending E-Mail (417-637-0026).
Remember - email is not always reliable. If we don't reply to your message, it probably did not come through - if you send another one and we still don't answer, please call!!  We are also sometimes out for trail riding trips, so it can take us a few days to get back to your call if we are out - but we will return your call!

Bob Willett

Bob has had a varied career, but he has always had a love for horses.  He grew up in Jonesboro, AR and learned to ride on TN Walking Horses.  He attended ASU in Jonesboro before joining the Air Force and spending 11 years where he learned to fly. He also went to farrier school at the Oklahoma Farrier's College in Speery, OK.  Throughout his different career paths of flying, managing a Thoroughbred/Quarter Horse breeding farm, farrier, training retrievers professionally for hunt tests and field trials, he has always kept his love for horses.  Once settled in MO, the opportunity to own horses arose.  Bob discovered his passion for cutting and would be on a cutting horse every day, if time permitted.  Though cutting is his first love, he also enjoys trail riding, especially adventures along the lines of Snowy River.  Bob is semi-retired, but still does some farrier work here at Willett Ranch.  He has three children:  Shawn Willett, currently in school in NC; Jessica Willett Phillips (husband Matt, a landscaper), a school counselor in TX; and Peter Willett (wife Kristin, another avid horse lover), owner of Willett's Welding Service in TX and producer of WC Custom Boats.  Both Bob and Adrienne have been very excited about the arrival of our first grandchild, Scarlett Phillips (we hope she will be a horse lover, too!).
Adrienne Willett, DVM

Adrienne grew up in Dumas, AR where her father was a cotton/soybean/rice farmer and her mother was a school teacher. She learned to ride on several grade quarter horses beginning at age 5, and competed in local saddle shows in barrels, poles, western pleasure, flag race - really, in any class the typical saddle clubs hosted. She attended veterinary school at LSU (Geaux, Tigers!) and practiced in small animal medicine for 14 years before going into veterinary industry.  She is currently a Senior Technical Services Veterinarian for Bayer Animal Health.  Though Adrienne likes the cutting horses, her favorite activity with the horses is to trail ride - on gaited horses.  Her time is limited by the travel that she does with her job, but she has enjoyed riding in SD, CO, WY, MT, MO, AR, and TN, with other states mapped out for the future.

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