Clarke Butte July 2016-424-LOur Team

In order to achieve the kind of performance required to compete at NCHA events it is necessary that everybody caring for our equine athletes has the ability to create an environment that brings out the best in each and every horse. Clarke Butte Ranch could not operate without the help of a group of dedicated people who take pride in their work and make it possible to provide the care needed to produce top equine athletes.

Everyone at Clarke Butte Ranch has only one thing in mind – Breeding for Success

Clarke Butte Ranch (CBR) Cutting Horses is located in the horse country of central Oregon and is passionately dedicated to breeding and raising well-bred cutting horses. We are committed to placing the CB brand on premier quarter horse athletes for today’s show pen.

CBR is home to NCHA’s top money earning broodmares; Pounce (LTE $239,776.43). Little Silver Belles (LTE: $200,431.68), Daintys Kual Kitty (LTE: $122,672.56), TF High Chex $132,454.71, and This Kittys Smart (LTE $113,855.28).

Our ranch is situated outside of Bend, Oregon adjacent to the open wilderness of BLM land. It is surrounded by old growth Ponderosa pine trees, dotted with beautiful lava rock outcroppings and enjoys a magnificent view of the Cascade Mountain range.

A passion for horses is the foundation for horse breeding success at CBR.  Julie Clarke fostered her love of horses  successfully showing Appaloosa horses with Phil Hanson, Sr. during her youth.  After raising a family and retiring from a corporate career, she began the search for a new equine discipline and found cutting to be just the right combination of speed, finesse and craftily bred horses.

As Julie entered the cutting pen she was fortunate to be trained by Phil Hanson, Jr. who also trained a number of her successful horses, including Little Silver Belles and Pounce. Julie currently is furthering her non pro success by training with Morgan Cromer and Eric Wisehart.  Morgan trains a number of CBR horses including open, non pro and two year olds.   Julie Clarke and Clarke Butte Ranch horses show 12 months out of the year.  Watch for them in your area soon!


Maria Salazar – Office Admin

Maria grew up in Portland, Oregon. Her passion for horses developed from Breyer horses to real horses when her non-horse parents took her to a local barn for lessons. She has shown the all-around with Shannon McCulloch since she was 11, starting with Paints and currently showing on the Quarter Horse Circuit. She is a multiple Congress and World champion. She attended the University of Georgia where she obtained an economics degree while also riding horsemanship for their National Championship winning equestrian team. While in college, she attended the 2010 NCHA Summer Spectacular Derby, where unbeknownst to her she watched Pounce win the Classic Challenge reserve championship! She loves being a part of a team that places the welfare of the horses as the ultimate priority. When not working in CBR’s office or riding her own horse, she enjoys spending time with her family, playing with her dog, eating out at restaurants and running!

Vern & Sandra WeibleProperty ManagersSandra Weible – Landscape Naturalist

Sandra has deep equestrian roots. Her love for horses began at the Oregon coast and followed her to central Oregon.  She is dedicated to maintaining the natural surroundings at Clarke Butte Ranch and oversees the 80 acre facility landscape.  Her belief in sustainability and reducing one’s carbon footprint strongly influences all decisions on the ranch.

Jennifer Friend – Ranch Manager

Jennifer Friend is native to central Oregon who embraces ranch culture, outdoor adventure and has equine saavy. Raised on a Sisters, OR hay farm, Jen manages Clarke Butte Ranch’s equine athletes, in-house rehab program, feed program and is Assistant Breeding Manager. Her horse history includes Eventing, NCAA Equestrian team and NCHA loper. Favorite activities outside of the Ranch are snowboarding Mt. Bachelor, hiking local trails and wake boarding Prineville Reservoir.

Aubyn Geser – Assistant Ranch Manager

Aubyn is a Sisters, Oregon native with years of equine knowledge and experience. She started riding at the age of three and the love for horses and horse care just grew from there. As a teen she participated in sheep, swine and horse 4-H learning the basics of care and responsibility for animals.  After her education at The University of Montana Western studying Elementary Education she decided a move east was in order.  While on the east coast Aubyn became an International Three Day Event groom which led to traveling across the United States and over seas caring for top level equine athletes. Aubyn returned to Central Oregon to continue working in the equine industry as well as enjoy many of her other non-equine activities. She enjoys hiking. running, skiing and spending time at the lake with her friends and family.

Facility Operations

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