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 $120,660.80, 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.

Caitlin Kinney -Equine Assistant

Caitlin was born and raised on a horse ranch in Carbondale, Colorado. From the time she was little, she have been exposed to riding and caring for horses. Both parents were horseback riders and competitors traveling all over the west to rodeos where Caitlin and her brother assisted.  She competed in hunter jumper, rodeos and ranch riding all throughout her youth. After graduating from high school, she went on to Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, where she obtained a degree in Animal Science with a minor in Equine Science. Here, she was very involved with the Quarter Horse Enterprise, which involved training and selling Cal Poly bred quarter horses for the University. It was through this program that she was introduced to the cutting industry, since we primarily worked our two year olds on a flag and the cow. She decided to take her interest in cutting a step further and began working alongside trainers such as Russ Westfall, Andrew Coates and Morgan Cromer, which has led her to a connection with Clarke Butte Ranch.
Outside of the equine world, she enjoys hiking, skiing, running, traveling, kite boarding and surfing.  She grew up part time in Baja, Mexico, where she went to school for three years and learned Spanish.  She also studied in Australia, which fielded her love for travel and new experiences.

Dane Mayer – Facility Operations

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Jose Lopez – Property Maintenance

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