Jerry and Betty Wells purchased 90 acres in Wayne, Oklahoma, just 45 minutes south of Oklahoma City 1 mile off of Interstate 35 and began building a premiere training and breeding facility.
Vaughn and Jill Cook DVM of Ft. Collins, CO purchased the ranch from the Wells’ and in partnership with Laura Erickson began operations as Royal Vista Ranches, Inc, a prominent equine reproduction facility.
Over the years, the farm expanded to a total of 250 acres and was home to many of the industry’s leading racing Quarter Horse sires along with many other notable sires from different disciplines within the Quarter Horse world. While working in cooperation with Royal Vista Southwest for both embryo transfer and veterinary services, Royal Vista Ranches offered reproduction, foaling, and sales prep services to many of the industry’s finest horses. The relationships forged with clients and friends along the way set up a successful operation with an outstanding reputation built on service quality, honesty and integrity.
After a long-fought health battle Vaughn Cook passed away in 2020 and his wife Jill Cook and Laura Erickson continued business and operations.
In 2022, it was decided to sell Royal Vista Ranches and welcome in a fresh new start. Cole Morehead and his wife, Marijo, purchased the farm in July of 2022 and immediately began plans for growth and expansion while carrying on the long established legacy of Royal Vista Ranches.
Today, Royal Vista Ranch, LLC (RVR) is committed to moving the quarter horse industry forward with a focus on racing and rodeo performance horse breeding and sales prep.
At RVR we understand and respect the magnitude of the investments that every one of our clients make in their equine programs and will do everything that we can to help make these programs profitable. We also want all of our clients to feel like they are more than just a number when they pull into the ranch. Every horse that is in RVR’s care is treated as if it is our own.
In short, Royal Vista Ranch was set up from day one to be one of the premier equine reproduction facilities in the United States. Some of the industries historically renowned horsemen laid the foundation for our current team and we all feel blessed to be able to carry on their dreams.