HOME OF “SMART HIGH RICHOCHET”
Hello, Frank and Crystal DePriest want to welcome you to the Rafter 2 D Ranch – DePriest Farms web site. Wander where ever you want and get to know us. We have something of interest here for any horse enthusiast– horse training, riding lesson, well bred cutting horses for stud service or equine for sale in all stages of from weanling to finished cutting horse.
A little history about us. We were married in 2002, so you see “our” history is short, However we both started with horses at a very young age. Frank raised, rode and trained horses from his school days. He started riding in the rodeo at the age of 14 riding bulls, broncs and calf roping. After riding bulls for some time, he became a rodeo clown and bull fighter at which he achieved several goals.
Crystal or “Christy” has rode and shown horses in everything including poles, barrel racing and trail classes since 12 years of age, only winning ribbons, now winning dollars riding cutting horses! In 2003 we started planning what direction we wanted our ranch to go. Then we rode our first cutting horse. The decision was simple. Cutting horses are highly trained, responsive, physical animals. Cutting is the most exhilarating sport we have ever tried.
We started cutting in January 2004 with a 23 year old mare named “Docs Ecstacy”. She had previously won $800 in the NCHA. We have won her Certificate of Ability, and increased her NCHA winnings to $3200 for a total excess of $4,200 which includes a successful Futurity with our 12 year old nephew, Justin, riding her in the $2000 limited riders class. Due to our whole family loving this sport, our horse population grew. Frank has put the first money on RL Dandee Can Can, I’m a Hickory King, Safari Gold, and now Smart High Richochet. Sadly, Smart High Richochet (Ricky) has been put on the back burner, but not any more, he and Frank shine in the cutting pen. We look forward to this year.
2006 brought excitement with Stacy Shepard riding Hot N Smart (Tipster’s first foal crop). Winning more than $69,000 to date. 2007 was a good year also. Two more Tipster babies finished training and are winning. Smart Little Tipster and Tipsters Little Doll are starting their cutting career.