Oct 8, 2012

New look dining room

What we now know as White Stallion Ranch began its life in 1900 as a cattle ranch. Today's main dining room and kitchen were once the main/ only ranch house.

In 1940 when the Zimmerman's first turned the ranch into a Guest Ranch the main building became a dining room and kitchen plus one guest room. The rooms that we now call the Sunrise and Sunset dining rooms were where Max and his wife lived. Then they later became guest rooms and in the past 15 years they have changed functions from being a gift shop, business office, and now dining rooms.


In 1965 the Trues bought the ranch and took out the first guest room to make more dining space.

The main dining room was the first major renovation the Trues ever did and the space has been virtually untouched since.



Oddly enough the dining room has been given an older look. The walls are darker, the ceiling is now Saguaro Ribs each one individually put up, brickwork has been removed in favour of an archway that is more consistent of the building's structure. The window in the west side of the building is gone and been replaced by a niche with a bronze. And the smaller archway to the buffethas gone to make room for another table.

The Sunset and Sunrise rooms have also been given a makeover.

We love the new look and hope you will come and enjoy it with us!

May 10, 2012


For some reason my original post disappeared...

 Here it is again:

 Andrew Johnson a long time guest of 26 years came to the ranch with his girlfriend Nobu and proposed to her in what we think is a particularly romantic and exciting way. She was taken out to the desert where Andy galloped up to her on a horse, leapt off and got down on one knee. There was also a string quartet. Nobu said yes and they rode off into the sunset. Here is a link to the video that was made

proposal video

First Colt!

Everybody loves baby things! We are very proud to announce the birth of Steven True's horse's first baby! He is a healthy baby boy palomino in color with two white stockings/socks on his rear feet!
11 months ago we took Kachina (the mare) to our horse trader's place in Eloy to be bred to his Thoroughbred stud. Originally we had wanted to breed her to his Quarterhorse stud but the mare does not have the best feet and neither does his Quarterhorse, so, we ended up going for the Thoroughbred. A little history on both parents... Kachina is from the Navajo reservation here in Arizona and Steven bought her from our trader when she was 2 years old for $400.00. She was a little bit of a handful when he first started her but eventually she decided that she liked Steven well enough and that it was ok for him to ride her. Ever since that moment she has liked only Steven and will do anything he asks of her. The best example I have of this is the day he took her to a mounted shooting clinic and after three gunshots she no longer cared and after two hours they were loping around the course shooting balloons.
The stallion is called Tronaire and is a Chilean racehorse. He won a breeders cup race at the Goldengate track in California I think in 2004 or 2006.
The baby was born on the 25th of April at 9:30pm and he is gorgeous!He has already met his new owner - David True, Steven's brother.
We are currently awaiting the birth of our next baby. This one will be from one of our Clydesdale mares. Very exciting things happening at the ranch!

Jan 20, 2012

Dude Ranchers Convention 2012.

It is the greatest gathering of Dude Ranching minds! For 86 years the convention has been held annually. Typically it moves locations year to year, this year it is being in Cody WY. It is a wonderful opportunity for learning, growth and discovery and also to share experiences and new ideas.

We also use the time to honor our members who have contributed to the association. This year Russell presented Bob Cote from Tanque Verde Ranch a trophy belt buckle as an award for him being entered into the Dude Rancher's hall of fame. His name now resides there with Russell and Michael's parent's names.

The Dude Rancher's Association was founded in 1926 when Ranchers, railroad officials and national park officials attended a two-day event to discuss the five objectives set forth:

1. Establish cooperation among ranchers and railroad officials
2. Discuss the transportation and proper care of guests
3. Create advertising and publicity for the association.
4. Standardize practices
5. Create an efficient sales organization

Having agreed to all five objectives, the ranchers then added a sixth - the organized protection of fish and game.

The Dude Rancher's Association is the governing body of the West's Dude Ranch industry. Created in 1926, it provides an organized structure for members, in which they are able to exchange ideas and experiences in an effort to uphold the highest quality of services within the industry. The Association promotes the western ranch vacation, while continuing to build a strong working relationship with Federal and State land agencies in order to preserve and protect parks, forests and wildlife.

White Stallion Ranch has been a member of the association since 1990 and Russell has elected as President of the Association two different times. His one of only two people to have achieved this and we are very proud of him, his service to our ranch and also to the Association.

Jan 6, 2012

Who's Here??

Look who came to visit...

Not just any steer, this is Bevo. The Texas Longhorn mascot for the University of Texas Football team.

He is 9 years old, weighes a little over 2,000lbs and spent the night in our roundpen whilst in transit to the Holiday Bowl in San Diego.

Pretty Cool!