We've been horse owners, thanks to the influence of Linda and Pitt Kemmer, Crossville, TN at Kemmer Ranch
, since we began Bellaterra Ranch
about 8 years ago. My wife and I are proud to have our 13 gaited horses including Spotted Saddles, Tennessee Walkers and Rocky Mountain horses. At the same time, probably like most horse owners, we have far more than we need...it's just that we hate to ever give one up. :-) We began breeding a few years ago. We currently have 3 brood mares who will foal in the spring, bred to one of our two stallions, a spotted tennesse walker or rocky mountain stud. In the past we have also bred to Bojangles (spotted saddle) and Destiny (rocky mountain), both standing at McNatt Farm, Fayetteville, TN
. We were lucky to meet a group of long riders in Leipers Fork and have been fortunate to enjoy many long weekend and night rides over the past few years.
As another hobby we breed texas longhorns; our herd of 21 includes 5 cows/heifers who will calf in Sept/Oct and one Bull. They are featured on a website that we put together similar to this one but dedicated to longhorn cattle owners. Our entire herd consists of a bull, 5 steers and 9 cows/heifers. Our longhorn brand is BTR. We keep our longhorns on 40 acres of leased land in Williamson County.
We have also combined our love of livestock with our love of wine and started Belleaterra Ranch wines in 2004. Our wines include Longhorn Cabernet, Spotted Saddle Syrah, Cowboy Cabernet, Black Angus Merlot, Rocky Mountain Chardonnay, Spotted Mountain Pinot Noir. All of the wine comes from grapes grown in California, Oregon and Washington State. The Cowboy Cab has been featured in Cowboys & Indians Magazine and won a Bronze medal at the 2006 San Diego International Wine Tasting Competition where 11,000 wines competed.
I'll update this Blog when things change, but meanwhile....happy trails! Mike and Catherine Murphy
For more information, check out our website at Bellaterra Ranch