The Hearst Ranch
One of the oldest working ranches in California is the Hearst Ranch comprised of San Simeon/Piedra Blanca Rancho and the Jack Ranch/Cholame Rancho. This historic ranch operates in much the same way as when purchased by Senator George Hearst in 1865. Science and technology certainly play a role in modern ranching, but on the Hearst Ranch they stick to tradition with most of the work done by cowboys on horseback.
For three generations, the Dorrance family have grazed cattle on their 4300 acre ranch on the northern ridge of Mt. Toro near Salinas, California overlooking what author John Steinbeck called "Pastures of Heaven" with its panoramic views of Big Sur, Monterey Bay, Salinas and Carmel Valley. In 2008, sons of the late and legendary horseman Bill Dorrance secured the ranch in a permanent conservation easement protecting their magnificent ranchland for future generations. Steve Dorrance, wife Leslie and family continue the cattle operation today. The Dorrance legacy began with master horseman Bill Dorrance and his brother Tom Dorrance. Both notable horsemen and ranchers. Bill's long lifetime knowledge of horses and how they work, his insights and "partnership" approach could be applied to all riding disciplines. His style, reflective of the 18th century California vaquero, was advanced to a higher level; his approach to training horses was embraced by many of today's well-known and respected horse clinicians including Buck Brannaman. Dorrance was also respected for braiding rawhide reatas, reins and bosals. (www.billdorrance.com) The Korkow Ranch & Rodeo School
Synonymous with rodeo bulls and bucking horses, the Anchor K, owed and operated by three generations of the Korkow family in South Dakota is well known in the rodeo world. The ranch operation began in 1947 with Erv Korkow establishing a strong rodeo stock breeding program. His stock was selected for the very first National Finals Rodeo (NFR) in 1959. They are only 1 of 3 stock contractors continuously asked to supply bucking stock at every NFR. Korkow, his wife and three sons were all involved in every aspect of ranching and rodeo lifestyle. Honored often for achievements and dedication, awards include S.D. Hall of Fame; Casey Tibb's; Fairman's Hall of Fame; and Pro Rodeo Hall of Fame. Son Jim Korkow currently owns and operates the 20,000 acre Anchor K with his wife and family. They farm, ranch and continue to produce rodeo bucking stock, contracted in 15 states throughout the season. Every spring for over 25 years, Korkow's host their "ranch rodeo school" offering young cowboys the basics of riding bareback, saddle bronc horses and bulls taught by World Champion event instructors. Korkow's have been honored yearly with numerous awards, including a Lifetime Family Heritage award. (www.korkowrodeos.com)