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Cover Photo provided by Sami McGuire of High Call Photography 

Brooke Wilson has no plan of letting off the gas pedal anytime soon. 

A good name and reputation are two things that will take you far in the horse industry and these are two attributes that the queen of the ring, Brooke Wilson possesses. Topping the Rancho Rio Sale for the second year, Brooke and her husband Rodey Wilson have been setting the bar high when it comes to showcasing quality horses.

Growing up on a ranch in New Mexico, Brooke spent many hours in the saddle developing her feel and horsemanship. She always had the desire to rope but that itch was not satisfied until she got to college at New Mexico State University where she started breakaway roping first and then transitioned to team roping.

After college Brooke returned home to help on the family ranch, but her fire for roping had been lit and she continued to let it blaze. With the help of her mentor Marty Petska, Brooke continued to develop her craft with her primary focus being team roping.

Brooke attributes much of the success she had in the sale ring and the roping arena to her husband Rodey. Having grown up training quality performance horses, roping all his life, and being well versed in ranch work Rodey had plenty of knowledge and advice to offer Brooke as she continued to advance in her pursuit of team roping.

Brooke and Rodey make sure that every horse that goes through the program knows what a day of work is. Photo by Sami McGuire of High Call Photography

This husband and wife duo now rolls out some of the nicest horses in the industry from their unique and versatile program. The main focus at Wilson Cattle Co. is to produce user-friendly horses that are ready to go on and win at their next home. This means that no corners are cut and that horses leaving their place know the meaning of a long day’s work.

“We put our horses in a bunch of different situations, so that no matter what they are willing to do what we want them to do when we want to do it,” says Rodey. “There might be days when we will ride a horse 15 miles.”

Being a cowboy’s horse is the backbone of what the Wilson’s offer when they bring a horse to town. By the time that a horse is ready for the ring you can guarantee that Brooke and Rodey have spent the time needed to ensure a safe, reliable, and dependable horse that can be used on the ranch or get you to the pay window.

Brooke is no stranger to the pay window herself and enjoys developing head horses that can help others get there as well. Her accomplishments with a head rope are many, but one to highlight is being the top money earner for the 2022 Riata Buckle winning over $54,000 and the Wilson Cattle Co. rig taking home over $111,000 in winnings.

With the development of the Riata Buckle, the Wilson’s have started to make a shift in their program to start accommodating for the opportunities of the event.

Brooke was the high money earner at the 2022 Riata Buckle, taking home over $54.000. Brooke & Rodey now seriously consider Riata Buckle eligibility when making purchasing decisions for their program. Photo by Sara Sanderson of Taken the Reins

Looking ahead, Wilson Cattle Co. is excited to be offering eight head of their favorite four and five year olds currently in their program at the August Clovis Horse Sale. Every one of these horses in the sale will be Riata Buckle eligible, come with a resume and will be ready to go enter on.

Of these, Brooke’s pick of the litter is a five year old, own son of Once In A Blu Boon blue roan gelding.

“He is unbelievable in the heading,” says Brooke. “He has everything that I am looking for in a head horse.”

Among being one of the top female headers in the industry and consistently topping the best sales Brooke also owns an oilfield consulting company and is expecting a baby boy in June!

“I’ve still been roping, and my doctor says don’t stop,” says Brooke. “I’ve been going with the guys every day. Last week we got to go to Tongue River and I went and rode 10-12 miles with them, drug calves, and did it all.”

Per doctor’s orders this mother to be, has not and has no desire to let off the gas pedal anytime soon and is already using that blue roan colt as motivation to be back in the saddle as soon as possible.

Photo by Sami McGuire of High Call Photography

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