The Big Bend Ranch Rodeo
would not possible without the generous donation
of livestock from these area livestock producers.
We cannot thank you enough!
The Jim Dyer Family
From Fort Davis, Texas
James and Jan Dyer established Rancho Espuela Cattle Co. in the 1960’s when they bought land west of Fort Davis. Though they each grew up in other parts of Texas, both of them fell in love with the Big Bend area, and with each other for that matter, while they attended college at Sul Ross State University. James and Jan got married while at Sul Ross and then moved back to James’ parents on their ranch in Baird. They both couldn’t quite shake their love of the Big Bend and ended up moving back to Alpine in the 1960’s, where James was able to lease some ranches in the area and eventually buy his own land. James comes from a long line of cattlemen. His grandpa was a trail boss on the Chilsolm Trail and his parents ranched in Baird where James grew up.
The Dyers raised Hereford cattle until the late 1960’s, when they made the transition to Limousin cattle. They had the first half blood Limousin bull born in the United States and were active in the Limousin Association for years. More recently, the family has begun crossing their herd with Akaushi cattle, which are known for their quality grade. James and Jan’s children are con-tinuing the family tradition and keeping the ranching heritage alive.
The Roddy Schoenfeldt Family
From Alpine, Texas
Roddy & Sissy Schoenfeldt, dba 4S Ranch, started operating in 1984 with 3 Brahman bulls and 100 Hereford cows from J. D. Holman ranch. It has continued as a family operation through 3 droughts, one fire and a few unhappy situations, but our family loves the heritage, country and ranching community we grew up in, and will strive to continue as a supporter of the ranching life as long as possible.
Thanks from all of us for preserving the ranch heritage in the Big Bend area. Sissy, Shad and Staci Schoenfeldt & family, Shay and JJ Coleman family.
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The Bodie Means Family
From Valentine, Texas
The Means Y6 Ranch was established in 1886 by John Z. Means and his wife Exa Means. In the very beginning, the ranch started as a cow/calf operation. They also raised their own ranch horses. Today, that tradition still stands. Bodie and Shelly Means, along with their daughter Evan Means, are the fifth generation living on the ranch. They are still raising cattle and breeding good ranch horses.
Ike Roberts / Z Bar Ranch
Ike Roberts has a long history in ranching, mostly gained in working on the Gage Ranch, west of Marathon. It was because of the Gage Ranch that Ike met his life partner, Sue, a lady from Birmingham, England. She moved to America to become an au pair for the Holland Family who were part of the Gage Ranch and the rest is history. They have 3 kids, Joey, Tim and Sally, who all grew up around Marathon and were educated all over the world as exchange students but returned to graduate from Sul Ross State University. After a career with the Forest Service as a firefighter and helicopter rapeller, Sally decided to leave the bureaucratic paperwork and do something else…raise goats on the family Z Bar Ranch. She turned that into a goat’s milk cheese business and also produces lotions and soaps made from goat’s milk. Somewhere along the way in addition to cattle and goats, Ike added sheep to the mix. Ike plays a huge part in the landscape of the Big Bend area as a historian and is always eager to lend a hand with agriculture projects for young people. Thus, allowing the BBRR to use his sheep for the Mutton Bustin’ .