About Cardinal Reining Horses

Cardinal Reining Horses
Dedicated to the Global Pursuit of Reining Perfection

Located on 200 lush acres in Aubrey, Texas, Cardinal Reining Horses is an elite reining horse operation quickly moving to the forefront of the performance horse industry. The facility was purchased summer of 2013 by Joao Marcos. A native of Brazil, Joao Marcos is fully committed to supporting and developing the sport of reining on an international level.

Home of the Legacy Sale each October, Cardinal Ranch features the largest private covered arena in the world, first class show barn, 200+ stalls, and a state of the art breeding operation with a full time veterinarian.  Shortly after purchasing the ranch, Joao Marcos worked with NRHA One Million Rider Tom McCutcheon to purchase a group of broodmares and nearly 40 of their offspring by leading stallions.  This stellar group includes some of the best performers and producers in the performance horse industry, and you can read more about them by visiting our Mares page.

Cardinal Ranch exemplifies international ties developing throughout the reining industry, and serves as the training base for some of the reining industry’s top trainers (link to trainers page).  Head trainer Franco Bertolani is a Brazilian native with NRHA earnings of over $414,000 , while additional trainers include NRHA Million Dollar Rider Brian Bell, NRBC Champion and Netherlands native Ruben Vandorp, NRHA L2 Derby Champion Ann Salmon-Anderman, and winning riders and performance starting experts, Monte Anderman and Billy Williams.

Whether you’re looking for your next reining horse, or simply want to learn more about the reining horse industry, please feel free to contact Cardinal Reining Horses—we would love to hear from you!