Meet the Winners

2019 Texas Ranch Roundup Champions – R.A. Brown Ranch – Throckmorton, Texas

Arena Team Members: R A Brown (captain), Lanham Brown, Jo Jo Lemond, Dewayne Phillips, Paul Osgood

Ranch Cookin’: Griffin & Kelli Ann Brown and Neal Odom 

For over 120 years, this historic family business has been producing some of the top cattle and Quarter Horses in the industry.  R.H. Brown began selling Angus bulls in the 1890s, and the Throckmorton, Texas ranch was established in 1895.  In 1906 R.H. brought the first Hereford cattle to Throckmorton County. His son, R.A. Brown Sr., grew up working at the Fort Worth Stockyards and during the summers worked at the Throckmorton ranch.  At the age of 15, R.A. moved to Throckmorton to help during the severe drought.  The extremely cold winter of 1917 nearly wiped out the cow herd. Instead of going to school, R.A. hauled wagon loads of hides 60 miles to Abilene, trading them for cotton seed cake to feed the surviving cattle. 

In 1965 R. A. “Rob” Brown, Jr. began managing the ranch at the age of 26, following his father’s death.  Rob and his wife Peggy steadfastly guided the ranch’s course for many years.  The reins were passed again and now the ranch is owned and operated by their four children—Jody and Betsy Bellah, Rob A. and Talley Brown, Todd and Marianne McCartney, and Donnell and Kelli Brown.  After more than a century, it continues as a family ranch.  Three team members are sixth generation Brown family cowboys. 

R.A. Brown Ranch has been honored with some of the most respected awards in the industry: Cattle Business of the Century Award and the AQHA Best Remuda Award.  Rob Brown was recognized as one of the nation’s top ranchers with the Golden Spur award.  In fall of 2018, Rob was inducted into the Saddle and Sirloin Portrait Gallery.