Royal Vista Ranches, LLC is located one mile from I-35 in Wayne, Oklahoma, just minutes from Purcell, Norman, and Oklahoma City. We are a full service breeding facility specializing in year-round broodmare and donor mare management, foaling services, and sales preparation. We also stand some of the industries most prominent Quarter Horse Racehorse stallions. Please contact us, or stop by for a visit, and let us help customize a breeding program that fits your needs. Visitors are always welcome!
JILL AND VAUGHN COOKVaughn and Jill Cook DVM established the first Royal Vista Equine Inc. in their hometown of Fort Collins Colorado in 1990. Vaughn left the Colorado State University Equine Reproduction Laboratory which he had managed for 18 years and where he had been involved in the pioneering of equine embryo transfer and assisted reproductive technologies. Jill graduated from veterinary school at CSU and completed a year of Equine Ambulatory Service at the Veterinary School. The couple combined their expertise and formed a very successful equine embryo transfer and breeding farm. In addition to the services they provided to the public they established a strong group of race broodmares and enjoyed breeding, selling and racing quality American Quarter Horses.
Vaughn and Jill continue to live in Fort Collins with their two teenage daughters but expanded their horse program into Oklahoma by starting Royal Vista Southwest LLC with Dr Jim Bailey and Royal Vista Ranches LLC with Laura Wipf. They have since sold their interest in RV Southwest to John Smickalas and have concentrated on developing Royal Vista Ranches into a premiere breeding farm standing some of the top racing stallions in the nation. They spend considerable time in Oklahoma and breed, raise, and race many of their horses there.
LAURA WIPF-ERICKSONA Colorado native, Laura Wipf-Erickson graduated from Colorado State University in 1994 with a degree in Equine Science. Shortly following graduation, she applied for a position at Royal Vista Equine in Ft. Collins, Co. and was hired to fill a part-time office position available at that time. That soon turned into a full-time position outside with the horses where after several years of training she moved into the mare manager position. Laura continued with Royal Vista Equine as their business expanded.
While business was growing in Colorado, it was becoming more and more evident how strong the Oklahoma Race Program was becoming. There was an obvious need to expand operations into the state of Oklahoma to provide year-round care for both client mares and Vaughn and Jill's own mares. The decision was made in the summer of 2005 to create a new partnership and thus a new business and begin operating in Oklahoma.
In October of 2005, Laura moved to Wayne, Oklahoma and immediately opened the doors of Royal Vista Ranches, LLC, a partnership between herself and Vaughn and Jill Cook. Previously owned by Jerry Wells, the pristine farm situated on 95 acres was ready for business. Though some minor moderations were made to suit their specific needs, the first horses began arriving as early as November, and they were in full swing and geared up for business for the 2006 breeding season.
Business has continued to grow each year, and the continued addition of excellent stallions has contributed to that. Laura maintains day to day operations while Vaughn and Jill make regular visits to the farm. It is a partnership that has proven to be extremely successful as evident by the growing success of the business.
Royal Vista Ranches is truly an example of the great things that can take place when friends join together fueled by their passion for horses.