Welcome to Gobbler Roost Ranch!
We are Jim and Judy Leek and we are excited about sharing our
passion with you. Our primary ranch location is near Austin, Texas.
We are dedicated to developing, marketing, and enjoying outstanding
Kentucky Mountain Saddle Horses for both show and trail.
Judy has been around horses all her
life and was a skilled rider when we first met. I wasn’t. Wanting to
impress her yet never having ridden, I accepted an invitation to
ride one of her horses (one of those trottin’ kind). I tried several
times to ride that animal and was thrown off. Needless to say, I
assumed that riding horses was not for me. I was doomed to cleaning
stalls, washing horses, and cleaning tack. But things changed when
Judy and I moved near Lexington, Kentucky. In 1992 we purchased an
absolutely beautiful 3 year old Kentucky Mountain Saddle Horse mare
with the barn name Bonita. Full of personality and patience, this
gorgeous mare trained me, our children and grandchildren to ride.
Judy moved from her trottin’ ways to the smooth-gaited Kentucky
Mountain Saddle Horse as well. We could finally ride together.
There’s nothing more fun than riding a gorgeous Mountain Horse that
is so smooth that you can ride and drink your morning coffee (so, I
exaggerate a little…but not much).
life is hectic. I am a "Type A+". I have business interests
throughout much of the globe and am always on the go. And, I am
Christian. Relaxation has always been hard for me. But Bonita has
allowed me a certain relaxation that I had not known before. I
believe God let me have Bonita (and then other Mountain Horses) to
teach me how to cool it, to learn to be still in the saddle and to
listen to Him. Bonita and our other Mountain Horses have enabled me
to know a tranquillity and freedom that can only come from being
partnered with a kind and courageous mount. Bonita has helped us
handle the stress of field trials, the challenge of slippery
mountain trails, the solitude of deep woods exploration, and has
listened to many deep conversations. Bonita is now 19 but she is
still a fun-loving yet careful mount for our grandchildren and their
friends. As I write this, I am en route to Texas having spent
several days negotiating business on the West Coast. But I really am
excited about a ride in the Texas Hill Country this weekend; I need
the retreat to assure a clear head and to talk with my Father.
If we can do it, so can you.
Judy and I decided to share our
passion. So we began a program of careful acquisition of breeding
and show stock to produce Mountain Horses with beauty, brains, and
bravery. Almost every Mountain Horse we own is a living legend of
the breed. In the past two years, our show horses and their
offspring have won nearly 50 regional and national championships.
But beyond the show ring, we are striving to produce the ultimate
companion horse that will give you a ground-covering silky smooth
ride, hallmarks of this breed.
us help you.
If you already own Mountain Horses,
let us breed your dream. We have three breeding stallions that are
among the best in the breed. They have proven themselves in the
ring, on the trail, and by their progeny. Our Mountain Horses are
kept in both Texas and Kentucky. We have developed a close
relationship with Wendell and Sue Wells, owners of Prince Albert
Stables, located in Prestonsburg, KY, and their superb trainers Josh
Murdock, Will McArthur, and Jacob Callis. The Prince Albert crew is
reliable and very skilled, offering a full service equine facility.
They are expert at matching rider with horse. They strive to produce
both good horses and repeat customer business.
Visit our website at
and meet many of our horses. Then take the plunge and call either
Sue Wells at Prince Albert Stables or call me. Let us hear from you
and we’ll do all we can to help you achieve your dream. If you are
like me, you’ll become intoxicated with what I believe to be the
USA’s most nearly perfect horse.
We are pleased to announce an exciting incentive
program for 2009 with the possibility of a $1,000 to $5,000 cash
prize. This program is open to the first 15 mares bred (with paid
stud fee) to each of the Leek’s 3 stallions, Choco-Lot, Hit the Big
Time, and J.T.’s Pride. The resulting foals would be awarded $1,000
in their weanling year (2010) if any one were to win a Weanling
Grand Championship at either the KMSHA, RMHA or UMH Championship
show. If one foal were to win all three championships, the
owner would receive $5,000 dollars total! Call Sue at Prince Albert
Stables for more details!