By: Diane Sandoval SL News Reporter
Richard and Jean Broker founded River Oaks Quarter Horses located in nearby Robbins on January 1, 1978. Foundation Quarter Horse breeding was soon the primary goal. In 1987, the business relocated to the current location in North Carolina.
Additional Foundation Broodmares were added, as well as two Foundation Stallions. River Oaks Quarter Horses received local and national recognition for excellence in their Foundation Quarter Horse breeding program, and was featured in the Quarter Horse Journal in 1996.
In July 2002, a decision was made to reduce the horse operation and expand into the cattle business. Following the original goals of dedication and desire for excellence as demonstrated in the Foundation Quarter Horse operation, Ankole Watusi Cattle were selected.
River Oaks Cattle is the only registered breeder in North Carolina.
Ankole Watusi Cattle‘s ancestry can be traced back more than 6,000 years. Ankole Watusi first came to America in the 1960‘s.
Traditionally, Ankole Watusi were considered sacred. These majestic, exotic cattle are famous for being the world‘s largest horned cattle. Their massive horns can grow to six feet or more. The wider the spread, the more valuable this breed becomes.
Today, less than 2,300 Foundation Pure Ankole Watusi have been registered.
River Oaks Cattle Company‘s goal is to preserve the Foundation Pure bloodlines, and aid in the development of this breed by our select breeding program.
River Oaks Cattle make young cows and bulls available to other breeders, zoological parks, and safari preservations, and educate the public on the history, characteristics, and advantages of this fantastic breed.
On April 17, 2015, a wild African-colored bull calf was born by artificial insemination thanks to Ankole #5.
Entebbe a miracle 33 years in the making! Entebbe’s sire, Ankole 5 was the best early Watusi in the seventies. Buffalo Bill, his grandsire is believed by many to be the top Watusi horn sire now. . He is a unique out-cross for all Watusi herds. This young bull is now located at River Oaks Cattle Company.
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