John & Brenda Stephenson

Stephenson WebThe newest members of the NRCHA Hall of Merit are John and Brenda Stephenson of San Juan Ranch, a division of Santa Cruz Biotechnologies. Located in the heart of reined cow horse country, in eastern San Luis Obispo County, Calif., San Juan Ranch specializes in the production of Gelbvieh beef cattle and world-class performance horses.
The Stephensons have twice celebrated a milestone many NRCHA breeder-owners only dream of: watching horses they raised win the Snaffle Bit Futurity Open Championship. The first San Juan Ranch horse to claim the coveted title was Stylish Little Oak (Playin Stylish x Shiners Little Oak x Shining Spark), who won the 2010 Snaffle Bit Futurity Open with Tucker Robinson in the saddle. The Stephensons did not have to wait long for a repeat: in 2012, CD Diamond (CD Olena x Shiners Diamond Girl x Shining Spark), with NRCHA Million Dollar Rider Corey Cushing aboard, made them proud once again with a Futurity Open Championship.
The Stephensons are steadfast supporters of the National Reined Cow Horse Association; San Juan Ranch is a Breeder Sponsor and a Corporate Partner. The Ranch also sponsors the traditional early-bird breakfast on finals day at the NRCHA Derby in Paso Robles, Calif., every year.
“Our hearts are in the working cow horse. We love the working cow horse events. Our breeding program is focused on that,” Brenda Stephenson said, after Stylish Little Oak won the 2010 Snaffle Bit Futurity.