2011 Land Report 100: No. 81-89
No. 81 Reese Family
Since last year, the Reese family added 12,000 acres to its Rockin’ 7 Ranch in Wyoming, where the game includes antelope, buffalo, mule and whitetail deer, and pheasant. “Good people, good country, good hunting — what else could you ask for except maybe a little less wind?” says fourth-generation owner Brad Reese.
No. 82 Moursund Family
With working ranchland in Oklahoma, Texas, Nebraska, and South Dakota, the Moursund family continues a tradition that began generations ago on both sides of the family. Today, siblings Will Stribling Moursund and Mary Moursund Reagor oversee operations.
No. 83 Scharbauer Family
This pioneering family moved to West Texas in the 1880s to run cattle. Then they discovered oil on their ranchland. Today, operations spread across several counties in West Texas as well as the Panhandle. In Denton County, the Scharbauers raise Thoroughbreds at Valor Farms. Their best, Alysheba, won the Kentucky Derby in 1987.
No. 84 Clayton and Modesta Williams, Jr.
Clayton Williams Jr. is a legend in the oil and gas industry, but he and his wife Modesta are also dedicated ranchers. They decreased their West Texas holdings over the past year, but they remain passionate about their land.
No. 85 Stan Harper
New Mexico native Stan Harper has land and cattle operations in Texas and New Mexico, with the majority of his holdings in the Land of Enchantment. In addition to his Angus and Hereford herds, he also raises bison and has a Quarter Horse program.
No. 86 Frank Leonard VanderSloot
Melaleuca founder and CEO Frank VanderSloot applied his entrepreneurial spirit to ranching. His Riverbend Ranch, headquartered in Idaho Falls, is among the top 20 commercial cattle operations and the top 20 seedstock operations in the country. It’s known for its purebred Black Angus. Additionally, his Fort Ranch in Utah has built a reputation for its pedigreed Quarter Horse program.
No. 87 Richard and Victoria Evans
The couple’s expansive Double V Ranch in New Mexico is located about 25 miles south of Fort Sumner. Their considerable domestic holdings, however, are a drop in the bucket compared to their 500,000 acres in South America.
No. 87 Linnebur Family
The family has a proud history of landholding in Colorado. Gene Linnebur and descendants of his late brothers Emmett and Lloyd continue the tradition in a variety of farming and ranching endeavors, including Linnebur Grain & Buffalo.
No. 89 Moore Family
The family’s Broken O Ranch in Montana continues as a working cattle ranch under the heirs of William and Desiree Moore. Ranch Manager Dan Freeman, who guided the Broken O alongside the Moores, still oversees operations.
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