The story of how Taylor Ranch was born begins with a sixteen year old Rick Taylor, who after spending time on his Uncle’s Arabian Horse farm, purchased his first Arabian stallion Sardare. This would begin the lifelong passion for Arabian Horses for Rick and his family. In spite of moving, starting a business, and raising nine children, since that age Rick has never been without a horse in his life. Following Sardare, Rick purchased another stallion from his Uncle, Stan Bonnet. Bold Hawk would quickly become a family favorite with each of the children learning to ride on the beautiful grey stallion. While successfully showing Bold Hawk as a young horse, he also was a great ambassador, riding in local parades and trail rides. In 1990 Rick and Paula visited family in Albuquerque, NM. The U.S. National Show happened to be going on at the same time, and after visiting the show Rick and Paula visited Burt and Sherry Melton’s farm and purchased three mares, two were straight Egyptian, and one was a straight Russian daughter of Nariadni. This mare Natasha RA, would be the catalyst for the love affair with Russian Arabian Horses and set the foundation for the years to come in what would become a world renowned breeding program.
The beauty and structure of Natasha led Rick to come into contact with Howard Kale Jr., widely recognized as one of the finest horsemen and breeders in the world. Howie was getting ready to bring Nariadni back to Arizona from Kentucky where he had been stabled. Rick was able to negotiate for Nariadni to come the the Taylor Ranch in Utah and the adventure was off and running. In the years that followed Taylor Ranch purchased and marketed many of the finest Russian Arabian horses in the world and built up an incredible broodmare band. In 1994 Rick was able to purchase the controlling interest in the Muscat syndicate and the two Chestnut Russian Stallions were reunited in Utah. In 1997 and 1998 Taylor Ranch held two very successful auctions. The Taylor children also continued their show careers with Isaac achieving National Champion in 1997. Of course with every great story heartache is known as well as in 1996 Muscat passed away and Nariadni followed almost a year to the day later. After the death of Muscat, Rick persevered and was able to bring then leading-living sire Aladdinn to Taylor Ranch, where he quickly became a favorite of everyone. Though thought to be sterile, Aladdinn sired nearly 40 foals in his time in Utah. Visitors from all over the world continued to come to Taylor Ranch to visit the legend, as they had Muscat and Nariadni before him. In 2005 Aladdinn was invited to a presentation in his honor at the US Nationals in Albuquerque, at 30 years old he greeted visitors for hours each day all culminating with an emotional tribute on finals night. Aladdinn lived at Taylor Ranch until the age of 35.
The Taylor children have always been involved in the day to day activities at the ranch and have competed successfully in shows throughout their youth. Pearl garnered 2 Youth National Championships and 1 Canadian National Reserve Championship. Rebecca has multiple National Top Ten awards as well as Regional and Scottsdale awards.
Isaac has taken the reins of managing the ranch, including the breeding, training, and showing of Taylor horses as well as horses for our wonderful clients. Isaac is also a licensed Large “R” judge, and serves on the Registrations Commission of the Arabian Horse Association. He is also the incoming Director of Region 7 of the Arabian Horse Association and will serve on the Board of Directors. Taylor Ranch to this point has exported champions all over the world, including the Middle East, Europe, Africa, Australia, and South America and continues to be a source for excellent bloodstock that is recognized and respected the world over. In 2015 alone Taylor Ranch has achieved 2 Scottsdale Champions, 1 Las Vegas World Cup Reserve Champion, and 2 Unanimous Regional Championships.
Today Taylor Ranch is managed by Isaac and his wife Jessica. Jessica also grew up in a horse family in Michigan. She has a degree from Michigan State University in Hospitality Business and is an integral part of the Taylor Ranch marketing and client relations team as well as an accomplished horsewoman herself.
Rick and Paula now have 23 grandchildren, most of whom have eagerly jumped into the horses and are beginning their own show careers. The future is bright and we invite you to share our passion for family, fun and the Arabian horse!