“Dedicated to the Global Pursuit of Reining Perfection”

Cardinal Ranch

Located on 200 lush acres in Aubrey, Texas, Cardinal Reining Horses is an elite reining horse operation quickly moving to the forefront of the performance horse industry. The facility was purchased summer of 2013 by Joao Marcos. A native of Brazil, Joao Marcos is fully committed to supporting and developing the sport of reining on an international level.

Home of the Legacy Sale each October, Cardinal Ranch features the largest private covered arena in the world, first class show barn, 200+ stalls, and a state of the art breeding operation with a full time veterinarian.  Shortly after purchasing the ranch, Joao Marcos worked with NRHA Million Dollar Rider Tom McCutcheon to purchase a group of broodmares and nearly 40 of their offspring by leading stallions.  This stellar group includes some of the best performers and producers in the performance horse industry, and you can read more about them by visiting our Mares page.

Cardinal Ranch exemplifies international ties developing throughout the reining industry, and serves as the training base for head trainer Franco Bertolani a Brazilian native and NRHA Million Dollar Rider.

Whether you’re looking for your next reining horse, or simply want to learn more about the reining horse industry, please feel free to contact Cardinal Reining Horses—we would love to hear from you!

Show Barn & Arena

Our first-class show barn features state of the art stalls and acts as a home to Franco Bertolani Training.

Mare Motels

More information coming soon

Stallion Station

Cardinal Ranch Stallion Station is currently home to seven great stallions.

Breeding Lab

Cardinals Reproduction Lab boasts world-class technology to aid in the best quality breeding program around.


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