The Routier Ranch is located just south of Buffalo, South Dakota, and is home to Riley, Jessica, Braden, Payton, Rayna, Rose and Charlie Routier. They raise black angus cattle and quarter horses. Ranching and rodeoing run deep in this family’s roots.
Riley and his brothers were raised on the ranch, and they all grew to be cattle- and horse-people at a very young age. They excelled in the roping events throughout their childhood, and into their early adult life. Riley has grown a very high-quality cattle herd by extensively studying genetics, and optimizing herd management techniques. He also puts a good start and a lot of ranch miles on the horses raised on the ranch.
Jessica grew up training horses with her mother, Shelly Mueller, who trained cutting, barrel racing, and rope horses. She has won numerous titles, from high school rodeo to pro rodeo, and mostly focuses on barrel racing these days. She has qualified two times to the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo, and in 2018 she was the Reserve World Champion barrel racer.
Braden (14) and Payton (12) are great with horses and cattle, and have been rodeo-ing since they could walk. Braden loves the roping events, and Payton likes to barrel race and rope, but has also devoted much of her time to becoming a trick rider.
Rayna and Rose, identical twin girls, were born in April, 2015. To add to the chaos, Charlie arrived in June, 2016. Thankfully they love rodeos and love to travel because they have traveled hundreds of thousands of miles in their short lives so far.
There is not much (or any) downtime on the Routier Ranch but we wouldn’t have it any other way!