The Bar Hi Ranch is located on 90 acres in Berryville, Arkansas. We raise registered Paint and Quarter Horses along with Black Hereford and Angus cattle. The Bar Hi Ranch is owned by Brandon, Ashley and Lane Phillips.
A little about me in a summarized version – I was that horse obsessed kid that was born to two non-horse parents. I lived, breathed, and dreamed about horses. When I was seven years old I finally convinced my parents for riding lessons. Oh if they only knew what they were getting themselves into.. I started once a week and I would literally count down the days till the next one session.
After five years of english riding lessons and a move from Florida to Southwest Missouri, they decided if I didn’t complain too much about the move then they would go ahead and purchase my first horse. Trigger – he was the most beautiful horse I had ever seen. He was something I had prayed for and I still remember my dad asking me if I wanted him.. of course I did! Living in the Ozarks I didn’t have access to english riding like I did in Florida so I had started western lessons and developed my love for barrel racing. Trigger was not a trained barrel horse.. but we did our best and after lots of tears, frustration and hard work he earned my first belt buckle. (Now Trigger is 24 years old, healthy and teaching my son how to ride.)
Fast forward to my early twenties and in nursing school, I decided I wanted to slow things down and delve into the show world. Married to my high school sweetheart with a young child and ownership of a farm in Northwest Arkansas with a couple of acres came a couple more horses. I started showing all around in halter, western pleasure, hunter under saddle, etc. To keep it short, eventually I would end up circling back to barrel racing when I decided I craved the adrenaline rush again.
One of my lifelong goals was always to own a breeding farm. In 2015 we purchased a 90 acre farm which would be home to The Bar Hi Ranch. In 2017 came Merry For Corona. He was the epitome of what I envisioned in a stallion. Over the years I had carefully hand picked mares that I thought would be the future of my breeding program. Now in 2019 with the second foal crop on the ground it is only time before we see what the future has in store.
…to be continued