There’s nothing easy about this lifestyle. But there’s simply nothing else we’d rather do and nowhere else we’d rather be. And really, is anything easy ever worth it in the long run?
We’re a tight-knit group with big dreams and an even bigger drive.
Our ancestors founded the original part of the ranch in Caddo, Oklahoma in 1868 when it was still part of the Choctaw Nation in Blue County, Indian Territory. Over 100 years later, in the 1990s, we purchased land in Waurika, Oklahoma. Today both divisions operate complementary to each other with different assets and challenges. You can take the journey through our full history archive here.
Now 150+ years in, our operations have expanded across four Oklahoma counties. Our main focus has been to diversify our revenue stream and give future generations a chance to take up the mantle… if they so choose.
Since we only make from this ranch what we produce on and through it, we have to embrace out-of-the-box thinking and make bold moves to diversify on a consistent basis. Expanding and improving on the cattle and horse operations of the past, we have evolved to include meat production, outfitting experiences, and our horse program has received many notable awards and recognition.
Our ranch manager and matriarch, Terry Stuart Forst, is currently leading the charge at Stuart Ranch. She assumed this role from her father in 1992 and has been committed to making each day better than the last ever since.
Through the years, Terry has earned respect in the ranching community by consistently showing up, serving with her whole heart, and choosing to go the extra mile.
She is known throughout the industry as a fierce friend, a proud patriot, a faithful follower, and a decorated horsewoman.
Day-to-day, Terry runs the 7S Quarter Horse breeding program. Our program is focused solely on producing quality offspring, since each of the 30+ horses born on the ranch each spring is, in one way or another, an advertisement for our reputation. Our broodmare program is generationally founded, just like the rest of the ranch, so it’s easy for the whole family to stand behind.