Westfall Ranch is located in beautiful Los Olivos, California, a charming small town nestled in a picturesque valley 30 minutes north of Santa Barbara. The ranch headquarters was originally built in 1894. It was used as a stagecoach stop for travelers and has been a horse training facility since the 1950’s. It is surrounded by large cattle ranches, gently rolling hills, dotted with huge old oak trees, the climate is mild. We are known for having plenty of fresh cows on hand. Young horses are frequently ridden outside to check pasture cattle. This helps get the colts better broke and keeps their mind fresh.
Russ and Janet are both NCHA “Hall Of Fame” riders with earnings in excess of $3,400,000 between them. Russ is also a NCHA judge and has put on several clinics. Their 12 year old son “Brandon” also competes and has been PCCHA JR Youth Champion 3 years in a row, NCHA Jr Youth World Finals qualifier and was the 2012 Western Nationals Jr Youth Co Champion. The Westfall’s compete at week-end events as well as Aged events and are regulars at all the premier NCHA aged events in Fort Worth, Texas.
Russ grew up in the northwest as a young cowboy. He was high school rodeo state champion and qualified for the finals three years in a row and was his high school state president. He worked and looked up to Frank Beard (a well known rodeo stock contractor in the northwest). He then started breaking colts for local cattle ranches. He realized he had a love and passion for a good cowhorse and an opportunity to work for the legendary Buster Welch and Russ moved to Texas.
It was then that Buster and Sheila were at the peaks of their careers and Buster was training 75 head of horses a day. Not only did he get to work for the best, but he was surrounded by other great hands and great horses such as CD Chica San Badger, Haidas Lil Pep, Doc O Leo and so on. It was an experience of a lifetime.
Russ has been a professional cutting horse trainer now for over 20 years. He was inducted in the NCHA Riders Hall of Fame. He is also a NCHA Judge. A few of his accomplishments include PCCHA Open Champion, NCHA Super Stakes Reserve Champion, and NCHA Classic Challenge Reserve Champion. Russ has been champion or a finalist at every major event from the West Coast to Texas. His lifetime earnings exceed 2.2 million.
His wife Janet is a NCHA Non Pro Hall of Fame rider, and has NCHA earnings of 1.2 million. She was a 2000 NCHA Non Pro Futurity Reserve Champion aboard CD Royal, a stallion that they now stand, and was the 2008 NCHA Non-Pro world finals show champion aboard Jeeps Posi Traction. Russ and Janet also have a 12 year old son named Brandon
that shows too.
The Westfalls ranch is located in Los Olivos, California on the beautiful central coast where the climate is mild year around.
Russ takes pride in doing the training himself. Horses in training see a lot of fresh cattle which there is no substitute for.