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Where Athleticism and Agility Meet Grace and Elegance

Championship pedigree. Commitment to health and nutrition. Patient training. The young Hunter/Jumpers and prospects at Frowning Cactus Ranch are among the nation’s elite. Young horses have been carefully selected to compete at the highest levels. Groomed for competition — and greatness — our horses are expertly started and trained to reach their full potential. Our Head Trainer, Darian Smith designs individual training programs based upon personalities, athleticism and maturity.

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Show-worthy — and praiseworthy

“25 million stars, hands down. We recently purchased a lovely young horse we saw in a video from Frowning Cactus, and Darian was nothing but honest and easy to work with. All our questions were answered thoroughly and to the best of her ability. We expected a nice horse with a good mind, and our expectations were met tenfold. The horse is lovely to ride and be around, and he’s beautiful, happy-go-lucky, and so talented. Thankful we found this exceptional farm. We will be return buyers.”

— Sophiea Gantz

Rare, Authentic & Refined

Life at Frowning Cactus

The Frowning Cactus name and logo were inspired by the unique brand that marked “Tribute,” the first beloved quarter horse owned by the Smith family. While the mark wasn’t called Frowning Cactus, family members thought the brand resembled one, and the name stuck.

Today, the Frowning Cactus name represents one of the nation’s premier Hunter Jumper training facilities for young horses. Located on 160-acres of prime ranch land in the shadow of Colorado’s spectacular Sangre de Cristo mountains and just seven miles from the Arkansas River, Frowning Cactus offers the height of equestrian sophistication within an authentic western mountain ranch setting.

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