About Us


Rafter R Ranch operates at Emerald Gates in south Abilene, TX.  We started with a few horses and have grown into a full breeding, training and show operation.  

Cutting Horses are our specialty


Cutting horses trained by Tom McTaggart


Tom McTaggart is a former NCHA judge with over $700,000 in NCHA life-time earnings.  He has returned to training and Rafter R is proud to have him work with our horses.  Tom has a gentle touch and trains each horse according to their style and ability to bring out their best.

Our horses are bred to some of the best sires in the cutting circuit.  Anchored by the Rockin W syndicate, we have also bred to Im Countin Checks, Spots Hot, Neat Little Cat, and others.

Rafter R horses show in NCHA Open classes.  We also have horses that show in the youth classes.  We believe the best horses have a good temperament mixed with athleticism.  This makes our horses perfect for transitioning from the Open class with a highly experienced rider to a youth class with a beginner to intermediate rider.