A light has gone out at Signal Fire Ranch.

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of our beloved David after a valiant effort at fighting his illness. We thank all of you who have expressed your condolences thru social media.

We started out together as avid trail riders who just loved good horses and rode them together as much as posible.


Ellen grew up with Arabian horses, showing locally and regionally at the Class A level. Her last show horse, H.F. High Noon (foaled in 1981) is living out her retirement here.

David got his appreciation for foundation Quarter Horses from his uncle Bill, who owned Wimpy Chico, purchased from the King Ranch in 1964. Wimpy Chico's last daughter, Panda Dotts (foaled in 1987) is here, along with two of her daughters and several granddaughters.



Fast forward to 1993 and find David and Ellen trail riding Tennessee Walking Horses and seeing the region by horseback.

Hearing people express a desire for flashy, naturally smooth-gaited trail horses (ourselves included), we embarked on a Tobiano Spotted Tennessee Walking Horse breeding program in a small, well-thought-out way. Several old bloodline broodmares and the Tobiano stallion Signal Fire Sinatra were the cornerstones.

Later, in 2000, David set about locating any remaining get of Wimpy Chico, and the Quarter Horse side of the ranch was developed. Again, a lot of thought has gone into the few breedings done each year, and stallion JF Rodeo Roan adds a line of the laid-back Driftwood temperament to any mare he's bred to.

In 2007, our lives took another turn when David was diagnosed with acute leukemia. He is in remission now, but running a full-time horse operation is no longer our aim. With this in mind, we are starting to turn full circle and return to our trail riding roots and allow a few select people to own some quality trail, ranch, or pleasure horses of superb quality.


Ranch News - April 2013
We will soon have several more of the horses available for purchase. Please watch our Horses for Sale page for annoucements.