Glynn and Tania met 20 years ago
while qualifying horses for the AQHA World Show in Gainesville, Texas. For many years the couple teamed up training cutting horses and starting two year olds, where they worked for great owners.
"Over the course of our marriage, we’ve
been fortunate to work for some great cutting horse owners. Many of these people have become forever friends." - Tania Whitman
The duo expresses their excitement about managing the Recip farm, and we are equally as excited to have them both as a part of the team. Their passion, kindness and dedication to the equine industry and the horses themselves, makes them a valuable addition to Solo.
During our first week at Solo, Melanie suggested we familiarize ourselves with the operations of Solo Select Horses. This included time at the North and South locations and Select Reproduction. Glynn and I have been working in some aspect of the horse industry for decades. What we experienced in that first week at Solo was on a
whole other level. I wondered how one operation could facilitate so many moving parts. Then we got to better know Melanie, Ty, and their staff.
There’s a saying, you’re only as good as the people you surround yourself with. I quickly respected the skill set of Solo’s team. While each person has a different background and specialty, they are incredibly transparent with their
knowledge. If you’re trying to get a job done and need help--no matter what it is--backup is just a phone call or truck ride away!
Glynn said to me once, don’t bring me a problem unless you bring the solution with it. We’re in a perfect position to implement this philosophy. By all accounts, we are starting a new career. We’ll no doubt encounter plenty of challenges. Fortunately, Mel and Ty are open to ideas and understand goal accomplishment comes in many forms.
Glynn calls our shared love of horses the horse “gene.” It’s one reason why I think managing a recipient mare farm is such a good fit for him. At the risk of sounding cliché, he speaks horse. A recip farm requires such a raw form of
horsemanship. It’s certainly not glamorous, and you’re dealing with so many different stories.
I’ve said many times I wish the mares could talk. Some have saddle tracks and old spur marks, and some have probably worn a saddle less than 30 seconds. Some have been a pet, and others are looking for the gate. Some are downright beautiful, and others - not so much.
There is far more to operating a recipient mare farm than meets the eye. Many details make a huge difference in the well-being of horse and human. We’ve been fortunate to spend the last few months with Curtis Graves and his
family. Curtis has 30 years of refining what is takes to manage recipient mares. For the numbers it facilitates, Graves Quarter Horses runs like a well-oiled machine.
We are eternally grateful to the Graves family--Curtis, Debbie, Brandi and Jaliya. They patiently let us invade their space and ask a million questions. We will do our best to do justice to the years of hard work the Graves family has invested in their business.
Thank you to Mel, Ty, and everyone at Solo for welcoming us like you have. When you say, “All hands on deck,” you mean it! We look forward to working with current clients, and those we have not yet met, to meet your recipient mare
Here’s to many babies on the ground in the years to come!