Ryan Robicheaux is the farm and breeding manager of Robicheaux Ranch, a 100 acre property in Breaux Bridge, Louisiana. He and his parents, Jude and Regina, have amassed a well-deserved reputation over the past 20 years as one of the state's finest breeding farms.
The family's roots were in show horses. Ryan began his lifelong love of horses at the age of 9, showing in 4-H halter competition. He continued to participate through high school, with many state titles and even placing in the World Show.
Robicheaux expects between 700 to 800 mares for the upcoming breeding season and knows he and his staff of 14 will produce many exceptional future racehorses. The key to keeping his stallions in peak condition is treating them each as individuals.
Robicheaux Ranch has a high standard when it comes to sale prepping their horses. The way a horse looked in the show ring was essential in that world and continues for each sale consignee. So as sale time approaches, Jude and Ryan have established a valuable evaluation process, some call it a ritual, to readying the Robicheaux yearlings.
"They set aside time on Saturdays and judge the yearlings," explains Regina. "The boys parade out each baby and Ryan and Jude look them over and decide what needs to be done."