|| Have you ever had to plan a horse show or event,
but wanted to find someplace out of the ordinary? Trey and Molly Martin
of Bulverde, Texas had a dream to build such a facility - something that
could fit the varied interests of horse people, something different, eye-catching
and very unique.
The beautiful and unique Cibolo Livery Stables sits on 53 acres, minutes north of San Antonio just outside of Bulverde, Texas. The Martin’s purchased the ranch property in 1993; with the idea of building an all-inclusive boarding, training and rodeo/horse show facility.
The construction of the Martin’s dream facility has taken 13 years of
careful planning and building in stages. The initial 22-stall barn was once
owned by San Antonio Arabians, the home of Cass Ole, the black Arabian stallion
who portrayed the Black Stallion. The Martin’s purchased this barn
in 1997 at an auction and they were disassembled, moved and rebuilt on the
property and a tack room and office were added. In 1999 the arena,
bleachers, restrooms and a concession stand were built. A covered pavilion
area; with an outdoor fireplace and dance floor were built in 2002, along
with the acquisition of a couple of antique wagons and windmill to add some
more character to the property. There is also a bunkhouse on the property,
which is very convenient for instructors and clinicians for clinics and seminars.
In 2004, Yancey James took over the management of the boarding and arena operations. Yancey is a close friend and former PRCA/PBR cowboy and trained with and honed his horsemanship skills under the guidance of Leon Harrel, 2-time World Champion and NCHA Hall of Famer and Lance Harrel, a NCHA hall of famer and an equally accomplished horseman of Kerrville, Texas.
Yancey has an excellent lesson, full care boarding, training, arena and/or pavilion rental and day camp program in place and also has the knowledge and experience to assist in horse sale transactions. Yancey also has two English instructors working with him to insure the boarders have a variety of discipline instruction to choose from.
Cibolo Livery Stables exploded with new construction and changes in 2005. The facility now has a brand new 125’ x 280” covered arena with a complete W-W Livestock Rodeo System, state of the art sound system for covered arena, 12x24’ climate controlled announcer’s booth with new bleachers on the way. A new 12-stall barn was also constructed in 2005.
The Martin’s designed and planned for about every convenience for their boarders such as 60’ and 120’ lighted round pens, lighted lesson arena, hot walker, wash racks, 40 covered stalls, turnouts, three tack rooms, cross country jump area, ranch riding areas, a trailer parking area, stable office and 24/7 on-site management.
Not only does Cibolo Livery Stables provide very well for their boarders, they have gone above and beyond to service the visitors, exhibitors and horse people in the area. Cibolo Feed and Saddlery, Inc. was the idea of Trey, Molly & Yancey and then it took on a new life when they mentioned the idea to other friends, Mike & Ruth Deily.
Mike, a former teacher and a saddle maker was willing to run the store and open up a saddle and leather shop in the loft of the feed store. He makes saddles, belts and other leather goods and also does leather repair work out of the facilities. His wife, Ruth has also gotten into the act and has some wonderful items for sale in the store. This quaint, homey store has also become a popular hang out for boarders, event goers and shoppers alike.
Cibolo Feed and Saddlery can produce custom leather work, do repairs, etc. The store carries a full line of equine feeds, and number one quality coastal hay. The hay is provided to the store by Clem and Donna Wofford (Trey’s mother). The store also has unique western gifts, tack, medicines and other horse products. The store is typically open daily and during events.
Cibolo Smokehouse & Saloon, Inc. also opened its doors with the completion of the new arena. Tracey & Julie Coffee, Bill Fish and Debbie Barnett, all administrators in the education field and accomplished “camp cooks” partnered with Trey & Molly on this venture and offer up good homemade meals and beverages at all the events on the premises.
Cibolo Livery Stables will lease the facilities to horse clubs and for other horse-related events. The Comal County 4-H and other organizations already use the facilities and pavilion area for meetings, clinics, shows, etc.
Not only has the construction exploded at Cibolo Livery Stables, the schedule has also exploded with the completion of the covered arena. A full slate of weekly events will keep the place hopping in 2006. Events already booked for this year are weekly Team Penning Practice, Team Roping Practice, Exhibition Barrel Racing & Pole Bending, Ranch Sorting Practice, Open Pro Rodeo Series, Summer Youth Rodeo Series, Bull Riding Series, Summer Play Days and special events such as the B.F. Yeates SHOT clinic and Walt Woodward Roping Clinic.
This gem of a facility can handle varied types of activities…schedule your club or group’s activity soon. If you would like more information about Cibolo Livery Stables, Inc., Cibolo Feed and Saddlery, Inc. and Cibolo Smokehouse and Saloon, Inc., call Yancey or Mike at 830-980-2226.
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