Saunders Ranch headquarters was established in 1929 in Weatherford, Texas. Tom Saunders III, a descendant of the prominent Saunders clan who came to Texas in 1850 and established prospering cattle commission companies in Ft. Worth, San Antonio and Houston, Texas and put together additional holdings that are now known as Twin V Ranch and Saunders Cattle Co. in Parker County Texas.
T.B. III, founding member and past president of the NCHA, got his family roots as a cowpuncher and horseman on his father’s family ranches in Borden Co., Texas, Archer, CO and Choteau, OK. His ranching education predicated a good cow brute as well as top horse flesh. He had both, and he demanded good hands. His son-in-law, Jim Calhoun, owned, rode and trained the first world champion cutting horse stallion, Kings Pistol, in 1957. The female offspring of this line of breeding has produced industry leading sires such as Playgun, Smart Little Pistol and Cat Silver, and has provided the basis for the present line of breeding.
Thomas B. Saunders V, raised on this cow outfit in central Texas, represents this same line of breeding his family has stood for. He has started cutting and ranch horses under saddle for more than 30 years for numerous ranches in Texas, New Mexico, Oklahoma and California. As one of the co-producers of the Road to the Horse, he helps other horsemen who are looking for ways to improve their own training techniques. Being exposed to and working side-by-side with Chris Cox, Craig Cameron and Terry Crofoot, he has seen many outstanding approaches to advanced horsemanship techniques. This sixth generation cowboy enjoys passing that knowledge on.