About BLW Ranch

Growing up, Linda had always had a passion for horses. In the fourth grade, her parents brought home her first pony, named Chief, who was kept in their in-town backyard. The pair started riding and showing with the local 4-H club and its wonderful leader. When she outgrew Chief, Linda got her second pony, a pinto gelding name Pachoto, Linda and Chief, her first pony.with whom she continued to show. She loved learning everything horses, and when her mare in high school foaled, for the first time of many, she got to experience raising, training, and selling a colt.

About twenty years ago, Linda had began buying and selling horses. Among other mares, she had two colts in her possession, and her husband, Brent, suggested that they keep one and breed him. It happened that a colt was sold, leaving behind the other young sorrel tobiano- easy on the eyes and gentle to handle. Linda trained this young stud, and the first foal was sired by him, Dixie War Paint, three years later. BLW's first born, Britches War Paint, was trained and shown. He and his mother are now lesson horses, as Linda continues her commitment to breeding quality Paint horses, teaching people, and training horses.

The young Ware family and ranch moved to their current location in the early nineties. BLW Ranch overlooks the scenic Columbia River and Linda and Pachoto, taking home the 4-H Awards.has access to miles of horseback riding trails just down the winding driveway. The ranch was designed to maximize the safety of its horses, espcially the mares and foals. The facilities for BLW horses include a custom-built barn with ten box stalls that can convert into large foaling stalls, dry runs, feed area, tack room, and grooming station. There are four main, large pastures for lush summertime grazing, as well as a separate covered hay barn for winter feed. For the rider and horse, there is a spacious, lit, outdoor arena, round pen, and trail access. For the mares in for breeding and horses in for training, BLW has four roomy, well-kept, dry lot pens. Breeding facilities also include a foal box in the breeding area to accomodate wet and dry mares.

BLW Ranch specializes in live coverage. The breeding goals include producing quality foals with correct conformation, great dispositions, and intelligent, sound minds. As a breeder of APHA Paints, BLW also breeds for color. While Dixie War Paint is a sorrel, he is out of two black and whites, so in the recent years, BLW has been breeding for black and white foals. Linda looks forward to developing a line of dun or buckskin and white foals, when their newest dun mare, Cinder is trained and bred. Linda and Pachoto, her first pinto, second pony.Also in the barn, is Seek, a gorgeous 2007 black and white colt, the Ware's prospective stud, by Dixie War Paint, out of Secret of the Heart. BLW Ranch aims to breed show quality foals suitable for show, work, and pleasure.

Two influential horses in Linda's life were Contessa and Lightning. Contessa was the first horse that Linda had trained and finished to show, until she had to retire and eventually be put down due to severe lamintitis. Lightning was the first full-size horse of Linda's daughter. When they first bought her, she was covered in more lice than Linda had ever seen. She was one of those horses that anybody could ride; so when Amanda moved on with riding Starlight, Lightning became the first lesson horse of BLW Ranch. Lightning taught a lot of people how to ride over her years and is kindly remembered as "the teacher" and "the world's best lesson horse."

Along side Linda, has been her very supportive husband, Brent Ware. While he's rather allergic to horses and hay, he's her right hand man, whose help makes owning a horse ranch possible. Brent and Linda's daughter, Amanda, is her show buddy and partner. Amanda, too, has had a true passion and love for horses since she was a baby. She started riding at age two, sold her first horse by herself at age five, grew up riding 4-H and showing, and spent two years on the Umatilla County Fair court. Amanda graduated with a BS at OSU in Animal Sciences and has recently married and moved close to Hermiston. She still enjoys coming home to train and ride a few horses with her Stanley and Stormmom. Kyle is the son of the family, and like his father, he loves motorcycles and cars. When Kyle was young, he showed horses too, but eventually he decided he liked things with engines much more. Kyle does enjoy the new foals when they are born. The rest of the family consists of Jancee, a St. Bernard, Bailey, a Chocolate Lab, Bear, a Lab/Shepherd mix, and their newest, Storm, a Boston Terrier. Wiley and Brew, both cattle dog mixes live with Amanda and Keenan, while Stanley, a Basset Hound, lives with Kyle. Around the barn, you'll also find around ten friendly cats. And Kyle has a turtle, named Dolly. It's a big and loving family!