Bruce and Rusty Rademann are true lovers of Saddlebreds and supporters of the breed. They dove into the horse world head first and never looked back. They are the driving motivation behind Royal Crest Farms. They continually strive for excellence in their breeding program
Bruce and Rusty went to Brockman Stables where they purchased their first Saddlebred. That is where it all began. Before they knew it they went to purchase a few more Saddlebreds. They ended up buying Royal Crest's Sandstone as a part of a package deal. He was the horse that sealed the deal for the Rademann's. They took him to show after show. The more they went the more blue ribbons he brought home. Their daughter showed him all over the country finally earning him his champion status. They were having so much fun with him and the others, they decided to build a barn and make it a business.
In 1996 they started building their training barn where they continue to raise and train quality show horses. They take great pride in their breeding and training Program. They help hand select every mare and choose each stallion that they breed to carefully. They now stand several of their own stallions including their pride and joy; a home bred, raised and trained Reserve World Champion Royal Crest's Rockin' on Heir. Bruce and Rusty strive to breed the best. They want the best performers, the best bloodlines, and the best overall quality.
Bruce and Rusty keep each years crop of yearlings at the broodmare farm which is part of the property where they live. They thoroughly enjoy seeing them in the pastures behind their house. "We just love the personality and elegance of a Saddlebred," Rusty said. They feel there is nothing better than having a view of the yearlings trotting free in the pastures from their back porch. All of the horses are there because Bruce and Rusty feel that it is their purpose to breed these animals which they care for so much.
On average Royal Crest Farms produces about thirty Saddlebreds each year. They are becoming a very large producer of the breed. "We just want to continue to put better horses on the ground," Bruce replied when asked about his goals for the breeding program in the future. That is just what we will continue to do, Continue to put better horses on the ground in our quest for excellence!!!
Bruce and Rusty's initial encounter with the Saddlebred breed was just by chance. On Rusty's birthday one year Bruce came home from a long day of work and offered to take Rusty to the jewelry store.
He told her that for her birthday present she could pick out any one item in the store and he would get it for her. Bruce was shocked at her reply. "NO" She said, "I want a horse." A horse is what she got.
Rusty, Bruce, and BJ Rademann with Royal Crest's Sandstone
Royal Crest Farms is made up of many people besides those listed here. There are many loyal grooms and caretakers here who do a wonderful job keeping up the horses and farm. We are also supported by countless loved ones and family members who ride for us, work with us, root for us and make us ROYAL CREST FARMS
Gilberto Luna is another necessary pillar to the Royal Crest Farms foundation. Gilberto has been a loyal employee of Royal Crest Farms since November of 1999. Gilberto has had a lifetime of experience with horses and has spent the last decade caring for and specializing in American Saddlebreds.
Gilberto has worked his way up in the horse industry from the ground up. He started at Royal Crest Farms as a caretaker and now is an expert handler of horses young and old, broke or wild! He is also extremely knowledgeable of farm management, maintenance and care programs for horses. Gilberto is pivotal in our work with weanlings and yearlings and does most of the halter breaking and ground work with the youngsters.
Gilberto hails from Vera Cruz, Mexico where his father used to break horses for people in his hometown. Gilberto grew up breaking young stock. Once Gilberto came to work at Royal Crest Farms he began to learn the finer points of the Saddleseat industry working under Monte Wallen, Pat Wessel and finally Keen Sullivan. We can't thank Gilberto enough for the care and time he puts into the horses. He is dedicated and hard working and goes to every length to be sure the horses receive the proper care.
We couldn't do it without you Gil!
Gilberto Luna presenting a colt