Located in the prairie soils of central Alabama and carved from a tangle of mock-orange and hackberry trees, Dr. H.B. Bartlett’s Flying-B-Ranch was established in 1954. “You couldn’t see another light at night,” even from the nearby capital city of Montgomery, is a common lament from Dr. Bartlett about those beginning years. Today Bartlett Ranch has more neighbors but the property has grown to 5000 acres of open pastureland and mixed deciduous forest.
From the beginning, cattle production has remained a component of ranch operations but Dr. Bartlett’s passion for breeding American Quarter Horses has remained the focus throughout the years. Beginning with progeny of some of the great foundation horses like Rey, Frontera Sugar, and Sugar Bars, Dr. Bartlett has continued to refine the ranch’s horse breeding over the years with an eye toward ranch-horses and premiere cutting horses.
Today the Alabama ranch typically breeds around 80 mares annually through a combination of artificial insemination and pasture breeding. Some of the resident stallions over the years include Handle Bar Doc, 1983 NCHA World Champion and Hall of Fame inductee, Preferred Pay, an own son of the famous Dash For Cash; Watch Two Eyed Buck, AQHA Superior Calf Roping, Superior Heading, Superior Heeling and Open Performance Champion and Bee My Sierra, AQHA ROM halter and sire of multiple AQHA performers and champions.