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Wild Cat Springs…Where The Deer And Buffalo Roam And You Can Play

The interview with Jarrett Williamson, Manager of Wildcat Springs Ranch began like any other minus the Zebras.
Wildcat Springs Ranch is a hunting ranch located just south of Fittstown, Okla., a geographic area of the state known for it’s rocky terrain, crystal clear springs, and it’s quality and quantity of wild game to hunt.  It was late September, but the morning was still cool and there was game running everywhere, which as a hunter, made it hard to focus on the task at hand.  As ranch manager, Williamson is accustom to giving ranch tours, servicing clients, and ensuring the best possible trip to the ranch as possible.  Williamson was content to drive around the huge property all day discussing his passion for guiding and hunting, but I wasn’t there to sight see.  I wanted to find out what made this high-fence hunting paradise different from all the rest, and that’s exactly what I found out after touring the rustic terrain that made up the expansive landscape of the ranch.
The ranch sign which reads, “Billy D. Howell’s Wildcat Springs Ranch” resembles many iron constructed ranch gates, but as the gate opened, and I drove towards the ranch lodge I realized this gate was an entrance to an entirely different type of ranch.  It was late in the morning and yet there were whitetail deer on the move just within a few hundred yards of the gate.  Needless to say I couldn’t wait to see what
else this hidden gem had to offer.
Tucked away in the eastern part of the Arbuckle Mountains, Wildcat Springs offers almost 8,000 acres of prime hunting and fishing land that is fueled by an endless aquifer that supports the wildlife of the ranch.  It’s private and secluded, yet it’s just short drive from two major cities, Dallas and Oklahoma City.  Steep hills and expansive views can be expected as can quality game animals like elk, buffalo, deer, hog, turkey, Aoudad sheep, and other exotics.  The wide range of game animals are managed year round by a full-time staff of seven employees in order to provide hunters the highest quality of trophy animals available.  The ranch also features spring fed lakes stocked with bass, crappie, catfish, and even walleye.  One of the bigger watersheds is an impressive 40 feet deep in places.  At Wildcat Springs Ranch guests create custom hunts to fit their preferences and budgets, but regardless the hunt, it’s always an experience to remember.
One of the things that makes this hunting ranch stand out from others is the surprising low amount of hunting pressure it has.  Wildcat Spring would exist as is, without serving  a single hunting client.  That being said there’s anywhere from 60 – 80 clients that hunt each year.  The fully guided hunting trips offer a variety of tactics and methods of hunting.  You can hunt from a heated blinds or spot and stalk more elusive game like the Aoudad sheep.  With over 35 miles of high fencing there is a hunt that can be tailored for everyone.  In addition to your hunt there is on site processing and taxidermist available for your trophy.
Guests looking to get away and spend the day on the water while catching truly big fish have found the right place with this ranch.  The trophy fishing lakes are complete with fishing docks and boat ramps, and vary in size and types of fish offered.  The water and underground springs are one of the more interesting features about this ranch.  The Arbuckle Aquifer has been a topic of much debate in recent years, and one can easily see why when fishing on such quality waters as what is available on this ranch.
Excellent lodging and accommodations are what you’ll have after a full day of being outdoors.  Speaking from experience, clean and comfortable accommodations can make or break a hunt.  When you spend long hours outside, a good place to regenerate is always a plus.  Guests at Wildcat springs can take full advantage of  the luxurious  4,000 square foot lodge, featuring a master bedroom, 3 private rooms and two bed/bunk rooms.
The lodge can  accommodate 12 guests at a time. There are a variety of leisurely comforts around the lodge including an on-site chef, coffee bar, poker and pool tables, sitting areas, outdoor hot tub, and much more. The entertainment pavilion is equipped with restrooms, showers, full kitchen, and built-in wood burning grill.
Other Options
Those who don’t enjoy the thrill of the hunt or the excitement of catching a largemouth bass can request nature watching tours or a relaxing weekend at the lodge.  The ranch is also a great place to host company picnics.
8,000 acres would be hard to manage without the use of serious equipment.  The ranch utilizes a variety of equipment.  From skid steers, to UTVs, and even machines for building and maintaining roads, Wildcat Springs takes full advantage of equipment in their operation.
Before heading out to explore the ranch further we passed an old Kubota, which, at first glance appeared to be sitting idle, but Williamson quickly referred to the late model Kubota as “ole reliable,” and Williamson should know as he is no stranger to benefits of good equipment.  He has years of experience operating and maintaining equipment, and when asked what he liked best about the Kubotas they use at Wildcat Springs Ranch Williamson said this:
“Everything is right there where you can get to it.  They are easy to operate, but most of all they are reliable tractors.  We use a lot of different machines out here but we can always count on the Kubotas.”
After touring several large bottoms and passing multiple lakes we began to make our accent towards an elevated part of the ranch where the buffalo roam.  We pulled up to a Kubota M9960 hard at work discing up a rocky field to prepare a food plot.  This year alone, Williamson and his team will plant over 650 acres of food plots.  They plant a variety of seed but the main seed planted is one developed by the National Wild Turkey Federation.
There are a lot of different things that make this ranch special, but when you break it all down, its really about the thrill of the hunt.  So when I asked Williamson what hunt provides clients with the best overall experience, Williamson could only talk about the buffalo.  Their size alone make them a difficult animal to hunt, and with options ranging from trophy bulls, to meat cows, hunters have different choices and methods to hunt them.  The meat alone would be a reason for me to hunt them.  There something about this animal that ties it with our nation’s wild past.  They are the very hide of the American West’s history.  From Native Americans, to the expansion of the railways, the American Bison has always been a symbolic animal of wild America.  Native Americans wasted no part of this huge animal, and if given the chance I would do the same.  The trophy, meat, even the hide could all still serve a purpose to the modern hunter.  Williamson enjoys guiding these hunts because he feels they provide clients with much more than just a thrilling hunt.
“Our buffalo hunts offer the most bang for your buck.  You couldn’t buy as much beef as what it costs to harvest our buffalo, plus you get a trophy of a lifetime.  Last year I guided a buffalo hunt where, after being shot, the bull charged several times.  It was thrilling and rewarding to both myself and the client.”
Wildcat Springs Ranch is a great destination for any outdoorsman. Whether it’s friends looking to experience the hunt of a lifetime, or groups needing a get-a-way that offers top-notch hospitality with plenty of adventure, this unique ranch has it all!  For more information about the amenities and services of Wildcat Springs call Jarrett Williamson at (580) 235-7599.


Operation Allen Angus

By Reed Boettcher (Originally Published in the 2016 Summer Issue of Great Plains living)

There’s nothing covert about the operation at Allen Angus Ranch.  The ranch’s dedication to providing quality cattle to the commercial cowman is backed by superior genetics and forage. Through improvements and utilization of resources, Allen Angus is streamlining it’s operation to increase productivity and higher profits for their customers.
Vertical integration was the goal of Greg Spears, co-owner and Operations Manager of Allen Angus, when he purchased the 5200 acre ranch in 2014.  As owner of the Texas based FMC Feeds & Supply, which is managed by Kelley Adair, Spears decided to get into the cattle industry to better understand his customers and to fulfill his wife Kathy’s childhood dream of owning a cattle ranch.  Kathy and Greg have been business partners for 25 plus years.  As a CPA graduate from Texas Tech, she is a major contributor and the “soul” of the Spears enterprises.  First, Greg and Kathy started Scenic Point Land & Cattle in Young county Texas.  As this operation began to take off, they started looking for ways to raise more cattle with less acres.  When an opportunity arose in Allen Okla., Spears, along with business partners Jack Little and Randy Cantin, recognized the land’s potential and made the decision to purchase what is now Allen Angus.  There was a lot of work to be done to bring the ranch up to speed, but with the advice of several entities Spears quickly made ranch improvements that are increasing production.
Customer service is important for any retail business, and understanding the wants and needs of customers is at the core of service.  By purchasing the ranch north of Allen, Okla. Spears and his partners have literally put themselves in their customer’s shoes.  It would have been simple enough to research his target audience, but for Spears, becoming a customer himself not only strengthened his Texas based feed store, but streamlined his entire business operations as well.
First and foremost, Allen Angus is in the forage raising business.  Spears commented on the importance of good forage for the ranch.
“We are blessed to have the opportunity to be stewards of this ranch, but there have been some challenges.  When we took over and started Allen Angus there were a lot of forage improvements that needed to be done. This is where good equipment comes into play.  If you have a tractor that won’t start, or a baler that won’t bale, or swather that won’t swath, you can’t effectively produce the forage you need to improve production.  We decided to buy local and went with Great Plains Kubota because they’re cattle people and farmers.  Like us, they understand the importance of our windows of opportunity.  Thus far GP has been responsive.  In the Ag business, I view the service provider and service purchaser as best friends.  Nobody can make you madder than your best friend, but in the end it’s almost unconditional, because you both have something invested.  Great Plains has invested in Allen Angus, and likewise us with them,” Spears stated.
Since the purchase of the Allen ranch in 2014, the lands’ productivity has come a long way.  It has flourished over the last few years which Spears contributes to good management and advice from outside sources such as the Noble Foundation, and Mark Gardiner of Gardiner Angus Ranch.
Ranch Manager James McWilliams has been with Allen Angus since the purchase, and he brings 14 plus years of experience from a Missouri ranch to the Allen operation.  It’s the sound management and employees of Allen Angus, FMC Feeds, and Scenic Point Ranch that help streamline the entire operation.
The Noble Foundation has also been instrumental, and has helped set the pace for everything Allen Angus does.  Hugh Aljoe with the Foundation has been a huge help, both with the cattle and with improving grass.  Before purchasing, Spears met with the Foundation to get an idea on the Ranch’s potential, and what expectations Spears and his partners should have.  Mark Gardiner, of Gardiner Angus Ranch in Ashland, Kansas, not only provided 100% of the Allen Angus genetics, but has given unmatched sound advice. Much like the Noble Foundation, Gardiner has been a critical part of the start up and growth of Allen Angus. As a business owner, Spears understands good vendors, such as Kubota, can also play a vital role in the ranch’s success.
The Allen Angus mission is to raise known genetic cattle of the highest quality that is affordable and profitable to the common cowman.  Their goal of raising the same quality cattle as registered Angus is obtained by using Method Genetics which test the known genetics of all their bulls and heifers.  There are three points of production they focus on; carcass yield, grade, and performance.  Allen Angus Ranch provides profit proven breeding stock to the commercial producer for a value that helps secure long term viability.  Their cattle are raised on grass range with low stress handling methods.  Allen Angus offers calving ease Angus bulls, yearling bulls, cow bulls, semen, pairs, replacement females, open heifers, and bred heifers.  The 5200 acre ranch is divided into three sections which house 1160 “Momma” Cows, 27 sire bulls, 120 development Bulls, 140 “AI” heifers, and 600 calves.  Allen Angus closely follows the protocol set by Gardiner.  The genetics are present, and it’s up to Spears and ranch employees to give their cattle the husbandry needed to develop to full potential.  Quality genetics, given proper husbandry, provides this ample growth and development.  Method Genetics, and the other practices mention all create a better paycheck for the cowman.  As mentioned early forage is primary at Allen Angus.  Some of the crops raised are; Midland, Bermuda grass, five pastures of native grasses such as love grass and blue stem, along with vetch, and clover.  Since their start, they’ve been no-tilling 700-1000 acres, which has increased forage for the winter.  Spears elaborated further on the importance of quality forage.
“At Allen Angus we invest in components that will make more money for the commercial cowman.  We invest in forage and the quality of our herd…period.  We put money into things that add value.  At first, we were focusing on repairing the forage and ground to ensure a good future.  Our future is with forage, both quality and quantity.  We will continue to improve the land and upgrade cattle so that we can continue to make our customers a profit.”
Allen Angus Ranch is a doorway that leads to good genetics for the commercial cowman.  Through sound forage practices, research, and efficient equipment, Allen Angus develops a profitable product at an affordable price.  Those dedicated to the ranch are staying the course, and investing in their labor of love to insure growth and a sustainable future.  Some people are betting against the ranch’s success, but Allen Angus will stay the course.  It’s only been two years after all, and look how much they’ve accomplished.

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The Highly Anticipated M7 Tractors Are Coming

The M7-Series, mid-range tractors are Kubota’s largest line-up to date, offering commercial livestock and row-crop producers 130 to 170 horsepower of pure Kubota ingenuity.
With the M7-Series, Kubota has poured resources into technologies that will offer precision farming in a user friendly way.  The M7’s integrated controls the engine, transmission, hydraulic functions and implements are very efficient in reducing operating costs.  The control panel is easy to use, and offers a touch screen that makes it possible to control all operating functions from a single screen!  The M7 is also equipped with an auto guiding system and performance monitor to increase productivity.  One look at the impressively grand design of these new tractors and you can see the effort Kubota made in creating operator comfort, with wide cab features, ample operating space and ergonomic controls.  Todd Stucke, Kubota vice president, agriculture and turf division was quoted in a Kubota press release stating this about the new tractors.
“With the Kubota M7, we’ve set in motion a strategy for full-scale entry into new markets, setting our sights on commercial livestock and row-crop production customers, and readying Kubota to compete with other big players in the field.  The M7’s ease of operation, technological advances and overall comfort factor will make it a top choice for hay producers as well.”
Production on the M7 tractors is in full swing at Kubota’s newly constructed Farm Machinery plant in France.  Delivery and availability for customers is set for this summer, however there isn’t any specific date that Great Plains Kubota will receive the M7 into inventory.
M7 Models At A Glance
M7-131 Premium Powered by a 128 HP Tier 4 Final engine, the 131 features high levels of speed control with a 24-Speed Powershift transmission and optional creeper. Plus a multi-tasking hydraulic system with a 4-speed live independent PTO.
M7-151 (Standard, Premium, Premium KVT) This 148 HP machine features Kubota’s customizable Headland Management System for easier turns and response while an ISO-BUS monitor/controller and GPS/auto guidance system contributes to even greater precision.
M7-171 (Standard, Premium, Premium KVT) Kubota’s largest tractor, the 171 is packed with a 168 HP engine and is full of innovative features.  This is the ideal tractor for hay, forage, livestock operations, and row-crop production. Learn more today at GP Kubota.

M7-171-studioFor more information about the new Kubota M7 Series line of utility ag tractors visit www.gpkubota.com

We Are Great Plains Kubota

We’ve asked our customers to ride with the brand.  We’ve now become “The Brand That Works For You.”  At Great Plains we operate beyond the boundaries of our slogans and brand statements because our actions speak louder than our words.  The GP Kubota mission is to provide quality equipment solutions while conducting business in a manner that honors and respects God, our employees, our customers, our suppliers, and the communities we serve.
It’s our job to understand the work of our customers.  It’s our responsibility to represent Kubota and our other equipment vendors with integrity.  It’s our duty to stand by our products and our customers. We don’t always have the answers, but we don’t stop until we’ve found the right solution.  Beyond the solutions Great Plains offers, customers will experience a friendly and helpful shopping environment.  If it’s not right, it’s on us.  That’s as simple as it gets, and is exactly what we promise.  From showroom floor to field, our promise, combined with a clean and professional environment, takes GP services beyond the sale.  It doesn’t matter if it’s two or 20 years, every time a customer operates equipment purchased from us, they’re doing business with Great Plains.
What makes Great Plains Kubota different from other equipment dealerships?  A solid foundation built by honest, hard-working ownership and management supports all aspects of GP operations.  GP leadership makes our business more than a tractor dealership;  they’ve created an oasis in a desert of work.  Our full-line Kubota dealerships in Ada, Duncan, Edmond, and Shawnee will quench customers’ thirst for productivity.  Great Plains Kubota is a diverse group of friendly employees, trained to operate as a unified resource that strives to earn every customers’ business.  The privilege to serve customers does not come automatically; the privilege is earned by the daily diligence of our employees.
Great Plains Kubota is comprised of people that, like you, know the value of quality equipment.  We are farmers, ranchers, pastors, leaders, gardeners, hunters, builders, fishermen, cooks, and auctioneers.   We’re friends of the family and stewards of the land.  We are “The Brand That Works For You.”
What we offer is more than equipment sales, service, parts, and rentals.  We offer the means to achieve dreams and goals.  We offer a hard to find promise: We will work for you every step of the way.  As we continue to grow we will continue to improve and refine our operations.
What it all boils down to is this – many places offer equipment, furthermore there’s lot of places that offer Kubota equipment.  It’s the service and satisfaction you’ll get at any Great Plains Kubota dealership that makes all the difference.  We are many different things, but most of all, we are Great Plains Kubota.

For more information about Great Plains Kubota visit www.gpkubota.com

Spring Service Yields Summer Savings

Spring is definitely in the air.  Trees are budding and cool weather crops are being planted, and if you’re like me you’re probably getting anxious to spend more time outside.  For equipment owners, spring also means putting their machines back to regular use.  Before you dust off your mower or hop on your tractor consider these simple tips from the certified Kubota technicians of Great Plains Kubota.
For the second year in a row, Great Plains Kubota has offered winter service specials that run through the end of March.  These specials, depending on the equipment being serviced, typically save customers $150 to $200.  Incentives like free pick up and delivery, or free mower blades are added values to these specials because we want our customers to utilize and understand the importance of scheduled maintenance.  Not only does servicing your machine before springtime use protect your investment, it can lead to savings further down the road.
Proper maintenance is key to any equipment life span and success.  For those who don’t perform their own service, being proactive and having authorized service done before regular usage will save time and money.  A lot of customers wait until the last minute to bring equipment in which creates increased service traffic, and unfortunately can create longer return times. Beat the springtime rush and have it done during early or late winter.  Customers that work our specials to their advantage save money and eliminate any down time.
I know the fast talking jargon surrounding dealerships service departments can get old.  Euphemisms like “factory trained”, or “authorized technicians”, both of which I’ve used in this editorial, may give some the sense of over glorifying mechanics.  The fact is, there is extensive training and product knowledge that comes from servicing Kubota equipment.  This training, along with unlimited information from dealer support, is something you simply can’t get when servicing your own equipment.  In saying this, I’m in no way suggesting that customers shouldn’t or couldn’t take care of their own service needs.  Our friendly parts departments supply Kubota parts to do-it-yourself customers all the time.  Below are a few simple tips for all you non do-it-yourselfers that will stretch your service budget, and improve overall performance regardless of your machine.
Keeping your battery fully charged throughout the year will extend battery life.  There’s nothing worse than a machine that won’t start when there’s work to be done.  Use a trickle charger or simply let it run periodically to help prevent dead batteries.  Another very simple step is to keep your equipment clean.  Always clean your equipment after using it, and definitely before storing it.  Our service department has seen utility vehicle drivelines destroyed because of mud and dirt build up that lead to part failures.  Mowers and implements that aren’t properly cleaned will dull blades faster and could create moisture problems. Tire pressure is another overlooked point.  Low pressure in smaller machines like lawn mowers can cause uneven cuts.  Lastly keeping fresh gas or fuel stabilizer in your unit is a must.
I make it sound like equipment isn’t made to get dirty or can’t handle any misuse, but it can.  There’s nothing I listed that isn’t common sense, yet it’s these common sense maintenance checks that are easily overlooked.

Great Plains Edmond – A Kubota Benchmark

With the opening of Great Plains Edmond came a whole new level of growth and opportunity for Great Plains Kubota.  It also meant a whole new level of responsibility.  The high profile location of Great Plains Edmond on I-35 and in a metropolitan area, meant that the new dealership must continue to positively represent Kubota Tractor Corporation in every aspect.  From their founding principals, to the functionality of their sales, service, parts, and rental departments  Great Plains Kubota has strived to be a model dealership for Kubota Tractor Corporation.
Recently Kubota has recognized Great Plains Kubota as a premier dealership, and with the services of Bob Clements of Bob Clements International, Kubota will be featuring the Edmond dealership as a benchmark dealership for training purposes.  As an industry leader in helping agricultural and other dealerships improve profitability and efficiency, Bob Clements is working closely with Kubota and its Dealer Development Group to improve Kubota dealerships throughout the nation.  Clements currently works with over 200 various dealerships in the U.S., and both he and Kubota agreed that Great Plains Edmond would be the model dealership to be featured in its turf market dealer training videos.
The group is focusing on the turf market, and its goal is to help define the best practices among its turf dealer networks.  Clements shot footage at Great Plains Edmond for several different videos that would feature the important aspects of the sales, service, and parts departments.  Much like the construction industry, the turf market requires a well stocked parts department to meet the high demands of its customers, as well as an aggressive service department, and a measure of communication amongst the local turf industry.  Great Plains Edmond has all the right features Clements and Kubota were looking for.  Clements elaborated on why Great Plains Edmond was chosen.
“What this training is about is finding ways to improve the customer experience at Kubota dealerships.  After all, Kubota only gets to be Kubota if the dealers do the right thing.  The environment and services at Great Plains already offer the “wow” factor that customers are looking for.  From our perspective, Great Plains Edmond is the ideal location not only because all the elements of an exploratory turf dealer were in place, but because they’re great to work with.  We easily worked around them to shoot our videos during a regular work day.  I consult with over 200 types of dealerships and Great Plains Kubota is as professional as they come,” said Clements.
Much like the dealer development group Great Plains Kubota itself is constantly criticizing and refining its own practices to improve customers’ experiences.  The future awaits for Great Plains Kubota, and customers can anticipate many new things to come.

A Cowboy’s Heart


     The cowboy’s will to survive is legendary.  The diligent cowboy of the open range herded cattle and wrangled horses with a sense of determination. Their moral code of self preservation kept them alive in harsh elements that most would succumb to in our modern society.  Today, the legend of the cowboy lives in the hearts of those who keep these values as a way of living.  Being a cowboy is something that comes from inside us, perhaps even from birth.
     When Daric Roberts was born he came out the chute ready to “Cowboy Up.  Before his first birthday Daric would undergo four heart surgeries.  He wrangled the first two when he was only a month old.  Daric rode out the third surgery at six months when doctors discovered he had coarctation of the aorta, which at the time no child had lived out of utero with this condition!  During this surgery his vocal chords were damaged while his carotid artery was being repaired.  He went under the knife one more time before turning a year old, and again on May 27th, 2014.  Over the years Daric has been diagnosed with: tetralogy of flow, coarctation of the aorta, pulmonary stenosis, Noonan syndrome, West Nile, and viral meningitis, but like the cowboys he’s always admired he fought hard through each struggle and persevered.
     The anatomical abnormalities of the heart that Daric has herded over the past 19 years haven’t deterred him from his goals, and if anything they’ve inspired him to cowboy up even more.  Tetralogy of flow is a congenital heart defect, while coarctation of the aorta is the aortic narrowing.  Pulmonary stenosis is a dynamic or fixed obstruction of flow from the ventricle of the heart to the pulmonary artery.  This condition was known by his doctors early on and eventually led to his surgery this past May.  At 13 Daric began taking growth hormones to speed up the inevitable pulmonic surgery he had last month.  It was at this time that doctors discovered he had Noonan syndrome.  Noonan syndrome are physical features that are typically associated with the effects of congenital heart defects.   During the summer of 2012 Daric contracted West Nile and viral meningitis, and although it wasn’t related to his heart defects the viruses did take a toll on the cowboy’s heart.
     Like most kids growing up in southern Okla. Daric was no stranger to livestock, such as cattle and horses.  Around six years of age Daric fell in love with the movie 8 Seconds.  Most kids at this age were watching cartoons and playing G.I. Joes while Daric was roping relatives with any material that would tie a knot.  Cowboys and rodeo stars like Layne Frost would eventually become his inspiration to follow his goals of working with horses.  Daric recently graduated from Lindsey High School.  For three years he showed pigs with the Garvin County Junior Livestock 4H where charitable donations from companies like Great Plains helped support his extracurricular activity.  Furthering his dreams to work on a ranch with horses, Daric studied equine science at the Mid-America Technology Center in Wayne, Okla.  Daric’s most recent heart surgery was a huge success.  He’s still in recovery, but the rate at which he’s doing so has astonished everyone.  Before the surgery he wasn’t worried because he knew it had to be done.  In fact, he was more worried about loosing the 12 hairs that were shaved from his chest during preparations than the actual procedure. Now that he’s graduated and successfully completed his fifth heart surgery the open range awaits.
     Daric is a fun loving young man who has a deep family bond and will hardly be caught indoors.  As an outdoorsman he loves to hunt and fish.  This love eventually lead him to join a non-profit organization for people with disabilities called the Oklahoma Outdoor Outreach, or Triple O.  Daric has enjoyed many hunts with the Triple O, including one where he harvested a large mature buck in Michigan, but his favorite hunt is the youth turkey hunt the group hosts every spring.  This great group of volunteers has connect him and his family with others, while sharing the joy of the outdoors.   Daric’s mom Kalaugha Sorrels commented on their involvement.
     “The Triple O has touched our family.  It’s allowed Daric to meet and befriend others that have struggled with health issues.  This interaction has impacted both the lives of Daric and the people he’s met along the way.  The Triple O is a huge confidence builder.  The volunteers allow opportunities  for the members to experience that would never be possible,” said Sorrels.
     A week before his last surgery Daric met with a couple of his cowboy favorites, Cord and Jet McCoy at a commercial shoot for the new Great Plains Edmond.  Here the three enjoyed small talk, and discussed when Daric might hop on one of Cord’s bulls.  
     Being a cowboy can mean many different things.  It’s a profession,  a way of life, or for some a way to dress.  For Daric Roberts it starts in his heart, a heart that beats to a rhythm of the not so distant past where honest hard working men of the open range never gave up.  Perhaps a cowboy’s heart is the key to survival and the inspiration to do what’s right in life? 


From the Spring 2014 issue of Great Plains living.  For more information about this publication visit: