Kyle and Riley both grew up in the horse training and sales world. Each has been horseback since before they could walk, and they've known each other since their early teens. Since 2009, Kyle and Riley have worked side by side, every day, to carry on the legacy handed down by their parents and grandparents - to offer great horses for great people. Plain and simple.
Kyle's grandfather founded one of the first select horse sale barns in the country in the early 1960s. Cliff Schmitt's Plain, Wisconsin sale barn was well-respected around the nation. He loved a good horse, and his honest way of doing business is still recognized today, 30 years after his death.
Kyle's father, Richard, took over the sale business and also provided horses for several riding camps. His ability to perfectly match horse to rider meant there would be someone at his sale barn every day with a horse to sell or looking to buy one.
Riley's parents bought, sold, and trained barrel and rodeo horses. Growing up in southeastern Minnesota, she gained a keen eye for a great horse and learned the ins and outs of the training business. Riley competed on the horses they trained and took on much of the business's sales side.
Together, Kyle and Riley are carrying on the traditions passed down to them, providing excellent horses to people around the country. Under the Schmitt Horse Ranch and Five Star brands, their names have become synonymous with exceptional, broke geldings that are beautiful, gentle, talented, and versatile.
Above all, the Schmitt's intention is to put integrity back into buying horses from an auction. From an early age, they learned that every horse is not for every person. So their ranch herd and all sale consignees are carefully screened to meet even higher expectations.
Kyle and Riley are most proud of the large number of repeat customers they serve.
"I know my grandpa and my dad are looking down on us with pride. That's a great feeling!" says Kyle.