Gate To Great Horses

The horses that enter the Great Geldings program will spend anywhere from a few months to a year or more transitioning from track life to ranch life. Many hours of rehab and training go into each horse and we strive to develop them for their best suited career ... be that in ranch riding, rodeo, dressage or eventing.


Once the horses go through the Gate To Great program, they are ready for their new career. Find out which horses we have for sale and which are in the training program below. If you are interested in a particular horse that is still in training, please contact us. 


This page will change often as horses enter or complete the training program.  Bookmark us and check back often!

Tappinintovictory ("Tappin") 

16 hd. Dk br Tb gelding

2007 by Pleasant Tap X Jeano (Fappiano)

15 wins, earned over $291K.


Click his name for more information.




2006 Brown Gelding

15.3 Hands

This hard-knocking son of Posse had over 50 races in a seven year career. After taking last winter off, he began ranch work and has become one of the "go-to" horses for every task. Special enough to garner a spot in the "REAL" Ranch Horse Invitational Sale, April 19-20, 2020 Laurel, MT. Call for details.


Sure Shot (aka Seltzer)

2007 Dark bay gelding

15.1 hands

One of our latest rising stars in the remuda, this gutsy son of leading sire Smart Strike is on his way to becoming a solid ranch horse. His talents aren't limited to the prairie, as he sports English tack with style and scope. In training, so keep an eye out for updates as he progresses.



2013 Bay Gelding

15.3 Hands

From the sire line that produced Kentucky Derby winner Animal Kingdom! "Leroy" might be a plain, brown package, but he has a lot of personality, likes attention and wants to please. We're introducing him to ranching, so watch for updates on our Facebook page.

Price: $3,500 - subject to increase as training advances.



2009 Chestnut Gelding

16 Hands

This warhorse  made 57 starts during his career and has taken to ranch work like a duck to water. He's proven that he can go any way his new owner wants to take him - whether that be navigating trails or chasing the hounds!


Tom Sweeney

2012 Brown Gelding

15.2 Hands

"Tom" hails from the popular sport horse sire line of El Prado and is out of a Strawberry Road stakes producer. Older half-brother Going Wild ran in the Kentucky Derby. Tom starts his serious ranch training in 2020. Watch for updates.


Special Jo

2010 Bay Gelding

16. Hands

From the sire-line that produced 2018 Triple Crown winner, Justify, this "Special" guy liked having his win-photo taken and was popular in the claim box. This one is all class and has advanced with lots of outside miles working cattle. He's now part of the main string. Call for details.

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We answer your questions about retraining Thoroughbreds for off-track careers and share the stories of the horses on the ranch.

Where to Find Us:

Gate to Great Geldings

A Division of Horse Creek Thoroughbreds

RR 1
Newell, SD 57760

Phone: 605-569-2249


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