Frank Merrill, General Manager of Bob Moore Farms Group, LLC., leads a team of dedicated and experienced staff with his knowledge and experience in management earned over the past 50 years in equine activity.
In 1972 at the age of only 23, Merrill built one of the most famous and successful stud farms in quarter horse history, Windward Stud. Under the guidance of Frank Merrill, the Purcell Oklahoma farm managed over 100 stallions and bred over 25,000 mares during the past four decades. While acting as agent for clients that bought or sold thousands of horses, Frank developed a standard for perfection and detail in equine management.
During the late eighty's, Merrill accepted the management of the Schvaneveldt Ranch in Hemet, California while still operating his own facility, Windward Stud in Purcell.
Frank has served the American Quarter Horse Association in various capacities, most notably on the first Racing Council as Vice Chairman, the first Graded Stakes Committee, the Racing Committee, Stud Book & Registration, Investment Oversight, Executive Committee and finally as the association's President in 2007. Merrill was inducted into the AQHA and Oklahoma Quarter Horse Halls of Fame in 2013 and 2012 respectively.
In the early eighty's, Bob Moore asked Frank to design the layout for his new farm in Norman, Oklahoma, the same farm that still operates today.
As often time occurs, situations come full circle and in 2012 the Moore Family asked Frank to help them initiate and invigorate an extensive management plan. One that will carry the farm into the future as a unique, full service breeding farm and livestock operation providing a source of pride and connection for the entire family, while serving the needs of the quarter horse industry.
Phillip Stewart has called Bob Moore Farms home since he moved to Oklahoma from Denver, Colorado in February of 1982. Working his way from the polo clubs to breeding help and finally farm manager, Phillip has become one of the most respected individuals in the Quarter Horse Racing industry. He sits on the AQHA Racing Committee, Racing Council, and Graded Stakes Sub Committee. A former OQHRA President, he remains a director of emeritus for the association and is on the board of directors for Heritage Place Sale Company. Phillip is well respected in the breeding business for his knowledge of pedigree and commitment to providing the best mare and foal care around. Bob Moore Farms represents an outstanding group of sale yearlings year after year, and Phillip's hands on approach to sale fitting has made Bob Moore Farms the number one choice for many to represent their consignments. The vast responsibilities as the Bob Moore Farms Manager are rewarding to Phillip as he strives to maintain the high standards of professionalism and customer respect that Bob Moore himself taught him. "I have grown up at Bob Moore Farms and am blessed to call this place home. It has always been an honor to work here and a great privilege to know Bob personally."
Dr. Bliss is a graduate of Oklahoma State University. She is a member of the Society for Theriogenology, American Association of Equine Practitioners, American and Oklahoma Veterinary Medical Associations and the Texas Equine Veterinary Association. With her vast knowledge and proficiency in areas such as embryo transer, semen freezing, sub-fertility management of mares and stallions, low dose insemination and semen processing techniques, Dr. Bliss brings a wealth of knowledge to Bob Moore Farms and expands the existing scope of reproductive services the farm offers.
Bob Moore Farms Stallion Manager, Andrew Waters is a native Australian born in Taree, New South Wales. After obtaining a degree in Equine Business Management from the Marcus Oldham College, Andrew moved to the United States where he has lived and worked for over seventeen years. His various jobs within the equine industry such as a colt starter at the famous Ellerston Polo Clubs, an NCHA professional cutting horse trainer and Lazy E Ranch stallion manager give Andrew a diverse knowledge within the Quarter Horse industry. He is certainly a welcome asset as the Bob Moore Farms stallion manager.
Katy was born and raised on a horse training and small breeding operation in Yukon, Oklahoma where she grew up showing quarter horses competitively. Her passion for showing led her to compete with the Oklahoma State Equestrian team for four years. Katy is a 2014 graduate of Oklahoma State University with a Bachelors of Science in Animal Science. She received her Master’s of International Agriculture, Focus in Education and Communication Outreach in 2016.
While finishing her masters, Katy interned at the 6666 Ranch in Guthrie, TX as a breeding and foaling intern. “I have always had a passion for horses and constantly strive to become a better horseman. However, after completing the internship, I knew I had a passion for reproduction and the breeding side of the industry as well. Being involved with horses my entire life, I have always wanted to pursue a career in the equine business. It was very important for me to go to work somewhere where I could expand my depth of knowledge and continue to learn about the industry I loved. Having the opportunity to work for Bob Moore Farms was a crucial step in continuing my education and one I am very thankful for. It is my goal to one day have a ranch of my own and continue the legacy of the American Quarter horse.”