Courtesy of Von Holten Ranch
Von Holten Ranch
By Jonas Weir
David Von Holten has always wanted to own his family farm. The century farm has been in his family for four generations, and he wanted to keep tradition alive, so he continually asked his father to buy the farm for the past twenty years. In November 2013, his dad nally said yes.
“Thirty days later, we owned the family farm,” says Brandy Von Holten, David’s wife, “which meant all sorts of stuff.”
What it meant to the Von Holtens was a big life change. The couple had to resign from their jobs, sell their home in Higginsville, and move more than sixty miles southeast to Mora. The couple then focused all of their efforts into getting the ranch up and running. Von Holten Ranch opened in its current form in September 2014.
Traditionally a cattle ranch, Von Holten Ranch is now a destination for equestrians. The ranch offers twenty-five miles of riding trails and a one hundred by two hundred foot arena. Additionally, Brandy gives riding lessons and offers up one of her horses for rental on guided rides. The ranch also organizes clinics and has more than forty riding events on the books.
“We host everything,” Brandy says. “We have barrel racing. We have horse shows. We have trail riding competitions. You name it; we do it here.”
To that end, Von Holten Ranch is not just for equestrian enthusiasts. The sprawling farm is also an RV park and a camping destination with forty electric sites, a shower on site, and three cabins available to rent. Earlier this year, the Von Holtens unveiled their wedding and event barn, which is available to rent.
Although the ranch has been completely transformed from what it was less than three years ago, the Von Holtens are ambitious as ever. Last year, Brandy brought the American Horsemen Challenge Association to Missouri and created the Missouri state championship. This year, the couple plans to enclose the arena and begin adding on to it in hopes of being a nationally recognized equestrian resort.
“We’re centrally located in the United States, and we’re forty-five minutes from I-70,” Brandy says. “We’d like to be a one-stop destination.”
For more information on the Von Holten Ranch at 30455 Pacific School Road near Mora, visit vonholtenranch.com or call 660-668-0880.