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How this 100 year old ranch became Sterling Equine

How this 100 year old ranch became Sterling Equine
Let’s go back to the beginning. It all started in 1911 when George Hull bought a ranch, for his son, just outside of Sterling City, TX. He named it the Hull Ranch, bought cattle, and started building his legacy which eventually was passed along to George’s 4 daughters. Over the years the ranch earned the nickname of “The Lantern Ranch”, as the cowboys would leave lanterns on at night to find their way back to the bunkhouse. The nickname stuck, and today the ranch is known as the Hull Lantern Ranch. Now, where does Sterling Equine play into this? Horses have been used since the beginning to work cattle. As the ranch has passed through the generations, our love of horses has only grown. In 2012, Hull Barbee and current owner of Hull Lantern Ranch, decided we should turn our love of horses into a business. Thus, Sterling Equine was born. It’s been 8 years of steady growth and we are so proud to be able to offer you these quality bred Performance Quarter Horses.

Bryce Jenkins


Bryce can take horses from start to finish as well as tune up and further higher level training with rope horse prospects. His specialty is in training and competing on Team Roping horses and has trained many horses currently competing and winning in the PRCA arenas, as well as The American. From all types of roping, to barrels, and mounted shooting, Bryce knows how to quickly determine the specialty best suited for the individual horse.

Hilary Van Gerpen

of Van Gerpen Performance Horses (Barrels)

As a WPRA, multi year, Futurity, and Derby world champion rider and trainer, Hilary specializes in training and competing on Futurity and Derby colts to maximize their resumes and earnings (LTE). College competitors and barrel racing professionals alike, know and trust what training by Van Gerpen Performance Horses is worth.

Clay Logan


Specializing in AQHA Team Roping horses, Clay Logan is our go to trainer to build an AQHA resume. Clay’s accomplishments include over 10 AQHA World and Reserve Championships, over 16 World and Reserve APHA Championships, and is a trainer of several NFR Team Roping Horses. The value of a Clay Logan trained rope horse is undisputed.

Gary Wells

(Calf Roping)

Gary specializes in training and showing AQHA calf horses and has multiple AQHA World Calf Roping titles. He can take a calf horse from start to finish or help tune up and further training on a started rope horse.

Karen and Brice Manning


Choice barrel bloodline prospects are placed with the Mannings, often as 2 year olds. The Mannings are excellent at creating a foundation and determining aptitude of these young colts. Horses leave the Mannings ready to further their barrel horse training with a buyer or to stay with us and find success in the futurity arena.