History

Not only is The Ranch a full service equine facility, but it's also an historical landmark.

Located in Frankfort, Illinois, The Ranch was established in the 1960's by the owner, Thomas McKay under the name of Triple R Ranch. It housed approximately 80 horses and a significant number of cattle. The Triple R Ranch was the site of many cattle related events.

As quarter horse racing became popular around the West and Southwest, it also gained popularity here in Frankfort. At that time, Thomas McKay became interested in quarter horse racing and began to house and breed racing quarter horses.

Because of McKay's notoriety around the Chicago area (he was a well known attorney and owner of several businesses), the Triple R Ranch became a hot spot for quarter horse racers. So hot in fact, that famed screen actor Robert Mitchum was known to frequent the Triple R.

In 1965 McKay built a quarter of a mile racetrack, named the Rio Rita, and an announcer's tower to accommodate his love for racing and desire to host his own race. Although not currently in active use, the track and tower still exist today.

In the fall of 1965, McKay held a well-attended quarter horse derby. The Ranch has a rich history of horse and cattle related events that we are proud to continue today


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