The Brazos Valley Stallion Station Staff
The skill and experience of Jeremy Barwick, Dr. Charlie Buchanan, Dr. David Ricks and staff make  Brazos Valley Stallion Station LP unique among breeding and performance horse establishments, and a vital center for horse owners, competitors and breeders.
Jeremy and Candace Barwick

Owners of Shadow Oak Ranch, LLC; co-owners of Brazos Valley Stallion Station LP; and owners of Western Bloodstock, Ltd.Jeremy Barwick was introduced to cutting as a boy by his grandparents, Mack and Shirley Odom, and began his career as a trainer in 2000. Since then he has won more than $1.3 million in limited age event and world championship competition and been inducted into the NCHA Riders Hall of Fame. He won the NCHA Open World Championship aboard Dual Rey Me in 2006, 2007, and 2009, and is one of only three open riders to win back-to-back NCHA World Championships in the 67-year history of the sport.

Candace Barwick, a non-pro competitor with earnings of over $200,000, won the 2005 NCHA Non-Pro Classic Challenge, and was 2008 NCHA Non-Pro Reserve World Champion.

Dr. Charlie Buchanan
Charlie Buchanan

Dr. Charlie Buchanan grew up in Navasota, TX, where his interest in becoming a veterinarian began at an early age.  He began his career working at Brazos Valley Equine Hospital under Dr. TBone Buchanan, his father, as a veterinary technician and stall cleaner, where he learned the basics of being a veterinarian from the best.In 1997 Charlie graduated from Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine, married his wife Shannon, and began his veterinary profession at Brazos Valley Equine Hospital. There he developed his passion for serving his clients and caring for their horses.  In 2006, Charlie left Navasota to develop BVEH’s new branch in Stephenville, which has steadily grown over the years.

Charlie’s family has also grown since moving to Stephenville. He has two beautiful children, Camilla and Corrine, who love to dance, bake, do art projects, and play with their horses, Bunny and Bear.  Shannon has a popular cake and dessert baking business that keeps her busy and she is usually the first to volunteer for projects at the girls’ school and church.  In Charlie’s spare time he enjoys tending his cattle, playing basketball, and cooking for his family.

Charlie has followed in father’s footsteps and has become one of the leading sports medicine doctors in Texas. He cares for many of the country’s top equine athletes.

David Ricks DVM
David Ricks
Breeding Veterinarian
David Ricks, a Houston native, attended Texas A&M University, where he graduated from veterinary school in 2001. He spent his first two years out of vet school at a large animal clinic in Raleigh, NC, before moving to Whitesboro, TX, where he worked for Harris Equine Hospital, specializing in equine reproduction.While in Whitesboro, Ricks helped manage mares for a number of large breeding farms in North Texas and Southern Oklahoma, where he aided with and performed several thousand successful embryo transfers. He joined Brazos Valley Equine Hospital in 2009, where he initiated cutting edge technology for freezing embryos and preparing frozen semen for export. Dave has been performing veterinary services for Shadow Oak Ranch, now Brazos Valley Stallion Station LP, for several years.
Frank Merrill
Frank Merrill
General Manager
Frank and his wife, Robin, built and operated Frank Merrill’s Windward Stud, Ltd., for more than 35 years. They managed over 100 stallions, breeding more than 30,000 mares, and represented thousands of worldwide clients.

A former AQHA President, Merrill serves on the AQHA Investment Oversight Committee, Board of Directors, and Stud Book & Registration Committee along with chairing the Competition Committee of the National Cutting Horse Association.

Merrill owns and operates M5 Performance Bloodstock, which provides certified equine appraisal, bloodstock consultation, agency representation, expert testimony, and financial planning. He manages his family’s Dogwood Foundation, a private charity organization. He has been inducted into the AQHA, NCHA and OQHA Halls of Fame.

Debbie Patterson
Debbie Patterson
Breeding Manager
Debbie Patterson ranks #8 among All-Time NCHA Non-Pro money earners with over $1.5 million and is a member of the NCHA Non-Pro Hall of Fame. She won the NCHA Non-Pro Classic Challenge with Jae Bar Maisie in 1985; the NCHA Non-Pro Futurity in 1992 on homegrown Sandy Jo Lena; is a three-time NCHA Non-Pro World Champion (1987, 1995 and 1997); and placed in the NCHA Non-Pro Top 10 World Championship standing for nine consecutive years.In addition to breeding, raising and showing her own limited age event champions, Patterson was also breeding manager for DLR Stallion Station, when all-time leading sire High Brow Cat was on their roster of stallions.
Andrew Waters
Andrew Waters
Stallion Manager
Andrew Waters, who hails from New South Wales, previously worked for the renowned Bob Moore Farms in Norman, Oklahoma, where he established himself as one of the region’s top stallion managers. He is known for the understanding and thorough knowledge of the horses he works with.