Risin’ B Ranch is an equine facility located in Morganton, NC that offers full service boarding, training and riding lessons.


Roy Blanton Bio

Roy Blanton began his professional horse training career in 1964 when he opened the Risin’ B Ranch.  His horse show career began at local shows long before he began training professionally.  As his business grew, he progressed to the Quarter Horse circuit, and was affiliated with the American Quarter Horse Association for many years.  As a teenager, Roy trained and owned his first paint horse, a 1996 sorrel overo gelding named Admiral’s Paint who he showed in 1970 and earned APHA points in Halter and Western Pleasure.  As his fondness for the breed grew stronger, he began showing in APHA horse shows, and to promote the Paint Horse he began showing “Paints” exclusively.

Roy is best known for training “All Around” horses.  Horses and riders he has trained have won both open and youth superiors in Halter, Western Pleasure, hunter Under Saddle, Hunter Hack, Working Hunter, Trail, Reining, Western Riding, Barrel Racing, Pole Bending, and Stake Race.  He enjoys instructing his students in Western and English Competition, successfully pairing horse and rider.  His students have consistently won high awards at both state and national level competitions.

1989 was the debut of Risin’ B Ranch trained horses at the APHA National Championship Show in Fort Worth, Texas and was a blazing success.  TJ Badger Twist was a National Champion in Hunter Hack, Working Hunter and won both the High Point English Horse and Super Gelding Awards.  Also, Seneca Sunday was National Champion in Youth Hunter Hack, Youth Working Hunter and High Point Youth English Horse.

During his successful training and show career, Roy has won numerous awards including High Point All Around Saddles from the North Carolina Quarter Horse Association, the Carolina Paint Horse Club and the Palmetto Paint Horse Club.  He has earned APHA Championships on numerous horses, and in 1990 he met the qualifications for championships on five different horses.  Starting in 1986, fourteen horses trained at the Risin’ B Ranch have earned their APHA Championships.  Since the first  Performance Versatility in 1985, four other horses have earned Open Performance Versatility Awards.  In 1986, another Risin’ B horse, Kelly’s Gal, was the first horse in North Carolina to earn a ROM in Working Cow Horse.

Roy currently holds the APHA all time record for training and showing the youngest horse to ever earn an APHA Championship.  This horse was Classy By Sid, at 26 months of age.  Another first was a mare named Miss Impetuous, who was the first horse in  APHA history to earn a superior in Trail as a two year old.

Roy has had at least one horse on the APHA’s Top 10 Honor Roll since 1986.  Horses in the #1 position on the Top 10 Honor Roll lists include:  Kelly’s Gal – 1996 Top Reining Mare in the Nation;  Wimpy to Win – 1987 Top Western Riding Gelding in the Nation;        Apache Warpaint – 1988 Top Reining and Western Riding Gelding in the Nation; Miss Impetuous – 1993 Top Trail Mare in the Nation;     Mr Fleeting Socks – 1996 Top Barrel Racing and Pole Bending Gelding in the Nation.

One of his greatest accomplishments came in 1996 when he trained and exhibited the #2 High Point All Around Paint Horse in the Nation, Mr Fleeting Socks.  Under his continued training, Mr Fleeting Socks has gone on to achieve 6 Open Superiors, 11 Open ROMS, 10 Youth Superiors, 15 Youth ROMS, APHA Championship, APHA Performance Versatility, Youth Championship, and Youth Performance Versatility Awards.

Roy’s own horse, Cutter’s Classic, was named the APHA #1 Reining Horse in the Nation for the 2000 show season. Later, Cutter’s Classic’s new owner, Carolyn Reep won a Paint World and Reserve World Championship in Youth Reining and a Pinto World Championship in Youth Reining.  Another student, Caitlin Barron, and hr horse Splashy Sensation tied for Paint Reserve World Champion in Youth Hunter Hack.   Debar Doublestuff, one of Risin’ B’s all time favorite horses owned by Susan Phillips won five Superior, 15 ROMS, and a Versatility Award before teaching lots of kids how to ride and show.