Crown Ranch, a Weatherford, Texas, cutting horse facility owned by Chad and Amie Bushaw, is named after a North Dakota ranch started during the 1890s by Chad's great great grandfather, the late Minor Williams.
Chad and his wife have three sons, Charles Russell, Will James, and Wesley Jensen. Chad's ancestors started the first Crown Ranch as a cattle ranch 111 years ago in White Earth, N.D. "They started the ranch with 25 registered Angus cattle and they registered the brand in 1909," said Chad, who eventually christened his ranch with the name.
He often rides saddles built from a stamp dating to the original Crown Ranch, and he also owns several items actually from the original ranch. Joan Jensen, his grandmother and a longtime North Dakota resident born and raised near the original ranch, often told Bushaw stories about ranch life all those years ago. She passed away in January 2010 at age 88.
"The Crown Ranch and everything else, she was a big part of what made all this possible," Bushaw said. "She was always my biggest fan and my biggest supporter. It's real special and real sentimental to keep the Crown Ranch brand alive. I think she ( Jensen) would be proud of what we've done."
Chad Bushaw has immersed himself in all aspects of the cutting horse business over the past 25 years, including breeding, training and competing with horses at many events and with considerable success. The 43-year-old financial consultant and 1994 Texas Christian University graduate has career earnings of over $3 million.
"Most of the horses we've had success with this year are ones we've raised, out of our mares," Bushaw said. "They're ones that we trained from Day One. It's a rewarding feeling for sure."
People ranging from ranch assistants to co-workers at his office who made it possible for him to hit the cutting trail also deserve a share of the credit, along with good shoers and veterinarians, he said. "A lot of people played a role in any success we've had."
Passing of the Crown at the 2016 NCHA Futurity by Kaden Rutherford
Cutting Horse Central
Charles Russell Bushaw proved to be a Non-Pro to contend with heading into the 2016 NCHA Non-Pro Futurity semifinals. The eldest son of Non-Pro Hall of Famer Chad Bushaw, twelve-year-old Charles Russell is the youngest to ever reach a Non-Pro semifinal at the Futurity which is NCHA’s most prestigious event (since publishing this article we learned this accomplishment tied Cade Shepard who was also 12 years old - see NOTE: below). Riding Bella’s Cat (sired by Cat’s Quixote Jack), Charles Russell marked a solid 217 in the first go and followed up with a 212 in the second round working deep in the sixth set to earn a spot in the semifinals which are set for Wednesday, December 7th.
Charles Russell is no stranger to success in Will Rogers Memorial Coliseum; Bushaw recently captured the 2016 Jr. Youth Rookie of the year title with his 7th place finish in the Jr. Youth finals, as well as making three solid runs in the Jr. Youth World Finals at the 2016 Summer Cutting Spectacular.
Charles Russell is one of three boys that call Chad & Amie Bushaw’s Crown Ranch in Weatherford, Texas home. His two younger brothers Will (10) and Wesley (5) were both on hand to watch Charles Russell and their Dad, Chad make the Non Pro semifinals on Wednesday.
Breeding Winners Fort Worth financial consultant rides to success
Fort Worth Business Press
Chad Bushaw has rounded up two great passions – creating wealth for clients and producing winning horses – into two separate successful careers many people only dream about.
When Bushaw, 39, leaves his daily job as a senior vice president and financial adviser in downtown Fort Worth, he heads home to his sprawling Crown Ranch in Weatherford, where he and his wife, Amie, run one of the country’s premier cutting horse operations. Cutting is an equestrian event where a horse and rider are judged on their ability to separate a single animal from a cattle herd and keep it away for a short period of time. Cutting horses are trained specifically for the sport.