History

Rafter H Longhorns is owned and operated by family members Kenn Harding, Tammy Tiner, and Laura Harding. Although our first Texas Longhorn was a heifer donated to Laura Harding in 1998 (See Laura’s Story), the Rafter H Longhorn herd began in November 2000 when we purchased three twisty-horned cows at the Eddie Woods Sale in Fort Worth, Texas, and, at the same sale in 2001, Emperors Echo, a 2 ½ year old Emperor son out of one of El Coyote Ranch’s best bull-producing cows, Country Girl.


Emperor's Echo


Our early goals were to produce animals that could be shown successfully by our daughter Laura on the TLBT Show circuit, but which also had better horn growth than most show animals. Laura was successful in showing a number of our animals to high class placings until her graduation from high school in 2006. By that time, she had acquired over $16,000 in scholarship money through the Autobahn Scholarship program. Three mature females produced during this period are shown in our background picture above.

For several years after Laura’s graduation, we only showed her outstanding steer, Hulaballoo 16/4, who was Grand Champion Youth Steer in Laura’s senior year. She showed Hulaballo to Grand Champion Longhorn steer multiple times in TLBAA Affiliate Shows, Fort Worth Stock Show, Houston Livestock Show, San Antonio Livestock Show, and Austin Livestock Show. We lost him to a back injury in 2016.


Hulaballoo 16/4

Partly because of his loss, we started halter-breaking and showing some young steers and females. Two steers produced from our black-brindle Maximus son, were champions in a number of shows and one was Grand Champion at the 2018 TLBT World Show. Several females also did well in the show circuit. In 2018, we decided to concentrate on showing in non-haltered shows and Futurities rather than halter-breaking multiple animals every year. We have had some good results in these arenas, but we have decided that we needed to add more horn to our herd while continuing to improve conformation and color.



Future

Our new emphasis will be not only on tip-to-tip measurements, but on females with significant twist horn character. To this end we are currently implanting heifer-sexed multiple embryos of RHL Echo’s Texas Star from Fifty-Fifty BCB, Rebel HR, and Jamakizm for Spring 2022 heifers. Texas Star was Grand Champion Mature Non-Haltered Female at 2018 World Show and has triple twist horns over 85” ttt. We have also purchased a young bull with outstanding twist-horn genetics.


RHL Echos Texas Star


Introducing

Span Pro


At 21 months



Span Pro is a July 2019 bull with very lateral laid-back horns that have a distinct twist at the end. His horns measured 63.5 ttt at 22 months and are growing at more than 3.2”/month.



Below are pictures of his dam and grand dams. We are excited to see the first of his calves in Fall 2021.




DamUntopped
with Span Pro as calf

Maternal Granddam: Unbounded Symbol

Paternal Granddam: Obvious Top




We are also using AI with some outstanding bulls and limited purchases of cow/calf pairs to add additional impact on the herd. This has provided us with young heifers from Drag Iron, Drop Box, Non Stop, Rowdy HR, and SR Clout 466.
Look for us and some of our animals at future shows and Futurities or come visit us at the ranch 30 miles north of College Station, Texas. Pictures and information on our animals are being added to this website as we find time away from the work at the ranch!