IN-STRIDE EDITION, September 29, 2023
Nestled in the heart of the Texas hill country, lies Corrival Ranch, a state-of-the-art facility with equipment for breeding, training, and rehabbing equine athletes.
As co-owner Susie Phillips tells the story, the idea for Corrival started like many do, on a back porch with a glass of wine.
At the time, Phillips was managing the Equestrian Club at Cordillera Ranch in Boerne, Texas. She had made fast friends of Ben and Julie Wolff when they took their daughter Quintessa (Tess) to the Cordilla Ranch for lessons shortly after moving to Texas from Washington.
“I had just found out one of my mares wasn’t in foal so I was sitting there complaining about it with Ben and Julie,” she recalled. “They looked at me and said ‘So let’s go buy some.’”
Before they knew it, a partnership was formed and 60 acres of land plus a 22-stall barn was purchased in Sisterdale, Texas, just 40 minutes from the San Antonio Airport.
But more importantly, a dream to build a world class horse facility was born.
Originally used to raise AQHA race horses dating back to the early 1970s the facility now known as Corrival Ranch (meaning friendly competitors) focuses on breeding and boarding performance horses, with a dedication to producing the ultimate all- around Quarter Horse in conformation, athletic ability and disposition. The ranch has a significant expansion under way and that is expected to be completed by mid-fall 2023. When done, the ranch will have three barn complexes incorporating a total of 82 stalls (60 14-by-14 ft. and 22 12-by-12 ft.) each with StableComfort stall mattresses; a 135-by-225- ft. covered arena; a 200-by-225-ft. lighted outdoor arena; a covered 8‑horse walker; an uncovered eight-horse walker, 60-by-50 ft. covered round pens; 36 pastures and loafing sheds, and 24 25-by-25 ft. turn outs. Additionally, a rehab and therapy barn is under construction, which includes a Hudson Aquapacer, a Nautil Equine Salt Water Spa, a surgical suite and a vet office. The rehab center will also offer cold laser therapy, pulse PMF and Bemer equipment and services.