About our farm
Open Fork Farm is located in the northeastern part of Kentucky off I-64 at Exit 137--Morehead. Ronnie & Brenda Combs have been operating the farm since 1989. They have bred and sold Rocky Mountain horses since the mid-1990's.
Open Fork Farm's History
In 1989, Ronnie & Brenda Combs began looking for a farm. There were 2 horse crazy girls in the family and they wanted to ride and show. The Combs found this 60 acre farm in eastern Rowan County, Kentucky badly overgrown, but with potential. During the past years, Ronnie and Brenda Combs have turned this piece of scenic hillside into a Rocky Mountain horse breeding farm.
Why Rocky Mountain Horses?
The Combs began breeding and selling flatshod walking horses in 1990. Their two daughters showed equitation, and they thought walking horses was the breed for them. In 1991, however, Brenda attended the RMHA International show during which she watched a champagne class. In that class, Dan's Dusty Action, a breeding stallion, worked with mares, geldings and other stallions in a class intended to show the best of the mountain horses' smooth gait and gentle disposition. Dan's Dusty Action's rider dismounted and mounted a couple of times holding a glass of champagne. During this, the horse was phenomenally calm and under control. When he returned to the rail, Dan's Dusty Action gaited as smooth as silk. That is when Brenda knew she wanted a Rocky mountain horse. Soon after, the Combs were fortunate in purchasing their first Rocky mountain horse, Smith's Lucky, from Ray Smith. The Combs no longer breed walking horses, turning all their attention to these fine horses.