R.A. (Ron) Morris

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Little Hills Ranch

Located in the fertile Rio Grande Valley in central New Mexico a few miles south of Belen, Little Hills Ranch has been successfully training, showing and breeding quality Quarter Horses, as well as Paints, Palominos, Buckskins and Appaloosas, for thirty plus years.  Focus is on personal, quality attention to our horses and our youth and amateur students. 

R.A. (Ron) Morris, Owner/Trainer

Has been in the equine business forty years.  Bred, raised and/or trained horses and riders to AQHA World Show Top 10 placing, Palomino Reserve World Champion, Palomino & Buckskin Championships and numerous state and local year end high point awards.

Holds judge's cards for ABRA (American Buckskin Registry Association) and AHSA (American Stock Horse Association) and has been a member of AQHA Professional Horsemen's Association and the APHA Professional Horsemen's Association since the inception of these two organizations.  To maintain judge certification and stay current on industry trends, attended 2016 judges seminar sponsored by the Color Breed Council.

Has been actively involved in the NM Horse Council, NM Quarter Horse Assocation, NM Palomino Exhibitors Association and the NM Paint Horse Club, holding numerous officer and board positions over the past thirty five years.  Also, is an APA national director for Palomino Horse Breeders of America and serves as an alternate NM affiliate national director for the American Paint Horse Association. Currently, president the NM Paint Horse Club and the NM Palomino Exhibitors Assoc.



Spring Special - Outstanding 2012 APHA, PtHA, PHBA registered bay tobiano mare for sale by World Champion sire, By Appointment Only (Invitation Only X Hug Me Zippo), and out of proven producer of halter & performance point earners (AQHA, APHA and PHBA). Breeders Trust Gold (money earner). 16+ hands. Naturally great mover with great hock action and lift. Will go English and Western. Super disposition and eager to please. Qualified for 2017 APHA World Show. Only being offered for sale to good show home. $8,500. Will consider on site lease (boarding, training and lessons available). More photos on "Show Pen Photos" page.


We can offer you a training and/or lesson program to help you fit your goals and expand your horizons.


Check out the "Archive" page for prior year news and congratulations and the "Show Pen" page for photos!

Absolutely Blonde, High Point Open and Amateur Palomino at Red Chile Fiesta, August 19-20 in Stanley, NM, with Berniece showing. Won Open and Amateur Halter under all three judges!

Sweetalkin Hottie, 2012 APHA SPB Mare (One Kool Krymsun X own daughter of QH World Champion Sire Sweet Talkin Chip), point eaner in Open and Amateur Mares at Red Chile Fiesta! Reserve Champion Open Mares, Grand Champion Amateur Mares. First time shown!

A Sassy Red Zipper (by Nicka Lee Pine), shown by Kyra Bowker, High Point Pinto and All Breed Youth at Red Chile Fiesta.

Absolutely Blonde, High Point Open and Amateur Palomino at Green Chile Days, June 3, in Belen with Berniece showing. Won Open and Amateur Halter and Color under both judges!

Who Invited Her, qualified for 2017 APHA World Show at Spring Salsa Sensation in April.

 I had the priviledge of judging a young lady riding a mare by Nicka Lee Pine (my Zippo Pat Bars bred stalllion - now deceased) in all breed classes in April. They presented an outstanding picture as they prepared for a trip to the AQHA Level 1 Championships in Las Vegas where they placed 4th out of 34 in Youth Rookie Hunt Seat Equitation, 7th on Pattern and 11th on Rail in Youth Level 1 Hunt Seat Equitation 13 & under, 9th in Youth Level 1 Hunter Under Saddle 13 & under, and 13th in Youth Rookie Showmanship. Congrats to Kyra Bowker and A Sassy Red Zipper!

The Chocolate Fix, APHA Solid Paint Bred gelding, and Jane Kay Cee More, AQHA mare, have new owners. Best wishes as these horses continue their training!





 Opportunities Abound......

Training and Lessons - Broodmares and Foals

Focus on the show pen from 4-H and local all-breed shows to national level competition.  We can help you customize a training and/or lesson program to meet your goals.  "All-round" competitive horse and rider teams are our specialty.  Over thirty years experience coaching youth and amateur horse and rider teams to successful show careers competing in halter and showmanship to western pleasure, HUS and pattern classes.  See our show pen photos page for a few of our success stories.

Accepting two students and/or horses for 2017 show season. Call and let's talk about your goals and how to achieve them.

Young horses started and show pen veterans polished.

The foals we have bred and raised are competive all the way from the local to the national level. 

We always have a few, select horses for sale - from prospects to finished show horses.


Ron Morris

PO Box 908, Belen, NM 87002

(505) 417-6167

(located five miles south of Belen, NM on Highway 116)