Feb 18, 2017

​Ice Harvest in Tully


May 21, 2017

Plow Days, Location TBD

June 3-4, 2017​​

​Brookfield Trail Drive

July 15, 2017

​Moravia  VFD/VFW Parade

July 30, 2017

​Broome County Fair

Draft Horse Show

Whitney Point, 9a-1p

August 5, 2017

​Wheat Harvest in King Ferry

August 29-Sept 3, 2017

​New York State Draft Horse Show, New York State Fairgrounds

Sept 17, 2017

Corn  Harvest

​Location, TBD

Sept 16, 2017

Fall Plow Days

​Stevens Farm, Skaneateles

Oct 8, 2017

​Fall Fun Day/Wagon ​​Ride

​Location, TBD

Jess Rieks moved to New York with his stock trailer loaded with roping horses, a team of oxen, tools and tack when he left his job as a rancher in Florida. Two short years later, the Rieks family purchased and renovated a non-working dairy farm in the scenic area near Owasco Lake, located in the heart of the Finger Lakes Region of New York. 

The journey into what we have become came through hard work, as Jess redesigned the dairy barn for draft horse stalls and his tack. In 2012 another barn was built that can now house a larger herd. The new barn houses several of our Percheron horses in standing box stalls and maternity stalls.

As our family grew, the love of horses rubbed off onto our daughter, Lily, who started walking and riding in the same stride. When she's home from college, she is actively involved in training and is a member of the IHSA Equestrian team at Alfred University.  Our son, Jacob, our high school honor roll student, enjoys helping out with all machinery and doing hay. He has been on a tractor since a toddler.  Farm mom, Tracy, enjoys her activities around the horses and has a small beef cattle herd she raises.

Today, we have transitioned into a family that breeds and trains Percheron horses. All of the current Percherons on site have top pedigrees from the USA and Canada. We are consistently on the lookout to add to the breeding lines.
The Rieks family at Rafter R Ranch breed for working, hitch and riding horses and are actively involved in the New York Percheron Association.  Jess is the current President of the New York Percheron Association and Tracy is Secretary.

Spring is always a favorite time of year around the Ranch as the Percheron foals arrive.

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Selecting our mares and breeding for each new generation, we develop our horses to be the showman and workman they are meant to be. We work diligently to train our horses and acclimate them to whatever environment they are needed.

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