How a Girl from Texas Ended Up Owning a Large Ranch

When people ask me how I ended up owning a large ranch in Texas, I usually just tell them it was a long story. But the truth is, it was a series of small steps and decisions that led me here.

If you’re curious about how a girl from Texas ended up owning a large ranch, read on. It all started with a love of animals and a desire to help others…

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In Texas, there’s a saying that “everything is bigger.” This includes the vast expanses of land and the cattle that roam them. In fact, Texas is home to more cattle than any other state in the U.S., with a total herd of around 13 million. With such a large cattle industry, it’s no surprise that many Texans grow up with a love for all things ranching.

For Sallie Sumner, that love began at a young age and led her to purchase her first ranch at just 22 years old. Today, Sumner owns and operates one of the largest ranches in the state of Texas, spanning over 8,000 acres. She shares her story of how she went from city girl to successful rancher.

Sumner grew up in Houston,Texas, in the 1970s. Though she loved animals, she never imagined she’d end up working with them for a living. “I always liked animals, but I never thought I’d have a career working with them,” she says. “I thought I’d be a doctor or lawyer like my parents wanted me to be.”

Early Life

Linda McMahon was born in New Bern, North Carolina, the daughter of Evelyn and Henry McMahon. She has two sisters, Vicky and Nancy. As a child, Linda was a tomboy, who loved playing sports with the boys in her neighborhood. When she was 10 years old, her family moved to Greenwich, Connecticut


I was born in Texas, the eldest of three girls. My father was a rancher and my mother was a homemaker. We were a close-knit family and I have fond memories of growing up on the ranch. We were always outside, riding horses or working in the fields. I loved it!

After high school, I went to college and got my degree in business. I always knew I wanted to come back to the ranch and take over when my father retired. And that’s exactly what I did. Today, I own and operate one of the largest ranches in Texas. It’s been a lot of hard work, but it’s been so rewarding.

I’m so grateful to have been born into a family that valued hard work and dedication. It’s those values that have brought me success today.


When she was just a girl, Annie Oakley’s family moved from Ohio to a small farm in Indiana. Annie’s father died soon after the move, leaving her mother to care for eight children on her own. To make ends meet, the family rented out their farm and took in boarders. Annie eventually dropped out of school to help support her family, but she continued to learn as much as she could on her own. When she was just fifteen years old, she traveled west with a group of showmen who performed for crowds in small towns across the country. It was during this time that Annie honed her skills as an expert marksman.

The Ranch

It all started when she was just a girl from Texas. She loved the ranch life and dreamed of owning her own ranch one day. When she was older, she met a man who shared her dream and together they started their own ranch. Now, they own one of the largest ranches in the area and couldn’t be happier.

The Purchase

In 2008, I was working as a real estate agent in Austin, Texas. It was during the housing market crash, and I was struggling to keep my business afloat. One day, I got a call from a friend who told me about a large ranch that was up for sale in Oregon.

The ranch was beautiful, and it came with a large price tag. However, my friend told me that the owner was willing to negotiate because they were desperate to sell. After some discussion, I decided to take a trip out to Oregon to check out the property.

When I arrived, I fell in love with the ranch immediately. It was everything my friend had told me and more. The owner was indeed willing to negotiate, so we were able to come to an agreement on a price. In 2009, I became the owner of a large ranch in Oregon!

The Business

The Ranch is a working cattle ranch in Texas that raises and sells Angus beef. The ranch also offers horseback riding, hayrides, and other activities for guests. The ranch is owned by a woman who was born and raised in Texas.


In conclusion, owning a large ranch requires a lot of hard work but it can be very rewarding. If you have the dream of owning your own ranch, don’t let anything stop you. If a girl from Texas can do it, anyone can.

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