Welcome to the web home of Secret Hills Ranch located in beautiful Alpine, California 35 minutes East of the San Diego International Airport. Secret Hills Ranch is Owned by the Benker Family – Peter, Missy and their two kids Cody & Scarlett. The Benker’s created Secret Hills Ranch in 2008 with a goal of producing high quality Tobiano Reining horses with modern, popular bloodlines as well as the talent and athleticism to compete in the top levels. We are working diligently toward our goals and look forward to our foals each year! Our speciality is nice Reining, Cowhorse, Ranch Pleasure, Ranch Trail and Ranch Riding horses with chrome! And yeah, you’ll sometimes catch Peter in the Mounted Shooting pen too! To purchase your next Reining, Cowhorse, Ranch Pleasure, Ranch Trail or Ranch Riding horse with Chrome please give us a call! We would love to help you fulfill your dreams! Thank you for visiting our web site and please don’t hesitate to get in touch with one of us!
The Secret Hills Ranch team takes a lot of pride in our Horses and Breeding Program. Our Horses are fed Dairy Quality Alfalfa Hay, High Quality Bermuda, Top of the Line Grain and are provided free choice of HorseLic vitamins and minerals 24/7. Our Horses are cared for to the Highest of Standards from Conception and receive the highest quality of care we can provide. All Breeding Horses are tested for all known Equine Genetic Disorders and we go one step further to also X Ray Breeding Horses to ensure that we are breeding the most sound of body and sound of mind horses that we possibly can. We welcome Visitors to the Ranch and would love to show you our Horses, Ranch and Breeding Program in person!
While Secret Hills Ranch was officially created in 2008, our history goes back quite a bit further. My (Missy’s) Step-Grandfather Arnold (Arnie) Bobick married my Grandmother when I was 18 months old. One of the first things that he did when I met him was put me onto one of his beautiful Tobiano Paint horses. I definitely have my amazing Step-Grandfather Arnie to thank for my love of these gorgeous Tobianos. Arnie bred Tobiano Paint horses for 30 years here in San Diego, California. Many of his horses carried Bloodlines that we still treasure today. Names like Poco Bueno, Doc Bar, King, Leo, Pepsi Poco, Q Ton Ace H, Mr Gun Smoke and many great Foundation Quarter and Paint Horse lines that we still incorporate into our breeding program here at SHR today. I am so grateful to Arnie for my love and appreciation of Tobianos and the eduction he gave me about horses growing up. If it were not for Arnie, who knows where my life would have taken me! Thank you Arnie.
Pictured above is Missy and Arnie in the early 1990’s. Left is Missy and Arnie with a young Foal and the Foal’s dam behind them. Right Arnie is aboard his Tobiano gelding Q Ton Rip N Toot and Missy is aboard her pony, Fred.