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About Us

The ownership, management, and staff behind the operation


Jeremy and Candace Barwick


Jeremy and Candace Barwick are owners of Shadow Oak Ranch, LLC; co-owners of Brazos Valley Stallion Station LP; and owners of the premier auction company, Western Bloodstock, Ltd. Jeremy was introduced to cutting as a boy by his grandparents, Mack and Shirley Odom, and began his career as a trainer in 2000. Since that time, he has won more than $1.3 million in limited age event and world championship competition and has been inducted into the NCHA Riders Hall of Fame. He won the NCHA Open World Championship aboard Dual Rey Me in 2006, 2007, and 2009, and is one of only three open riders to win back-to-back NCHA World Championships in the 67-year history of the sport.
Candace Barwick, a non-pro competitor with earnings of over $200,000, won the 2005 NCHA Non-Pro Classic Challenge, and was 2008 NCHA Non-Pro Reserve World Champion.
The growth and success of Brazos Valley Stallion Station is a direct result of the passion and attention to excellence in customer service by the Barwicks. They are committed to leading BVSS as it strives toward breeding the future of our performance horse industry.

Dr. Charlie Buchanan, DVM


Dr. Charlie Buchanan grew up in Navasota, Texas where he started working for his father, Dr. “T-Bone” Buchanan, at the young age of five- he always knew he would follow in his father’s footsteps and become an equine veterinarian. Charlie graduated from Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine in 1997. Upon graduation, he went straight into practice at BVEH in Navasota, Texas, that’s where he developed his passion for equine sports medicine while serving his clients and caring for their horses. In 2006, Charlie left Navasota to develop BVEH’s new branch in Stephenville, which has steadily grown over the years. Charlie’s wife, Shannon, has a popular cake and dessert business. They have two daughters, Camilla, a Senior in highschool who is actively involved in softball, cheerleading and track, and Corinne, a Sophomore in high school who has a passion for art, photography, softball, and cheerleading. In his spare time, Charlie enjoys cooking for his family, cheering on his daughters at sporting events, and bird hunting when he gets the chance.

Dr. David Ricks


David Ricks, DVM, a Houston native, attended Texas A&M University, where he graduated from veterinary school in 2001. He spent his first two years out of vet school at a large animal clinic in Raleigh, NC, before moving to Whitesboro, TX. In Whitesboro, he worked exclusively as a reproduction veterinarian. After 6 years there, he joined Brazos Valley Equine Hospital in 2009, where he continued his specialization in equine reproduction. In 2012 Brazos Valley Stallion Station was formed and Dr. Ricks has managed reproductive activities at the farm since that date. In his free time, Dr. Ricks enjoys hunting, travel, and when he gets time, utilizing his pilot’s license and going flying.


Lisa Szwejbka

General Manager

Lisa Szwejbka graduated from Tarleton State University in 2016 with a bachelor’s degree in animal science, with an equine certificate specialization in reproduction. She began her time here at Brazos Valley Stallion Station as the Mare Breeding Manager in 2019. She has coordinated and managed the shipping of thousands of embryo transfers and over 3000 on-farm breeding mares during her tenure. Lisa has foaled out countless mares and is proficient in many basic vet-medical procedures.

In her role as the manager of broodmares at Brazos Valley Stallion Station, Lisa was responsible for oversight and management of all the breeding employees, their activity, scope of work, and duties during the breeding season. She was also responsible for managing the huge inventories of medical and breeding supplies critical to the efficiencies of breeding farm management.

Since July 15, 2023, she has embraced her new role as General Manager and is excited to have the opportunity to further develop Brazos Valley Stallion Station in the future.

Outside of work, she has two Dobermans that keep her on her toes. Lastly, for anyone who has read this far and still wants to know, her last name is pronounced, “Sweb-ka” or more simply, “Smith”.

Andrew Waters

Stallion Manager

Andrew, who hails from New South Wales, Australia, previously worked with the stallions at the famous Lazy E Ranch in Guthrie, Oklahoma before becoming Stallion Manager at renowned Bob Moore Farms in Norman, Oklahoma. After spending several years back in Australia at Newgate Farm, Andrew has returned to the US to accept the position as Stallion Manager of BVSS. He is known for the thorough and compassionate understanding, knowledge, and care of the horses in his charge.

Dana Parker

Executive Secretary and Bookkeeper

Dana has worked for the Barwick family for many years, serving as secretary and bookkeeper for first, Shadow Oak Ranch and then on to Brazos Valley Stallion Station where she currently serves as Executive Secretary and Chief Bookkeeper.


Fabio Luvizari, DVM

Head Semen Processor

Maria Rees

Breeding Logistics Manager

Kevin Vorhes

Ranch Foreman

Ashley Cheyenne Mason

Semen Processor Assistant

Ashley Reeves

Office Manager

Debbie Patterson

Breeder Certificates Manager

Katlyn Mcleod

Shipping Clerk

Taylor Scheulen

Office Assistant

Kathleen Hasegawa

Kathleen Hasegawa

Stallion Escrows

Payton Byars

Assistant to the Stallion Manager

Lane Wood

Rehab Manager

Frank Merrill

Of Counsel

Sara Riddle

Mare Breeding Manager

Sheila Nab

Breeding Contracts

Dakota Cassidy

Mare Breeding Assistant

Erin Mantz

Billing/Comms Manager