About Us

The Moore family was not always involved in horses.  It began in 1984, after the family moved back to Kansas City from Chicago.  The older kids had been promised horses after the move.  Come Christmas, Santa brought them two quarter type horses.  The Moores spent the next few years trail riding at Benjamin Ranch, but never got involved in shows until they joined the Saddle and Sirloin Club in Kansas City.  Ruth started showing quarter horses and riding in the mounted patrol for the club.  The family’s first fox trotter, Silver’s Secret, was a foundation bred mare that stood out for one reason – she was a pure white horse.  Larry adopted Silvie as his parade and riding horse, and she quickly became an icon for Kansas City.  Larry and Silvie, along with the rest of the Moore family, rode in every major parade in the Kansas City area.  Members of Saddle and Sirloin soon nicknamed the Moores as “the celebrities” of the club.  The nickname stuck, and when the Moores went to name their own farm they decided to play off of it.  Thus, Celebrity Farms was born.

Over the next few years, Ruth and some of the kids continued to show quarter horses in the Kansas City area.  Along the way, she met many people with different types of horses, but she always seemed to be drawn to the foxtrot people.  Soon, Ruth took a ride on a show quality fox trotter and decided she liked it a lot more than riding quarter horses.  Some people say that once you ride a fox trotter, you can never go back, which is essentially what happened with the Moores.  Slowly, the quarter horses were sold and fox trotters were brought in as replacements.  By the time Jessica rode in her first show in 1991, Celebrity Farms was in the fox trot business completely.

The first national success for Celebrity Farms came in the form of a little sorrel mare.  One of the first foals bred, born and raised at Celebrity Farms, Traveler's Lil Bit of Heaven debuted at the 1999 Three Year Old Futurity.  Not only did she win the Mares class, she also took home the championship in the open division.  She went on to win the Mid America Three Year Old Open Championship and was ready for the World Grand Championship.  A last minute decision switched Lil Bits from the Open division to the Amateur division with Ruth holding the reins.  Even though Ruth and Lil Bits had only ridden together once before their preliminary class, they ended up fourth out of 46 mares and placed fifth in the championship class!  Lil Bits was shown for several more years, but never to the same success as her three year old year.  However, her offspring have already shown signs of her talent and heart, so who knows where her story will end!

Over the years, many things have changed for the Moores.  All five kids have graduated from college.  There have been several weddings.  Grandchildren have arrived (finally!).  The horses that started the family farm have been laid to rest.  The farm has evolved into a business that includes breeding, raising, and showing Missouri Fox Trotters.  But one thing has stayed the same.  The acceptance of the first two horses into the Moore family made this a horse family, and a horse family is what this will always be.