Dr. Emily Hughes - Resident Veterinarian

Dr. Emily Hughes graduated from Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine in 2019.  She received her undergraduate and master's degrees from Texas A&M with a focus in equine reproduction.  After graduating vet school, Dr. Emily completed her Veterinary Internship at Texas Equine Hospital in Bryan, Texas before working as a mobile equine veterinarian for several years in North Texas. Her primary interests are in equine reproduction, but she also does routine preventative care and lameness/sports medicine. Dr. Emily also has begun training in the Certified Veterinary Acupuncturist course to provide alternative medicine options for equine patients she is a current member of TEVA, AAEP, SFT, and the AVMA. In her free time, Dr. Emily enjoys spending time with her family and boyfriend, riding horses, working out, and her Corgis - she has 4 and counting!

Alexis Stephas - Stallion & Marketing Manager

joined the team in 2017, first as a stallion owner, then as the stallion manager and has now extended her role to the marketing side of SDP Buffalo Ranch. Originally from Tennessee, Alexis moved to Texas to be closer to the action in the cutting horse arena. She has nearly $750k in lifetime earnings and multiple World & National Championships as a showman. She has also represented the USA in the USA/Australia Non Pro Challenge and brings her experience from the industry to help grow & promote every stallion.

Alex Thomson - Assistant Stallion Manager

joined SDP Buffalo Ranch in the spring of 2023 and immediately became an asset. She came with a lifetime of horse experience and picked up reproduction and stallion managing quickly. Alex has a background in barrel racing, competing and winning at a high level. Her attention to detail is incredible and with that, she will assist in sale prepping the yearlings in the off season and with media management. 


Christian Miller - Head Trainer

Christian has been a part of the SDP Buffalo Ranch team for a combined 6 years. He started as the assistant trainer for Paul Hansma and rejoined the ranch in 2019 as the head trainer. Christian grew up in Georgia and was in the cutting horse world before he could walk. He won a long list of achievements as a Youth, Non Pro & Amateur and now an even longer list as an Open Rider. He has been an Open Champion in multiple events, including the Abilene Spectacular, Super Stakes & Summer Spectacular, and has over $936k in lifetime earnings. Christian Miller accepts Non Pro & Amateur riders of all levels.

Todd, Alex, Chico & Fernando - Ground Managers