Morgan and her best friend and husband, Will Brigham live on a cotton farm near Tuxedo, Texas. They, along with Will's parents, own and operate Brigham Farms.
Morgan graduated at 20 from Angelo State University with her Bachelor of Science degree in Animal Science. A few years ago, Morgan left the corporate banking world to help Will and his dad on the farm. Thanks to the new digital age of publishing, she is able to assist in the production of The Observer/Enterprise. Morgan is also a Realtor with Pitcock Properties.
Wayne & Melinda have been married 38 years this year. They met when she purchased a gelding that he had trained from his father. She jokes that "I sold the horse, but kept the guy!"
After the girls were born, the family moved to the hill country and Wayne served as an apprentice cutting horse trainer.
Although successful in that field, Coke County ties are hard to break and the family moved back to Bronte in 1988. Wayne was hired by the Coke County Sheriff's Department soon after where he has remained since except for a time as Coke County Commissioner.He was elected Sheriff in November 2008.
Once the girls were a little bigger, Melinda went to work for the county newspaper, The Observer/Enterprise. She and Wayne began a
McCutchen Ranch is a multi-purpose equine facility, as well as Wayne & Melinda's home. In the large outdoor arena, you can rope steers and calves. Also, the Pro-Cutter mechanical cow is set up in the arena. The 120' round pen is specifically designed for training cutters. It is completely enclosed by cedar stays, with approximately two feet of sand to soften the ground. The barn & pens are "cowboy", but extremely safe with pipe construction in all pens and stalls. There are two stallion stalls with steel sides in the barn. Also in the barn, is a guest house for visiting clients, customers, family & friends. The land boasts numerous live oak trees, several tanks (ponds), and all manner of wildlife including, but not limited to, deer, turkey, quail, and dove.
buyout of the paper several years ago and took over completely on December 31, 2010. In addition to The Observer/Enterprise, Melinda is also a Realtor with Pitcock Properties.
After years of concentrating on our own horses and general training for the public, God led Wayne to accept outside horses for cutting training in 2005. This continued until he announced his candidacy in July of 2008. At that time, Wayne sent all of his customers' horses home. Wayne has also presented seminars and demonstrations on cutting horses, starting a young horse on cattle, working with young horses, and horse safety. In these, he always includes his faith and gives God the glory for our success.
Ashley and her best friend and husband, Reese Braswell, live a couple of miles away from us. Both Angelo State University graduates, Reese is a Vice President with First National Bank in Sterling City and is the Manager of their bank in Bronte. After several years in the insurance industry, Ashley is a full time mama to our most recent family member, Lucy Ruth. Lucy was born August 28, 2018, and is our very first grandchild. Ashley is also a Realtor with Pitcock Properties.