Family shares their ranch lifestyle
Posted on April 1, 2021
Gracie and Pedro Torres, owners of Cavvietta Quarter Horse & Cattle Co., stand with their daughter, Charlie. Shannon Baker | For Wide Awake Wilson (Gracie and Pedro Torres, owners of Cavvietta Quarter Horse & Cattle Co., stand with their daughter, Cha
When Gracie and Pedro Torres started Cavvietta Quarter Horse & Cattle Co. they had only 6 acres of land to work on in Franklin.
“Fifteen horses and 10 cows later, I was like, ‘OK, we’ve got to get a bigger place,’” said Gracie Torres.
They purchased what was once known as Hearts Haven Youth Ranch and began growing their horse and cattle business from there. As the company has progressed, the couple’s goals for the ranch have grown bigger in phases, which was the intent behind the purchase of more land in Wilson.
Cavvietta Quarter Horse & Cattle Co. is located just off N.C. 42 and was established in 2017 by Gracie and Pedro Torres. They have planned a number of events this spring.
The Torreses’ goal with each event, and with the ranch in general, is to give the community a peek into their way of life as a family of ranchers.
“We want people to come here and think, ‘Wow, this is the cowboy lifestyle. These people know how to handle horses and cattle, and they’re respectable and they’re welcoming,’” Gracie Torres said.
There are several opportunities for involvement on the ranch for all ages and skill levels. Cavvietta holds clinics for those who want to sharpen their skills, lessons for beginners, camps and a club that gives youth a chance to learn about horses and life on a ranch. Youth involvement is very important to Gracie and Pedro Torres, as finding places to learn about horses was difficult for them when they were growing up.
“I would say one of our biggest things is giving the kids and beginners somewhere to go. When we were growing up it was hard to find somewhere to go ride and rope and take … lessons because we didn’t have cows when we were growing up,” Pedro Torres said. “We had to know somebody that knew somebody that knew somebody to be able to ride around cattle.
“I like people learning this lifestyle and capturing the youth.”
Cavvietta is also an event venue, and the Torreses have added merchandise to their company.
The pair said that the ranch has been a family affair as Gracie Torres’ family had planned to move while they were working on purchasing land in Wilson.
“It ended up being a big family move, and it worked out really good because Pedro’s family and my family are very involved in this ranch and we like it like that. It’s nice to have all the families together, working together,” she said.
Gracie and Pedro Torres’ 1-year-old daughter, Charlie, already enjoys being around the horses with her parents. They hope that she will continue to like horses as she grows up.
The family is glad that they made the move to Wilson to expand their business.
“We liked Franklin County pretty good, but we love Wilson even more,” she said. “It’s nice because we still have the small town feel with all the big town amenities. It’s convenient because there are still things close by to get to, but we’re still far enough away to be comfortable.”
On April 17 beginning at 9:30 a.m., the Torres family will be hosting the North Carolina Ranch Horse Show. Admission is free for spectators, but competitors must pay fees in order to participate.
The Ranch Horse Show will give participants an opportunity to compete in several divisions that are “designed to demonstrate the versatility of the working ranch horse.” Roping and sorting cattle are among the divisions. This is the first in a series of North Carolina Ranch Horse Shows that will take place throughout the year at Cavvietta. Food vendors will also be at the event along with other businesses selling their products. Guests are encouraged to take their families for a “laid back, family-friendly” experience.
There will also be an open horse and mule show on Apr. 24 as well as a National Barrel Horse Association race on May 1. These events are also free for spectators.
There are several other events planned at Cavvietta for summer and fall including a Live at the Ranch concert series featuring local bands, cattle sorting, ranch academy for boys and girls and a ranch rodeo.
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