The Nettles Country was born from the talents of Hall of Fame Cutting Horse trainer Ronnie Nettles. Located halfway between Houston and Dallas, the ranch is a unique experience teeming with all kinds of things to do.
The hub of Nettles Country is Ronnie’s training operation where visitors can straddle the fence and watch Ronnie train horses, see the dogs work, and maybe even watch a rider taking a riding lesson. Heck, you might even want to take a cutting horse lesson or buy a horse!
Watch how Nettles Stirrups are built and browse “Nettles Country Store,” our upscale western store full of high quality tack, home decor, and of course the famous Nettles Stirrups and Gala’s books. Nettles Country Store is also home to exceptional western pieces, many made right here on the ranch.
Nettles Country Store, a unique western retail store west of Madisonville, Tx., held its grand opening the evening of February 22 with more than 250 people in attendance. Owned by Gala and Ronnie Nettles, the store has an unusual western flair, mixing western décor and western tack, sometimes even integrating the two together.
The Nettles are deeply immersed in the equine industry. Gala has written articles, columns and books for the industry for 20 years while Ronnie, a Hall of Fame cutting horse trainer, has trained horses and given cutting lessons for decades. Twenty-one years ago, he designed the Nettles laminated oak stirrup and that’s when Nettles Country Store was really born, although unnamed. Gala Nettles began manning a booth filled with the stirrups made on the Nettles Ranch and the books she had written, at major NCHA competitions.
“As the years passed, I added a few gift items to the booth, things that I enjoyed,” explained Gala Nettles. “First, it was a few gift items, then the guys building our stirrups started building a few things such as stirrup clocks, shelves, etc. ”
The merchandise grew and before long, it seemed only natural to build a permanent store. Today, Nettles Country Store is not only home to Gala’s 15 books along with Nettles Stirrups and other high quality tack, it is also home to furniture accessories such as cowhide rugs, pewter, crystal and anything else Gala can find that is unique.