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Meet Joan Castleberry, the remarkable matriarch of Diamond J Ranch, whose passion for the horse industry has spanned over 80 years.

At 88 years old, Joan continues to defy expectations and showcase her unwavering dedication to the equestrian world. Joan recently relocated her operations from Kissimmee to Williston and opened Diamond J Ranch with her Granddaughter Jordyn. Joan and Jordyn both work on-site handling boarding, training, and day-to-day operations.

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Joan plays a pivotal role in creating a warm and welcoming family environment for all boarders and their equine companions. Her dedication to creating a family Christian environment sets Diamond J Ranch apart as a place where both horses and their owners can thrive. She goes beyond just managing the horses; she fosters camaraderie, develops deep relationships with clients as well as horses, and ensures a hands-on approach to horse maintenance and health. With her expertise in horse diet, nutrition, weight control, Joan ensures that every horse receives personalized care tailored to their specific needs. Through her guidance, boarders learn not only how to ride but also how to properly care for their equine partners.

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In 2013, at the age of 78, Joan achieved a remarkable feat by winning the team sorting series at Brown’s Ranch in Kissimmee, FL. Her love for barrel racing and pole bending shines through in her every ride, embodying perseverance and skill that transcends age. To this day, Joan is a National Barrel Horse Association Member and continues to barrel race competitively.

With a Women’s Pro Rodeo Association card and a wealth of rodeo experience under her belt, Joan Castleberry serves as an inspiration to all who cross paths with her. Her commitment to excellence and passion for horses exemplify the timeless bond between humans and these majestic animals. Joan rightfully boasts that she has successfully trained hundreds of riders and boarded over 500 horses. She speaks proudly of the accomplishments of one of her prize students, 2023 Miss Georgia Rodeo Queen, Jessica Benson, who was a National Finals Rodeo Contestant. Jessica gives Joan all the credit in the world for being an honorable mentor and inspiration. VIDEO: Miss Rodeo Georgia Association sits down with Kennadee before heading to Las Vegas!

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As we celebrate Joan’s legacy in the horse industry, let us draw inspiration from her journey and remember that age is no barrier to pursuing our dreams with determination and grace. Joan’s experience and success are a mere drop in the bucket in comparison to the courage and true grit she puts on display every day as she continues to ride competitively, train riders, care for horses, and operate a 45-acre ranch. She is a true role model and highly revered by the people whose lives she has touched. Contact us to tour our beautiful facility and meet the matriarch behind Diamond J Ranch.