Welcome to Heritage Livestock, home of the Rauchers: Dennis, Mariellen, Kelsie, Meghan, Ryan and Sean.
We moved from Massachusetts in 2004 and purchased our Mount Vernon, Missouri facility with the intent of finding quality horses of every description and being able to maintain and improve them for resale to other professional horsemen.
Dennis is a second generation professional horseman with experience in all aspects of the horse industry at the professional level. Mariellen grew up riding and showing on the East Coast. Our combined experience and large facilities make us very capable of keeping a wide range of horses for sale year-round. We specialize in recognizing potential in horses and operate based upon the motto “a horse can not stay better than the rider on its back for very long” (said by Max Gahwyler), and take that into careful consideration when matching a rider to a horse.
Located in the heart of America’s horse and cattle country, we are very satisfied with the quantity and quality of horses available to us. Give us a call whether you are looking for one particular horse for one particular purpose or you need a constant supply of horses for your business. You will find our horses and ponies all over the country whether working on a ranch in Colorado, ponying horses at Saratoga or working in a lesson program.
A second-generation horseman, Dennis is from Easthampton, Massachusetts where he instilled his foundation in horsemanship and began a lifelong career of buying and selling livestock, primarily horses andcattle. After attending Smith Vocational High School, he went to Missouri Auction School in St. Joseph, Missouri and established Raucher Brothers Auctioneers, with one of his brothers, Donald. Dennis and Mariellen were married in October of 1993. In 2004, he and his wife, Mariellen, decided to make the move to Mt. Vernon in order to be more centrally located and have a readier supply of horses and cattle. In addition to owning and operating Heritage Livestock, Dennis is currently a Joplin Regional Stockyards Fieldman and Barret Trailer Sales Representative.
Mariellen is originally from Middletown, New Jersey. The only one in her family interested in horses, Mariellen received a pony, Daniel Boone “Danny,” for her 11th birthday, and spent the following years working off her pony’s board and riding and showing. Upon graduating valedictorian from Mater Dei High School, Mariellen attended Smith College in Northampton, Massachusetts, where she met Dennis at his family’s farm, Heritage Farm in Easthampton. Before moving to Missouri, Mariellen worked in the banking industry, and began her own promotional products business, Create a Buzz Promotions. Mariellen is currently the Instructor at Heritage Livestock, Center Administrator for Heritage Livestock Riding Center, and Arbonne Independent Consultant.
Kelsie is the oldest of the Raucher children and a 2016 Graduate of Mt. Vernon High School, where she was President of the Mt. Vernon FFA Chapter, Vice President of Communications of the Mt. Vernon Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) chapter, and member of Student Council, National Honor Society, Spanish Club, and The Squad. Kelsie graduated Salutatorian, and is a freshman at Cornell University in Ithaca, New York. At Cornell, Kelsie is majoring in Agricultural Sciences and double majoring in Communication. Additionally, she is a member of the Women’s Polo Team. An active member of the United States Pony Club, Kelsie has achieved her C2 Traditional and HB certifications, and is very involved with teaching younger members within Heritage Livestock Riding Center. She rides and shows her own horse, Sail on Teques “Sailor,” at Pony Club Rallies and local Hunter/Jumper shows.
Meghan is the second child and has been riding since she could sit on a pony. Meghan has ridden competitively in many disciplines, from team roping to equitation to mounted games, for 10 years. She has also competed in mounted games at the international level in England and New Zealand. She has ridden in the Prince Philip and President’s Cups. She is a member of the US Pony Club, SW Missouri Hunter Jumper Association, and US Mounted Games Association. She currently owns three horses, and competes on her pony Frito Bandito in mounted games, her pony Zack in Jumpers, and is working on It’s My Lucky Day “Patrick” to be her next show horse. Meghan is a junior at Mt. Vernon High School, and is a member of Student Council, National Honor Society, Spanish Club, and FFA. Meghan is rated a C2 HB in the US Pony Club, and enjoys teaching the younger members of the club. She is also the coach of the Heritage Livestock Riding Center’s Prince Philip Cup mounted games team, which competed at the Rolex Three Day Event in Lexington, Kentucky.
Ryan, the third child, is currently a junior at Mt. Vernon High School where he is active in FFA, Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA,) and plays golf. Last fall, Ryan earned his was to National FFA Convention in Louisville, KY, where he attended leadership sessions and went sight seeing with FFA members from throughout the country. Although he prefers working with cattle and raising pigs, he is a member of the Heritage Livestock Riding Center and the United States Mounted Games Association. He enjoys riding Zack and Biggie Smalls in Mounted Games. He is qualified to compete in US Pony Club Prince Philip Cup among the top four junior mounted games teams this April. Ryan has also tried his hand at Team Roping and Polo, and has fun with both.
The youngest child is Sean. He enjoys riding, baseball and basketball. Sean plays on several traveling teams for both baseball and basketball. He is also a member of Heritage Livestock Riding Center and competes on his pony Hershey in Mounted Games and shows Meghan’s pony, Frito Bandito on the local Hunter/Jumper Circuit. He is qualified to compete in US Pony Club Prince Philip Cup among the top four junior mounted games teams in the country this April. Sean is in 6th Grade at Mt. Vernon Middle School.