The Raucher Family
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.
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 and the office manager for all of the Heritage Livestock Horse Sales.
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 and cattle. 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, MO in order to be more centrally located and have a readier supply of horses and cattle. When Dennis is not attending or running a horse auction, he enjoys team roping on his horse Roger.
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. Kelsie graduated Salutatorian of her high school class. She then graduated from Cornell University in Ithaca, New York with a Bachelor's degree in Agricultural Sciences and minor in Communications. Kelsie rode on the Cornell Varsity Polo Team, and was an Agricultural Sciences Ambassador. A graduated member of the United States Pony Club, Kelsie achieved her C2 Traditional and HB certifications. She also showed her own horse, Sail on Teques “Sailor,” at local Hunter/Jumper shows, earning several year end championships. Kelsie is now the head of marketing for Specialty Risk Insurance.
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 16 years. She has also competed in mounted games at the international level in England and New Zealand. She has ridden in the Prince Philip, President’s Cups and Nation's Cup. Meghan graduated US Pony Club rated a C2 HB. She was also the coach to two Prince Philip Cup mounted games teams, which competed at the Rolex Three Day Event in Lexington, Kentucky. Meghan graduated Cornell University with a degree in Animal Science. She rode on the Cornell University Equestrian Team in 2018-19 and on the Cornell Polo Team 2019-22. Meghan now plays a large role in the marketing and management of Heritage Livestock Horse Sales.
Ryan, the third child, graduated from Mt. Vernon High School in 2019, where he was active in FFA, Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) and Votech. Ryan was also a member of the Heritage Livestock Riding Center and the United States Mounted Games Association. He has competed in US Pony Club Prince Philip Cup among the top four junior mounted games teams. Ryan has also tried his hand at Polo. He is a 2021 graduate of Northeastern Oklahoma A&M College where he team roped on the rodeo team with his horse 5. Ryan still enjoys team roping on 5, competing in ranch rodeos, swapping tack, and selling horses. Ryan has started his own tack company, Bar Double R Tack, so contact him with any of your tack needs.
The youngest child is Sean. He enjoys riding and playing baseball. Sean plays on several traveling teams for baseball, and has been playing on Varsity at Mt. Vernon since he was a Freshman. He was a member of Heritage Livestock Riding Center and competed on his pony Hershey in Mounted Games and showed Meghan’s pony, Frito Bandito on the local Hunter/Jumper Circuit. He has competed in US Pony Club Prince Philip Cup among the top four junior mounted games teams in the country. Sean is a Junior at Mt. Vernon High School, where he plays Varsity baseball. Sean also enjoys team roping, working with his colt Smart Lil Ranchero, raising cattle, and riding around the ranch with his dog Trout.