Jerry Tatham, Double J Barrel Arena
Double J Barrel Arena has been the result of years of hard work and love of horses since 1990. The gorgeous spread of well-kept pastures and a beautiful equine facility for events ranging from National Barrel Racing Association qualifiers, horse training clinics by renowned horsemen and women as well as for wedding anniversaries and birthdays. This is indeed a piece of Upstate paradise.
Exclusive Photography: FishEye Studios, Greenville, SC
At 14, Jerry was involved in a riding club when his family was living in Greenwood. From that time forward, Jerry found a way to be in the saddle. “Horses are an addiction,” he states matter-of-factly with a chuckle, “If more kids had horses, they wouldn’t have time or money for drugs.” While growing up, Jerry found the cheapest, usually meanest, horses to buy and train, then sell them. Little by little he moved up until he was able to buy the type of horses he wanted.
Looking out over the pasture where the yearlings play, it is evident that Jerry understands what it takes to produce a steady Quarter horse that can do just about anything; from barrel racing and roping, to racing and showing its grace. With their intelligent eyes and strong builds, the horses at Double J Ranch reflect the care and love that Jerry and his family have for them. They are friendly and confident, perking up at the sight of Jerry and trusting that the funny people with cameras and recorders aren’t going to chase them!
Rodeo has long been a big part of life for the Tathum family. Jerry’s children all competed in barrel racing while growing up; so, when the chance came up to purchase Carrizzo, the family jumped on it. Carrizzo, son of Dash Ta Fame, is the standing stud on Double J Ranch where he is bred to the ranch’s own mares to produce winning colts that are smart, fast and versatile. In an industry where big money prizes are up for grabs to the quickest, Jerry has been raising the bar on quality horses that can compete!
With it's covered arena Double J attracts a wide range of horse events. Buck Brannaman recently hosted a horse training clinic as have local trainers Buster and Sheryl Mclaury. Double J Arena also hosts the SC Mounted Shooters and numerous Carolina Horse Show Association (CHSA) shows throughout the year.
There is no doubt the amount of pride and satisfaction that Jerry Jan Tathum feels for the land he cares for and the horses he raises. There is an easy going way of living here that is hard to find nowadays in our whirlwind get it done lives. Take a moment. Feel the breeze. Breathe in that rich country aroma. Experience the hidden Upstate horse country in all its wonderful beauty.
Double J Ranch and Double J Arena welcome visits and is open to riders with their own horses if it isn’t booked for an event. Call in advance, especially on weekends.
Want to catch some of the action? Here's a link to the Double J Barrel Arena's calendar
Writer: Jamie Rose Lewis