Pioneer Woman Ree Drummond is revealed as 23rd largest landowner in US with 433,000 acres – and the government paid her family $23.9 MILLION in rent over the past decade

Not only has the Bureau of Land Management paid Drummond Land and Cattle Co. almost $24 million to warehouse our wild horses on their long term holding pasture, but Pioneer Woman Ree Drummond has used photos of wild horses on most of her Pioneer Woman product packaging and on her blog and has used video of wild horses in the trailer for her Pioneer Woman cooking show.  – Debbie

Source:  dailymail.co.uk

Land barons: In its annual list of America’s 100 largest landowners, The Land Report reveals that as of 2016 the Drummond Family owns an astonishing 433,000 acres of property

Ladd Drummond’s family cattle ranch has earned them the 23rd spot on the list of the 100 largest landowners in the United States
  • He lives on the family’s massive estate, which is 433,000 acres or just over 675 square miles, with his wife Ree Drummomnd and their four children
  • Ree has turned her life on the ranch into a multimillion dollar empire thanks to her work as the Pioneer Woman
  • The family has also made $24 million in the past decade renting land to the US government  

Ree Drummond may present herself as a modern day Laura Ingalls Wilder or Willa Cather on her Pioneer Woman blog and TV show, but the self-made entrepreneur has far more in common with the Queen of England than her prairie home companions.

In its annual list of America’s 100 largest landowners, The Land Report reveals that as of 2016 the Drummond Family owns an astonishing 433,000 acres of property.

Drummond, her husband Ladd and their four teenage children make their home just two hours down the road from Oklahoma City in Pawhuska, which is where her husband Ladd’s family put down roots four generations ago.

Ladd is now a key player at Drummond Land & Cattle Co, the notoriously private family-held company that Frederick Drummond started after arriving in this country from Scotland in the late 19th century.

In addition to the money they bring in from their cattle and horse endeavors, Drummond Land also manages to clean up thanks to one deep-pocketed tenant – the US government. 

In addition to the money they bring in from their cattle and horse endeavors, Drummond Land also manages to clean up thanks to the US government

Revisit: Multi-Millionaire Cowpoke Ladd Drummond & Pioneer Woman put on explosive fireworks show for wild horses AGAIN!

by Debbie Coffey, V.P. and Director of Wild Horse Affairs, Wild Horse Freedom Federation

After two years in print, this article continues to get hundreds of reads every week and is the most commented article on SFTHH!

Click (HERE) to review.

Multi-Millionaire Cowpoke Ladd Drummond, whose little “missus” is Ree Drummond (The Pioneer Woman), rakes in Taxpayer Dollars

by Debbie Coffey                      Copyright 2015                   All Rights Reserved.

It has been 2 1/2 years since the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) last gave the public a tour of any BLM Long Term Holding Pastures, which are used to warehouse once wild horses that were rounded up by helicopters used by BLM contractors and permanently removed from America’s public lands.  So much for the BLM’s claim of transparency.

Millions of readers follow Ree Drummond as she blogs about ranch life, her children, and her husband, whom she calls Marlboro Man. Photograph by Sylvia Plachy.   Millions of readers follow Ree Drummond as she blogs about ranch life, her children, and her husband, whom she calls Marlboro Man. Photograph by Sylvia Plachy. (Source: The New Yorker)

Ladd Drumond, his brother Tim and their dad, Charles, are partners in Drummond Land and Cattle, which has a BLM contract for Long Term Holding pastures for our wild horses.  Ladd is married to “The Pioneer Woman,” Ree Drummond, a Food Network cooking show host/blogger/photographer/cookbook author who writes folksy blogs about her life on their ranch in Oklahoma.  Kind of like she’s a pioneer woman.  Except in real life, Ree is wealthy and has both a house and a nice lodge on her ranch.  (Nothing like the real pioneers, who had to trod across the plains in a covered wagon.)

In a 2013 article on Modern Farmer about America’s 100 Top Landowners (“The who’s who of modern American land moguls”) the Drummond family was listed as #17 (the 17th largest landowner in the U.S.), with “433,000 acres.”

While some of this land may belong to other Drummond family members, Ladd and the little missus are getting by.

It was estimated that Ree’s blogsite income was about a million dollars or more per year just from display advertisement alone.  She also makes dough from her Food Network cooking show, her cookbooks,  her book, the movie option based on her book “Black Heels to Tractor Wheels,” based on her life (and persona) as “The Pioneer Woman.”

But Ree didn’t exactly fall off the back of a turnip truck.  Her father, William Dale Smith, is an orthopedic surgeon and Ree grew up on the grounds of a country club in Bartlesville, OK.  Ree went to the University of Southern California, lived in Los Angeles, before she met Ladd.

Besides all of the fingers Ree has in other pies, she and Ladd renovated a building for an office and a deli in Pawhuska, OK, near the ranch.  It’s good to know Ladd won’t starve, especially since he claims he only makes $100,000 profit per year.

He seems too modest.  From 1995-2012, Drummond Land and Cattle has received $1,573,102 in USDA farm subsides. $81,458 of the subsidies were since 2011, when Ree started her cooking show on the Food Network.  Let’s just look at 2003-2012, when Drummond Land and Cattle has had the BLM contract to warehouse wild horses:

Contract HeaderBLM CONTRACT FOR WILD HORSES    +   USDA SUBSIDIES

Income from Tax Payers

 (Ladd Drummond photo: celebritynetworth.com)

(Ladd Drummond photo: celebritynetworth.com)

To be fair, Ladd did seem to try to save a bit of money by using his kids as ranch hands.  Here’s a photo of Ladd and Ree’s little cowboy son in the saddle in the top photo. (He’s the short one in the brown jacket.)  However, the BLM contract requires that the horses have “management by individuals who are knowledgeable and experienced about the behavior and nutritional requirements of equines…”  (I assumed this meant adults, not 7 year olds.  Or adolescents, who aren’t listed on the contract as key personnel.)  Other people have noticed the child labor, too.

On Nov. 9, 2010 the BLM had a tour of the Drummond long term holding pasture, but only allowed credentialed media. However, at a blogging event held by Ree Drummond, bloggers got to see and take photos of the wild horses.    And although you can no longer see many wild horses on any public lands, or even on the private property where the BLM warehouses them, Ree and Ladd and their friends can see the wild horses right out of the windows of their house.  Any time they want to.

Ree has written stories about and posted photos of our wild horses on their property on “The Pioneer Woman” blog, uses photos of the wild horses at the top of her facebook page, and uses footage of the wild horses running on the promo for her cooking show.  Could her use of these photos/video of our wild horses have made her image seem a little bit more “pioneer-like,” and, in part, contributed to her (and also Ladd’s) fame and personal financial gain?

It seems like Ladd Drummond wrote about the wild horses on Ree’s blog (after articles about Ladd Drummond were posted on this website).  Boy, his writing is so good that it almost seems like a professional PR person wrote it!

Ladd, Tim and Charles Drummond, partners in Drummond Land and Cattle, are listed as key personnel on the BLM contract.  A 2007 story in Tulsa World revealed that Charles R. Drummond, his sons Ladd Drummond and Tim Drummond, and nephew Thatcher Drummond, received more than 40 speeding tickets in the state in the last decade.  At least 18 of those were dismissed in their home county.

The article states: “The four members of the Drummond family have been clocked by the Oklahoma Highway Patrol driving 95, 97 and 112 mph, all speeds listed on tickets that have been dismissed by judges in the county.  Although the Drummonds paid a fine and court costs on all dismissed tickets, the tickets do not go against their driving records.

And here’s my favorite part of this story: “Osage County Special Judge John Boggs, who approved many of the dismissals as an assistant prosecutor and later as a judge, said he had no idea how fast the cited speeds were…Boggs said he had been to several bar association parties at the Drummond ranch but does not believe that he gives the family special treatment.”

The Pioneer Woman has written about Ladd’s cousin, Thatcher Drummond.  Thatcher, who seems to have been arrested for speeding and driving under the influence in 2008, is the son of Tom Drummond, who was a president of the Osage County Cattlemen’s Association, on the tax committee for the National Cattlemen’s Association, and chairman of the tax committee for the Oklahoma Cattlemen’s Association.

The Drummonds are active in the Oklahoma Cattlemen’s Association, which was listed on United Organizations of the Horse original website as opposing the prevention of cruelty to equines bills that make it a felony to market, transport, consume or use of horses for human food.”

Charles R. Drummond seems to be listed as a partner of Drummond & Hull Oil Company.  Charles and Ladd Drummond have been listed as shareholders and on the Board of Directors of a company called docplanet.com, an e-commerce company that provided pharmaceuticals to office-based physicians.  Docplanet.com, was previously called docsales.com, which was previously called Golden Pharmaceuticals.  According to a 1999 Los Angeles Times article:

“The Internet is a financial miracle.  Just ask Santa Ana-based Docsales.com Inc.  Three months ago, it was a dog of a company called Golden Pharmaceuticals Inc. that lost money in 13 of its previous 14 quarters and had been virtually ignored by investors.  It also is a defendant in 47 lawsuits in three states related to personal injury claims by consumers who used the Phen-Fen diet drug combination it sold.

Since the BLM places our wild horses on private property, this invites questions about the people who oversee the horses and about the proximity of the horses to homes and to activities in the area, as well as any supposed “oversight” by the BLM.

While the Pioneer Woman seems nice and I’m sure we’d all like to race through town (don’t worry about any speeding tickets) to go visit and have some blackberry cobbler, there’s a nagging feeling about the unfairness in seeing a select few people have the privilege of unfettered access to our wild horses, that we, The American People, don’t have access to any more.  Even while our tax dollars pay for every aspect of the BLM’s mismanagement of the Wild Horse & Burro Program.

Multi-Millionaire Cowpoke Ladd Drummond & Pioneer Woman put on explosive fireworks show for wild horses AGAIN!

by Debbie Coffey, V.P. and Director of Wild Horse Affairs, Wild Horse Freedom Federation

Once again, multi-millionaire cowpoke Ladd Drummond and wife, Ree (the multi-millionaire “Pioneer Woman”), “treated” the wild horses under his care in Long Term Holding on their pastures (and likely a couple of other nearby Long Term Holding pastures) to another loud fireworks show for the 4th of July.

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(Ladd Drummond photo: celebritynetworth.com) 

On July 4th, 2014, Ree Drummond wrote on her Pioneer Woman website:

“Well, fireworks had to be obtained.  I’ll just leave it at that until my Fireworks 2014 post on Monday.  Warning: You might need sunglasses in order to read it!  My husband and his brother have still not learned the fine art of subtlety when it comes to purchasing legalized explosives.

And actually, you might need a welding mask in order to read it.  The photos will burn holes in your retinas!”

Then, on 7/7/14, Ree posted videos of the fireworks HERE.  (Be sure to watch these so you can imagine how much the wild horses liked them.  Also, notice the last photo, which shows the many empty fireworks boxes being thrown into the back of a truck.  We’re not talking about a few sparklers here.)

Under one video, Ree wrote “And here’s where all eight kids wound up trembling on my lap.  And a couple of parents, too.”

(I’m surprised 2,931 wild horses didn’t end up on her lap!)

We wrote about the Drummonds and fireworks in 2011 (READ HERE).

In 2012 I sent an e-mail to BLM’s Joan Guilfoyle, Dean Bolstad and Mike Pool informing them:

“Once again, Ladd Drummond, who has a wild horse long term holding contract in Oklahoma, put on a really big 4th of July fireworks show (see link below) on his property. These weren’t just a few sparklers, but what seemed to be hundreds of 500 gram fireworks (there are quite a few photos of the many boxes, including a box of 9 “One Bad Mothers”).

His LTH pasture and another wild horse long term pasture are only a few miles apart.  How do you think the wild horses fared during the big fireworks show, with the loud noise and the fireworks bursting in the air? (The fireworks could probably be seen for miles, since Oklahoma is relatively flat.)  

Do you consider a fireworks show to be in violation of the BLM contract with this long term facility?  If not, why not?  We look forward to your response.”

There was never any response from Guilfoyle, Bolstad or Pool.

But, there WAS another article on the fireworks in 2013 (READ HERE).

This is another example showing that the BLM doesn’t seem to care about the welfare of the wild horse & burros.  But we do.  And, with your help, we’ll continue to fight for the rights of the wild horses & burros to live on their federally protected Herd Management Areas with their family bands.

BLM Contractor Blasts Fireworks Near Wild Horses, Again!

SOURCE:  PPJ Gazette

by Debbie Coffey                 Copyright 2013        All Rights Reserved.

Once again, a Bureau of Land Management (BLM) contractor, Ladd Drummond (husband of Ree Drummond, “The Pioneer Woman”) had a big bash and fireworks show on the 4th of July, in very close proximity to the wild horses that the BLM has warehoused on 3 Long Term Holding pastures in Oklahoma.

photo of Ladd Drummond by:   www.newson6.com

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http://www.newson6.com/Global/story.asp?S=13908594

In 2011 I wrote an article about Ladd & Ree Drummond and it included, among lots of other juicy tidbits, the subject of their fireworks show, and this:

“Under a photo of fireworks on her blog, Ree wrote

‘Basically, we frightened each and every one of our guests.’

Didn’t Ladd Drummond worry that the fireworks bursting in the skies or the noise from the fireworks might scare the wild horses?  The fireworks could’ve even scared the wild horses at nearby long term holding pastures, which seem to be only about 1½ miles away at one point, and only about 15 miles away at the farthest point. This is a relatively flat area with few trees.  And horses have good hearing.”

In 2012:

Last year, there were cases and cases of 500 gram fireworks, pictured on Ree Drummond’s blog along with photos of the fireworks bursting in the night sky.

I sent the following e-mail to Joan Guilfoyle, Dean Bolstad and Mike Pool of the BLM, and to Tim Harvey, who’s on the BLM’s National Wild Horse & Burro Advisory Board, and copied a few wild horse advocates like R.T. Fitch, Ginger Kathrens and Anne Novak:

“Once again, Ladd Drummond, who has a wild horse contract in Oklahoma, put on a really big 4th of July foreworks show (see Link below) on his property.  These weren’t just a few sparklers, but what seemed to be hundreds of 500 gram fireworks (there are quite a few photos of the many boxes, including a box of 9 ‘One Bad Mothers.’

http://thepioneerwoman.com/blog/2012/05/the-wild-horses/

His LTH pasture and another wild horse long term pasture are only a few miles apart.

How do you think the wild horses fared during the big fireworks show, with the loud noise and the fireworks bursting in the air? (The fireworks could probably be seen for miles, since Oklahoma is relatively flat).) Sure, the bar-b-q looked good, but if this is the kind of “care” the wild horses receive at this facility, I formally request that this contract be revoked.                                                                                                                                                 Do you consider a fireworks show to be in violation of the BLM contract with this long term facility?  If not, why not? We look forward to your response.”

I did not receive any response (it seems they don’t want to reply, unless hogtied).

In 2013:

This year, the Drummonds had another big 4th of July party, and although Ree didn’t post photos of the fireworks lighting up the night sky like she did last year, she did include a photo located here, http://www.flickr.com/photos/pioneerwoman/9214077705/

of the many empty fireworks cases, so it seems that hundreds of fireworks were set off again.

Fireworks can be from about 120 decibels to 150 decibels, which is as loud, or louder, than artillery fire.  Horses have a keener sense of hearing than humans, and “horses have a very strong emotional response to whatever sensory input they might receive.  And the emotion is fear.  Fear triggers your horse’s flight mechanism”

Do you think the wild horses were spooked when Ladd Drummond set off those “bad mothers?”  Could the excitement cause an injury?  Do you think this is “safe?”  At roundups, the BLM makes members of the public (except for their friends and family) stand far away, so a glint of sunlight off our sunglasses doesn’t spook the wild horses.

The BLM contract with Ladd Drummond states “All horses shall be handled, treated and maintained in a humane manner.”  The contractors are to maintain the facility in a safe condition.

Isn’t the grass dry in Oklahoma in the summer?  What if any of the fireworks malfunction?  Isn’t there a risk of fire?

The contract also states that “The site is not intended to be a public viewing area.  Therefore, the contractor will restrict or prohibit access onto the site by the general public.”  I guess the “general public” doesn’t include the Food Network’s film crew.

Ree Drummond has “used” the wild horses in promoting

her cooking show on the Food Network, and as subjects on her blog. The Drummonds have had the wild horses on their property since 2003, yet it doesn’t seem that Ree Drummond, with her fame and fortune, has issued one public peep against horse slaughter (especially in her home state of Oklahoma). 

This is what Ladd Drummond (Ree calls him the “Marlboro Man”) supposedly wrote about the wild horses and it was posted on Ree’s blog on May 21, 2012:

“I like having the wild horses. Besides giving us a way to diversify our cash flow, they are fun to take care of. Watching a herd of horses run across the pasture is pretty cool, even for someone like me who has grown up around animals my whole life.”

But there are disadvantages also. For one, the horses are less profitable than cattle—especially in today’s market. While you don’t have money tied up in inventory, you also aren’t seeing an appreciation of value that you get when you own the cattle. Another disadvantage is that they can be harder on the land than cattle. For me, that is the worst part.”

Yes, it would be “pretty cool” to have wild horses running across your land, like the American public used to have on their public lands.  But now, only a select chosen few (usually, wealthy individuals) have access to enjoy this public asset on their private property.  And also, Ladd, doesn’t Ree’s cooking show on the Food Network (and the sale of her cookbooks) “diversify” your “cash flow?”

The “worst part” for us is that Ladd Drummond, like many other BLM contractors, is using poor judgment on what would be best for the wild horses, but continues to operate unchecked (just like the BLM).

To learn more (and for a couple of laughs):

http://www.rechelleunplugged.com/2011/01/ladd-drummond-in-the-news/

http://www.thepioneerwomansux.com/2011/08/did-the-drummonds-actually-read-the-blm-contract/

SOURCES:

https://rtfitchauthor.com/2011/08/22/you-can-now-see-our-wild-horses-in-long-term-holding/

http://www.newson6.com/Global/story.asp?S=13908594

http://thepioneerwoman.com/blog/2012/07/fireworks-and-family-values/

http://thepioneerwoman.com/blog/2012/05/the-wild-horses/

http://www.foodnetwork.com/the-pioneer-woman/fourth-of-july/index.html

http://www.flickr.com/photos/pioneerwoman/9214077705/

http://www.asha.org/public/hearing/Noise/

http://www.equisearch.com/horses_care/health/anatomy/eqhearing933/

http://thepioneerwoman.com/blog/2012/10/you-scratch-my-back-ill-scratch-yours/

See the beginning of the “Horsing Around” episode:

http://www.foodnetwork.com/food-network-full-episodes/videos/index.html?channel=74424

http://thepioneerwoman.com/blog/2010/12/about-the-wild-horses/

http://www.blm.gov/nv/st/en/fo/wfo/blm_programs/wild_horses_and_burros/Owyhee_Complex_Wild_Horse_Gather_2012/publicviewing/visitor_protocols.html