The Gravett’s began raising Texas Longhorns at G&G Longhorns in 1988 as a natural extension of their interest in agriculture. The ranch has evolved into one of the leading programs in the breed.
For many years, the Gravett’s hosted a sale near their home in Virginia known as the Gravett-Babington Sale with the late Paul Babington, to offer their cattle and also provide a place for their customers to market through consignments. Since then the sale has become the successful Cherry Blossom Sale hosted by the TLMA, then TLCA, and now by the Longhorn Legacy Group. This sale has become an important sale on the East Coast
The Gravett’s are the founders of the successful Millennium Futurity which began in Virginia in 2000. Ben founded the super successful Horn Enterprise. This is a partnership that includes some of the hottest bulls in the breed including Sittin Bull. Since 2010 Ben & Ann put on the Annual Fall Roundup. This event is to help breeders on the eastern side of the United States to brand their cattle as well as enjoy some knowledge. This event also raises money for various charities. Always willing to serve, Ben has been active on several boards at the national level, along with being a major supporter of the breed through contributions and donations including those to the TLMA’s 2008, 2009, 2010, and 2014 Longhorn World Championship as well as the TLCA in 2016, 2017, and 2018 as well as the Legacy Sale since it’s inception and many Hudson/Valentine Sales.
In 2010 G&G began their fall roundup which grew from a branding day, to a small promotional day, to a futurity, to now beginning in 2018 The East Coast Longhorn Classic Sale which has grown to be one of the best options in the Longhorn Industry on the East Coast.
In 2010 and 2013 the Gravetts were awarded the Millennium Futurity Breeder of the Year. They accomplished this act without showing a single animal. Ben was also the only person in the history of Longhorns to be the President/Chairman of all three Longhorn organizations- the ITLA, the TLBAA, and the TLMA.
In 2013 Ben was also awarded the Pioneer Breeder of the Year Award from the International Texas Longhorn Association.
Sadly, in April of 2014 at the age of 60, Ben passed away at his home. The longhorn world will never be the same but G&G has continued on under the leadership of Ann Gravett. A lady who grew up in the livestock world, Ann is perfect for the job. Ann sat on the TLMA/TLCA Board of Directors for 4 years. In 2016, Ann moved G&G Longhorns from Catltett, VA to Madison County, VA and has grown the program to a stronger herd of cattle while also growing G&G’s Longhorn Beef operation. She can be found at almost every Longhorn event, sponsoring and supporting in anyway she can.