- Texas Real Estate Broker License, 2002
- Texas Real Estate Salesman License, 1997
- Oklahoma Real Estate Broker License, 2006
- BS in Wildlife Management, Texas A&M Univ, 1996
- National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS), 1993
Blake Hortenstine was raised in North Texas and graduated from Highland Park High School in Dallas. Hunting, fishing and assisting a wildlife manager on a Shackelford County ranch developed his childhood interest of wildlife fisheries management into a career. This interest led him to pursue a degree from Texas A&M University in College Station, Texas. Blake graduated from Texas A&M in the spring of 1996 with a Bachelor of Science in Wildlife Management.
Upon graduation, Blake was hired as a hunting guide for Dresser Industries' Mota Bonita hunting operation in South Texas. He relocated south to Falfurrias, Texas in Brooks County to help manage the ranch's wildlife and to guide business executives on quail, deer, hog and turkey hunts. After living on the King Ranch for a year, he moved to Dallas to pursue a career in commercial real estate.
Upon relocation to Dallas in 1997, Blake became the game manager of a low fenced 14,000 acre hunting operation and wildlife management program in the eastern Rolling Plains west of Albany, Texas. As a result of his management efforts, the ranch's wildlife improved considerably with whitetails scoring over 170" Boone & Crockett. Blake resigned as wildlife manager in 2012 after 15 years of intensive game management due to his busy real estate career.
Early in 1998, he officially began managing another ranch property north of Breckenridge, Texas in Stephens County. This hunting operation began as a 3700+/- acre ranch and was grown to include over 11,000 acres of land. The acreage was subsequently reduced to 8200+/- acres which was intensively managed for wildlife. Blake resigned in 2013 after 15 years of service as wildlife manager.
In June of 1998, he joined Henry S. Miller Commercial's Farm & Ranch Division to focus on rural and recreational property sales. After nearly 5 years with Miller's Ranch Division, Blake decided to start his own company, Hortenstine Ranch Company, LLC. The company was successfully launched in April of 2003. In December of 2011, Blake formed a partnership with Cash McWhorter. Blake and Cash continue to successfully grow and run the business.
In 2004, Blake purchased a small property Southeast of Albany in Shackelford County near Ibex. The property has Hubbard Creek running through it and land management has been intensive since his ownership began. The wildlife has flourished and improving the property has been a favorite pastime. Blake currently resides in Dallas and has two boys, Rollins and Hayes.
Hortenstine Ranch Company can accommodate Buyers and Sellers of ranch properties in the state of Texas and southern Oklahoma with primary focus being properties within a 3 hour radius of the Dallas Fort Worth Metroplex.
Chief Financial OfficerWe couldn’t have had better people than Chris and Blake to help us sell a family ranch. They both did an outstanding job with every single step of the listing and sale process. They were both great at helping work to solve little problems that came up, and both guys were great to be with on site visits. I made my living for several years as a commercial real estate broker and then as a CFO for Dallas real estate families for over 30 years. My expectations with real estate brokers are high, and Chris and Blake met or exceeded our expectations all the way. I highly recommend them to anyone needing help selling a ranch or farm.
SellerThanks for everything, Blake. Y’all killed it. What a great experience from beginning to end. True professionals in every regard. It gives me great pleasure to recommend your company to everyone I know who needs to buy or sell a ranch.
Land BuyerI worked with HRC for some time to find the perfect place. Blake and the HRC team were extremely knowledgeable, professional, and patient during the entire process. Closing went off without ANY problems and we actually were able to close early. Would highly recommend as buyer (or seller) Rep.
LandownerHRC has successfully completed two ranch transactions for me. They handled both professionally and I would recommend them to anyone wanting to buy or sell a ranch property.
LandownerWhen I decided to sell my ranch, I interviewed several ranch realtors. I was impressed with Hortenstine Ranch Company LLC, Dallas, particularly with owner Blake Hortenstine and partner Cash McWhorter. I could tell these were ranch-savvy guys who understand what investments add value and which are not likely to have much of a payoff. There were some things I needed to do on the ranch in order for me to pocket the most money with the sale. I was comfortable that they wanted to help me get the most value from our sale and not just have me spend money with no return. We drew up a list of improvements and prioritized what absolutely needed to be done, what would be nice to do and what I could do without. It was a real business process. I was not just throwing darts on the wall. What I appreciated about Blake and Cash is that they did not try to tell me what I wanted to hear but what I needed to hear. In fact, they talked me out of some investments that they did not think had the potential for a major payoff. With their help, I was able to sell my land for $400 an acre above the previous high bid for the ranch.