Russ A. Mothershead is the owner of Russ Mothershead Performance Horses. He is also the President and CEO of Midwest Agri-Chemico, Inc. and its subsidiaries, which is based in Cape Girardeau, MO. Midwest Agri-Chemico, Inc. specializes in the distribution and transportation of agricultural fertilizers and commodities.
In 2009, Russ ventured into the reining horse and reined cowhorse business arena. It was a natural progression, given his passion for agriculture and for animals. Turns out, it was in his bloodlines too, as his grandfather, Bomar Zook, his father, Hoyt Mothershead and his uncles, Jack Zook and Doug Jones, shared the same passion for horses.
Although a successful business owner for almost 40 years, you can’t take this country boy completely off of the farm. Raised on the Mothershead family farm in nearby Benton, MO, Russ still resides on the land where he grew up. He now owns and manages the livestock and row crop operations there and can often be spotted working the cattle, driving a tractor, or running the combine.
Russ’s commitment to the “bootheel” of Missouri is evident in everything he does. He and his employees are regular supporters of youth programs in the area, particularly those related to agriculture and to sports. When not actively involved in agricultural projects, Russ indulges in his favorite hobby– flying.
Today, the RM Performance Horse stable is home to over a dozen young reining horses and reined cowhorses, trained by some of the most talented and respected horsemen in the business – including Justin Wright, Sarah Dawson, and Sam Smith.