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Rusty and Diane Leaver began their journey together on America’s oldest cattle ranch, Deep Hollow Ranch est. in 1658, in Montauk, NY. They owned and operated the ranch for over 40 years. Rusty purchased the ranch in 1971 at age 19; in 1974 he married Diane Dickinson, a fifth generation rancher of Montauk.

Americas Oldest Cattle Ranch - Deep Hollow RanchTheir efforts preserved much of the land and all of the livestock traditions of Deep Hollow; they produced some of Long Island’s most successful entertainment offerings: large, corporate events featuring the likes of Jay Leno, epic wild west shows, rodeos, BBQ dinner theater productions, and horse drawn living history tours, while always offering some of the best public horseback riding in the country.

Rusty is the founder and producer of The Back at the Ranch concert series. For over ten years, the charitable event distributed $2.5 million and featured the legends of the music industry: Paul Simon, Billy Joel, James Taylor, Jimmy Buffett, the Highwaymen and Lyle Lovett, to name just a few. Rusty also works in the television industry as an animal production director, specializing in large-scale cattle drives and wild horse scenes, both at the ranch and often in the heart of New York City.

In 2008, the Leavers founded Hamptons Collegiate Baseball, focusing on providing free, family entertainment to the local communities, improving local baseball fields, while ushering young, talented players into professional baseball. To date, the league has grown to seven teams, entertained thousands, donated hundreds of thousands to improve area baseball fields, and has 20 of its players in major league baseball.

In 2010, the Leavers purchased land that was part of the original Rock Creek Ranch; a year later, they added additional acreage. They then built a full service cutting horse training operation and cattle ranch on the picturesque and highly productive 260 acres. The Leavers are long time members of the cutting horse community. The Rock Creek program is based on breeding their quality mares to the industry’s top stallions, while purchasing select yearlings. This small, select group of horses receives all the necessary attention and training to become two year old prospects or three year old finished futurity candidates.

Rusty and Diane are the parents of Gardner, the manager of Rock Creek and Retta, who currently resides in Indiana.

Ranch Manager
817. 550. 7037

Gardner Leaver grew up ranching. Raised on his family’s ranch, Deep Hollow Ranch, in Montauk, NY, he was immersed in, and became proficient at, all aspects of livestock care and management. He helped coordinate many of the ranch’s entertainment events.

From Little League forward, Gardner developed into a skilled baseball player. After graduating from East Hampton High School he received a baseball scholarship from the University of Rhode Island, one of the top New England Division I programs. He was All Conference in his junior year and was on the MLB’s watch list as a closing right-handed pitcher. He graduated on the Dean’s List with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration.

On May 4, 2013, Gardner married his college sweetheart, Amy Mellard, from Overland Park, KS. He met Amy at the University of Rhode Island where she was a scholarship volleyball player. Amy and Gardner live on the ranch in Weatherford.


Rusty & Diane Leaver
Ranch Manager:
Gardner Leaver
817 550 7037

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