General Manager John Fisher
John says he learned about that caring dude ranch hospitality from watching Colorado dude ranching legend Katie Schoenberger at work. “I was in my 20’s and she was in her 70’s and somehow we became very good friends. She was a true mentor to me. The thing she taught me was care. She cared,” he recalls. “She really cared about showing her guests the best time, the best of everything. She could keep track of everything from light bulbs to the tenderness of last night’s beans, to the oil change that was needed to be done in that car. She was liberal with praise. She let people know when they did a good job. She had her ﬁnger on everything at the ranch. She was a magniﬁcent lady, an incredible employer and a phenomenal hostess."
Like his mentor, John wears a lot of hats. On any given morning you might ﬁnd him conferring with the Home Ranch staff before their workday begins. He might mosey into the dining room to share a cup of coffee with some guests, ﬁnd out what their dreams are for the day. Midday you’ll ﬁnd him down at the barn helping people get in or out of the saddle. He might go out for a ride with guests or else he’ll be out on the ranch somewhere, moving a salt block around so the horses and cattle can trample the sagebrush. He’ll answer the phone, pour lemonade, get bandages, change a plane reservation, and then drive someone to the airport. In the evening he’ll come back to pour drinks and share stories over dinner. Some nights he’ll call in his backing trio of musicians, play guitar and croon a few Jimmie Rodgers songs. He’ll even teach you how to play the spoons. On a rare occasion he’ll break out some blues piano in the style of Commander Cody. That’s a days work., and that’s what he loves about it. “My typical workday is that I have no typical day. I get to meet incredible people from all over the world and every day brings something different. I work from 6:30 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. but not minute of it is spent in rush hour trafﬁc. There’s a lot to be said for that.”