The Home Ranch hosts corporate groups October – May. Last month we hosted two different groups. The first was a Corporate Retreat and the second week was a group of executives from around the world working with a consulting company based in Boulder, CO on conversations. Each week the groups end with team building activities to finish out their week at the ranch. Both weeks they each did something very different, but was also very Home Ranch; food and horses.
PGI wanted a team building challenge and came up with an event based on the TV show Chopped. PGI
Chopped was a judged event with three judges, Chef Craig, Selina, and PGI special guest Jim. The group was broken down into four teams, who made pizzas on the charcoal fired grill, with a special ingredient. Each round a group was eliminated, ‘chopped,’ until we were down to the final two teams. Round one was an appetizer pizza with balsamic infused figs; main course with raspberry vodka infused cherries, and then desert with Peeps. They were given a wide range of other ingredients to use, but were not told what everything was, so had to find out themselves through trial and error, from blood orange honey, cookie dough, cheeses, bacon, and peanut butter.
As the event moved forward, they learned how to make sure the pizza was cooked, plate their pizza for the judges, as well become more creative with the special ingredients.
The Judges were given a spit bucket, but never had to use it, and noticed the pizzas getting better and better. Chef Craig, “I was impressed with every team because, I didn’t know how the grill would work, because I have never even grilled a pizza on it before”
Team Denim won with a lot of teamwork, mad chopping skills, and really plating their pizzas well. They were a fun team to watch, as the women were known for being competitive and full of energy.
The second week participants chose their own teams and were asked to pen 20 head of cattle while on horseback. Our wranglers introduced the guests to horses with groundwork on Monday (most had never ridden a horse before arriving at the ranch) followed by their first ride. The Wranglers also gave them the basics of cattle work during the week. The team’s first challenge was to pen the entire herd, next they were asked to steer the cattle around a set of barrels, lastly each team needed to get 5 cows into the pen. All of these events are timed. The winning team is announced at dinner that evening and given a ribbon and bragging rights. Their whole week and 6 months to follow is all about communication with conversations. They learned not only to communicate with their horse, but teammates and themselves. It is inspiring to see them work as a team and make a strong connection with their horse given their previous experiences with horse.