Teddy Bear ~ November 2011

We asked one of our guests, Mary Hopkins, to help us with this month’s horse of the month. She has been visiting the ranch for a number of years and always asks to ride Teddy Bear.  The following is what she had to say about ‘Teddy.’ Teddy Bear has been at The Home Ranch for about 7 years. He is a big, beautiful black bay with a kind heart and a gentle spirit. His gaits are wonderful from his energetic walk, to his smooth jog trot, his big trot and his enormous, energetic lope. Teddy is a joy to ride. … Continued

Pinot Noir, Porcini & Brookies

Pinot Noir, Porcini & Brookies August brings all the great activities of The Home Ranch back country.  The Zirkels are filling with mushrooms, the streams are filled with hungry Brookies, and I have a bottle of Marsannay Burgundy Pinot Noir.  They make for a fabulous meal!  The Porcinis harvested from the forest are cleaned, and then the Brookies are cleaned.  I sauté the mushrooms with grape seed oil and finish them with parsley, shallots, garlic and butter.  The Brookies are then drenched in flour and pan seared with grape seed oil, placed on a platter, and topped with a masterpiece of mushrooms.  Serve with a chilled … Continued

Rigger ~ May 2011

One of the first horses to greet you as you approach our herd is Rigger.  Rigger is a four year old bay and a good representative of the Canadian Sport Horse.  For his age, Rigger is a very willing and reliable guest horse with a playful and curious personality.  True to his breed, he is very athletic and loves going out for trail rides.  Canadian Sport Horses are known for their ability to excel in Olympian disciplines including jumping, dressage, and three day eventing.  Rigger’s breed was first used in World War I and derives from a combination of the … Continued

Wednesday Night at this Colorado Dude Ranch

In today’s world we move so fast and are so entwined with our BlackBerries and iPhones, that folks are caught off guard when they join us for our Wednesday Night barn dance.  It is truly a time of celebration. Guests of all ages and the energetic staff gather upstairs in our old wooden barn.  There is a live band and an enchanting energy. Dance has always played an important role in our country, especially in rural areas.  It truly is in the spirit of community, and you can feel it at our ranch on Wednesday nights. Square dancing originated in … Continued

To Stand or Not to Stand?

This article was originally published October 27, 1997 by our General Manager Johnny Fisher.  We would love to have your opinion on the subject.  Please look for another article on urination in the coming months. Let’s not beat around the bush.  Why do you stand up in the saddle when your horse is urinating?  Although this question may sound humorous, what is probably more humorous is that I have developed an obsession with this question. I operate a guest ranch in Colorado, so already my sanity comes into question. It all started about 10 years ago. We had a new … Continued

The Last Days of Winter?

As the days get longer and warmer, I find myself torn between wishing for more snow and praying for warm sunny days to melt the snow. I know it sounds like the answer should be easy after five months of winter, but it’s not. There is nothing like a fresh groomed trail, or untouched hillside, when you stop and take in the vista in front of you and the beautiful tracks that you made behind you. Whether you are skate skiing around Lodwick Loop, making tele turns in the backcountry or cross country skiing around the ranch, new snow means … Continued

Reno ~ March 2011

Here is Kelly on his favorite horse, Reno. Reno is a registered quarter horse that was born at the ranch.  He spent his early days on Kelley’s dad’s ranch – Sand Mountain Cattle Company.  Reno was used on the cattle ranch and worked hard in tough country.  When Kelly joined us here at the Home Ranch, he and his buddy reunited. Share this:

Recipe of the Month-Trio of Pancakes

A Trio of Pancakes-March 2011 (Our most popular request) Buttermilk 3          Cups All-Purpose Flour 4          teaspoons Baking Soda ½         teaspoon Salt 1          Tablespoon Sugar 4          Eggs 4          Cups Buttermilk ½         Cup Melted Butter Sift dry ingredients in a mixing bowl.  Beat together eggs, buttermilk, and butter.  Add dry ingredients to wet ingredients.  Stir together, don’t over mix.  Share this:

Horse Yoga Retreat

Cowgirl Tammy Pate and Equestrian Yoga teacher Janice Baxter have created an all inclusive Women’s Horse Yoga Retreat. This intimate and innovative retreat combines the centering practice of Janice’s Equestrian Yoga instruction with Tammy’s distinctive approach to teaching horsemanship. Previous yoga and horseback riding experience are not required to enjoy this retreat. Tammy and Janice’s weeklong retreat is offered 4 times a year during exclusive weeks in May, June, September and October. In 2011, we will offer three Women’s Only Retreats. The dates for the Women’s Only Retreats in June are: May 31-June 6th follwed by the cesnd retreat from … Continued

Steamboat Pilot-Lodwick Challenge

Steamboat Springs — Dennis Lodwick offered a little race strategy at The Home Ranch on Sunday morning. Figuring that if anyone knows how to get the best of Lodwick’s son, Todd, in a cross-country ski race, it would be the old man, so I slipped Dennis a $5 bill and whipped out my reporter’s notebook, preparing to take detailed notes. “Start out slow, and then taper off,” Dennis whispered in my ear. Click for Full Arcticle February 15, 2011 Share this: