Why We Work at The Home Ranch- Tiffany

Tiffany Trees

Tiffany Lappinga is a Home Ranch triple-threat employee: Horticulturalist, Arborist, and Master Trail Maker, and we feel very fortunate to have her on our team.

Originally from southern California (she graduated from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo with a B.S. in Forestry and Natural Resources), she also spent a year in the Washington Conservation Corps in Seattle doing environmental work…Continued

Adele Carlson: Colorado Farm To Table Pioneer

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This week’s profile in “Why We Work at The Home Ranch” is our master gardener Adele Carson. A cattle rancher and pillar of the local Clark community for over 30 years, Adele has lived, worked, and raised her family in the Elk River Valley. She and her husband Doug also operate one of the cornerstones of the Home Ranch farm to table operation: our sister company, the Sand Mountain Cattle Company. Although Adele has been associated with the Stranahan family and the Home Ranch for many years, she was hired in 2011 as our Master Gardener. Right away, she started … Continued

Shea Wright ~ California Girl With A Colorado Dude Ranch Soul

Colorado Dude Ranch Employee

Shea Wright is one of our housekeepers – and one of the great “behind the scenes” people that make our Colorado dude ranch run. Guests experience her perfectly made beds, and the cookies and cheeses she stocks in guest rooms, but our staff loves her because she is full of energy and fun – and she and Maggie do an amazing job of keeping their housekeeping team going during the dog days of summer (and the winter.)  Shea came to The Home Ranch last winter and decided to come back for another season. She came here to experience a real … Continued

Why We Work at The Home Ranch-Douglas

The Home Ranch Pastry Chef Douglas with Janice’s Watermelon Tourmaline Sorbet

This week’s “Why We Work at The Home Ranch,” is more of “Why did you come back to The Home Ranch?” Douglas Short is our Pastry Chef.  Douglas worked for The Home Ranch back in 2006 and decided he was ready for a change and wanted to come back to the Ranch. Douglas called Chef Clyde at just the right time – our then current pastry chef was taking on a new adventure and the search was on for someone to fill her shoes. Douglas was born in Wisconsin, but moved to Oxford, England at the age of 3. He went … Continued

Why We Work at The Home Ranch- Mattie

Mattie enjoying a hike with Berkley

Mattie Bork is this week’s Why You Work at The Home Ranch post. Mattie came this summer to be our hiking guide.   Mattie grew up in Sioux Fall and earned a degree in Business Administration from University Wyoming. When Mattie is not working she is spending time with her new nephew and family. You might also notice her outside the ranch with her dog Berkley who loves to go hiking with her. She also enjoys anything outdoors (especially involving water), reading, crafts, scuba diving, and traveling. Before coming to the ranch, Mattie was teaching English to 8-11th graders in … Continued

Why We Work at The Home Ranch- Brooke

Brooke

This week in our ‘why we work at The Home Ranch’ we are featuring Brooke Klein our head wrangler. When you come to the ranch this summer and take a ride with Brooke make sure to ask about any of her hobbies or her last season in Greece. On top of her talents with horses she is also a writer. I asked Brooke, “Why she works at The Home Ranch?” She wrote a piece of why she picked the ranch and we are so glad she did.   For as long as I can remember my life has always been … Continued

Why We Work at The Home Ranch- Andrea

Snowshoeing Home Mountain

So the tables have turned, and since Andrea has been asking, and will continue to ask, staff “Why do you work at the Home Ranch?” I realized she should introduce herself and I also wanted to know why she choose to apply at the ranch this winter. She has been a great addition to our team and is looking forward to her first summer at the ranch. Here is a little bit about Andrea, how she found our Colorado Dude Ranch and why she has decided to stick around! I’m looking forward to another amazing season here at the ranch … Continued

Why We Work at The Home Ranch- Abby

Abby on Slopes

Guests will often ask staff how they found out about The Home Ranch and why they picked it over other ranches.   Abby Draper is one of our servers in the dining room. She came to The Home Ranch last winter and decided to come back for another season, this time “to see the green, flowers, and Colorado in summer,” Abby said.   As a staff, we love Abby for her bubbling energy and humor; we can always count on her to brighten up our day. She became an amazing snow bunny in February, as she tested herself to play … Continued

Why We Work at The Home Ranch-Mark

Mark with Zeke & Finn

Learning from Andy, Guests will often ask staff how they found out about The Home Ranch and why they chose it over other dude ranches.  Mark Colvin is one of our behind the scenes managers.  He is not only the ‘numbers man’, but also the Director of Human Resources.  Mark joined The Home Ranch team mid summer in 2012.  In his free time he is on the golf course or shredding the slopes on his snowboard. He is an elder at his church in Denver and volunteers at The Gathering Place, Denver’s largest day-shelter for homeless women and children.  He is … Continued

Why We Work at The Home Ranch- Andy

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Guests will often ask staff how they found out about The Home Ranch and why they chose it over other dude ranches. We asked our staff the same questions last month and would like to share their responses with you. Whether you have been to our beautiful Colorado dude ranch in the past or are still looking forward to your first visit to The Home Ranch, we hope you will enjoy getting to know our staff a little before your visit. If you have been to the ranch in the last couple years you will have met Andy; he has … Continued