Meet the Wranglers


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“Hi! My name is Barb Rhodes. I’ve been a wrangler at the ranch since 2006. When I’m not riding, you’ll find me housekeeping.

Horses have been my passion since I was old enough to form the word. At the age of 7, I was exploring the woods on horseback with my cousins from dawn till dusk. All my working life has been spent with horses, from the New York racetracks and local riding stables to a large Morgan breeding farm in Colorado. From there I worked my way up to a training position and traveled the show circuit.

I’ve lived on the ridge across the meadow from the ranch since 1985. My family lives “off the grid” producing our own electricity.

I love my job and truly enjoy meeting and getting to know each and every guest. So come out for a visit. I look forward to meeting you.”


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Hello! My name is Cody Peterson. My wife and I moved here in 2020 from Oklahoma to work on the ranch. Working on the ranch my day to day tasks are constantly changing. On any given day I could be horseback, on a tractor, or doing maintenance and building projects around the ranch. This keeps work very interesting and makes it exciting to show up every day. As exciting as all the different tasks are, being in a saddle will always be what I enjoy most. I look forward to meeting ya'll during your visit.


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“Howdy. My name is Danielle Otis and I have worked at the ranch since about 2001. I started in the “dish pit” in the kitchen and worked my way up. I still have to work in “the pit” every once in a while but now I do everything from hostessing to harnessing horses and working in the office to cooking. My favorite job comes in the summer season when I am a Wrangler full time.

Besides having the pleasure of working at the ranch, I also live near by. Roley and Janice are my parents, so I am the fourth generation to live and work at the ranch. I married my high-school sweetheart and we have two beautiful children, Emily and Gabe. I publish a ranch blog “From the Horses Mouth” where you can read about the latest happenings at the ranch.

I began riding horses before I could walk and I have been hooked ever since. Horses are one of my greatest passions in life and I love having the opportunity to share that with our guests who visit the ranch. So come join me so we can create your horseback adventure.”


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Hello. I have been employed at the Ranch since 2005. My first job was washing dishes and keeping the wood box full. As the years passed I began taking on more responsibilities and jobs. Now I do pretty much anything you could think of. From taking out the trash to building barns and yes I still have to keep the wood box full. Along with working at the ranch, my wife Libby and I live there as well. Roley and Janice are my parents which means I am a fourth-generation rancher. Horses have always been a part of my life, for as long as I can remember I have been riding. Currently, I am a Wrangler and also help train the young horses on the ranch. So come take a ride!


Western Pleasure Guest Ranch

“Howdy Folks”. My name is Kim Dana and I have been working at the ranch since 2011. I started during the sleigh ride season, as one of the drivers. When I’m not driving the drafts you can find me helping where ever the ranch needs an extra hand. During the summer months, I trade my driving lines in for a set of bridle reins and the wagon seat for a seat in the saddle as a wrangler.

When not at the ranch I am at home, which is south of town. I have been married to a wonderful man; John since 1998 and we have one son named Cody.

For as long as I can remember I have been blessed to be involved with horses. I was around 15 when I learned to drive draft horses and I did some showing with them for several years. I had a saddle horse of my own and mainly did trail riding with them; so I can say I grew up with the best of both. Recently I have started learning the discipline of reining, I am looking forward to all the fun and experience along the way.

So there’s a little about me, I am looking forward to meeting you and learning a little about you. See ya’ll soon!


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Hello, I’m Libby Schoonover. I’ve been working at the Ranch since 2008. I work mostly as a Wrangler in the summer but, also cook, clean, and help with the odds and ends of everyday ranch life. Besides working at the ranch, I get to call it home. I married my high school sweetheart Isaac, Roley and Janice’s son. I was born and raised on a horse, just 15 minutes down the road from the ranch. I enjoy trying new things on horseback and love a good adventure!


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Well Howdy!

My name is Liz and I’ve been working at Western Pleasure Guest Ranch since 2015. I, like Kim, started in the Winter driving the big horses. And started as a Wrangler in the Summer of 2018.

I have a long history with driving horses. I started showing driving horses when I was 10 with a local family and instantly fell in love. I have worked with several different breeds and show hitches in the US and Canada. I also worked with a breeding program that breeds and raises the famous Budweiser Clydesdales!

My love for driving doesn’t outweigh the passion I have for riding though. I enjoy trail riding, packing and overnight camping on my horses but my heart is all about barrel racing. I have traveled all over the West competing in rodeos. I definitely have a need for speed! I have even tried to dabble in roping but I usually just end up roping myself!

I have 2 beautiful daughters Kelly and Bailey who both share my passion with horses, a wonderful family and I love everything outdoors. If I’m not riding you can find me kayaking, gardening, boating, shooting, camping, hiking or just soaking up all the beautiful views.

I look forward to getting to know each one of you and sharing this beautiful part of the country. So bring your hat and get ready to build memories of an adventure because the best part of memories is making them!

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