Howdy y’all! I’m Emma Uecker, and I have been an employee of WPGR since the summer of 2014. I, along with most of us here on the ranch, wear many “hats”. I work in the barn and out on trail rides mostly during the summers, but I also do housekeeping, work in the kitchen, and do whatever odd jobs that need to be done. During the winters, I bounce between kitchen/waitress staff and learning how to drive the draft horses outside.
I started my journey with WGPR by taking riding lessons from Janice herself when I was 10 years old. After that, horses immediately became my passion. My first horse, Zipper, was actually one of their horses that I took the majority of my lessons on, rode for their horse camps, and participated in Horse 4-H with. Taking lessons with Janice turned into attending and completing 4 consecutive years of WPGR’s summer Youth Horsemanship Program. After “graduating” from the horse camps, I babysat Danielle’s two adorable kiddos for a few years, which was when I learned how to change diapers, and Danielle gave me some Fiddle lessons in return. When I was 16 years old, I got the call I had been waiting for… the offer to be a Jr. Wrangler for the summer! I was a Jr. Wrangler for the next 3 summers learning the ropes, and in 2017 I became a licensed Wrangler.
When I’m not at WPGR, I’m riding my own horses at home which is about 45 minutes south of the ranch.
The WPGR staff is my second family, this is my second home, and I truly love my job. Thanks for taking the time to get to know me, and I hope to get to know you while sharing this little piece of Heaven with you!