In the summer of 1989, I worked as a wrangler at the Don K Ranch in the mountains outside of Pueblo, Colorado. Like most guest ranches, entertainment at the Don K was centered around two things--food and horses. Not surprisingly, one of our most popular events was the weekly Brunch Ride.
From a wrangler's point of view, this day started like any other. We got up early and had the horses fed, caught and saddled all before nine AM.Shortly thereafter, the guests arrived at the corral. We mounted up...
|Jennifer on Shortcake and Gina on Fancy|
Our destination was Windy Hill. Like most rides at the Don K, this one included substantial altitude gains and amazing views.
|Cheating--this photo was taken on the Edge of the World trail. |
I don't have any pictures from Windy Hill.
Feeding upwards of sixty five people is a big production, particularly without an indoor kitchen.
|Jodi and Troy (front table), Judi and Karen (back table)|
|Lots of hungry, happy riders|
the wranglers tended to the horses.
|the staff table, clockwise from left: Mike, Holly, Jennifer, MJ, Jan, Troy, Claire, Gina, Julie|
And then--too soon!--it was time to climb back in the saddle and hit the trail again.Horses and food--it's a winning combination, both then and now!