Vista Verde Ranch, Luxury Guest Ranch
Vista Verde Ranch, Colorado Luxury Ranch
Vista Verde Ranch Luxury Colorado Resort
Vista Verde Ranch, Colorado Luxury Ranch
Vista Verde Ranch, Colorado Luxury Ranch
Vista Verde Ranch, Colorado Luxury Ranch


DSC_0244 (427x640)Nate Margason
Head Wrangler
Hometown: Elgin, TX

This is Nate’s second season as head wrangler here at VVR. A few of his hobbies include hiking, playing softball, dancing, and horseback riding; Nate really enjoys playing on Vista Verde’s intramural softball team during the summer and volleyball during the winter! For his first job, Nate was involved in restoring a 1939 Cadillac LaSalle. Lastly, Nate just recently finished getting his certification as an EMT in May.



DSC_0224 (427x640)Mandy Griffey
CPR, First Aid
Head Trainer
Hometown: Oak Grove, MO
Previous Job: Assistant trainer for Ann Judge

Being a trainer, she will always enjoy learning something new from each rider and horse combination. She enjoys hiking, backcountry skiing, and any wild, crazy adventures outside! You might see her running around in the fresh, white powder with her beloved dog Jackson.


DSC_0247 (427x640)Kaulana “KP” Papalimu
Hometown: Hilo, Hawaii
School: Hilo High School, Minnesota School of Horseshoeing

KP enjoys music, training horses, horse shoeing horses, dancing and free diving, as he grew up on the big island of Hawaii. KP had the opportunity to attend horseshoeing school the spring of 2014, and now along side of two other ferriers, takes care of Vista Verde’s herd. He gained this wonderful opportunity to work at VVR through a friend during his time working at Disneyland, where they worked with draft horses! Although KP is a horsemen, he does enjoy winter activities such as backcountry skiing and skate skiing, and being from such a tropical home, he has come to love and enjoy the cold, snowy Colorado weather!


DSC_0237 (427x640)Sam Minnich
CPR, First Aid, & AED Certified
Hometown: Dillsburg, PA
Previous Job: Kennel Technician at Animal Vet Clinic

Sam has been riding horses most of her life. Barrel racing became her passion but she is open to trying new equine events. When not riding, Sam likes to play sports, mostly softball, take photos, and hunt. Sam has lived in Fort Collins, CO for the past five years and graduated from Colorado State University with a degree in Equine Science and a minor in Business. She loves to travel and someday hopes to spend some time in Europe. She also has her own horse, Charlie, and a dog named Jetta.


DSC_0227 (427x640)Troy Corless
CPR, First Aid, AED
Wrangler Barn Help
Hometown: Cold Water, MI
Previous Job: Factory Worker

Troy is thrilled to be starting his 4th season here at Vista Verde. Being raised in Michigan, he has an inherent love of the winter and snow, so winter season is always a joy! He enjoys backcountry skiing, snowshoeing, and tubing. His hobbies include home brewing, trap shooting, and picking the banjo.