Nate will be in charge of the horse program this summer as Head Wrangler. 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. 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.
Mandy has always had a love for horses. She graduated with a degree in Equestrian Science from William Woods University. Along with her passion for horses, Mandy also enjoys getting out in the mountains and hiking to places she has never seen before. You might see her beloved german Shepherd, Jackson, running around this summer; she claims he is the “best dog.” Mandy also has a crazy obsession for white, frozen precipitation falling from clean, beautiful, Colorado skies!
During this past off season, KP completed the Minnesota School of Horseshoeing. He is very exciting to use this newfound talent. KP has been an awesome asset to Vista Verde, as he grew up on a ranch in Hawaii. A fun fact about him and one of the things he misses most about his homeland is that he loves free diving in the ocean. Can you imagine diving deep into it’s depths without an oxygen tank?
CPR, First Aid
Hometown: North Star, OH
School: Wright State University
Kelsey has been working with horses her entire life. For the past seven years, she has been working with a horseman in Ohio, starting the training process on young horses, as well as helping problematic horses. Kelsey really enjoys cutting, sorting and trail riding. When she isn’t riding, Kelsey likes to spend time with her four nieces and nephews and hang out with her Bernese Mountain dog, Grace. Kelsey’s fun fact: she hiked her first “fourteener” last summer and can’t wait to add to the list this year!
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.
Hometown: Springfield, IL
School: Drake University
This is Patrick’s first season working at VVR, he was previously a guest before deciding he wanted to be on the other side of Vista Verde. He has a degree in Business Management with a concentration in Leadership. Patrick has a passion for golf, volunteering and spending time at the beach. He is fulfilling his love for the mountains by spending his summer with us in Colorado!
Ashley just graduated from Colorado State University with a degree in Equine Science. She loves to travel. Most recently, she finished a seven month tour of Europe where she was able to visit and experience 11 different countries. She hopes to be able to go down to Australia next, where she can put her newly developed scuba diving skills to use, as well. Ashley loves to read and can be found curled up in a chair somewhere devouring a good book. She also loves music. Ashley plays the guitar and trumpet and loves to sing.
Lauren graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Tourism Administration. She was a member of CWU’s Hunt Seat Equestrian Team. When she’s not riding horses, Lauren enjoys hiking, reading, baking and playing volleyball. She also loves to travel, having previously been to Costa Rica and Spain. She looks forward to visiting more countries in the future, especially Ecuador and Thailand.
Suzanna is one of five children and is the proud aunt of three nieces and five nephews. Her favorite activities include soccer, photography (film and digital), videography, hiking, water skiing, and horseback riding. She also enjoys working with nonprofits and is on the board of a charitable foundation focused on international development. This summer, she and her husband David will be raising chickens and attempting a kitchen garden. She is beyond excited for her third season at VVR!
This is Troy’s third season here at VVR. Lately, Troy can be found participating in his very own home brewing. He has hiked in the White Mountains of New Hampshire, Grand Teton National Park, Sunset Water Lake, Colorado, and Seward, Alaska, to name a few. One thing that Troy also enjoys is trap shooting.