Head Trainer/Farrier
CPR & First Aid Certified
Hometown: Hilo, HI
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. Even though he is from such a tropical home, he has come to love and enjoy the cold, snowy Colorado weather!


Head Wrangler
CPR & First Aid 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 lived in Fort Collins, CO for 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 a dog named Jetta and a horse that some returning guests may recognize, her name is J-Lo.


CPR, AED, First Aid Certified
Hometown: Coldwater, MI

Troy has been at VVR for two years now and he's thrilled to lead our guests on the trails. One of Troy's aspirations for this summer is to summit at least 3 Colorado 14ers. He's an avid hiker having conquered mountains from the White Mountains of New Hampshire, Grand Teton National Park, Sunset Water Lake, Colorado, and all the way up to Girdwood, Alaska. Some favorite pastimes of Troy's are making beaded bracelets, trap shooting and watching Old Westerns.


CPR/First Aid
Hometown: San Diego, CA
School: Cal Poly Pomona

Liz recently graduated from Cal Poly Pomona, studying Agribusiness and Animal Science, and it has been a dream of hers to work at VVR for quite some time. She has a passion for horses and a desire to travel, she has worked in several different beautiful places working with horses, such as the Rocky Mountains and Orcas Island which is located in the San Juan Islands. In college she was on the Equestrian Team for both English and Western disciplines. She enjoys any time spent outside, and because of her love and interest in photography, behind the lens of a camera as well.


First Aid/CPR
Hometown: Keene, ND
School: University of North Dakota

Chelsey grew up on a farm in western North Dakota. She attended the University of North Dakota and studied Recreation and Tourism Studies. She has worked on other dude ranches in both Colorado and Montana and also worked as a tour guide at Coors Brewery as well as her most recent job as the Recreation Coordinator for her hometown Park District. Some of Chelsey's 'likes' include: UND Fighting Sioux hockey, her cat named Zeppelin, and guitar. Chelsey has been to Australia twice. At the age of 16, she participated in the DownUnder Sports Track and Field Meet in Australia and competed against athletes from all over the world. She loved the country so much that she decided to go back after graduating college and backpacked down the east coast of the continent for a month with two good friends.


Barn Help
CPR / First Aid
Hometown: Berkley, MI
School: Colorado School of Mines

Ever since visiting her first guest ranch when she was in seventh grade, Hannah wanted to work on a ranch. She has a love for horses and with that, experience in English and Western riding, and has worked with horses on and off her whole life. Hannah recently graduated with a degree in Chemistry, and she hopes to eventually pursue a Master's degree in Forensic Science.


CPR & First Aid Certified
Hometown: Keller, TX
School: Baylor University

On the bright and hopeful day of October 16, Tim Phillips was born into this world. Since then lots of great things have happened, memories made, and now he is living his dream here at Vista Verde! Previous to coming to the ranch, he was working at Cabela’s and the historic Waco Hippodrome Theater. Being from the great country of Texas, he is ecstatic to be in the Rockies again this summer and working with horses!


First Aid/CPR/AED
Hometown: San Marcos, CA
School: University of California Santa Barbara

Brooke's favorite place is on a horse. She has enjoyed numerous types of riding: competing in the hunter/jumpers, gymkhana, and most recently has discovered the thrill of 3 day eventing. You will likely find her dancing, hiking, reading, eating cheese, or attempting some form of art. In college, she danced on a hip hop team, competed with the UCSB Equestrian Team, and occasionally would be found at various sports games as the UCSB mascot, the Gaucho. Before coming to Vista Verde, Brooke spent 2.5 years working in the fast paced world of public accounting, and couldn't be happier to be back outside soaking up the sun and fresh mountain air that she loves.


Teen Wrangler
CPR, First Aid
Hometown: Boise, ID
School: Colorado State University

Although from Idaho, Taryn has been in Colorado since 2009 and graduated from CSU with a degree in International Studies and Spanish. She has traveled though Europe on numerous occasions and has put her Spanish to good use while studying in Spain. If Taryn is not on a horse this summer she can be found throwing a frisbee, playing the piano, reading, singing, or sitting around a campfire.


CRP, First Aid, AED Certified
Hometown: Clarence, NY
School: Buffalo State College

Mary graduated with a degree in Art Education. This is her 2nd summer and 3rd fall here at VVR. A few summers ago she taught English riding lessons at a summer camp in North Carolina. In her free time Mary likes to ride horses, hike, knit, do arts and crafts, play Kan Jam, and put on little ditties for the rest of the staff. Last summer learned the ins and outs of bee keeping and recently became the mom of two ducks.

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Kids Wrangler
Hometown: Westfield, IN
School: Indiana University

Nate is back for his second season at VVR and this is his first as a Kids Wrangler! He is currently studying social work at Indiana University and will pursue his masters after graduating this coming year. His hobbies include: riding, music, soccer, and all kinds of dancing. He loves working with kids and has a knack for making stories up on the spot.


Hometown: Minneapolis, MN
School: Knox College

Ben went to school at Knox College and studied Psychology. He is currently in a horse training program, Reach Out To Horses (ROTH), and will be a certified horse trainer next year. His plans for the future are to go to graduate school and become a licensed clinical Social Worker and then become an Equine Assisted Therapist. Three of his goals are to work outside for the rest of his life, help others, and wake up happy every day with whatever he is doing in life. Ben loves to dance so be sure to grab him whenever there is music playing.