WRANGLERS

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KAULANA ``KP`` NA'AU ALI'I PAPALIMU

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!

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SAMANTHA MINNICH

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.

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TROY CORLESS

Wrangler
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 romantic walks on the beach, trap shooting and watching Old Westerns.

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TIM PHILLIPS

Barn Help
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 winter and working with horses!

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