July 2014

Vista Verde Quarter Horses – Foal Update

By Kerri

In the blink of an eye, our foals have been growing up so quickly! Here is a quick update to catch you up on who is who and the personalities they are growing into.  All of these foals are by our stallion Gunshy Ganster.

Registered Name: Fully Baretta
: Baretta
Filly or Colt: Filly
Dam (mom): Full Persuaded a.k.a. Rachel
Qualities: Fiesty and Spunky

Registered Name:
 Calamity Jane
Nickname: C.J.
Filly or Colt: Filly
Dam: Mary Jane Reyn a.k.a. M.J.
Qualities: Refined and Loving

Registered Name:
 Charm N Guns
Nickname: Charm
Filly or Colt: Filly
Dam: Whimsys Last Chic a.k.a. Flicka
Qualities: Calm and Bossy

Registered Name:
 Catch My Drift
Nickname: Drifter
Filly or Colt: Colt
Dam: Lucky Charm Dunegan a.k.a. Lucky
Qualities: Shy and Calm

Registered Name: Sly Shooter Levi
Nickname: Levi
Filly or Colt: Colt
Dam: Reyn N Cups O Joe a.k.a. Sassy
Qualities: Curious and Loving

Registered Name: Shootin Sage
Nickname: Sage
Filly or Colt: Filly
Dam: Emmie Oaklys a.k.a. Oakley
Qualities: Sweet and Sassy

Registered Name:
Nickname: Shooter
Filly or Colt: Colt
Dam: Reynyday Whoamann a.k.a. Teletubby
Qualities: Calm and Carefree

Registered Name:
 Paid N Made
Nickname: Sonja
Filly or Colt: Filly
Dam: Instant Paychex a.k.a. Chex
Qualities: Sweet and Curious

Unlikely Friends

By Steph

Going down to the mare barn to visit the mares and foals is always a great time.  But this year there has been an extra special source of fun down there.  It’s an unlikely friendship between Bandit the cat and the foals.  I saw it first this spring, when we had only two foals on the groud, and many more to go.  But, as the other foals have arrived and settled into the herd, we’re learning that Bandit is not exclusive in his friendship with the foals.  He likes them all!

Now, let me explain, this is not just a cat that likes to sit on the fence near the foals.  This cat gets in there and loves on these foals like you can’t imagine!  His first pick is a snoozing foal as that makes for the best cuddling.  Even better is when he can roll around and get some nuzzles as that gets all those itchy spots on his back.

Believe it or not, the foals love him!  They follow him around, nuzzle him, snuggle with him and even sometimes nibble on him.  They do draw the line when he starts to knead with his claws too much.  Who wouldn’t?

Come join us for a ranch vacation and you can join the foal clinic and see Bandit in action!


Spotlight On – Cori Webb

By Steph

If you’ve been following the ranch on our various social media outlets, you’ve already met Cori Webb via her photography.  I figured it was time to officially introduce her so people could know the person behind the lens.

Cori is originally from Indiana, and attended Indiana University to study elementary education before making Vista Verde her home.  She is in her 5th season working at the ranch and has a wide variety of experience from working as a kid supervisor, housekeeper, teen wrangler, and my favorite spot for her in the front office (Cori would disagree as she prefers to be outside, but we’d have her back any day!).

So, how does Cori end up with all these phenomenal photos?  She isn’t a trained photographer, but has always been drawn to the camera and capturing moments around her.  Cori’s interest was piqued after a photography class in high school, and she has been shooting ever since.  Being at the ranch, she mostly takes photos of the natural world, but she would really like to spend some more time taking photos of people going forward.  She loves children, so maybe there’s a future in family photo shoots?  Possibly as a side gig as her main focus is elementary education.

As with any great VVR staff who settles at the ranch for a while, and much to our chagrin, Cori’s time is coming to move on in life.  After this summer she will be heading down the mountain and giving city life a try in Denver.  She’s hoping to find a teaching job there so she can start applying her talents with children in the classroom.

When asked what she would miss most about the ranch, Cori answers, “”There are so many incredible aspects to the ranch, but the community is definitely what I’m going to miss the most. This place has become home over the last few years.

It’s been a gift for us to have Cori as part of the family all these years.  On top of her great contributions to the guest experience, and our staff community, we’ve been able to share the beauty of the ranch with so many people through her photos.  We hope you enjoy her photos throughout this summer!

Equitrekking.com – July 2014

Western Horsemanship and Riding Clinics

July 5, 2014

Looking to expand your western riding skills and natural horsemanship knowledge? Here’s a look at three educational opportunities for riders who want to try something new and improve their riding.

by Jocelyn Pierce

Riders of all levels can benefit from additional training and instruction to improve riding technique. Whether you’re a developed western rider determined to hone in on specialized skills, an English rider wanting to try to a new discipline, or a beginner, there are countless educational programs available. We look at Vista Verde Guest Ranch, The Home Ranch, and Horse Show by Appointment–all fun, comprehensive, and quality programs suitable for any rider.

Vista Verde Guest Ranch

Vista Verde Ranch Guest Ranch offers clinics and horseback riding daily and also hosts an annual Horsemanship Retreat. Located in Steamboat Springs, Colorado, Vista Verde’s riding program is a well-rounded educational experience that will leave guests with expanded horsemanship knowledge.   Read more….

Chef’s Corner: Blueberry Cornmeal Upside-down Cake

Blueberry Cornmeal Upside-down cake (2 – 9” cast iron pans)

Ingredients (cake batter):

      1 ½ cups cornmeal

      3 cups flour

      1 tablespoon baking powder

      1 teaspoon salt

      1 pound butter, soft

      3 cups granulated sugar

      8 eggs, room temperature

      1 tablespoon vanilla extract

      1 ½ cups sour cream

Procedure (cake batter):

      1. Mix together the dry ingredients and set aside.

      2. In the Hobart mixer, cream together the butter and sugar until smooth.

      3. Add eggs one at a time, scraping down the bowl after each addition.

      4. Add the vanilla and sour cream and combine until smooth.

      5. Add the dry ingredients and combine until incorporated. Set aside. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.

Ingredients (Berries):

      4 ounces butter, divided

      1 cup brown sugar, divided

      6 cups fresh blueberries, divided

Procedure (berries):

1.  Melt half the butter in each of the cast iron pans, add the brown sugar and cook until it bubbles together.

2.  Divide the blueberries into each pan and remove from the stove. Top with half of the cornmeal batter and place on a sheet pan and then in the preheated oven for 45-50 minutes.

3. Allow to cool slightly for about 15 minutes, run a knife around the outer edge and invert the cake onto a cutting board for slicing. Top with vanilla whipped cream.

Loving the summer, but thinking of fall

By Steph

Five weeks into our summer season we are loving the sunny days, the green mountains, the wildflowers and the many adventures on the trail.  But, as we look forward and prepare for what’s to come, our thoughts are also turning to the fall, and even the winter.

The end of August brings the start of our adult-only weeks.  It’s such a fun time!  Four of those weeks are cattle round-up weeks, as we bring in the cows from the forest before the weather turns.  Then, in October we move into the option of shorter stays.  Guests can either join us for our Sunday-Sunday stays, or come for a little shorter version of the dude ranch week with a Sunday-Thursday or Thursday-Sunday option.  This is a great time to enjoy the seasonal transition as the valley prepares for the coming winter.

October is also a great time for business retreats.  If you’ve ever thought of planning a retreat at a ranch, this is a great time to take advantage of our lower fall rates and bring your group together at Vista Verde.

Although much of the fall is full at this point, there is still space during the first few weeks in October.  Come out and join us for a little fall fun in the Rocky Mountains!