KIDS AND TEEN PROGRAM

 

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MANDY ANZALONE

Kids' Program Manager
First Aid, CPR
Hometown: Fort Collins, CO

Returning to Vista Verde has been a dream come true for Mandy. A job as a wrangler brought her to VVR almost 20 years ago after graduating from Colorado College, and the ranch has held a special place in her heart ever since. Mandy met her husband in Steamboat and enjoyed living the ski town life, while she worked as a special education teacher and had a tutoring business on the side. After two kids came along, the Zirkel Mountains again beckoned her to North Routt. Mandy is extremely happy to now call Clark home! She loves spending time in nature’s wonderland, but is especially fond of horseback riding, skiing, photography and camping with her husband, two kids and golden retriever.

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Tom Plant

Kids' Supervisor
First Aid,CPR
Hometown: Indianapolis, IN
School: College of William & Mary

An ideal day for Tom is spent outside in the sun with a sketchbook and a new place to explore. Along with his love of art, Tom enjoys biking, running, traveling, and reading–Spanish literature is his favorite. During the school year, you’ll find Tom pursuing a double major in International Relations and Hispanic Studies in the heart of Colonial America, Williamsburg, VA. Tom can’t wait to join the VVR Team!

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Izzy Zealley

Kids' Supervisor
First Aid, CPR
Hometown: London, England
School: Oxford Brookes University

Joining us from across the pond, Izzy is looking forward to her first season at VVR. She loves to play la crosse, and has played for the England U19 team as a goalie! Izzy has spent the past six months working at an eventing yard and coaching la crosse to teens. Aside from la crosse, her passion horses. She will begin to study Equine Sciences after her summer at VVR. She can’t wait to hangout with all the kiddos this summer!

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Mary Margaret Kirkland

Kids' Supervisor
First Aid, CPR, AED
Hometown: Birmingham, AL
School: University of Alabama

Mary Margaret has always had a love for horses, and grew up riding English; she is really excited to advance her western riding skills at VVR! She loves to read, and is always looking for a good book recommendation! Upon graduation from University of Alabama, Mary Margaret plans to attend nursing school. She has always had dreams of working out west, and is excited to make this dream a reality at VVR!

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Nicholas Radcliffe

Kids' Supervisor
First Aid, CPR, AED
Hometown: Greenwood Village, CO
School: University of Kansas

Nicholas is a pre-physical therapy student at University of Kansas. He loves the outdoors and getting into nature; you might find him backpacking, paddle boarding, or even cliff diving. He loves to be out in nature, but also gets active indoors by powerlifting! Aside from his physical pursuits, Nicholas co-founded a club to raise mental health awareness during his freshman year of college. We're excited to welcome him the the VVR team!

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Cassandra McGowan

Kids' Supervisor
First Aid, CPR
Hometown: Lakewood, CO
School: Colorado State University

Born and raised in Colorado, Cassandra is the youngest of 4 girls. Growing up, she obtained a passion for the outdoors and spending time with people. After high school, Cassandra decided to pursue a degree in Agricultural Business in hopes of one day running her own ranch. She loves to interact with all kinds of animals almost as much as she loves spending time with people! Because of her love for kids, she leads Young Life in Northern Colorado and is able to create special friendships with teens. A few of her favorite things to do include western dancing, off-roading, and paddle boarding. Cassandra is beyond excited to have the opportunity to enjoy Vista Verde Ranch and create new experiences and relationships in such a beautiful place.

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ETHAN COSGROVE

Kids' Supervisor
First Aid, CPR
Hometown: Clark, CO

Hailing from the wonderful Clark, Colorado, Ethan is joining us for his fifth season at the ranch! Ethan has worked at Vista Verde in several departments since graduating from Steamboat High School a few years ago. He loves to be outside with the kiddos, and being a kid at heart, Ethan thrives in the kids department. This winter, Ethan took a leap of faith and solo traveled through India for two months! We are stoked to have his contagious positive attitude back at the ranch.