WRANGLERS

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SAMUEL ACKERMAN

Head Wrangler
First Aid, CPR & AED Certified
Hometown: Longmont, CO
School: University of Colorado

Samuel wandered into the Rocky Mountains when he was 11 and has been hooked ever since. He grew up backpacking, horseback riding, rock climbing, kayaking, and doing whatever else he could find in the western half of Colorado. He has a rather eclectic set of professional credentials, with ``Hired Magician``, ``University Tour Guide``, ``Car Restoration Specialist``, ``Wildflower Expert``, and ``Guitarist for 80's Rock Tribute Band`` filling his résumé. During college, Samuel worked as a backcountry guide, teaching young adults to survive and thrive in the wilderness. Samuel graduated with a degree in English literature and a Colorado state teaching license, thereafter spending a couple years as a high school English teacher. Now, he's returning to the mountains to ``live off the fatta the lan.`` Fun Fact: Rather than pursue a traditional MA degree, Samuel worked for the YMCA of the Rockies as the ``Master of Fun and Games`` (believe it or not, a real job title). He spent all his time writing skits and themed scripts and creating unique games to be played by 250 kids at the same time!

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MARY GREFRATH

Herd Health Manager
First Aid, CPR, AED
Hometown: Clarence Center, NY
School: Buffalo State College

Mary graduated from Buffalo State College with a degree in art education. Along with art, Mary loves riding horses and exploring the great outdoors. Upon finishing school, she came to the ranch as a kids wrangler. After a short time away, Mary has made her way back to VVR last summer as a housekeeper, stayed this winter as a ranch hand and will now be with us in the barn! We couldn't be more excited about her return!

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JAMES REEVES

Wrangler
First Aid, CPR, AED
Hometown: Le Grand, CA
School: California State University, Sacramento
Previous Position: Mule Packer

James is here for his second summer with us! Previously, he has spent summers as a mule packer in California, but decided he enjoyed Colorado so much that he needed to come back to VVR! James spent his years at California State University studying public relations while also playing rugby. Fun Fact: James loves listening to music, especially country and rock!

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Zach Hetrick

Wrangler
First Aid, CPR
Hometown: Phoenix, AZ
Previous Job: Farrier

Although he was born in Phoenix, Zach has grown up all around the world! Before coming to Vista Verde to wrangle, he was working as a farrier. Fun fact: Zach was a rugby captain for 6 years, and has won six rugby state championships!

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Caroline Roethlisberger

Wrangler
First Aid, CPR, AED
Hometown: St. Louis, MO
School: Miami University of Ohio
At Miami University of Ohio, Caroline studies Journalism and Political Science and is minoring is Spanish. She rides on the school’s equestrian team, and has been riding hunter/jumper for eleven years. Last summer, Caroline spent her time off from school hiking and biking across Spain. Fun fact: Caroline is one minute older than her twin sister. She can’t wait to spend her summer riding at VVR!

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STEPHANIE SHREVE

Wrangler
First Aid, CPR, AED
Hometown: Frederick, Maryland

Joining us for her second season, Steph is originally from Maryland, Stephanie has been riding since an early age. When she was 4 years old she rode a pony at a friends birthday and so her love of horses began. In high school Stephanie did hunter jumper competitions and even took the blue ribbon at the st. timothy's fall classic. Stephanie is excited to be a part of the Vista wrangler crew for summer and to keep honing her western riding skills. Fun fact: Stephanie's favorite food is scones, she once ate 15 at one time!

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JACOB MAHLSTEDT

Wrangler
First Aid, CPR
Home: Minnesota
Jacob enjoys being outside, working with animals (spoiler: he loves riding horses), and playing pond hockey and volleyball. Jacob brings a fun, easy-going atmosphere to any room he is in! Fun fact: Jacob has fun playing the Mandolin in his family's band!

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Dannah Kuenning

Wrangler
First Aid, CPR, AED
Hometown: Lakewood, CO
School: Rocky Mountain School of Animal Acupressure and Massage
Joining us for her third season, Dannah is a born and raised Colorado native. She's reached the summit of 8 Colorado 14ers and plans to do more. Dannah loves anything involving animals, especially spending time with her Australian Shepherd/Black Lab mix, Misty and her black cat, Foosa. Dannah and Misty try to go paddle boarding, hiking, and swimming together as often as they can! Prior to Vista Verde, Dannah received her Therapeutic Equine Massage Certification through the Rocky Mountain School of Animal Acupressure and Massage. Fun Fact: Dannah made candles from scratch as a little girl. She was even tasked with making over 100 candle wedding favors for her sister's wedding.

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Kylie Yancey

Wrangler
First Aid, CPR, AED
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Cawood Habenicht

Wrangler
First Aid, CPR, AED
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