Guide to the folks around here…
Dude Ranch Staff: Ellen & Dan
Position: Mainly Owners, but they do everything.
Comments: Ellen & Dan will be married for 38 years in May, and are parents of three children: Teresa, Gary & Peter. Most of their married life was spent in Michigan, but they also lived in Texas for a few years before buying the STR. They are both RN’s by training; Dan has been a home care & hospice administrator, Ellen is a Woman’s Health Nurse Practitioner.
Ellen is sometimes referred to as HMTRQ or just RQ for “Her Majesty the Ranch Queen.” Dan is referred to as the AO which stands for… well, never mind….
Position: Dani does everything, but mostly wrangler
Hi! My name is Danielle (Dani). I was born in Rhode Island. However, I’ve lived most of life in Ohio, and am currently in Missouri for college. At this time, I am working towards a bachelor’s degree in Psychology with a minor in Equestrian Studies. Once completed, I hope to further my education by pursuing a master’s in Psychology with an emphasis in counseling.
My parents “rented” me a pony for my third birthday party and said it was all downhill from there. Now, 18 years and I couldn’t even begin to imagine how much money later, horses are still a huge part of my life and I currently ride/work with them at least 5 or 6 days a week. I am incredibly easygoing and can make a good time out of almost any situation. In addition to working with horses, I love almost anything involving the good ole’ outdoors, spending time with friends, and going out dancing.
Why a dude ranch? I’ve always wanted to attend or work on a dude ranch, from when I was a young child. I’ve also always wanted to go out West. Unfortunately, my family isn’t so much the “outdoorsy” type. At all. The year I graduated from high school, I went to work on a ranch doing endurance racing in California and it was the best experience of my life. Since then, I’ve always wanted to still try out the whole “dude ranch” experience and am thrilled that I’m finally getting the opportunity to do so. I can’t wait to meet everybody and am looking forward to a great summer with you all! Hope all is well, Dani”
Name: Alex Schuetter
Position: Children’s Wrangler Yee-haw!
“Hi! My name is Alex. This summer I am going to be the kid’s wrangler and sleep out in that TP every Tuesday! I know you’re jealous.
I was raised here in Fort Collins, Colorado, only about 45 minutes away from the ranch. Growing up I was always on the guest side of the dude ranch experience, and I’ve been coming to Sundance for quite a few years now.
Being a guest has made me want to try out the other side of being at a ranch, which is why I applied to be kid’s wrangler. I’ve been working with kids for years now in both nannying and childcare.I love photography and being in the mountains, especially backpacking, rock climbing, and horse back riding. I’m looking forward to meeting everyone and to a fun summer!”.
Name: Connor Wilkinson
Position: Connor literally does everything here as he is a Wrangler
Hello everyone my name is Connor Wilkinson and I will be a junior in high school this year. Since I was very little I have always been interested in trying new things, exploring, and finding out how something works. This became evident from when I was two, when I crawled under the X-ray machine at the airport. It scared the hell out of everyone else when they couldn’t find me, but hey, there’s some really cool stuff under there. As I got older my hobbies and interests shifted from what was under X-ray machines to more outdoors type of activities. These include rock climbing, scuba diving, white water rafting, sailing, skiing, and hiking. Recently I have become interested in theatre, mostly technical aspects, but some acting as well and have been involved in the last four productions that my school has put on.
Why a dude ranch? I was able to experience this ranch as a guest for the last couple years and I thought that there was no better way to experience this ranch to its fullest than to work here. There are several new things that I will be doing this summer, but that is one of the things I love doing: trying new things. I look forward to meeting everyone here and having a great time this summer..
Dude Ranch Staff: Lori & Darren Hebert
Position: Mainly Super Secret Training & Evaluation Team, although she takes many awesome pictures, and his tool box gives all of the rest of us “tool box envy.”
Comments: Lori and Darren (and rarely Darren’s evil twin brother) visit us two or three times each year. They torture new staff. We are trying to encourage Lori also sells her photographs. When here Darren often takes up a project, such as maintaining the tractor. The tractor loves Darren.
Dude Ranch Staff: Lady Catherine Moon, herself Name: Gratton Catherine Lawder Garton Moon, aka Lady Katie
Position: Ranch Ghost.
Comments: You will be telling the Moon story every week – get familiar with it now!