Dude Ranch Staff Page – People.

Guide to the folks around here…


Dude Ranch Staff: Ellen & Dan

Dude Rancher Ellen and Dude Rancher Dan kiss

Dude Rancher Ellen and Dude Rancher Dan and Dude Ranch Dog, Jackjack kiss

E-mail: ride@sundancetrail.com

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….

 

 

 


KayandGeneName: Miss Kay

Position: Runs the Kitchen

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Hey, I’m Miss Kay and I will be feeding you all summer!! I have been a caterer for the last 15 years in VA. I love to cook most anything and usually do!!  Although the guest are the most important part of our job, you wranglers are an important part of mine. You can’t very well keep the guest happy if you aren’t fed well so my job is to do just that!!KayandCarokine

All of you will be part of the action in the kitchen so I ask that you come in with a smile, don’t touch my radio ( it plays country music all day) So if you don’t like country, you might want to look for another ranch for the summer!! And keep a good attitude. Everybody gets tired and even grumpy sometimes but, please don’t bring it with you to the kitchen. That’s my “happy place” !!

I look forward to working with you all this summer, it’s not a job, it’s an amazing adventure!!

P.S. I’m married to Mr. Gene, he works there too!!


geneandkayName: Gene

Position: Facilities Boss

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Gene, our Safety Manager, demonstrates how to run electrical wires. Notice thunderclouds in background!

Gene, our Safety Manager, demonstrates how to run electrical wires. Notice thunderclouds in background!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Marie MadarasName: Marie Madaras

Position: Marie literally does everything here as she is a Wrangler
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Born in Taiwan, raised in CT. 26 years old.  Went to school at UC Santa Barbara, aka I was a surf bum.  I won the world championship for beach ultimate frisbee for Team USA in Italy in 2010.

Moved to CO 3.5 years ago to be a snowboard bum, lived in Vail, Steamboat, and Crested Butte.  I have the soul of a wanderer, I like to move every 6 months or so (every season pretty much).  I have my EMT, love to hunt, snowboard, play ice hockey, try/learn new things, and be outdoors.  I am somewhat quiet until you get to know me.  Don’t judge me, I have more flannels than I know what to do with.
I am terrible at singing, but love doing it (so I apologize in advance).  Have a guitar I need to learn to play.  I like to draw and paint.

Moose is my best buddy, golden retriever 5 years old, he has been on every trail ride with me for the past three summers.  He was kicked once and am pretty sure it will never happen again.  Cows scare him silly and love to chase him.  Im pretty sure he was a fish in his past life because you cant keep him out of the water.


Name: Connor

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Connor is our Family Dude Ranch Intern

Position: Connor literally does everything here as he is a Wrangler

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Hello everyone. My name is Connor Wilkinson and I started my freshman year of college last fall.
I have always loved the outdoors and working with my hands, so working an a dude ranch ended up working very well for me.
Some of my favorite activities include rock climbing, hiking, and skiing. The university I started at in the fall ended up not being a great fit for me, so now my current plan is to work in the summer and start at Front Range Community College in Fort Collins in the fall. I look forward to meeting everyone soon.
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Connor & Lauren 001Here’s Connor’s first bio from 3 years ago! Hahahahaha!!!!

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.


Name: Haddon Alexander

Position: Kangaroo
Comments: Hey y’all! I’m Haddon Alexander, I was born and raised in Franklin, TN (just south of Nashville by 10-15 miles). I don’t have much of a southern twang, but don’t be surprised if I throw in a little backwoods dialect every so often in conversation. I’m 19 and a freshman Mechanical Engineering Haddon Me and my sisters-1student at University of Alabama. Roll Tide! I’ll also be starting my Air Force ROTC courses next fall. I love being outdoors, fishing is easily one of my favorite pastimes, I hunt some (mainly duck), and hike. I also love college football, working with my hands, movies, good music and great food.Â
As the youngest of three, the two pretty girls in my picture are my older sisters. I’m real excited to come out and work at Sundance Ranch, because apart from visiting family in Montana on occasion, I don’t really get out of the South.  I’m a positive, outgoing person, and Jesus is good friend of mine. I love meeting new people and can’t wait to meet all of y’all!

 

 

 

 

 

 


Name: Cameron Mirabedinicameron

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Hey everyone I’m Cameron! I’m 24 years old and was born in boring Ohio, but moved out to Colorado in 2009 and have been living the dream here since. I went to Colorado University in Boulder and played soccer for the school and won a national championship in 2010 as a freshman. I am a super easy going guy who is happy with the small things in life, but also loves the feeling of a hard days work. My dream is to live in a small hut, up in the mountains in the middle of nowhere, just me and my dog (the bigger the dog, the better). I love doing almost anything/everything outdoors especially hunting or shooting in general (the prairie dogs better get ready for me up at Sundance). I like to mess around with the harmonica a little bit so don’t be surprised if at times I randomly pull it out of nowhere! Really looking forward to meeting everyone and even more excited to share this next little adventure in life with you!

 


clintName: Clint Betts

Position: Wrangler Intern

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Comments:  hey everybody my name is Clint but everybody i know calls me bubba. as far back as i can remember I’ve always been a farm/ranch kind of person. from about the fifth grade I’ve been living on ranches and farms in wellington until i moved up to Redfeather.

my family and i live on 38 acres of nothing but mountain and dry dessert nothingness.

ive been around horses for as long as i can remember so having a job where I’m around horses is perfect in my opinion. eventually when i graduate high school I’m planning on being a rig welder somewhere out of state.

i look forward to meeting you all!
-Clint

 


Name:  Ivan King

Position: Wrangler

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Comments:  Hello my name is Ivan King I was born in Volgograd Russia then adopted and lived in Washington state until I was 9 at which point I lived in Bronx New York all the way until Junior year of high school at which point I left to live with my father in Florida were I presently preside where I am learning to be a carpenter. I enjoy horseback riding, Rugby, baseball ,boxing ,and art as hobbies. I love working outside and finding new things to do and learn I hope to have a good time and revisit old ties and create new ones.

P.S My dog MJ will be joining us as well she loves everyone and is very fond of belly rubs she is excellent with children and will listen to anyone.

 


AJBurkeName: AJ Burke

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Comments:  Hi, I am Aj and I will be the barn boss this season. I have been working with horses in a variety of capacities for most of my life. Currently I am attending college in pursuit of an Animal Science degree. My hobbies include fly fishing, pool, and working with horses. Though most of my time right now revolves around school. I look forward to meeting everyone and it should be a great summer.

 


Name: Philip

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Dude Ranch Staff: Lori & Darren Hebert

Dude Ranch Staff Trainers Darren and Lor

Dude Ranch Staff Trainers Darren and Lori

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 Ghost Lady Katie

Dude Ranch Ghost Lady Katie

Dude Ranch Staff: Lady Catherine Moon, herself Name: Gratton Catherine Lawder Garton Moon, aka Lady Katie

E-mail: sorry

Position: Ranch Ghost.

Comments: You will be telling the Moon story every week – get familiar with it now!

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