Dude Ranch Staff Page – People.

Organizational Chart:

Building and opening the Events Center and the wisdom of advancing years means that  this year we are making some really big changes to the “chain of command.” First, this means that we are creating three Manager positions. Among other things, they will be responsible for prying control from Ellen and Dan’s fingers – this means that Ellen and Dan will reduce the amount of meddling that they do to your job each day.  

Ellen doesn’t report to anyone

Dan, House Manager and Events Manager report to Ellen.

Barn Manager reports to Dan

All wranglers, including the Activities Wrangler and Facilities Wrangler report to Barn Manger (except when “loaned” to another Manager).

All kitchen and kangaroo staff report to House Manager (except when “loaned” to another Manager).

Each staff member will be given a personal weekly schedule with assigned days off and assigned duties each day (such as feeding horses, scullery wench, rifle range master or campfire s’mores-maker, etc.). This weekly schedule will repeat each week, not changing EXCEPT

  • when Events Manager has last minute weddings/events booking,
  • a neighbor needs help with an emergency,
  • significant guest requirements arise (such as handicapped guests) or
  • staff members are added or removed from the schedule (we encourage a mid-season break for each of us).   

Before breakfast each morning, all Managers plus the Activities Wrangler will meet each morning for 5 minute stand-up meeting to confirm staff assignments. The Events manager does not have any staff at this time. Weddings and events ave very high priority (to generate enough income to hire staff) and the Events Manager will use staff “loaned” from the Barn and House managers.  

Immediately after breakfast each manager then meets with her/his staff to confirm the day’s assignments.

Note well: one of the things that makes our ranch stand out from other ranches is our willingness to be as flexible as possible. The only thing that you can depend on around here is change. There will be days (such as when we have a severely handicapped guest, a neighbor in need or a last minute event booking) when your assignment may change three times!

This means that you will always be on a team, and that team is likely to change every day! If you require repetition, consistency, and/or lots of supervision, you will not be happy here.


Your packing list – what to bring. 

Other basic information and critically important articles you must know before you arrive.


Guide to the folks around here in no particular order (except the ghost is last)…


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 42 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….

Advice to all male staff!

Advice to all male staff!


 

Under construction for 2017.

Michelle

Colin

Crystal

Zsa

Estelle

Jim


Name: Sara Horn          

Position: Wrangler

Email: sarajean617@gmail.com

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Born and raised in Minnesota, I graduated from a work college in Northwest Arkansas and spent the last year living outdoors in Central Virginia at a wilderness therapy school for teenage girls.
I’m starting to lose my Norwegian accent from Minnesota, but I still say some things “weird” (just listen to my vowels).
My family spends most of our time outside, and I thought it was normal to go camping every weekend or wake up at 2am to watch meteor showers or the Northern Lights.
If I don’t know the answer to a question I try to learn the answer as quickly and thoroughly as possible.
My mom always told me I was born with horses in my blood. I was that annoying kid who didn’t have money to own a horse but was willing to clean stalls and sweet talk my way into riding as much as possible.
Three things I’d rather not live without: Horses, Music, and Books.

Name: Chris Hinson

Position: Events Manager

Email: crh0905@gmail.com

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In the spring of 2000 I moved to Colorado for a summer job. Being the first time I experienced working in hospitality, I found my calling and continued working in the guest ranch circuit.
With an affinity for the outdoors, my interests are fly fishing, archery, hunting, camping and snow skiing. Virtually staying active outside as a sports focused individual.
As a person that enjoys making new friends and socializing, I have found myself realizing that “Good friends and good people are always good company when you are doing what you really
enjoy.”

[Editor’s note: Chris, Ellen says she has a better picture of you, but she can’t find it. So I grabbed this from FB. Personally, I believe that this shot captures the dignity and seriousness of your new position.!Let me know if you have one you want me to put here instead.]


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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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