Dude Ranch Sundance Trail NamelessFilly 20130412

Colorado Dude Ranch: Hello’s and Good Byes

New Arrivals and Sad-Joyful Departing’s

Hello Nameless Filly!

Welcome! One day old!

dude ranch mommy horse

Jazzy is now pretty thanks to Justin

Last summer, Justin rescued a very skinny and remarkably ugly little gray mare named Jazzy.

Under his skillful watch, Jazzy blossomed into a fat and loving all-around children’s horse  –  a favorite!

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Filly, age 10 days

In March, Jazzy started looking “funny.” You know, this big bulgy

dude ranch mom and baby

Mom & Baby taking a walk while their shed is getting housekeeping

tummy started sticking out. Not worms, not

melanoma, not too much beer. The obstetrical experts (Justin and Ellen) examined her to find…. a kick! ANOTHER kick! A BABY!

Little nameless filly was born April 12th. Then it snowed, and snowed and its still snowing! So the tractor shed was renovated into the mom and baby nursery, where they are both doing quite nicely, thank you!

Baby is now old enough that she will approach us and allow us to hold her head and pet and generally love on her.

Justin: Best Wishes on your New Dude Ranch Adventure!

Due Ranch Barn Manager Justin

Due Ranch Barn Manager Justin

Sad for us, a

Great and Joyful Adventure for You!

Although he told us: “I have a dream that when I grow up I will be the CEO of Wal-Mart or NASCAR,”  it came as no surprise when Justin told us that he is buying his own dude ranch.

He’s a cowboy through and through, and it will be heart warming to watch his dreams grow and unfold.

On the secret staff Page, Justin introduced himself to his staff with these words:

Hello there my future minions… So Justin Ripley here (Believe It Or Not) I am your Barn Manager but I do anything and everything needed on the ranch. I have a dream that when I grow up I will be the CEO of Wal-Mart or NASCAR until then I am just playing..

I am from Indiana, a Vet Tech, horse trainer, and former Military. I needed a break from the real world so I moved to Colorado a few years ago to follow my childhood dream of working on a dude ranch for a summer. Ends up I refused to leave so I took over managing the ranch for awhile. Then I was off to AZ to play with the rattle snakes and cactus at another ranch. I would not recommend taking up Rattle Snake Charming anytime soon.

Guest Ranch Barn Boss!


Dan and Ellen decided to rescue me from a horrible death from snake bite.. I have been at Sundance since Nov 2010 and have fallen under its spell.

And now the spell of his own place!  Yee-haw! Here are his websites:




Justin & Cyril dancing

Justin & Cyril dancing

Dude Ranch Justin Graduation

Dude Ranch Justin Square Dance Graduation

Justin is now working on fleshing out his Business Plan, Balance Sheets,  PPM Offer and all that other fun stuff.

Not sure if Ellen’s “town job” gives us enough income to invest, but we sure do plan on being customers. We can’t wait for the opportunity to visit. Yes, dude ranchers tend to vacation at dude ranches! And summer in Montana is beautiful; both weeks!

Happy trails, Justin. We welcome you into the neighborhood of dude ranchers and wish you all the happiness in the world.

Happy Trails

Some trails are happy ones,
Others are blue.
It’s the way you ride the trail that counts,
Here’s a happy one for you.

Happy trails to you,
Until we meet again.
Happy trails to you,
Keep smilin’ until then.

Who cares about the clouds when we’ere together?
Just sing a song, and bring the sunny weather.

Happy trails to you,
Til we meet again.

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