Hi, Sami here.  I’m a wrangler here at McGinnis Meadows Cattle and Guest Ranch, but I’m also the one you’ll likely speak with if you give us a call or send us a message. I look forward to riding with you and seeing you achieve your horsemanship goals when you visit!

Let me take a moment to introduce the rest of our crew to you

Shayne - Ranch Owner

Shayne - Ranch Owner

Shayne is the owner and he spends much of his time at the ranch teaching these days.  Shayne started the ranch in 1998, inspired by the idea of a guest ranch that could share the grandness and excitement of the cowboy way and Buck Brannaman style horsemanship with all levels of rider experience.  Most doubted that such a thing could be done.  The effort has been astounding, but what we do here is unique and what Shayne has found is a passion for great horsemanship.  It shows itself in every horse, wrangler and guest that comes here.

Shayne and Buck have been best friends for a long time, and Buck has been Shayne’s only mentor.   He can’t count the number of clinics he’s traveled to and ridden in with Buck over the past 17 years.   I don’t think you’ll meet another individual who has worked harder at his horsemanship as well as at his teaching.  Shayne is dedicated to sharing all he’s learned with our guests and us.

Des - Ranch Manager

Des - Ranch Manager

Des is originally from Southern California but has really adopted Montana as her home these last (nearly) 8 years she’s been at the ranch.  She started riding horses when she was in college and was hooked immediately!  She never had formal lessons before coming to McGinnis but knew there was a better way to work with horses than she had seen thus far.  Luckily, she made some friends who introduced her to Buck.  Buck told Des that if she really wanted to pursue this horsemanship journey, McGinnis Meadows was the best place to do it!  So to McGinnis she went and it has been an incredible journey thus far!

Des rides many of the colts, future guest horses and a handful of client horses in addition to assisting Shayne in teaching horsemanship to the guests.  That’s in addition to keeping the ranch running like a well-oiled machine!

Randy - Ranch Manager

Randy - Ranch Manager

Randy is one of our ranch managers.  He left Pennsylvania when he was 17 and flew to Wyoming.  He knocked on a few doors and has been working for cattle outfits, guest outfits, guided for hunters and packed up to 55 horses on 100-mile trips into the Yellowstone area.  He even rounded up wild horses for the BLM!  Listen to some of his stories and you’ll be rolling with laughter or dropping your jaw in awe.
He heads up the cattle, the fencing, the haying…he always seems to be working on some sort of project to better the ranch.

Of course, guests love it when he has the time to ride with them as well.  Nobody can come up with off-the-wall nicknames like Randy can!

Brenda - Wrangler & Vet Tech

Brenda - Wrangler & Vet Tech

Several years ago, Brenda found out about the ranch and was mesmerized by the message we taught, the country where the ranch was located and the treatment of our large horse herd.  She beseeched us for an opportunity to become one of the crew and was initially hired on as a ranch hand/gardener and as a personal assistant to Shayne.  Over the years she has been given more and more responsibilities and now has grown into the position that she wanted all along—she is now a wrangler and when she isn’t riding, it’s because she is the primary caretaker of our 100+ head of ranch horses!  Brenda is also quite the writer and her short stories are featured in our monthly newsletters.  She’s super smart too—she has a Master’s Degree in Education!  And she may be one of the kindest people you’ll meet!

Willy- Ranch hand

Willy- Ranch hand

Willy has been here at the ranch for many ears and although he works behind the scenes, he is an integral part of the operation. A hard worker and really handy, he also has many talents that are so important for keeping a ranch running. Willy can be seen on any given day, fixing fencing (or adding new ones), repairing equipment, clearing and keeping our pastures pristine looking, and keeping track of things out on our grazing allotments. His creativity does not go unnoticed either. As you are riding along be it on the ranch, or 5000 feet above in the Davis Graze pasture, don’t be surprised if you come across some cool stone art that will have you asking “How in the world did that get there?”…we know the answer 🙂

 

Janice - The Remote Wrangler

Janice - The Remote Wrangler

Janice initially came to the ranch to study horsemanship and ranch life. It must have agreed with her because this season marks eight years she has made her home here! Starting as an intern, she was then hired on as a wrangler and later also took on the position of office manager. Recently home events have dictated that she return to the east coast, taking a leave of absence from her job at the ranch. You may still see her bumping around the ranch at times though, and if you do, please take a moment to stop and say hello- she would love to visit with you!

Holly - Chef

At an early age, Holly began cooking with her mother and grandmother where she grew up in Birmingham, Alabama.  She and her aunt co-owned a ranch in Arizona and she cooked for guests there.  In 1999, she moved back to Birmingham and in 2000, she began the culinary program at Culinard, The Culinary Institute of Virginia College as she wanted a more formalized culinary education.  She graduated from the Culinary Arts program as Valedictorian in 2002 and did an additional baking and pastry program afterward.  She was a private caterer after graduating, but then opened her own tearoom in 2007 called “The Ruby Radish” in a small town outside of Birmingham called Remlap. 

Following Covid-19, Holly wanted to see if she would still enjoy returning to ranch cooking as much as she did earlier in her career, so she applied for the head chef position at McGinnis Meadows and began this new experience in August of 2021.  Holly loves interacting with the guests and doing cooking demonstrations.  She is happiest when guests enjoy their meal, so be sure and tell her how much you love her cooking because we know you will!

 

Jenna - Head wrangler

Jenna - Head wrangler

Jenna grew up in the suburbs outside of Seattle, moving to eastern Washington a few months before coming to the Ranch this past March. What started out as a three-month internship turned into calling the mountains of Montana home.

Growing up, she played soccer on a premier team so spare time to invest in her love of animals was minimal until eighth grade. She never grew up around horses other than an occasional summer visit to a dude ranch, but when a friend invited her to come watch a lesson at a local horsemanship barn, she could not resist. That is where her passion for it all began! After dabbling in a few different areas of riding, Jenna discovered the Buck Brannaman style of horsemanship when auditing a clinic at a local horse rescue she was interning with as a part of their herd health team. From then on, she has been working hard to learn with the goal of developing something to offer a horse. There is no doubt it will be an endless journey, but she is excited for every second that lies ahead!

Sami- Wrangler & Office

Sami has been around horses almost her entire life. She rode at different farms growing up and learned from multiple talented trainers throughout elementary and high school. Once a senior in high school, Blue Skies, her home farm was formed out of Pine Acres, a Girl Scout camp. She began teaching professionally as a sophomore in college and has enjoyed it thus far. Sami has always been passionate about students having correct, safe, and educated riding skills. Sami loves to spread her passion of horseback riding and help her students reach their personal goals in riding. She brings along green horses, especially off the track thoroughbreds; many of the horses she has been successful on or brought students along with, have been thoroughbreds. Students have been successful at the local and national level; students have qualified for local and national medal finals. Even though Sami enjoys teaching and training, she especially enjoys participating in clinics with top professionals. 

She has now ventured to McGinnis Meadows, leaving her home farm in good hands, to continue her education as a trainer and further her horsemanship skills. She’s hoping to learn all she can from Des and Shane about Buck’s methods so that she can continue to help more horses and riders on their horsemanship journey. She’s excited to be expanding her knowledge and wisdom in this area of her horsemanship so that she can become well rounded. The hope is to bring more of Buck’s methods to the hunter and jumper world so that more horses and riders can be successful in their journey.