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 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 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!
Roby - Head Wrangler
Roby came to us from North Carolina where his family has run a barn specializing in classical dressage for several years. When Roby was quite young, his mother started taking him to some of Buck Brannaman’s first clinics in North Carolina. He was instantly hooked! Using Buck’s methods, he had worked with several horses for the public but was really looking to expand on his knowledge. When he got the opportunity to come to McGinnis, he took it right away!
Roby has truly become an asset to the ranch. He rides colts and many of our client horses. Shayne also counts on Roby in teaching the horsemanship, as he is truly dedicated to this way of riding and really has a knack for explaining it to our guests.
Janice - Wrangler & Office Manager
Janice grew up in NY, but was always drawn to the west. She fell in love with horses as soon as she could talk and finally convinced her parents to let her have a pony at age 12. Working to support her horse habit she participated in several riding disciplines through her early twenties.
During a period in life of being horseless, she became involved in sports to fill the void which ultimately led to career in coaching and athlete development. Despite the joys that these endeavors brought, she feels fortunate to have found her way back to the horses and knew that Buck’s style of horsemanship was what she had been looking for. She has been following it ever since and fell in love with McGinnis when she visited as a guest in 2014. After spending last summer of 2015 interning here, she was hired on as a wrangler and is now managing the office as well, putting to use her marketing and business background. She will continue to study this style of horsemanship “forever” and is loving life on the ranch!
Sue - Wrangler & Housekeeping Manager
Sue is actually a professional fertility nurse in her professional life! Although she loves her work, she had been longing to come to the ranch for an internship for several years. Sue was finally able to join us as an intern in December of 2016. She did a 7-month internship and then was hired as a wrangler for the season. She just fell in love with the life here and loves the fact that she can grow in experiences of all kinds, be it with horses, in becoming valuable by learning other jobs and in now in learning how to manage people. In addition to her wrangler duties, she has taken on the task of housekeeping manager and honestly, the entire outfit looks incredible!
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!
Vanessa - All-around Helper, Junior Wrangler and Shayne’s Granddaughter!
Vanessa has grown up around the ranch on and off over the years. Shayne had her on a horse really early on! Although Vanessa is mostly limited to coming out in the summertime because of school, she loves every minute of the life she gets to live out here. She adores the horses, the riding and she is ever helpful around the lodge, the barn and the arena.
Dave- Ranch Hand and Mechanic
Dave is from western Pennsylvania, and married to Adrienne, our housekeeper. He has a diverse background with 14 yrs in a large manufacturing facility with various positions prior to being the electrical designer. He also has a background as a machinist and in commercial refrigeration. Dave follows his dad and grandfather as mechanics. He and Adrienne had their own farm with horses and a miniature donkey. After a trip to western Montana in 2016, they fell in love with the area. He says they are very blessed with the opportunity to be a part of the ranch. He fits right in being an outdoorsman by heart and felt right at home in this remote setting. They brought two horses with them and are also eager to grow in horsemanship. Dave’s background is sure coming in handy here at the ranch and he is always willing to help with any project!
Kevin - Wrangler
Kevin has been coming to the ranch since he was 13 years old! His mom brought him out for winter horsemanship for his spring break that year and once he got home, all he could talk about was coming back! He did an internship with us for two years and this year will be his second as a wrangler. Don’t be fooled by his youth—he is an old soul, he’s turning into an exceptional rider and he’s just plain nice to be around.
Scott- Farrier & Wrangler
Scott came from Minnesota to be an intern here to study horsemanship and stockmanship two years ago. He was hired on as a wrangler last summer, and jumped at the chance to take on farrier school when the opportunity arose. He and Anna now take care of the entire herd of feet! Scott continues to grow in his development on all levels, and we all love his contagious smile.
Anna- Farrier & Wrangler
Anna is from the Midwest and first got a taste of the ranch when she came here as part of her barn group for winter horsemanship. We were thrilled when she contacted us for a ranch hand position. She just celebrated her one year anniversary at the ranch and boy, she really has grown in her role here! She attended farrier school, along with Scott, and now is a resident shoer for the 100+ head of horses. In addition, Anna can be found helping wherever there is a need- including the branding pen wrestling 700 pound steers on the ground crew! Anna is one of the happiest people we know and we just love having her around.
Adrienne is from Northwestern Pennsylvania and has always been wanting to move west for awhile. She visited the ranch in January of 2018 as a guest in winter horsemanship. When she returned home she told her husband (Dave, our ranch hand/mechanic!) what a great place McGinnis Meadows Ranch was. To her surprise he was ready to move west. The opportunity to work at the ranch came up and they jumped at it. Adrienne is a housekeeper at the ranch and really puts her attention to detail to good use- the place has never looked so good! She says, “We love it out here. The variety of people we meet each week & the ever growing ranch family is awesome. Hopefully I’ll see you around the Lodge!”
Rachel- Breakfast cook /Intern
Rachel hails from Houghton, MI. She came to the ranch for an internship last summer and liked it so much that she is back with us this season! She will be our breakfast cook each morning and horseback each afternoon, taking in as much of this horsemanship as she can. Rachel is a hair stylist back home and while we know her clients will miss her we are happy to have her here at McGinnis Meadows. We are sure you will love her breakfast creations and desserts as much as we do… not too mention her smiling face!
Michele - Housekeeper
Michele is from Western NY and returning to the ranch as a housekeeper, after an 8 year hiatus! When the opening came up for the position this season, she wasted no time contacting Des, and the rest is history. Michele might be on the quiet side , but she truly enjoys getting to know individual guests as she goes about her day. We are happy to have Michele back here and she seems to be enjoying every minute as well!
Anna C. (AHNA) - Wrangler/Office
Anna grew up in Michigan but has lived in Virginia with her family for the past 9 years. She recently graduated from Christopher Newport University this May majoring in organismal biology and was also in the honors program, the President’s Leadership Program, and graduated with service distinction.
Anna has been riding horses since she was 6 years old and started off as a hunter. In Virginia she started riding dressage and even earned a USDF bronze medal before graduating high school! She initially sought out McGinnis Meadows ranch because she says she knew there were holes in her equine education and she needed a solid foundation in order to make horses better; She interned here during the summers of 2017 and 2018 and says she is truly delighted to be back for 2019. And we are delighted to have her back
Alyssa - Kitchen staff/Intern
Alyssa is somewhat of a “local” -she comes to us from Montana and was originally scheduled to be here as a full time intern this summer. When the opportunity came for a part time staff position, she took advantage of it! She is part of Miriam’s kitchen staff as well as a riding intern in the afternoons. Alyssa is most interested in learning more about horsemanship but she is having a lot of fun learning about all things ranch related too!
Yazmeen- Housekeeping /Intern
Yaz was born and raised in the valley of the sun, Phoenix, Arizona. She graduated from Grand Canyon University with a degree in Justice Studies, however has always had a passion for horses. She has ridden and attended Buck Brannaman clinics and fell in love with the style of horsemanship. At the last clinic she heard of this opportunity and wasted no time contacting Des! Although it was a big change, Yaz loves being here and considers the ranch a second family.