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The incredible Bitterroot Ranch in Wyoming is one of our favorite places. We caught up with Richard Fox, son of Bayard Fox who has operated Bitterroot since 1971, to get his take on the life of a rancher in the 21st century. How did you come to be a rancher in Wyoming? To be honest,…

In the summer of 2014 a German TV crew visited the Bitterroot Ranch with TV star Ingo Zamperoni for our annual cattle drive into the Wyoming mountains. Warning, the show is in German but even if you don’t speak the language the footage is still entertaining. Watch all three clips below to view the full…

A couple of weeks ago Richard and I went down to the farm on a Sunday for a marathon day. Our goals were ambitious: 1. Catch riding horses, tack them up and trailer them over to the field that (hopefully) houses the Team Sorters (shock of shocks– they’ve been escaping recently!). FYI: Team Sorting is…

Throughout the winter at the farm, we move the horses every month or two to a new pasture to graze. We throw open the gates, call them in high-pitched voices and lure them toward the open gate with a hay truck. They quickly figure out they are moving (literally) to greener pastures, and they soar…

Branding is a very social event in Wyoming. Ranchers often make a party out of branding day by having a cook-out and inviting friends and family to take part. These ranchers frequently ride horseback and rope their calves in order to brand them. Doing it this way requires a lot of people and some very…

I apologize it has been a few weeks since I entered a blog post, everybody! I went back to North Carolina to see my family for a week, met Richard in Columbus, Ohio, for Equine Affaire and have been busy trying to get my life in order since I got back to Wyoming. To let…

The Stage: A 70 acre pasture filled with sage brush and native grasses, two shallow ponds, the perfect duck habitat for Bayard, and Russian olive trees galore: The Players: Hadley, Richard and Whistle. (Gupta’s role is to stay in the truck and provide a soundtrack of desperate barking throughout the entire mission. She doesn’t understand…

On Wednesday Richard and I, along with Bob and Jim (the two men who work for us year-round at the farm), processed the heifers. To give you a feel for the day, you need to meet my “heifer processing” teammates (at least, you need to meet them photographically!).  And,  yes, “heifer processing” is unquestionably a…

Feeding the horses at the farm is a little bit different from feeding the horses up at the ranch in the winter. For starters, we have about 150 horses in the field, rather than 30, so that means a lot more hay piled on the truck! I normally feed the horses on  my own when…