Last year Kimberly Beer and I co-hosted a Winter Ranch Workshop in Livingston, Montana but that ranch was sold so we went looking for another location this year and landed on the Dryhead Ranch. Thanks to Jennifer and Kristen Cerroni our first retreat at the Dryhead Ranch in Montana did not disappoint! The Dryhead is a four generation working ranch tucked in the eastern slopes of the Pryor Mountains, deep in the heart of the Crowe Indian Reservation. There is Iris, the matriarch of the family now in her 90’s, still working the office taking reservations and doing the books. Then we have Jennifer and her daughters Kristen and Jess. Jessie and her husband, Jake have four kids, who kept us entertained all week. Maddie, Cassidy, Howdy and James are always hard at play or helping out on the ranch with chores. Jackson came as a guest a few years back but is learning the ropes from Jake on his summer break from college. Lara was our chef extraordinaire, keeping us fed well all week and helping out with the cattle. Kristen’s boyfriend, Braden came out to help on branding day. So all in all, it’s a family affair!
James, Howdy, Maddie, Jess, Jake, Cassidy, Jennifer and Kristen
My co-host Kim Beer is not only a fantastic photographer and teacher, she’s a marketing guru too! Be sure to check out more of her work on Facebook at Kim Beer Photography
It was such pleasure to watch the cowboys of the Dryhead hard at work. We even got to watch Jake put the first ride on a youngster, he’s so good with his horses the colt took everything in stride.
So wonderful to be around a family that honors the land, the stock, the wildlife and God.
The cowboys and cowgirls of the Dryhead Ranch.
There are horses and lots of them. Each morning the cowboys would bring the cavy (riding string) of about 65 head in and in the evening they would take them back out to pasture for the night.
The ranch also has a breeding operation of Quarter Horses, each stallions runs with their group of mares and foals. These foals are being raised for future ranch horse prospects.