When I first started this blog I was a single woman who lived and worked as a hired hand on a remote ranch in eastern Montana, hence the name Montana Ranch Girl. My intent was to share with readers my unique perspective of ranch life from my seat in the saddle. Fortunately, life has a way of happening while you are making other plans and much has changed in a very short period of time.
I reconnected with the most amazing man who I had dated 20 years ago in college and who is now my fiancee. The ranch in Montana due to some poor choices and a lost lease went belly up and in June of 2013, I moved from there and am now back in my home state of South Dakota, on the North Dakota border, working with my fiancee on his ranch and feedlot. We export cattle all over the world, farm, manufacture livestock equipment and are the Precision Planting dealer for the western Dakotas and Montana. I love my life and lifestyle!!
As an avid writer I have had many articles published as a freelance journalist, primarily for local and national horse magazines and other agriculture publications. As a freelance journalist I found myself no longer wanting to write articles from the point of view of just the interviewer. I now choose to write about my passions, interests and skills that I am learning and using here on the ranch in my everyday life. I believe that my articles and blog posts are much better when written with depth and meaning gained from experience than merely as an observer.
My passion is in the field of Equine Assisted Learning. My credentials as a facilitator in the field include: Epona Approved instructor, North American Riding for the Handicapped Association (NARHA) certified riding instructor, certified Equine Assisted Growth and Learning Association (EAGALA) equine assisted mental health and learning horse professional and I have served as a regional representative for the Equine Facilitated Mental Health Association (EFMHA).
In July 2013, I was diagnosed with stage two breast cancer. Which in many ways has truly been a blessing. I have a year of chemo and radiation. My horses are a huge part of my healing process, and I now have some forced down time to write and fully develop my own model of EAL and workshops!
I believe in living life by cowgirl grit and grace with integrity, resiliency, openness, honesty, faith in God, trust in myself, vulnerability, courage, passion, compassion, and most of all authenticity.
I am wholeheartedly focused and driven to be the best me I can possibly be despite the challenges that come my way. Whether it is working cows, training horses or cow dogs, kicking cancers ass, writing, teaching therapeutic riding lessons, facilitating EAL workshops, or my own personal growth I will always give 110% of what I am and have to give at that moment. I give my heart completely to what I love and believe there is no other way to live! I hope you will share in my journey and I hope that it in some way inspires you!