» The Strang Ranch «

04/24/2013 | (0) Comments & Videos

Bridget started the world famous hunter Country Swing, shown here as a first year green hunter in Indio California.The Strang Ranch is a family owned and run business. It is a working cattle ranch and a sport horse breeding operation as well as a busy equestrian center, hosting many hunter/jumper and dressage shows, clinics and daily lessons.

The ranch lies on 460 Acres of irrigated and pasture land in Western Colorado with outstanding views of the Elk Mountain Range, 25 miles from the Aspen Airport.

artie and marty
There is extensive trail riding, a recognized fox hunt, and an extensive hunter/jumper training barn.


04/19/2015 | (0) Comments

Strang Ranches Don�t tell Daddy and Courtney Edwards at thier first show together.


Date: May 16TH
Snow date May 17th 2014

Location: Strang Ranch, Carbondale Contact: Bridget Strang 970-963-2319 or

Judge: Kay Beard, Denver, Colorado.

Entries: $12.00 per class

EMT: $10 fee - per rider per day

Stabling: 35$/stall/night.  25$/pen/night Please call to reserve 970-963-2319

Concession: Bottoms Up Farm

Schooling: 6:45-7:45am Saturday
FRIDAY 25$/HORSE 12:00-5:30!!!!
No EMT on Friday, Please arrange with Strang Ranch to sign release & pay on Friday

Stewards: Any CWHJA Board of Director Member present
Attire: Proper show attire required. USAE-approved
hard hat and boots with heels required for all riders when mounted. 
Rules: USAE rules apply in all instances except where
Specifically covered by CWHJA

Dogs: NOT ALLOWED!!!!!  Except for service dogs. There are aggressive livestock guardian dogs on the ranch; we encourage you to keep you dogs safe at home.

Saturday 8:00 SHARP
Please be organized and timely, this could be a long day
1. *Warm up Hunter (not judged- open all day)
2. Baby Green Hunter course I 2’-2’3”
3. Baby Green Hunter course II
4. Long/Rusty Stirrup Equitation- course I 2’0”-2’3”
5. Long/Rusty Stirrup Equitation-course II
6. Baby Green Hunter under saddle
7. Long/Rusty Equitation on the flat
8. Evergreen Hunter – course I 2’3”-2’6”
9. Evergreen Hunter – course II
10. Limit Equitation over fences
11. Evergreen Hunter under saddle
12. Limit Equitation on the flat
13. Pony Hunter – course I 2’0”-2’3”or
14. Pony Handy Hunter 2’6”-2’9”
15. CWHJA Pony Medal
16. Pony Hunter under saddle
**Not to start before 9:30**
17. Flower Power Equitation on the flat (W, T, C)
18. Flower Power Hunter Hack
19. Flower Power course I
20. Pre-Beginner Equitation – course I 10”- 15”
21. Pre-Beginner Equitation – course II
22. Pre-Beginner Equitation on the flat
23. Beginner Rider Equitation on the flat
24. Beginner Rider Hunter – course I 1’6”-2’0”
25. Beginner Rider Hunter – course II
26. Beginner Rider Equitation over fences
**Not to start before 11:00**
27. Low Hunter course I 2’9”
28. Low Handy Hunter
29. Children’s/AA Hunter – course I 2’9”
30. Children’s/AA Handy Hunter
31. CWHJA Children’s/AA Medal
32. Low Hunter under saddle
33. Children’s/AA Hunter under saddle
34. Open High/Low Hunter – course I 2’9”-3’0”
35. Open High/Low Handy Hunter or
36. Jr/Am High/Low Hunter – course I 3’0”-3’3
37. Jr/Am High/Low Handy Hunter
38. CWHJA Jr/Am Medal
39. Open High/Low Hunter under saddle
40. Jr/Am High/Low Hunter under saddle

Championships awarded to all divisions with three or more classes in the division.

BABY GREEN HUNTER: Open to horses who have not won three classes over fences in the same show season and have never shown higher than 2’6”.

LONG/RUSTY STIRRUP EQUITATION:.  Courses will be set at 2’0-2’3”. No rider who has competed over 2’6” is eligible for this division. Open to horses/ponies ridden by adult amateur riders.  The same horse/rider combination may not cross-entered into classes 2’6” or higher at the same show.
EVERGREEN HUNTER:  Open to horse and ponies.  Fences 2’6”

LIMIT EQUITATION:  Open to junior and amateur riders who have never won six blue ribbons over fences in equitation, and who have not shown over fences exceeding 3’ within the last 10 years

PONY HUNTER:  Open to all ponies ridden by junior exhibitors. May jump either height offered, but must jump same height throughout this show

FLOWER POWER: Cross entry with Pre-beginners is allowed. This is an entry-level division To be judged on position, control and attitude. Cantering will not be penalized in the jumping portion of this division.. No- judges will not be allowed on the flat.

PRE-BEGINNER EQUITATION: Open to junior and amateur riders who have never shown higher than 2’0”.  May cross-enter into beginner division.

BEGINNER RIDER:  A beginner has never won three classes over fences in the same show season, and has never shown in a class with jumps exceeding 2’6”. 

CHILDREN’S/AA HUNTER:  Open to Junior and Amateur
riders (division to be split if entries warrant).  Fences 2’9”.

JUNIOR/AMATEUR HIGH/LOW HUNTER:  Open to junior and amateur riders.  Fences must be ridden at either 2’9” – 3’0” or 3’0” - 3’3”, with riders jumping the same height throughout the division.

OPEN HIGH/LOW HUNTER: Same as High/Low Junior/Amateur Hunters, but open to all riders.

Questions and more information regarding class specifications is available at

» Spring Sheepdog Trial May 5-9th 2015 «

04/02/2015 | (0) Comments

Entries (and wait list) as of May 3 .


1 Sonia Craig Jen
2 Lise Andersen Mack
3 Shauna Gourley Mira
4 Mindy Bower Griz
5 Karen Zamora Beau
6 Diane Spainhower Tess
7 Kay Stephens Gala
8 Bridget Strang Treat
9 Susan Shoemaker Ringer
10 Paul Hackett Tuff
11 Victoria Long Nighinn
12 Bill Wilder Russell
13 Pam Bruns Skip
14 Lou Gilbert Kate
15 Daniel Keeton Newby
16 Nancy Crawford Tweed
17 Lasoya Lerma Blazin Beau
18 Laura Esterman Meg
19 Ellen Skillings Jill
20 Tina LaPlatt Nick
21 Carol Clawson Tell
22 Jo Woodbury Zip
23 Terri Warner Nic
24 Faansie Basson Molly
25 Victoria Long Ellum
26 Jim Swift Molly
27 Karen Stanley Grace
28 Terry Murray Minette
29 Donna Eliason Ben
30 Moni Howard Tad
31 Brent Phelps Brock
32 Shauna Gourley Jade
33 Bill Wilder Otis
34 Lise Andersen Piper
35 Julie Hansmire Frieda
36 Kay Stephens Storm
37 Jim Swift Jett
38 Tina LaPlatt Tess
39 Terri Warner Bea
40 Faansie Basson Cap
41 Paul Hackett Ben
42 Mike Merriman Belle
43 Mindy Bower Possum
44 Jo Woodbury Bond
45 Carol Clawson Kita
46 Bridget Strang Rain
47 Karen Zamora Maddie
48 Sonia Craig Lad
49 Deb Sussman Chaps
50 Nancy Crawford Ella
51 Karen Stanley Clare
52 Lise Andersen Nellie
53 Faansie Basson Wisp
54 Daniel Keeton Heidi
55 Kay Stephens Jack
56 Shauna Gourley Keli


1 Nancy Crawford Tweed
2 Tina LaPlatt Nick
3 Faansie Basson Wisp
4 Lise Andersen Nellie
5 Bill Wilder Russell
6 Ellen Skillings Jill
7 Karen Stanley Grace
8 Jo Woodbury Zip
9 Daniel Keeton Newby
10 Susan Shoemaker Ringer
11 Shauna Gourley Mira
12 Victoria Long Ellum
13 Kay Stephens Gala
14 Lou Gilbert Kate
15 Carol Clawson Tell
16 Bridget Strang Treat
17 Jim Swift Molly
18 Terry Murray Minette
19 Faansie Basson Cap
20 Sonia Craig Jen
21 Karen Zamora Beau
22 Mindy Bower Griz
23 Donna Eliason Ben
24 Mike Furcolow Meg
25 Paul Hackett Ben
26 Terri Warner Nic
27 Karen Stanley Clare
28 Deb Sussman Chaps
29 Karen Zamora Maddie
30 Mindy Bower Possum
31 Julie Hansmire Frieda
32 Bill Wilder Otis
33 Shauna Gourley Jade
34 Victoria Long Nighinn
Kay Stephens Storm
35 Pam Bruns Skip
36 Mike Merriman Belle
37 Bridget Strang Rain
38 Sonia Craig Lad
39 Lasoya Lerma Blazin Beau
40 Lise Andersen Mack
41 Brent Phelps Brock
42 Jim Swift Jett
43 Mike Furcolow Punch
44 Shauna Gourley Keli
45 Terri Warner Bea
46 Jo Woodbury Bond
47 Tina LaPlatt Tess
48 Paul Hackett Tuff
49 Nancy Crawford Ella
50 Carol Clawson Kita
51 Faansie Basson Molly
52 Daniel Keeton Heidi
53 Diane Spainhower Tess
54 Laura Esterman Meg
55 Lise Andersen Piper
56 Kay Stephens Jack


1 Victoria Long Nighinn
2 Sonia Craig Jen
3 Bill Wilder Otis
4 Julie Hansmire Frieda
5 Faansie Basson Wisp
6 Tina LaPlatt Tess
7 Nancy Crawford Tweed
8 Bridget Strang Rain
9 Carol Clawson Tell
10 Laura Esterman Meg
11 Terry Murray Minette
12 Mike Furcolow Punch
13 Karen Zamora Maddie
14 Diane Spainhower Tess
15 Shauna Gourley Jade
16 Lise Andersen Piper
17 Moni Howard Tad
18 Jo Woodbury Bond
19 Donna Eliason Ben
20 Jim Swift Jett
21 Daniel Keeton Heidi
22 Karen Stanley Clare
23 Brent Phelps Brock
24 Paul Hackett Tuff
25 Terri Warner Bea
26 Lasoya Lerma Blazin Beau
27 Bill Wilder Russell
28 Ellen Skillings Jill
29 Pam Bruns Skip
30 Coleen Hawker Ike
31 Mike Furcolow Meg
32 Victoria Long Ellum
33 Sonia Craig Lad
34 Tina LaPlatt Nick
35 Nancy Crawford Ella
36 Bridget Strang Treat
37 Terri Warner Nic
38 Mike Merriman Belle
39 Paul Hackett Ben
40 Jim Swift Molly
41 Shauna Gourley Mira
42 Lise Andersen Nellie
43 Lou Gilbert Kate
44 Karen Zamora Beau
45 Daniel Keeton Newby
46 Susan Shoemaker Ringer
47 Karen Stanley Grace
48 Jo Woodbury Zip
49 Deb Sussman Chaps
50 Faansie Basson Cap
51 Carol Clawson Kita
52 Lise Andersen Mack
53 Shauna Gourley Keli

1 Larry Adams Pippa
2 Steve Ratkiewicz Jessie`
3 Karen Stanley Dot
4 Terry Murray Stover
5 Coleen Hawker Jim
6 Sandy Jones Belle
8 Sandra Besseghini Mik
9 Sonia Craig Sam
11 Donna Eliason Grace
12 Terri Warner Pearl
13 Shauna Gourley Britt
14 Terry Murray Pawn
15 Karen Zamora
16 Pam Bruns Trixie
17 Sandy Jones Bob
18 Pam Bruns Bell
19 Ray Crabtree Lady Bug
20 Shauna Gourley Em
21 Steve Ratkiewicz Delia
22 Karen Zamora

1 Karen Stanley Dot
2 Pam Bruns Trixie
3 Terry Murray Stover
4 Sandra Besseghini Mik
5 Donna Eliason Grace
6 Larry Adams Pippa
7 Coleen Hawker Jim
8 Karen Zamora
9 Ray Crabtree Lady Bug
10 Steve Ratkiewicz Jessie`
12 Steve Ratkiewicz Delia
13 Shauna Gourley Em
14 Sandy Jones Bob
15 Sonia Craig Sam
16 Terri Warner Pearl
17 Sandy Jones Belle
18 Terry Murray Pawn
19 Shauna Gourley Britt
20 Karen Zamora
21 Pam Bruns Bell
22 Kay Stephens Bubba

» Lathrop Strang Memorial Fund «

11/14/2009 | (0) Comments

There are no words to describe the life you lived - you were amazing in every aspect of your life.  We love you Lados.

On a perfect Colorado spring day in 2008, a perilous run down a chute atop Mount Sopris took the life of Lathrop Strang. His death shocked and saddened the valley and a void lingers where his intellect and energy contributed so much.

Lathrop served on the board of Aspen Valley Land Trust for six years, and before that was a member to the board of Western Colorado Agricultural Heritage Fund, which merged with AVLT in 2002. Land conservation, particularly that of working ranches, was Lathrop’s passion. He felt strongly that humans as well as animals need open spaces and land to grow food and fuel.

Lathrop’s parents Mike and Kit, brother Scott and sisters Laurie and Bridget, asked that in lieu of flowers, people make a donation to a selected non-profits, including AVLT. The Lathrop Strang Memorial Fund helps defray some of the costs landowners incur in donation a conservation easement. The funds are used to conserve working ranches that have been in one family for at least 25 years. Lathrop is no longer here to advocate for ranchers and ranching, but he continues to help insure that ranching remains in the Roaring Fork and Colorado River valleys.

To contact AVLT please visit or email at
Aspen Vally Land Trust
320 Main Street
Carbondale, CO 81623-2084
(970) 963-8438

» Bridget Strang «

04/01/2008 | (0) Comments

Bridget has been on the farm, and around horses her whole life. She achieved her “A” rating in Pony Club, evented at the Advanced level for several years on a home bred horse, has shown up threw fourth Level USDF, and shown cutting horses at the NCHA western states championships. She shows at numerous AA rated shows, and has qualified and taken several students and horses for the national championships at Harrisburg and Washington. Both the hunter and jumper business and the lesson program focus on healthy, happy horses and riders. She used to breed sport horses, and enjoys developing the young horses as well as the young riders.

She enjoys developing young horses and students, as well as teaching the amateurs.

Sport horses Hexton (Darco/Furiouso II) and Bridget at Spruce Meadows. Hexton was imported from England  as a six yr old and went on to a second place finish in his Grand Prix debut. King, by Ulster (Nimmerdor) level 7 jumpers Indio Ca.

» Strang Gang News November 2010 «

12/01/2009 | (0) Comments

The Year started with a sheepdog trial in Denver, and also with a win. What a great way to start the year!!!!!!! We attended the National Western Stock show in Denver in January, with the Strang Ranch represented in the bovine show with the Max’s Lowline heifers, and the canine division with Rosie in the sheepdog trial. The horses were already in California with my able bodied assistant Kristy Gregg. Mike, Kit, Bridget, Nellie, Treat and Rosie -in one truck...- all headed west the end of January. Arriving just in time to help Bob Peitrzak show his horse Cubano in the first week of shows at the Desert Horse Park in Thermal. It took us a couple weeks to get our horses in the show ring, but by week three Martha McCoys’ horse Sandro Bear had picked up great ribbons in the pre-green, Phillip was getting checks in the huge level five jumpers, and the Devan’s pony Benedicta Blue was winning in the Large Green Ponies. By the end of the circuit Laura Peitrzak had joined us with her two horses, Carolyn Miller had jumped Himself clean and fast in the Adult jumpers, and the young horses were getting a dose of horse show reality.

Benedicta Blue showing in the large Green pony's Thermal 2010.
Benedicta Blue showing in the large Green pony's Thermal 2010.
We hurried home to MUD and Cold, but also a trip to Hawaii with family. A few days in a rain forest, and a few days on a beach- and everything was put right!!!!!! .
Back at it at the Ranch, we hosted a mock horse show to get the new kids ready for the upcoming horse show season. The little girls that were just learning to canter it seems were now learning about courses, and lead changes. Their preparation paid off as all had am amazing show season. I am so proud of them all. In May we canceled our local horse show because who wants to show in SNOW!!! and went to high Prairie for two weeks instead. We won a little, {Sandro Bear was Champion in the Pre-Green Hunters} learned a lot and had a great time. It was fun getting back to horse showing!!! Summer here we come.

The dog trialing ramped up a notch with three dog trials to participate in in the spring. Dogs were great, handler needs a lot of work- final score..... dogs and Bridget zero- sheep 12.... It seems that our success early was not indicative of our summer success. We are learning a lot, and am proud to say that by the time August rolled around I was back on track and Treat just two yrs old won his first open Ranch trial at Nicomodes Dog Trial in Alamosa Colorado. He also went on to win a nursery in October, on his home turf and get his first “leg” in qualifying for the National Finals in 2011. Rosie remains the finest stock dog you could ever want, patient, strong and smarter than all of us.

June at the ranch brought our first CWHJA horse show at the ranch and two others in the Valley. Greg Best came from New Zealand for a fabulous jumping clinic the end of the month. This man has the history of top competition both as a rider and a coach at the Olympic level. His extensive clinic schedule has him teaching thousands of riders in a year. With all that experience behind him it is no wonder he is a master teacher and trainer. We look forward to next years clinic. We thought so much of our time with him, we ventured over the mountains and rode with him again in August at Plum Creek Hollow. Thank you Greg for all your time and patience. Maria Wasson also came to the ranch monthly for our flat work tune ups. June was also the start of our first annual summer pony camp. This was a huge success. Deciding that the kids needed a little more than diagonals and leads in their riding we established the camp. Our goals to teach some of the things that our kids miss not being a part of Pony Club, and have some good old fashioned fun!!! I think we succeeded on both counts. Courtney and Amy helped run them with the able assistance of Skylar. This is definitely on for next year. And I am sure we will be a sell out.

July and August brought more horse shows. Local shows were a blast with my crew of kids. I am so grateful for my wonderful ponies- Bell, Freckles, Cloudy and Bonni. Each pony teaches a different lesson, so with the kids switching ponies each month the end result is a very capable rider, and a lot of RIBBONS!!! Martha McCoy and her horse Sandro Bear collected a Championship ribbon at Estes Park in August. September brought us to fall High Prairie where Strang Ranches Artie and Carolyn Devan topped the Children’s hunter for a Championship ribbon.
October brought the dog trial, and another perfect perfect autumn weekend. We had competitors from seven different states, there were lots of spectators and lots of interest was generated about next years trials. It was a wonderful weekend.
I would like to congratulate Beth Jaquet on the purchase of Nakota, and Michelle Marlow on the purchase of Wonder. I am so pleased that you both found your horses, and that they found you. Good luck!!
I am bracing for winter.... Fall was just too easy. Beautiful, warm sunny days made riding the three year olds fillies a reality. This time of new cold, frozen ground, and early dark nights is a hard transition. I will be happy when the snow is deep, and we can once again ride out on that fluffy, crystal cloud under the Colorado blue sky. 

» news april 2009 «

05/29/2009 | (0) Comments

News from Strang Ranch April 2009

It has been a very full winter for the Strang Gang in Thermal California.  WE took ten horses down, on a 18 hr trip that took four days… Fortunately we eventually did make it safe and sound to California with well rested horses and trucks in good working order with some new parts..?
Thermal, a sea of tents!! We arrived on a Thursday, and Friday morning found ourselves at the Desert Circuit horse show!!!  I think there was a week where there was not a show, but we were so busy clipping and unpacking and riding the winter out of our horses we hardly took notice.  Before we knew it we were back at the horse show.  With over twenty horses alternating show weeks, we were really busy for a solid seven weeks of horse shows!!  Thank you all, for trusting us with their care and having the faith to send them to the show ring with us. Green horses are not always easy, and progress does not come at a steady pace.  The horses were wonderful!!  All those shows at Thermal had us very well prepared for our two weeks at the Oaks.  Quiet time, 1.20m ThemalWonderview farms’ Quiet Time finished second in her 1.20meter classic at the Oaks, after several really good ribbons at Thermal in the very competitive level 5 jumpers.  Top of my List, and Carolyln Devan at Thermal, reserve champ Schooling Pony Hunter. Carolyn Devan joined us for one week of showing, and catch rode “Top of my List” AKA Cooper to a reserve championship in the schooling pony hunter, and then stepped up to the Large Pony hunters.  She did a wonderful job, and I was so proud of her figuring out a different pony, over huge jumps, in gale force winds!!!! The Strang horses, Fiona, Philip and Halleluljah, also had their successes, earning good ribbons from the pre-green hunters to the 1.30m jumpers. 
Kristy Gregg will be managing the barn this summer.  We also welcome Tara Hill from California here to do some riding and teaching.  Hugh Coleby is also in residence starting and training colts.  There will be three CWHJA hunter jumper shows at the ranch this summer, May 3rd, June 5 & 6, and August 29 & 30th.  There are several clinics scheduled for this summer.  Maria Wasson will be here May 15-16 and will be returning every month for her dressage/flat work/ good position clinics.  Greg Eliel will be returning the end of June for his Horsemanship clinc.  For many years Greg was a protégé of Ray Hunts´ and Buck Brannamans´.  He is a very good teacher, and has a wonderful simple approach to problem solving. If you desire a straighter, softer, easier horse on the ground and riding, don´t miss this clinic.  Please contact Bridget or Kit if you are interested in either of these clinics.  Both clinics are open to all levels of riders. 
Unforgetable Fable, Thermal. Philip, Thermal 1.20m Ikera,  showing her winning style in the AA hunters. Paddy O'Reilly and Laura Pietrzak, winners of the A/A jumper classic!!!

» Parting Shots «

12/06/2007 | (0) Comments

Courtney and Kim racing home after the pairs barrel race. 08
Treat, these things called sheep!! Treat loves the water! Fiona at the Greg Best Clinic 08'.
Emily and Guizmo in great form. Cody and Emily getting ready for the Pairs Relay in Estes Park 08. Freckels and her fan club before winning the lead line at Estes Park.
Gail looking great winning the Egg and spoon on Hexton 08