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    Zapata Tent Camps

    “We’ve got an hour before the sun sets, should we ride out and find some bison?”

    And so kicked off our camp out on the Medano among the wild bison. A combination of laid-back spontaneity and the freedom of having 55,000 acres to yourself set the tone for the evening. With the tents set up and fire ring built, Kate, Jessie and I had our chores done and could go have some fun. We set off north in search of some

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    by Emily Paxson

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    Christmas in Spring

    Photographer Matt DeLorme reflects on his first branding experience at the Chico.

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  • Chasing the Green

    This spring feels like it’s pregnant. As if it is about to burst out unchecked as a living being.

    by Duke Phillips

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"Gully Run" and "Spring Forward", exhibited in Ranchlands' 2016 Art Show
December 6, 2016

Ranchlands in Paint

She came to the Chico an architectural painter. Now she’s a renowned Western artist. Spotlight on the longtime Ranchlands art show participant Jill Soukup.

August 3, 2015

Roanie’s Ride Out

I swung my big Circle A saddle up on the short back of the little red roan filly. The saddle accentuated her keen look, and made her appear as though she had been a seasoned ranch horse for years. In reality, she would be getting her first big ride on this cool Wednesday morning. She would have a job in moving cows today and would surely get tired but I had complete confidence she could handle

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January 22, 2015

Give Me a Horse

Last week we had to move around 500 head of cattle out of four pastures into one. This encompasses over 10,000 acres of land to cover. In general, we keep our cattle herd together in a single pasture, but in this instance cattle had broken through fence into an adjacent pasture, had been intentionally left behind in another, and yet another pasture had been invaded by a neighbor’s cattle. Unfortunately, due to constraining circumstances such as weather and logistics, we

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June 26, 2014

More Babies

Yesterday, Amy and I wrangled the broodmares from the north part of the ranch to bring them to new pasture.  We stopped by headquarters to look through them and inspect the new foals. There are still a few more to go but so far they are all healthy and vibrant. Here’s a shot of Amy petting a young one that decided to nap before going back out. 

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June 20, 2014

New to Riding

At Zapata we get to ride with some amazing riders from all over the world, polo players, show jumpers, dressage riders and those that have been in the saddle for a lifetime, we also get brand spanking new riders. Some have maybe been in the saddle once. Ever.These are I think the most rewarding to ride with, slightly nervous, excited and with no clue what they are able to achieve when they first step on. Quite often but under no

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June 4, 2014

Irises and Fur

With the recent moisture, the annual purple irises are the most vibrant I’ve ever seen them and the dark green, healthy grass has been accentuating things even more.

Last night we passed by the Wedding Trees with fields full of irises that Duke said gave off the illusion that the fields were flooded.

The bison at this time of year are also taking on their most interesting looks with their winter coats falling away.

The bulls always seem to be the most impressive,

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Butchering at the Chico
April 4, 2014

Ranch Roundup

Spring is here! And across the Chico and Zapata, that means cattle work, extra muddy ground and our annual beef butchering.

April 3, 2014

Spring Shipping

A selection of images taken during spring shipping at the Chico.