June 4, 2012


A fourth generation rancher, Tess co-manages Ranchlands with her brother Duke IV. She is raising her two sons on Chico Basin Ranch with her husband David.

By: Fred Kelly

Tomorrow I will be leaving the ranch after two fun filled months at the Zapata ranch as anĀ intern. Having arrived in April from London the internship has been a very exciting and interesting experience, a time in my life I will not forget in a hurry. Adapting to ranch life has been a very refreshing experience for me, having grown up in cities all my life and despite my previous thoughts I have not missed the city at all. I have also been warmly welcomed by all the staff here at the ranch who have helped to make my stay as enjoyable as it has been, something which I think all the guests who have stayed have also appreciated. One of my most memorable experiences will be riding one of the larger calfs at the Zapata branding weekend, something that I never could have imagined doing back home in London. I have also enjoyed the horseback riding more and more as the weeks have gone by and riding out with guests in the wide open pastures on some of the best horses in Colorado has made me feel very fortunate. I will miss the ranch and people here so much and definitely plan to come back one day.