People Who Make It Work

 

Silver Buckle Ranch is proud to employ a staff of highly trained and experienced       professionals who have a strong passion for meeting the needs of our community.


Our instructors specialize in beginner and intermediate riders.  We can meet the needs of your young rider's first experience with horses AND we also love those riders who are improving toward a life goal.  Sometimes our lesson students simply want to spend time connecting with a horse which seems to bring a sense of peace in a stressful world.


Holly Bahr came to the Ranch in the Summer of 2016 as a volunteer and soon joined our staff as an instructor.  Holly is the lead for most of our Camps and Birthday Parties.

Holly Bahr with her 2 American Saddlebred horses:  CH TygerLuv of Silver Oaks (right) and Where Angels Fly (left)

Holly Bahr with her 2 American Saddlebred horses:  CH TygerLuv of Silver Oaks (right) and Where Angels Fly (left)

Holly as a young girl on her 38 inch tall Shetland pony named Skippy jumping over a 28 inch jump! 

Holly as a young girl on her 38 inch tall Shetland pony named Skippy jumping over a 28 inch jump! 

Holly's equine love began when she was 4 and got her first pony. In typical Shetland pony fashion, he taught her many valuable lessons when it came to horsemanship. She began showing this same pony when she was 8 in English and Bareback and competed at the local shows in Clark County.

When she outgrew her beloved pony, she rescued her American Saddlebred, CH Tygerluv of Silver Oaks ("Tyger") which began a 15 year (and counting) partnership with one of the most rewarding and special horses. Through him, she learned just how wonderful and powerful it is to earn and build upon the trust a horse can give. To bring a horse from zero trust to a fully trusting partner, through positive reinforcement, understanding and compassion, is something that has carried through while training her other horses. Their competing career before retiring him included multiple local show High Points, State Championship Titles in both 4H and High School Equestrian team, numerous State, Regional, and National Titles on the American Saddlebred Circuit in the Hunter Pleasure Division, which led to the coveted Championship Status (CH) that will forever precede his name. 

Holly currently shows her other American Saddlebred, Where Angels Fly ("Flyer") primarily on the breed circuit, but enjoys the local shows at the beginning of the year and hitting the trails around Battle Ground Lake. Her strong passion for helping the community and getting youth involved with horses, leads her excitement to be part of the Buckle Team. 


Meet our weekday Riding Instructor = Tessa Anderson

        Stay tuned to this space for her biography.

 

Tessa at the Ranch    

Tessa at the Ranch

 

 

And our Barn Staff

Dirk cart driving his horse Wesson

Dirk cart driving his horse Wesson

Dirk Mandt

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Christian Davison

Christian riding bareback in round pen at Silver Buckle Ranch.

Christian riding bareback in round pen at Silver Buckle Ranch.

      

“I am writing to tell you of my positive experiences with Silver Buckle. At Catholic Community Services we work with troubled children that are very much at risk, many don’t have positive experiences in their lives and so they act out. In working as a counselor with this agency I have had the privilege of helping clients gain positive life skills. It is my strong belief that Silver Buckle is our best partner. The experience that the children have there is always positive. Watching them grow and seeing first hand the fundamental skills they learn; to care, clean and develop empathy for an animal that is far larger than anything they’ve experienced. And they learn to saddle and ride a horse, an experience that will be with them their entire lives. Staff is always attentive to detail, warm, personable, and never seem to be overwhelmed. Perhaps the most important element is their skill in bringing out the best in our clients. I wish all could experience the growth that occurs when one of our clients has the privilege to be chosen to go to the ranch.”
— Kathy Montgomery and Greg Andrews, Counselors with Catholic Community Services