March 30, 2017
As we left the congestion of Denver and headed south towards our destination of Puelbo, Colorado the land stayed flat and smooth with the mountains always in our sight. We arrived in Pueblo at the home of Kirsten Vold. Kirsten grew up in a rodeo family, on the road with her mom and dad. Her mom was a rodeo trick rider - and still teaches the sport to this day. Her father, a self-proclaimed vagabond, built and grew one of the leading rodeo stock companies in the industry, Harry Vold Rodeo Company. A quick walk through Kirsten’s city house showed us that she is no stranger to the saddle either. She spent her young years trick riding and learning the rodeo business. Though she never pictured herself with a future in that business - she had aspirations of being a big city lawyer in California - Kirsten returned to the ranch and her love of the animals they raise.
I rode with Kirsten from her home in town out to the ranch. Our first stop at the expansive ranch was to visit her dad in the house where her parents still live and where she grew up. It became quickly clear that this wasn’t just any house, but also a living shrine to the rodeo industry and the family business. Room after room was filled with photographs, signatures, memorabilia and even the mounts of a few of the family’s most prominent bulls. As Kirsten worked with her dad to go through some paperwork at his desk, I wandered the halls in awe at the history and beauty that livest tucked away in the ranch house.
From there Kirsten showed me the property - the bunks that will soon be filled with seasonal workers, and from there on to give a few treats to some of her cherished bucking broncs, who weren’t so bucking on this day.
She then showed me something very important to their ranch and their legacy - the graveyard where their beloved animals go to rest. From the horse she trick rode as a child to the bucking broncs they have raised from colts, each animal had its own spot to rest. After all of the years that the animals gave to the Vold family, this is their way of honoring the animals they raise and ride.
Next up it was back in the truck to go to the ranch that Kirsten owns and manages - the place where she keeps her prized horse, Painted Valley. We arrived at the pasture and I climbed on the back of the flatbed truck with Kirsten while she flaked the hay off to the mares and their colts. As we drove she told me the names of the horses that followed us and at the hay - many of them the offspring of her prized stallion. At the end of the night Kirsten shared a little more of the beauty of her “job” - we talked as the sun set over the horses with their colts at pasture.
While it may not have been the life she originally imagined for herself, Kirsten has made her mark not only in the family business but in the rodeo world - something that isn’t always easy to do as a woman. Her immense love for the animals, a great respect for the rodeo industry and a desire to carry on the traditions of her family make this RanchHer shine.
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Thanks again, very enjoyable!!
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