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Billie Taylor worked as a wrangler and corral manager in Yellowstone National Park for a decade, and has been actively involved in the Gardiner community since 2006. After seasonal jobs in the horseback realm took her all over the Rocky Mountains and Pacific Northwest, she was drawn back to the heart of Montana and the wildness of Yellowstone National Park. Purchasing and operating Yellowstone Roughriders was her calling, fitting together the puzzle pieces of her passions for people, horses, and business together..
Kim is the momma bear of Yellowstone Roughriders. Two of our wranglers happen to be her biological children but, she will claim them all as her cubs. After raising 7 children she left Ohio and headed West. Her love for horses brought her to Yellowstone National Park. Her stops along the way were Santa Fe, New Mexico where she became a published author, and different parts of Colorado where she really honed her wrangling skills. It was there where she developed her ability to facilitate equine therapy sessions. She is the creator of “Hanging with the Horses"; our newest
offering at Yellowstone Roughriders. This kind of groundwork with horses is closest to her heart. Kim believes that horses teach us so much, just by being in their presence. Come and have a session with Kim and our herd and see for yourself!
Logan grew up in northwest Georgia in a town called Calhoun. After finishing college in 2016, with a history degree, and not much direction he decided to take a chance with two of his closest friends and ended up working in Yellowstone National Park. Once in the park, he met Billie and they quickly became great friends. She was responsible for Logan’s very first horseback ride. Then in 2020, he was hired by Billie to run the office for Yellowstone Roughriders. He was told, “he wouldn’t have to touch the horses.” Logan learned more and more about the horses as he went from just tolerating them, to actually enjoying their company. He discovered a new joy being around them and even looks forward to saddle up his favorite horses Bugsy or Dopey.
Risa has been guiding clients through Yellowstone National Park since 2017. Don’t let her lovely quiet gentle nature fool you, when it comes down to it, she can be a real fire cracker and can ride with the best of them. Risa moved from New England to Montana to pursue horses and new adventures. When she has time off, she enjoys hiking, exploring, and camping. There is no moss growing under those feet, Risa is an AWESOME adventurer.
Ernie grew up in the plains of Ohio, enjoying things like video games, and Star Wars. He is a bit of a nerd and proud of it. Although he grew up around horses, their influence on his life really began at the age of 12 in the Rocky Mountains of Colorado, where he spent his summer experiencing the crazy life of a cowboy. When it came time to get his first real job, he was hired by Jerry Thomas to work for Roosevelt Corrals in Yellowstone National Park. Ernie has grown in to be quite the capable wrangler and is one of the few who shares the responsibility of hauling our precious horses through the park.
Josie is one of our most experienced wranglers and she is also one of the youngest. Josie grew up in Gardiner, Montana and was riding horses before she was able to walk. Her love for horses and packing was passed down to her by her parents, Jerry and Wendy. She started trail guiding at the age of 12 and found she enjoys people as much as she enjoys horses. She loves how YR allows her to get to know people from all over the world and the stories she swaps with them. Josie has plenty of great stories about growing up in Montana to share with riders, just ask!
John, with his sweet southern draw, can fix whatever we are capable of breaking. He has raised and trained quarter horses for over 25 years in Calhoun, Georgia . He has experience with cutting, cow and rope horses and is quite accomplished in the show ring; a 2-time reserve World Champion and a yearend champion in the American Ranch Horse Association. After spending the first part of his life in Georgia ranching, John decided to go West looking for new horizons and a slower paced life. He moved to the Yellowstone area in 2020. We are so fortunate to have him as part of our team.
Steve, described by Billie as her most LOYAL wrangler, grew up in the suburbs of St. Louis, Missouri, not around horses. He came out to Yellowstone in 2018 to be a cowboy singer knowing maybe only one country song. Now, he has heaps of country songs he can preform. After working with the Horse Department in YNP, he realized he loves horses just as much as music! “Working with horses is a relatively new passion for me but I can't imagine my life without them.” When He is not on horseback or writing and recording music he enjoy hiking and climbing (especially off-trail and obscure areas). So, if he is your wrangler don’t forget to ask him for a song. And don’t worry, he has become as good a wrangler as he is an entertainer!
“Mommas don’t let your babies grow up to be cowboys!” Welp, Jared’s momma paid no mind to that advice. Jared is the oldest of three and spent his younger years ripping and romping all over Pike County, GA. Y’all will be hard pressed to run across some adventure ol’ Jared hasn’t tried. From camping out on the Flint River for weeks eating nothing but the fish he caught, to cutting up a rug at the local Moose Lodge, to driving out to Yellowstone in 2015 for his first summer in the park.. Jareds a Montana man in his heart and it shows. He’s been an important role in YR since the beginning. He loves the back country trips but if you're lucky enough to enjoy a day ride with Jared, we can guarantee a good time.