Laramie, WY–Dale Jensen, head cook at the Vee Bar Guest Ranch entered the Ivinson Memorial Hospital Foundation Griller’s Cup last weekend, July 16th.  About 34 teams from across the region entered the competition.  Competitors entered a variety of meats and either a sauce or dessert.  Dale was one of six amateur competitors and twenty-eight professional competitors.  The Griller’s Cup is sanctioned by the Kansas City Barbecue Society.  Dale was the winner of the People’s Choice for Best Dessert.  Congratulations, Dale!

Copy and paste the link (below) into your browser to see Dale’s picture in the Laramie Daily Boomerang!


In Laramie, Wyoming there is a hometown celebration associated with the Fourth of July that calls the young at heart to come celebrate.  It is known as Laramie Jubilee Days and the festivities continue for about 10 days.  Rodeos, carnivals, and street fairs are only a few of the fun things to do.  The Vee Bar Guest Ranch also has it’s own sort of fun.  During the Ranch Jubilee Week at the Vee Bar there are not only activities at the ranch, but ample opportunities to go to Laramie and catch some of the fun.  On Monday, July 4th some of the guests and staff went to Freedom Has a Birthday at Washington Park in Laramie.  We were entertained by talented musicians and vendors.  One musical performing family had all eyes on them when their five year old boy played fiddle and sang to a large audience.  The rest of the guests rode horses across the Vee Bar meadows, taking in all that Mother Nature has to offer.  That evening, everybody dressed in red, white, and blue as we prepared for a fireworks show in Centennial.  Some friends came out from Laramie to join the Vee Bar staff and guests, and we all parked near Centennial to watch the show.  Centennial residents, businesses, and passers-by donated money to a “fireworks pool” and the money was used to purchase the town’s fireworks.  Some people also set off their own.  Although the show is not timed and organized, it lasted over an hour, and the fireworks were pretty impressive!

In addition to the horseback riding in “God’s Country” guests moved cattle across the plains, took a wagon ride with our team of horses, watched the Mr. T Bull Riding in Laramie, had a cook out in the mountains,  had several musicians at the ranch, and much more!

As another Fourth of July passes, and Laramie Jubilee Days comes to a close, we often wonder what the celebrations might have been like in the “old” days.  Rodeos, dances, and firecrackers probably completed any get-together.  A holiday such as the Fourth of July was the perfect reason to meet up with old friends and drop work for a day or two.  Imagine what it was like to only be able to communicate by mail or in person.  No phones, radios, or internet.   Communication was personal and more meaningful.  It was not taken for granted.  Any chance to get together with neighbors and friends had to be a special day; probably one worth talking about and reminiscing about for months to follow.

Here at the Vee Bar, the guests who visit have been so connected and “plugged in” that they forget what it’s like to live in the moment.  Think about how much time is spent in a day texting, checking e-mail, updating Facebook, and talking on the phone.  Communication via internet, phones, and texting is such a part of daily life that families often have to reacquaint themselves with each other while they are here, free of distractions and interruptions.  People have become such multi-taskers that their lives have actually become more complicated, stressful, and demanding.  For this reason it seems extra special for people to be able to spend time at the Vee Bar, in the heart of Mother Nature.  Time and time again we hear about the wonderfully refreshing vacation or simple get-away people have had.  They make new friends with other guests, play cards and board games with other family members, spend time outside being active, and simply have a good time.

As this Ranch Jubilee Week comes to a close at the Vee Bar, we would like to remind you to spend time living in the moment.  Don’t forget how to communicate on a personal level–it is important and everybody needs it.  Whether it’s at the Vee Bar or another place you consider your sanctuary, be sure to celebrate events and make them ones worth talking about and reminiscing about for months to follow.

Mini Donkeys Posted June 13, 2011


In February, the combination of a long car ride and a new Droid phone led to the purchase of two mini donkeys.  Not only are they mini donkeys, they are mini PAINT donkeys.  Who knew such creatures existed?  Brent, ever since meeting two mini donkeys over at the Deerwood Ranch, has liked the idea of having two of his own to use at the Vee Bar.  While shopping for kids horses, Brent came across an ad for Kit and Kaboodle.  Since Kari and Brent were already passing through Colorado on their way home from Arizona, they decided to stop and meet the donkeys.  They immediately knew Kit and Kaboodle would be a good fit for the Vee Bar.  The two donkeys had become quite used to their previous owner, as she was the only one that handled them.  Even though they were friendly to her, she rarely haltered them.  She had purchased them to be companion animals to a rope horse she no longer had.  When Brent and Kari saw them, they were a bit skittish, but came right up to the person they had known for a couple years.  With a little care and attention from the Vee Bar crew, as well as numerous guests at the ranch each week, Kari and Brent knew they would be gentled in no time.  After bringing Kit and Kaboodle home, the next step was to find a mini set of harnesses and a small wagon.  In late May we finally had all we needed to begin their training.  The donkeys will hopefully service young kids at the ranch both as animals to pet and as animals to pull a small wagon to give rides.  We hope to eventually enter them in the annual Laramie Jubilee Days parade the weekend after the 4th of July.  Kit and Kaboodle have been outfitted in their new harnesses several times, and hooked to a wagon twice.  They are doing very well and may progress faster than we originally thought!

New Horses Have Arrived Posted May 17, 2011


The Vee Bar owns approximately 30 horses which stay in the pastures at the ranch year-round.  Each summer the Vee Bar leases around 15 more horses to use for the guest ranch season.  We always have the same core group that we lease year after year.  The horses that didn’t work the previous season or got replaced for one reason or another are the only ones that we don’t see back at the ranch.  Yesterday, Brent and Tommy drove the semi and trailer to Pavilion, Wyoming to pick up 9 horses for the Vee Bar.  A few of these horses include Mason, Ed, and Jello.  The horses seemed to know where they were upon arrival.  They made themselves at home in the corrals last night and munched contently on their hay.  This morning our herd was brought in from the meadows.  Most of the horses will recognize each other and work at establishing their pecking order today.  The order that they establish during the first week is usually the order that they keep all summer.  They will stand in the same place in the corral with the same group of horses each day.  Very few of them mingle from one clique to the next.  When they are all turned out to pasture at night, they will still stay with their friends as they graze.  Horses are quite entertaining, complex creatures.  Their memories of each other and of the Vee Bar are strong year after year.  Perhaps that is what makes it so easy for them to ease into the summer routine.  When each horse is led into the barn for the first time in the spring, they walk calmly as if to say, “Ah, I’m home!”

Welcome! Posted May 14, 2011


Welcome to the Vee Bar Guest Ranch blog!  We hope that you read it often and enjoy the content.  We’ll include local stories, news, and events as well as issues that pertain to the Vee Bar Guest Ranch and the western way of life.  More to come…