Young Horses at Play
Bull Elk and Mare Trying to Share
Utah Cutting Horse Clinic
Tom Lyons at his clinic
ABOUT THE RANCH
Aspen Meadows Ranch was originally part of Castle Rock Land and Livestock and the operating company of Ensign Ranches. The combined operation ran over 6,000 mother cattle, farmed thousands of acres, and operated a small cattle feedlot. As part of this operation, horses were critical and a small breeding program developed with a goal of providing hearty and talented horses to be used in the herding, roping, sorting, and management of the cattle. We still have some of our original mares and their babies are usually the first to go as they have gained the respect of local ranchers and cowboys who use them everyday in their business and then take them to weekend roping events. In 2003, the Allens decided it was time to split off from their partners and spend more time on their horse passion and enjoy the benefits of having their own business. Aspen Meadows still runs several thousand cattle a year as part of its agreements with the former partners. The current ranch is 16,000 acres, located in Echo Canyon Utah and running through portions of Utah and Wyoming. The closest towns are Evanston, Wyoming and Coalville, Utah.
Horse Operation: What began as an effort to provide high quality horses to support a 6,000-head cattle operation, has expanded into one of the intermountain west’s top breeding programs. Aspen Meadows Ranch offers today’s top bloodlines with proven performance histories with the added athleticism and strength that comes from being raised in large mountain Ranch pastures. All our young horses are raised in large mountain pastures and learn from day one how to use their bodies to move up and down the mountains. These pastures teach the horses how to know where their feet are at all times (watch out for the badger holes!), how to accept change and diversity, and even how to handle some surprises (a bull elk is quite a site for a young horse). Studies have also shown that early physical conditioning in horses helps them with muscle building and aerobic conditioning throughout their lives. In addition to running a large band of broodmares and raising young horses, the ranch stands several stallions for stud services, and always has in training numerous prospects.
Wildlife Program: We are blessed that our ranch contains a variety of mountain terrain that ranges from lush green meadows to groves of aspen trees. This is ideal habitat for wildlife. Our wildlife program is managed by a professional biologist with a goal of maximizing opportunities for wildlife to thrive, giving the owners the benefit of interacting with these great animals as well as some extra income from hunting. Over the last few years, our mule deer hunting program has gained national notoriety with average Boon and Crocket scores that can compete with the best (195 average). We also hunt moose and elk and have a particularly large herd of elk that moves off the adjacent National Forest lands to spend the winter on our land. We try to manage our feed to make sure we provide some extra for the elk during our long, cold winters. We only grow upset when they line up in a brood mare feed row, as happens every winter.
Ranch Events. Every summer we sponsor some type of horse clinic and related events. In recent years we have hosted the Utah Cutting Horse Associations “Cuttin Camp” training clinic and in 2004 hosted a fabulous three-day cutting clinic with Tom Lyons. Watch our website for more details.
Park City's The Park Record featured us in an article on March 15 that highlighted the national success the talented riders and horses from Aspen Meadows Ranch are having . It also explained the type of events the horses are featured in and the skill that both rider and horse must possess to compete. Click to read the article in pdf format. (high resolution 2.6 MB)