Mary Ann Beberman has been working with horses since the 1960s. She started out by retraining problem horses, and then moved on to starting her own colts and fillies. She has owned and/or trained Quarter Horses, Arabians, National Show Horses, Paso Finos, Morgans, Miniature Horses, a Kiger Mustang, Mules, Tennessee Walking Horses and Spotted Saddle Horses. Her equestrian experience encompasses English and Western Pleasure, Hunt Seat, Saddle Seat and Western Equitation; trail riding; packing; driving; play days; team roping; team penning; mare/foal/stallion management; riding instruction (she was a TWHBEA Certified Instructor), and just plain having fun with horses. She believes that the learning process should be fun for both horse and rider, and thoroughly enjoyed giving lessons.
Dan Beberman has loved horses for as long as he can remember, saving every quarter as a child so he could ride a few laps around the ring at a local pony farm. As an adult, he owned and rode Quarter Horses until discovering the magic qualities of the Tennessee Walking Horse. He has enjoyed team roping in the past, but now prefers trail rides, pack trips and an occasional show or fun day. Years ago, Dan became frustrated with how difficult it was to get consistent, quality farrier services. He took matters (and hooves) into his own hands and apprenticed under the mentorship of one of the finest shoers and trainers on the west coast. His passion for sound, correct trimming and shoeing of his Walking Horses became a career - he set up a shoeing shop at the Ranch, and was a respected, full time Farrier for a number of years.
Due to the economy, both Dan and Mary Ann now have full time jobs with outside employers. They miss their days of shoeing and training, and can occasionally be coerced into sharing a tip to two when the need arises. They spend their spare time working on their new, now horseless home, riding their "steel" horses (motorcycles), and when they're not collapsed on the couch, they enjoy country-western dancing.