|Forever tall in the saddle: Tate Jensen 1980-2011|
Head ‘em up, move ‘em out. It’s time for our trail ride at Tavaputs Ranch in Eastern Utah. I’m here with my husband Tim, sister-in-law Anne Marie, and niece Amber. Ranchers Butch and Tate match each of us with a horse, saddle ‘em up and teach us greenhorns the ropes.
We start through a towering aspen forest under an azure sky. Tate is in the lead and Butch brings up the rear with his trusty cow horse; three border collies accompany us. As we dip into the valley Tate points to the left and we turn our heads in time to see a thundering herd of elk, several hundred of them kicking up dust on their way across a distant meadow. As we re-enter the forest we hear the elk squealing as they charge through the valley below.
|Amber, Rancher Butch Jensen, and the dogs—keeping the cattle in line.|
Riding the Range