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Copper Spring Ranch: Building a ranching legacy

Bill Brewster

In a time span of eight years, Cooper Spring Ranch (CSR) has transformed its ranching legacy from a dream to a lasting place in Montana’s ranching history book.

Although this Quarter Horse and cattle ranch and its associated CSR Equine Sports Medicine Center near Bozeman, MT, has been breeding and raising performance horses for just a few years, the operation has been able to combine tried-and-true traditional ranch management techniques with the application of the latest technology and innovative thinking to secure a lasting chapter with both their trendsetting equine bloodlines and the state-of-the-art medical clinic.

The concept for the ranch’s operating plan was created after owners Karen and Klein Gilhousen started to search for a suitable, sound and safe barrel horse for their young daughter, Aspen, in 2002.

As a result, Karen Gilhousen and Sandie Metcalf, an employee who is now the ranch manager, began to put the vision together for this comprehensive, 2,000-acre facility in the Four Corners area of Gallatin County.

Before long, Sandie’s husband, Gary, with his broad ranching background, was enlisted as general manager.

They started from scratch with the innovative blueprint and design that now includes a large, heated indoor arena; Western style office; large outdoor arena; three barns with box stalls; a covered round pen; a mare barn for client’s brood mares; veterinary clinic and a number of working corrals, outdoor paddocks and runs. A new stud barn is being planned for construction in 2011 adjacent to the veterinary clinic.

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In a time span of eight years, Cooper Spring Ranch (CSR) has transformed its ranching legacy from a dream to a lasting place in Montana’s ranching history book.

Although this Quarter Horse and cattle ranch and its associated CSR Equine Sports Medicine Center near Bozeman, MT, has been breeding and raising performance horses for just a few years, the operation has been able to combine tried-and-true traditional ranch management techniques with the application of the latest technology and innovative thinking to secure a lasting chapter with both their trendsetting equine bloodlines and the state-of-the-art medical clinic.

The concept for the ranch’s operating plan was created after owners Karen and Klein Gilhousen started to search for a suitable, sound and safe barrel horse for their young daughter, Aspen, in 2002.

As a result, Karen Gilhousen and Sandie Metcalf, an employee who is now the ranch manager, began to put the vision together for this comprehensive, 2,000-acre facility in the Four Corners area of Gallatin County.

Before long, Sandie’s husband, Gary, with his broad ranching background, was enlisted as general manager.

They started from scratch with the innovative blueprint and design that now includes a large, heated indoor arena; Western style office; large outdoor arena; three barns with box stalls; a covered round pen; a mare barn for client’s brood mares; veterinary clinic and a number of working corrals, outdoor paddocks and runs. A new stud barn is being planned for construction in 2011 adjacent to the veterinary clinic.

In a time span of eight years, Cooper Spring Ranch (CSR) has transformed its ranching legacy from a dream to a lasting place in Montana’s ranching history book.

Although this Quarter Horse and cattle ranch and its associated CSR Equine Sports Medicine Center near Bozeman, MT, has been breeding and raising performance horses for just a few years, the operation has been able to combine tried-and-true traditional ranch management techniques with the application of the latest technology and innovative thinking to secure a lasting chapter with both their trendsetting equine bloodlines and the state-of-the-art medical clinic.

The concept for the ranch’s operating plan was created after owners Karen and Klein Gilhousen started to search for a suitable, sound and safe barrel horse for their young daughter, Aspen, in 2002.

As a result, Karen Gilhousen and Sandie Metcalf, an employee who is now the ranch manager, began to put the vision together for this comprehensive, 2,000-acre facility in the Four Corners area of Gallatin County.

Before long, Sandie’s husband, Gary, with his broad ranching background, was enlisted as general manager.

They started from scratch with the innovative blueprint and design that now includes a large, heated indoor arena; Western style office; large outdoor arena; three barns with box stalls; a covered round pen; a mare barn for client’s brood mares; veterinary clinic and a number of working corrals, outdoor paddocks and runs. A new stud barn is being planned for construction in 2011 adjacent to the veterinary clinic.

In a time span of eight years, Cooper Spring Ranch (CSR) has transformed its ranching legacy from a dream to a lasting place in Montana’s ranching history book.

Although this Quarter Horse and cattle ranch and its associated CSR Equine Sports Medicine Center near Bozeman, MT, has been breeding and raising performance horses for just a few years, the operation has been able to combine tried-and-true traditional ranch management techniques with the application of the latest technology and innovative thinking to secure a lasting chapter with both their trendsetting equine bloodlines and the state-of-the-art medical clinic.

The concept for the ranch’s operating plan was created after owners Karen and Klein Gilhousen started to search for a suitable, sound and safe barrel horse for their young daughter, Aspen, in 2002.

As a result, Karen Gilhousen and Sandie Metcalf, an employee who is now the ranch manager, began to put the vision together for this comprehensive, 2,000-acre facility in the Four Corners area of Gallatin County.

Before long, Sandie’s husband, Gary, with his broad ranching background, was enlisted as general manager.

They started from scratch with the innovative blueprint and design that now includes a large, heated indoor arena; Western style office; large outdoor arena; three barns with box stalls; a covered round pen; a mare barn for client’s brood mares; veterinary clinic and a number of working corrals, outdoor paddocks and runs. A new stud barn is being planned for construction in 2011 adjacent to the veterinary clinic.

In a time span of eight years, Cooper Spring Ranch (CSR) has transformed its ranching legacy from a dream to a lasting place in Montana’s ranching history book.

Although this Quarter Horse and cattle ranch and its associated CSR Equine Sports Medicine Center near Bozeman, MT, has been breeding and raising performance horses for just a few years, the operation has been able to combine tried-and-true traditional ranch management techniques with the application of the latest technology and innovative thinking to secure a lasting chapter with both their trendsetting equine bloodlines and the state-of-the-art medical clinic.

The concept for the ranch’s operating plan was created after owners Karen and Klein Gilhousen started to search for a suitable, sound and safe barrel horse for their young daughter, Aspen, in 2002.

As a result, Karen Gilhousen and Sandie Metcalf, an employee who is now the ranch manager, began to put the vision together for this comprehensive, 2,000-acre facility in the Four Corners area of Gallatin County.

Before long, Sandie’s husband, Gary, with his broad ranching background, was enlisted as general manager.

They started from scratch with the innovative blueprint and design that now includes a large, heated indoor arena; Western style office; large outdoor arena; three barns with box stalls; a covered round pen; a mare barn for client’s brood mares; veterinary clinic and a number of working corrals, outdoor paddocks and runs. A new stud barn is being planned for construction in 2011 adjacent to the veterinary clinic.

editor’s note: for more information on copper spring ranch, visit http://www.copperspringranch.com or call 406-522-4044.

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