Sweeping view after sweeping view, Montana is rightly referred to as The Treasure State. Mountain Sky Ranch sits perfectly perched just above Yellowstone River, extending across Paradise Valley and up the surrounding foothills. Take one step onto the ranch, and you feel like you’ve time-traveled to the days of the Wild West. It’s no wonder. The ranch dates back to the late 1800s as a stopping point on the Lonesome Dove cattle drive trail all the way from Texas.
Meghaan Lieber and Julie Tate, wranglers at Mountain Sky, ride around the property with the greatest of ease, herding dozens of horses against the backdrop of the American Frontier. If it sounds overwhelmingly majestic, that’s because it is. These girls, skilled and sharp, don’t mind the mud on their boots or the sweat on their brows. That’s all part of the glory of the job. Horse wrangling is hard work. Watching them ride made me realize that the romanticized notion of the Old West lives on. Meghaan and Julie know the land well. It’s like a close friend; the more familiar you get, the more secrets and hidden trails you discover.
An adventurous spirit is a prerequisite to living and working in this great state. Whatever the weather may bring, no matter which animal is near, come hell or high water, you have to be able to face it headstrong, without flinching. A Montana woman, now that is someone deserving of admiration.
Meghaan is wearing: Carhartt Women’s Dodson Shirt and Carhartt Women’s Original-Fit Canvas Crawford Dungaree; and Julie is wearing: Carhartt Women’s Minot Shirt, Carhartt Women’s Sandstone Mock-Neck Vest/Sherpa Lined, & Carhartt Women’s Slim Fit Nyona Jean