For this fourth-generation rancher, the path back to her family's Oregon cattle operation was lined with detours, uncertainty and plenty of tests.
Parts 1 and 2 of the three-part feature, "Comrade Cowboy," appeared in the July and August issues of Western Horseman. The story chronicles how a Montana rancher is working to establish a large-scale, Western cattle operation in Russia. Darrell Stevenson sent more than 1,400 cows to the former communist nation last January. Relying on a crew of American cowboys and a string of seasoned ranch geldings, Stevenson contends with a multitude of challenges in starting his Russian ranch.
Rob Krentz, who was murdered on his ranch in March of 2010, left a lasting impression.
Wanted: Day worker. Long hours, difficult tasks, unpredictable schedules. Pay not always commensurate with experience. Benefits include freedom, family time, opportunity to be horseback. " I work all over, for whoever needs me. It's the worst way in the world to make a living, but it's the best way of life." —DUB METCALF