Ranch Manager & Jigger Boss Elaine Pawlowski. Photo © 2014 Nancy D. Brown
Elaine Pawlowski is ranch manager and jigger boss – in other words, she oversees the health and safety of all animals on this 10 acre working cattle ranch. From the pot belly pig to 50 head of horses, Pawlowski knows every animal’s name and their personality profile.
“We’re not breed prejudice here,” notes Pawlowski when asked how she matches horse to rider. “We use any horse that has the heart and the ability to get the job done. For the people, personality does matter. I give a student a horse that compliments the rider. We want you to be safe while riding.”
Cowgirl for a day
As an experienced equestrian with many years of horse ownership under my belt in my youth, it has been a dream of mine to learn how to ride a reining horse. With my busy travel schedule, I no longer own horses or the
tack riding gear that goes along with this hobby. Arizona Cowboy College was my chance to hop on a horse that could show me the ropes so to speak.
After grooming and saddling Lucky, my Quarter Horse for the morning, we headed into the riding arena and I was schooled on the nuances and techniques of how to make a horse spin. After several false starts, I was successfully clucking and kicking my way through a manuever resulting in a grin on my face the size of Texas! Mission accomplished.
No matter what your riding level, there is a horse for you. Students choose in advance from a variety of equestrian class offerings such as arena work, trail rides, cart driving, roping, dutch oven cooking or cattle work.