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"NO HOUR OF LIFE IS WASTED THAT IS SPENT IN THE SADDLE."

Winston Churchill

LEEDS BUTCHER

OWNER

Leeds Butcher has been an owner of Bearcat Stables since 2006. Leeds has worked in sales and marketing in Colorado since 1993 before partnering up with Gavin Selway, whom he has known since high school. 

Leeds is also a Master Scuba Diving Instructor, a Sommelier and a musician. He has a deep passion for nature, animals and the history of the ranch.  He will entertain you with stories about Ellis "Bearcat" Bearden  if you ask!  

AUDREY McRAE

GROUP SALES MANAGER

Audrey McRae's passion for horses started when she attended a horse camp for kids at age 6. In 1998, she began her wrangling career teaching children to ride at a horse camp in Cordillera, and guided at several other ranches before coming to work for Bearcat Stables is 2012. Audrey moved to the Vail Valley in 1991 and also owns a Real Estate & property management company in Eagle-Vail. 

NICOLE GODLEY

OWNER

Nicole Godley has been an active equestrian for most of her life and is very passionate about horses, being active outdoors and sharing her energy with others. Originally from Indiana, she moved to Colorado a few years ago after college and is continually exploring the mountains. She brings her riding experience & extensive knowledge about horses to Bearcat Stables and truly enjoys sharing these amazing creatures with people of all ages. Being with horses and outdoors surrounded by these beautiful mountains is where she is happiest.  Come ride with her!

DIANE HAYNES

WRANGLER

Diane Haynes has had horses most of her life. She started taking people into the back country over 30 years ago.  She never gets tired of seeing the back country, to her, it's home! Diane has been guiding the Vail to Aspen trips for over 20 years and loves every minute of the adventure. She lives in Eagle on a small working ranch and has 2 grown kids,

both of whom love the outdoors and and share her passion for horses.

KYLEE GILBERT

WRANGLER

Kylee Gilbert fell in love with horses at a very young age and it stuck with her! She moved to Vail, Colorado when she was four from California.  She has decided to stay in the valley and if you come ride with her,  you will see why! Kylee has a passion for the mountains and loves being with these beautiful animals. She feels that working at Bearcat Stables has been the most amazing opportunity and loves coming to work each day. Take a ride with her and she will teach you new skills or help you remember old ones! 

NIKKI HAYNES

WRANGLER

Nikki Haynes was born into the horse outfitting business.  She is Diane's daughter, so she has been riding her entire life, here in the Vail Valley and all over the West.  Nikki has worked on various ranches, drives cattle in Wyoming and competes in team roping.  Her experience and expertise as a wrangler has been a great asset to Bearcat Stables for the last few years.  

BECKY IGLEHART

WRANGLER

Becky Iglehart is returning this summer to Bearcat Stables after spending a couple of years away from the Vail Valley.  She is an experienced wrangler that worked with us for many years before moving out of state.  We are very excited to have her back on staff.  Becky has horses of her own and currently is training several others.   She is also a talented photographer and contributed many of her photographs to our website.

ANNA GONGAWARE

WRANGLER.

Anna is a Colorado and Vail Valley native.  She started riding at the age of 6 and has horses of her own.  Anna began working at Bearcat Stables as a junior wrangler.  This is her third year on our team and she is excited to lead you out on our trail rides!

IN LOVING MEMORY....

Crysta Berntsen 1992-2019

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2701 Squaw Creek Road
P.O. Box 1787
Edwards, CO 81632

(970) 376-4647

Bearcat Stables operates under special permit USDA Forest Service, an equal opportunity service provider, outfitter # 2227

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