Matt comes to Bell Mountain Ranch from Wyoming, where he and his wife, Melinda, have lived for the past decade. A Montana native, Matt attended Montana State University. On an athletic scholarship, Matt earned a bachelor’s degree in agriculture education.
While attending school, he worked as an assistant ranch manager on a private cattle ranch. There he trained performance and working ranch horses. Upon graduation, Matt moved to Wyoming to accept a position as an agriculture educator.
During his teaching career, he was recognized as the top young agriculture educator in the state. Later, he coached many FFA teams at both the state and national levels. Most recently, Matt managed a large cattle ranching operation outside of Cheyenne. He spent most of his time in the saddle monitoring herd health and maintaining the facility.
As the son of a ranch manager, Matt has spent his entire life around horses. He's adept at training colts and handling animals needing extra patience and horsemanship. Matt has also competed at the professional level in rodeo and is proficient in fine-tuning performance quarter horses.
Matt is also a certified equine dentist. He enjoys identifying and reducing dental issues. Most often, these issues translate into a decline in equine health and performance.
In his spare time, he enjoys custom leatherwork, welding, reading western novels, working with his horse, Monty, and spending time with his family. Matt's excited to join the team at Bell Mountain Ranch and getting acquainted with all the boarders and their horses.