Incredible planning and thought went into the development of Aspen Ridge Ranch. Hay to feed our horses is grown on our property. Ponds were built to create natural water sources in our pastures. Trails are maintained chipped and mowed. Manure is recycled to fertilize pastures and hay. And, a Conservation Easement with the Montana Land Reliance on nearly 200 acres insures this property will remain in its original and natural state.
You might have to travel a long way from civilization to find such an amazing facility in most places. But here you are just 5 minutes from the grocery store, great shopping, and fine dining in the amazingly charming town of Red Lodge!
Trainer – Ranch Manager
Aspen Ridge Ranch is privileged to partner with Bill Crabtree Quarter Horses and Training. Bill and Kristin, a husband and wife team that has spent their entire lives devoted to horses and their human counterparts and are in charge of the boarding and training operations at the Ranch. Bill has spent most of his life developing his own brand of natural horsemanship. Fortunate to work with many great horsemen over the years he has developed an integrated program for every level of rider and every kind of horse. His philosophy is based upon creating a quiet but equal equestrian partner. He engages horse and rider mentally to search for the result he is looking for …”set it up and let them figure it out”. So much can be accomplished on the ground. Vital to success are… Respect …Communication…he encourages all riders to become adept at a systematic set of ground games.
Bill has worked with many students with different goals. Some want blue ribbons and buckles in the show world, some want to follow a childhood dream, many just want to be safe on the trail. Whatever your equestrian needs he can help you accomplish them.
Riding instruction, with your horse or one of his solid lesson horses, from beginning to advanced, from young to old, is available. From starting that young colt, to finishing your advanced show horse or working with problem behaviors, he offers training for most Western disciplines.
Independent Trainer | HEM&T
Nykole grew up showing in Open and 4Hhorse shows in Minnesota. She joined the ARR team in March 2014 and has rapidly grown in her riding and teaching skills. She has experience in English and Western riding and teaches children and adults of all levels.
Assistant Trainer | Assistant Events Coordinator
Andy & Storey Hart
Owners/Operators | Events Coordinator
Andy has had a love for the outdoors and the West all his life. Graduating from High School to spend a year living in a trailer in Colorado trying desperately to achieve “ski bum” status, he fell in love with the mountains. Andy has followed a dream fueled by a passion and a desire to spend more time outdoors as a respite from his chosen career at Morgan Stanley in New York City. He is a passionate skier, fly fisherman, cycler, mountain biker, hockey player and he’s enjoying learning to ride horses! His passion for Aspen Ridge Ranch came from a true love of Red Lodge and an opportunity to do something for a community he loves and a passion for land conservation and open space.
Storey has had a love of horses from an early age. She rode all summer every summer in her beloved Vermont. After many years of journeys West to the “real” mountains in Montana and Wyoming on fly fishing pack trips with girl friends, summers were not enough. With 3 children and a busy East Coast life Andy and Storey bought property in Red Lodge in 1999 and home in Red Lodge in 2005. Storey found the horse of her dreams at the age of 50. It’s never to late to realize your dreams! Bill Crabtree helped her “Cope” with Copenhagen, her 3.5 year old horse who started it all, and the rest is history! The Hart’s purchased Aspen Ridge Ranch in 2012. This partnership has blossomed into a reinvention of Aspen Ridge Ranch, and we are sure it will last a lifetime. If you are considering an event or wedding with an outdoor or Western theme, call Storey Hart (406) 446-0112.