DIAMOND CROSS RANCH@diamondcrossranch

◈JACKSON HOLE, WY◈ Historic ranch. We host corporate events, weddings, film & photo shoots, & horse whispering demos. 🇺🇸

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It was an honor to work with @luxurycard this weekend on a photo shoot for their winter issue. A big thanks to their incredible team who worked tirelessly in the snowy weather, and brought passion and good humor to everything they did. | LUXURY MAGAZINE WINTER ISSUE
Creative Director: Jennifer Fahey
Photographer: Frankie Batista
Stylist: Cat Wennekamp Tapper
Hair & Makeup: Pauly Blanch
Special Thanks: Mimi Yapor-cox at IMG
Special Thanks: Ambika Blackburn at Luxury Magazine |
Jackson Hole, WY |
Note: 📸 in this post is by @nickturnerstudio (you’ve got to go pickup a copy of the Luxury Magazine winter issue for the photos shot this weekend) |
For more info on booking a photo shoot at the ranch visit: http://www.diamondcrossranch.com/film-photography-shoots


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Ok, one last FRECKLES post!!! These are photos that were taken of Freckles when we first got him 20 years ago. People are often surprised how dark grey he was as a colt (vs the last shot in the series of Freckles today). These photos bring back such wonderful memories. Memories of those absolutely perfect Wyoming summer days (on days like that our Grandpa Walt would say “I wouldn’t trade a day like this for the whole world”). Days spent fishing off Freckles, or competing in team penning competitions or gathering up the cattle as a family.
There are so many stories behind each of these photos. One story that we always laugh at is the day Grant was training Freckles to let him fly fish from the saddle. The Buffalo River runs through our ranch and Grant is an excellent fisherman. Soon after he got Freckles comfortable with the fly rod, Grant caught a rainbow trout. Well that trout managed to circle Freckle’s front legs three or four times, entangling them in fishing line!!! Luckily, Freckle’s (ever so calm) was unfazed. Grant dismounted into the water (soaking his cowboy boots), managed to catch & release the fish back into the river, and got Freckles untangled. In the summer months ahead Grant refined his technique for “landing” the trout that he caught, and together Grant & Freckles reeled in a lot of fish. | For all of you who have visited the ranch and met Freckles, we do hope you enjoy these photos and that they bring back some good memories. And for those who haven’t visited, we hope you’ll stop by some day. PS - Freckles loves being in photos, especially wedding photos!!
| Jackson Hole, WY | www.DiamondCrossRanch.com for more info | Photos by our friend Mary Steinbacher


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We have had audiences watch Grant’s work with horses and afterwards they simply cannot believe the transformation they have seen a horse make over the course of an hour - going from A) terrified & bucking (as shown in the photo) to B) a point where Grant gets on the horse and rides it around the pen.
Someone once asked us “is that a trick pony... trained to buck on command, but actually very gentle?” We laughed. These are absolutely not “trick ponies.” Grant works to help some of the most troubled horses (often times horses that everyone else has given up on) - they buck, kick and try to escape because they are “flight animals” (escaping is their defense against danger). The reason so much progress can be made so quickly is because the horse whispering PRINCIPLES that Grant uses (restraint free methods of building trust and respect) are so powerful.
But there are also times when Grant can’t fix a horse in the course of an hour - and he won’t risk his health or the horses’ just to impress an audience... And that lesson is just as important on the ranch - know your limits, know when to quit for the day, and always end on a positive note. | For more info www.DiamondCrossRanch.com


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JACKSON HOLE WEDDING VENUE | Diamond Cross Ranch weddings | Jackson Hole, WY | www.DiamondCrossWedding.com for more info | 📸 @littlebrades |


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FRECKLES!!! Over the 20 years we’ve owned him, Grant & Freckles have been through a lot of adventures. One day when Freckles was about 3, Grant was riding him without a bridle and preparing to rope a cow in the small, round training arena... as Grant prepared to throw his loop the cow knocked open a panel and broke out of the round pen... sprinting into the wide open pasture. Freckles didn’t blink - he shot through the break in the pen (created by the cow) and galloped after the renegade bovine. The excitement continued over ditches, through electric fences and included some close calls with a barbwire fence. When young Freckles finally came to a stop, we think both horse and rider each had a few more gray hairs. Cowboy up!! Nowadays, not too many cows get away from Grant & Freckles. | These beautiful shots of Grant roping off of Freckles were taken by @chrisdouglasphoto | Diamond Cross Ranch | Jackson Hole, WY | www.DiamondCrossRanch.com


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FRECKLES, our favorite horse!!! Some folks asked us to share more photos of our gray horse Freckles, so we figured we’d dedicate a couple posts to sharing his story. Grant does most all of his horse whispering demos with the help of Freckles - he’s “the best horse I’ve ever owned.” And anyone who has visited the ranch, has seen what a special bond Grant and Freckles share.
We got Freckles about 20 years ago when he was a colt. Money was tight back then, and we weren’t looking to buy a horse... but a close friend called us and said that he felt in his spirit that we were supposed to own this big, beautiful, gray colt. It was a real leap of faith (to say the least!!). Looking back now, there are so many beloved memories and ways that Freckles has blessed our lives (and hopefully brightened the day of many of you who have visited Diamond Cross). He’s one of those horses that has been rock solid from day one. He’s also one of those horses that never cheats you - he gives you everything he has, day in and day out (a “brave heart” as we call them). More photos of Freckles to come, as well as some cherished stories about him. But, for now, here are two of our favorite pics of Freckles + Grant | Shot by: @russelljames | Diamond Cross Ranch | Jackson Hole, WY | www.DiamondCrossRanch.com


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@grantgolliherhorsemanship and our family traveled to Boise, ID this week to share Grant’s horse whispering techniques and philosophies on life with a wonderful group of people from all over the country.
Grant has trained lots of world-class horses and colts over the years, but one of his passions is working to rehabilitate troubled horses (the “throwaways” as some folks call em). On the road trip we got to talking about why Grant cares so much about what he does... Grant noted that his parents weren’t horse trainers, but they inspired him: “my mother always worked to help the less fortunate. She never gave up on anyone. Her love was unconditional....if I start working with a horse, I don’t want to give up. I want to make a difference.” | 📸 @nickturnerstudio | Diamond Cross Ranch | Jackson Hole, WY | www.DiamondCrossRanch.com for more info


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Sunrise on the ranch | 📸 @nickturnerstudio 2 of 3 | Diamond Cross Ranch | Jackson Hole, WY | www.DiamondCrossRanch.com


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Fall is here.
| ”This thou perceiv’st, which makes thy love more strong,
To love that well which thou must leave ere long” -Shakespeare, Sonnet 73 | Diamond Cross Ranch | Jackson Hole, WY | www.DiamondCrossRanch.com | 📸 @nickturnerstudio


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📸 @john_balsom 3 of 3 | We shot this on a cool fall day, and the water was pretty brisk. Our horse (Junior) doesn’t mind crossing rivers or rough terrain. But Junior got a little cranky when he was asked to cross the water two or three times to get the shot. The model life isn’t for everyone! But we love this photo and loved spending time with the incredibly talented photographer John Balsom. | Diamond Cross Ranch | Jackson Hole, WY | www.DiamondCrossRanch.com


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📸 @john_balsom 2 of 3 | Keep on ridin’ | Diamond Cross Ranch | Jackson Hole, WY


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📷 by @john_balsom | i thank You God for most this amazing
day:for the leaping greenly spirits of trees
and a blue true dream of sky;and for everything
which is natural which is infinite which is yes (i who have died am alive again today,
and this is the sun's birthday; this is the birth
day of life and love and wings and of the gay
great happening illimitably earth)

how should tasting touching hearing seeing
breathing any-lifted from the no
of all nothing-human merely being
doubt unimaginable You? (now the ears of my ears awake and
now the eyes of my eyes are opened) e e cummings | Special thanks: @ch and @mimiyapor


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