About the Owners
In 1973, Kent started Montana Silversmiths and successfully ran it for 20 years. At age 50 he retired and sold the business. From there he and Butch Behrent ran the Wagon Wheel Ranch, and from there it seemed like Ranch life was destiny for the Williams.
Kent and Pam met in 2001 and married in 2003 and now have 3 beautiful horses – two Tennessee Walkers and one Arabian/Saddlebred. You will frequently find Pam out on the trail riding with other Beartooth Ranch Members and leading groups on trail rides around the property.
You’ll find Kent on the motor grader improving roads and making new trails for riding. Kent is the visionary and keeps a long running list of things to do to improve the Ranch.
Kent and Pam believe that God only entrusts the land to them for a time, and they must leave it better than they found it, and every decision they make caters to this unwavering belief.
About the Management
Matt Lambert took over as the Beartooth Ranch Manager in the fall of 2016 after a year transition period with the previous manager, Butch Behrent. Matt grew up on a ranch in Sundance, Wyoming where they raised cattle, sheep, pigs, and had horses which he learned to ride at a very young age. He loves how active his job is, and the Ranch keeps him busy with the horses and projects every day. He also was Kent and Pam’s private jet pilot for nearly 10 years and had a 13-year career as a commercial pilot. Ranching was always in his heart and while pursuing his flying career he worked as a hired hand for several ranchers and stayed in touch with his agriculture roots. He enjoys riding the many miles of ranch trails on his time off and also competes in mounted shooting events when he finds the time.
His wife, Anna Lambert, is also an essential part of the Beartooth family. She runs the Ranch’s social media pages, helps with managing the Ranch email, does advertising, and coordinates ranch activities like clinics, lunches, and fun days, all while raising two beautiful daughters.
When not working, Matt and Anna can be found riding their own horses, hiking with their daughters and watching wildlife. They love life in the country, raising their kids on the Ranch and teaching them to ride. You can’t get much better than family Ranch life!
Butch Behrent and his wife Kim came to manage the Beartooth Ranch naturally, since he was already helping run the Wagon Wheel Ranch. Butch began the Ranch improvements from day one to help make it a world-class equestrian facility. Butch retired from management in late 2016, but continues to add his experience and knowledge to the Ranch team.
How Beartooth Ranch Got Its Start
Beartooth Ranch has an interesting past and a promising future. The Ranch we’ve come to know and love today got it’s original start in 2005 when Kent and Pam Williams purchased it from Mel Gibson, who owned the land and facilities for 17 years. Before that, it was owned by Vern Sanders, who started the polled Hereford ranch in 1965.
Kent, with the help of Butch Behrent, owned and ran the 2,500-acre Wagon Wheel Ranch, which adjoined the Beartooth Ranch. The miles of fence they shared with Beartooth Ranch was just the beginning. Kent mentioned to his neighbor Mel Gibson that if the Beartooth ranch was ever put up for sale, he would like to have an opportunity to purchase the ranch.
When it finally did go up for sale, it seemed like it was meant to be. Worried that this property and all of its beautiful acreage might get subdivided, the Williams jumped at the opportunity to own Beartooth Ranch and bought the property on a handshake deal with Mel.
When Pam and Kent first bought the Ranch, it was first and foremost a cattle ranch. It included 3000 head of Registered Black Angus Cattle, along with the National Grand Champion Bull, not to mention numerous houses, buildings, and equipment. The headquarters area was set up for calving, breeding, and of course yearly cattle auctions.
The Williams had different ideas for the land, however, and after a couple years in the cattle business, they changed their focus. They held the largest Black Angus Sale in history, with the dispersal sale lasting two days, and their cattle going all over the world. Since that sale, Beartooth Ranch has leased the grasslands and fall meadows to local cattle breeders from May to November.
Once the cattle were dispersed, owners Kent and Pam turned their attention to cleaning up Headquarters and the land. They felt that the Ranch could offer a perfect blend of horse boarding and riding privileges. They wanted to share their beautiful 15,000 acres and all its beauty with others.
In Spring 2008, Beartooth Boarding and Riding was born. The name was ultimately changed to simply Beartooth Ranch. All cattle paddocks were turned into horse-safe pastures. A lounge and tack room were created. An outdoor and indoor arena was added. Positive change was happening throughout the Ranch. More paddocks were added, and they implemented Riding Memberships. The Ranch also manages over 800 acres of quality hay ground that is grown to feed the horses.
And that is just some of the visual changes! Beartooth Ranch has also put a large portion of the land in a Conservation Easement, and are altering practices to make this part of the Earth a better place. They implemented strategies to improve the water quality, increase the production of natural grasslands, and protect riparian areas. They also cleaned up the riverside bullpens and converted them into grazing pastures. They removed the cattle facilities to prevent runoff from polluting the river and creeks.
The Williams have also done restoration logging for fire prevention and they reseed the land to return it to its natural state, which improved habitat for wildlife, bringing in majestic herds of elk. They also added graded roads for fire breaks, which also serve well for fire truck access to remote areas of the ranch and serve the Members with amazing scenic trails they can ride with their horses. In addition to all of that, they installed miles of underground water lines and water tanks so that the animals won’t be tempted to fragile stream banks.
It’s obvious that everyone at Beartooth Ranch cares about land preservation and keeping this part of Montana beautiful and well maintained, and the work Pam and Kent and their team has done to the Ranch will live on for generations to come.
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