For the last 40 years, Randy Rieman has immersed himself in the cowboy culture of the American West. He spent his early career cowboying for cow-calf ranches, stocker operations, and grazing associations in several western states. About 30 years ago, he began starting colts for large ranches as well as the public, which in time , led him ro specializing in helping people develop their horse handling skills. Today, Randy continues teaching horsemanship, colt starting, cattle handling, ranch roping, and rawhide braiding clinics in the U.S. and Europe.
All the while, Randy has been a perennial favorite at cowboy poetry and music gatherings at home and abroad, including being a featured performer at the National Cowboy Poetry Gathering in Elko, Nevada, for 36 consecutive years. In 1995, he was one of 4 Western poets invited on a 15-city tour of England and Wales to celebrate the UK’s year of Literature. He is considered one of the finest reciters of classic Cowboy Poetry from the American West and traditional Bush Poetry from Australia. In addition to being a lover of the spoken word, he’s a pretty fair hand with a flat-top guitar and often adds a few old-time cowboy songs to his extensive repertoire of poems and stories.
Randy’s partner, Jenn Swanson, is the Agricultural Extension Agent in Teton County, Montana. They live and operate their horse business north of Choteau, Montana.