Jerry grew up with Draft horses on his grandparent’s dairy farm in Rochester MN. Jerry drove the team of drafts Jack and Jill. Grandpa liked to use the team to pick up and spread manure, so Jerry mastered the tedious job of harnessing the two horse hitch.
Jerry rode Missouri Fox Trotters as a young man. Missouri is the home of his other set of grandparents, where he learned basic horsemanship.
Ten years ago Jerry took up riding again. Jerry has trained primarily with Mile High Equestrian center in Parker, Colorado. Trainers include Lynn and Vanda. He has done several local pair paces.
His mount ‘Sadie’ is a Rhinelander Thoroughbred cross. This amazing mare makes a sensational cross country horse. Together they have ridden the Gore Mountain Range in Summit County to heights of 11,000 feet!
At Bijou Springs opening hunt in 2010, Jerry helped several injured hounds. Porcupine quills covered many of the hounds. He had a leatherman and the skill to properly remove the barbed quills.
Jerry rode closing Arapahoe Hunt at the castle in 2013. He came upon a member of the Phipps family who had taken a fall. He helped this member remount and followed them safely back to the castle.
Jerry comes to Pet & People Sitters as our ranch manger and resident handyman. He is on hand to help our sitters in bad weather with our company truck BIG RED.
His forte’ is custom dog and cat doors which match your home decor and are safe and secure. Jerry helps with charity events like the Paws and Claws Summer Camp at the Littleton Animal shelter.
We are honored to have this skilled craftsman and animal lover on staff. You can often finding him napping with Wilson the office cat!