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The Spirit of La Cense and the La Cense Team

There is a spirit about the place. When humans and horses are free of the predator behavior that causes issues of control and rebellion to surface, then the humans are freer, kinder, more at ease - and so are the horses.

You can feel the spirit of the place in the way the horses carry themselves, proud and free in their natural ranch setting. Our horses roam open pastures and timbered mountains on this working cattle ranch, all under the majesty of Montana's Big Sky. They learn to trust and learn to become partners, their spirits free to grow.

The spirit of the place starts with the La Cense people, and we invite you to meet them.

Race King, Ranch Manager, has overall responsibility of the ranch and special focus for the cow-calf operation and the grass-fed, grass-finished program. Race brings to La Cense a wealth of expertise in ranching and herd management. He received a degree in Animal Science and Beef Production Management from Utah State. Race's professional background began with internships at Deseret Land & Livestock and Gardiner Angus Ranch, Herd Manager for Sitz Angus, Manager of Legacy Land & Livestock, and most recently as VP of Operations for Riverbend Ranch.

Dick Chaffin, Cow Boss, was born and raised in Dillon, Montana. He grew up on a family-owned ranch in Beaverhead County where he worked for 30 years. Dick has been with the ranch for over 15 years. He possesses a long record of expertise managing a large cow/calf herd operation and has an in-depth knowledge of ranch land.

Kelly Woodring, Office Manager, was born in Billings, Montana. After graduating from Bowling Green State University with a Bachelor of Fine Arts and a K-12 art teaching degree, she felt the pull to return to her roots in the West. After 7 years as general manager of a Dillon hotel, Kelly came to La Cense and now oversees administration and office operations for the ranch.

Rebecca Price, Dean of Students for the La Cense Montana Professional School of Horsemanship and liaison for La Cense Montana and University of Montana Western and local community, joins the La Cense team from St. Louis, Missouri and earned both her B.S in Equine Administration and her MBA degrees from William Woods University located in Fulton, Missouri.  There she served as a Graduate Assistant in the Equestrian Studies Division. She is responsible for the development and management of the Professional School of Horsemanship along with all aspects of meeting students' education needs, both at the ranch and in the classroom. 

Eric Hoffman, Head Instructor and Equine Manager, is responsible for all horse-related activities including purchasing, training, selling, and facility management.  As the Head Instructor for La Cense Montana Professional School of Horsemanship, Eric works with LCM students and horses on a daily basis.  He also teaches some Natural Horsemanship riding courses at the University of Montana Western.  Eric earned in BS in Agricultural Education from the University of Wyoming.  He has over 10 years of experience as a Natural Horsemanship educator and trainer.