I am the oldest of three children born to Gerald and Betsy (Owen) Mahoney and the only girl. I have lived on the Diamond Seven Bar Ranch all of my life, except for time at college and couple years teaching school in Nebraska and here in Wyoming. I was born in 1966 and I remember not having electricity or running water in our house. When I was three, Mom and Dad built the headquarters building, as it now stands. I have many memories of growing up here on the ranch and I learned all the things a rancher should know from mending fences, training horses, driving tractors and farming, getting a quick meal together when unexpected company comes, helping cows calve, pulling porcupine quills out of the dog’s nose, getting the eggs from the chickens, etc… I always dreamed that I would own the ranch and now that dream has come true for me. I love this life with its fresh air, independence, and challenges. It means a lot to me to have so much of my family’s heritage tied up here and I love the old stories. I am best working with the horses and cattle and enjoy that work the most. I love to dance and I do play the guitar (somewhat poorly). I like the older cowboy and country western songs. Pat, my husband, and I pastor a small church in Hulett and so every Sunday that we are home we attend/preside there. Sam, our only child, was born in 2004 and has been the joy of our lives. I function as the CEO of Pat and my enterprises – which keeps me busier than I would like. But, when I can I sneak out and ride, ride, ride.
I was born in Brookings, South Dakota in 1965 and am the youngest of three boys. I have a teaching degree and I was a college wrestler. I am not a ranch native, but I have grown to love this lifestyle. I met Beth in high school and if I wanted to see her I had to come work out here at the ranch – Gerald’s orders – that was over 30 years ago now. I have been here ever since. I like working with my hands and the satisfaction of doing a job well. I learned from Gerald, Beth’s Dad, many things like fencing and equipment repair. Some stuff I had to learn on my own or phone a friend. The farming has been a lot like that. I enjoy the wildlife at the ranch the most. There is nothing like seeing the first fawn in the spring, watching the wild turkey’s strut, witnessing a buck deer rub the velvet off their horns, hearing the crash of elk fighting or seeing the numerous bald eagles that live here in the winter. I have been so close that a cow elk has licked my cheek! I am in charge of managing the wildlife on the ranch and I also function as the CFO of Beth and my enterprises. Being the CFO of Beth is a BIG job!
A Note from the CEO and CFO (Pat and Beth) about “The Crew”
The heritage of The Diamond Seven Bar Ranch is built on the ideology of big dreams, hard work and integrity. You will see those ideas echoed in our literature, our life and our work. Pat and I knew that we had big dreams and those dreams would not be possible without exceptional people who shared our values to work with us. Those people have gravitated to us and our dreams and added dimensions and richness that we could not have imagined ourselves. You will see them listed below and will be able to read a bit about them. We want you to know that they are the best of the best and exceptional beyond exception. Without them, sharing the Ranch with you would not be possible.