The Diamond 7 Bar Guest Ranch is a working cattle ranch that
Hiram and John Mahoney (brothers) and their families
The ranch has grown from several homestead parcels to its present size of 10,000 acres. Much of this growth occurred when Hiram bought out other neighboring homesteads as they failed. Many of the pastures bear the names of the families who hopefully put down roots here only to see that it was too difficult to make a living on these small tracts of land. More substantial growth came later as Gerald and Betsy (Owen) Mahoney bought several sizable neighboring ranches and added much to the size and versatility of the present ranch. The Diamond Seven Bar name is taken from a livestock brand that Gerald bought and began using. The original ranch brand was HR, initials of Hiram Mahoney. That brand is still registered in the Mahoney name.
Steeped in history and heritage, The Diamond Seven Bar Ranch, continues the ranching tradition started those four generations back. Much blood, sweat, tears, laughter and song is mixed with the soil of this place and it stands as testimony to the hard work and big dreams of the Mahoney family (and many families like ours). If you ask, you will hear stories of children dying of diphtheria (two in one day), pranks played on school marms in the one-room schoolhouse on the property, a double murder that ended in a hanging, the breaking of the locoed horse, and the list goes on. Or you can sit and let the burbling of Lame Jones Creek, the song of the red-winged blackbirds and the wind in the Ponderosa Pines tell you their story. One thing is for sure – adventure awaits. Let our history add to yours – become part of our story.
I am the oldest of three children born to Gerald and
I am the only child of Pat and Beth (Mahoney) Reilly.
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.
Guest Services Manager – Kendra Meidinger
I grew up on a family ranch not too far from the Diamond 7 Bar, then left the area after high school to explore the states before returning to my roots. I attended college at Black Hills State University and graduated with a degree in Outdoor Education. After college I worked as a park ranger at Devils Tower and later for the Wyoming Office of Tourism which led me to the Diamond 7 Bar Guest Ranch. Pat and Beth have been long time mentors and friends and the opportunity to work with them was a no-brainer. I will likely be your first contact at the ranch, I’ll take your reservation, check you in, cook you meals, and take you horseback riding. When I’m not taking caring of guests, I’m spending time with my husband Trampas, and chasing after our two daughters, Jilian and Aubrey.
Head Wrangler – Becca Shelbourn
I was born in the south and was raised all over this great country. I went to college in South Dakota to be closer to family and fell in love with the rolling hills and beautiful prairie. My first experience with horses was when I was 3 years of age and I haven’t wanted to be without them since. Growing up I showed in dressage and hunter jumper but I did not get to experience the western style of riding until I moved to South Dakota. Now my interest lies with roping and barrel racing and just good old ranch work. I’ve been a wrangler for several years now and love every minute. My two side kicks are Jaguar and Nevada. Both are cow ponies born and raised in South Dakota. When I’m not with the horses I run my own business, Rockin R Images. Which keeps me busy photographing everything under the sun including weddings, portraits, events, and marketing.
Wrangler/Guide – Trampas Meidinger
I am from South Dakota, and have lived most of my life in the Black Hills. I’ve worked as a heavy equipment operator for many years and am currently working in the “oil patch,” but my passion lies in hunting and ranching. My days off are spent on the ranch, either giving horseback rides, guiding hunters, fixing fence, or working with machinery. I am Kendra’s other half, when I’m not at the ranch, I’m gearing up for hunting season and getting in time with the family.
Office Manager for Giant Rubber Water Tanks- Ed Reilly (Uncle Ed)
Ed is Pat’s brother, and the office manager for Pat and Beth’s other business, Giant Rubber Water Tanks. He also helps out with just about any aspect of the guest ranch. He’s been the cook, the cleaner, and the entertainment. Ed’s got a voice for old time country music and loves to share it. You’ll see Ed around the ranch house, feel free to stop in and tell him hi, he’s always up for a good visit.