The Hideout Lodge & Guest Ranch Wranglers and Trainers
We are proud that when it comes to horses, we do have the staff to get it accomplished, no matter what the job. Our core group of barn staff and other staff are employed year round here at The Hideout. During the summer season, they are the people who will guide, lead and coach you and other guests.
Off season, they train new horses, while keep riding the rest of the herd to continuously fine tune our horses for our guests when next season starts.
Tom Bercher – Head wrangler
Marijn De Cabooter - Werquin
Victor & Edward De Cabooter
Tom is our head wrangler. Tom comes with a long time international military and riding back ground. Tom grew up on a ranch in Arkansas on and around horses since before he could walk. Tom is retired from the U. S. Army and spent many years overseas learning about different cultures and traveling to interesting and sometimes remote areas of the world. Tom and his wife Rebecca and two boys Augustus and Seamus vacationed at The Hideout three times as guests. Two years ago we approached Tom, who has a long time love of the West, horses, Lonesome Dove, mountain men and other Western Icons, to come and work with us for three months as a wrangler during the 2011 Summer Season. This worked out well and Tom came back for the 2012 Season. Rebecca joined us in 2012 exploring the area and working in the kitchen and office to get to know the organization.
They sold their ranch in Arkansas and as of January 2013 moved over to The Hideout where Tom takes on the job as Head Wrangler and Rebecca will man the office.
Tom looks the part, is well organized and disciplined and above keeps everybody safe in this big country. He is your guardian angel out there. Given his military background, his feel for orientation and navigation are of course exceptional. This is a great asset in this neck of the woods.
Tom got to know The Hideout from a advertisement played many years ago during the Super Bowl and wanted to visit The Hideout ever since. Often he jokes that “a dream can come true”.
A big bonus is that Tom is great bagpipe player.
Marijn is the wife of General Manager, Peter De Cabooter. Jokingly, The Hideout Team often refers to her as “The Boss of the Boss”. Prior to moving over from Brussels, Belgium to Shell, Wyoming, with Peter and their two twin sons, Edward and Victor, she was not an experienced rider. Marijn’s introduction to Western riding began 16 years ago, with Peter and the boys, when they began visiting The Hideout almost every year for 3 to 4 weeks visiting family, riding trails and working cattle most of the weeks.
Although a city girl and initially a bit timid of horses, trailers, trucks and cows, Marijn has benefited from the many hours in the saddle, trail riding, working cattle and learning from the many experienced wranglers and trainers that have visited The Hideout over the years. Today Marijn is very comfortable driving trucks pulling 8 horse trailers, and rides her own string of horses, two of which are mustangs. During the season she rides between 6 and 9 hours each day. Marijn comes with a calm, no drama, but firm personality and many riders enjoy her company as she is careful and does not take risks when it comes to safety.
Marijn is a riding testimonial of how our AH Horsemanship Culture and program at The Hideout Lodge & Guest Ranch can take a less experienced, somewhat fearful rider to become a confident, safe horseperson leading and teaching others to enjoy horses in a safe and enjoyable way.
Victor & Edward are the 20 year old sons of Marijn and Peter. Also called “the twins”. They have been coming to The Hideout since the age of 5 trail riding and doing cattle work while led by their parents. At the age of 7 they began to ride on their own, continuing to take English riding lessons off and on while living in Europe.
Since moving to Wyoming, 6 years ago they learned whatever there was to learn from whoever had something to teach them and have become accomplished riders who know how to work cattle and handle horses in a low stress way. Victor and Edward have a feel for horses much like the other kids growing up at a ranch or guest ranch out West.
Currently, they are studying at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio but during the summer you will see them around The Hideout on the trails, hosting at the dinner table or organizing events for the younger crowd in the evening.
Joel is 21 and is a natural when it comes to horsemanship, handling livestock and especially with people. In addition to being a hard worker, Joel is outgoing, fun and always has a positive spirit. Joel has worked on other ranches, such as a big cattle ranch in Oklahoma. He believes that being able to work at The Hideout and ride in this beautiful country on horseback is a dream come true.
She is outgoing, positive and full of energy, and a great, elegant rider in both Western and English. Michelle graduated with an Equestrian Degree but went back to college to study more animal science.
She has the cutest little dog Kira which looks like a cross bread between a coyote and little fox.
Michele is great riding and horsemanship teacher.