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Sandy Ballou has led an exciting life in various professions, grounded by his respect and belief in agriculture and the benefits of an outdoor lifestyle. Growing up on horseback Sandy incorporated his love of the outdoors into every step of life.
While attending Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, Sandy would leave for Jackson Hole Wyoming the day school got out every year to work at the R Lazy S Ranch and returned the day before school began.
After college, Sandy returned to The Thacher School, where he had also completed a year-long internship to teach students horsemanship and packing. Following Thacher, he spent the next eight years working as a fresh produce shipper, packer, and broker. In 1997, Sandy and his family bought a portion of his grandfather’s ranch. Along with his wife Sarah, Sandy started a boarding and training facility. Several years later, Sandy purchased the local saddle shop and created Sierra Saddlery and Farrier Supply. Four years ago Sandy and his family made a lifestyle decision to move to Cody Wyoming. Returning to Northern Wyoming, where Sandy met his wife, has always been a dream that became a reality. The ability to hunt, fish, and recreate in the outdoors of Wyoming has fulfilled a lifetime of dreams.
Sandy has received gubernatorial appointments from both Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and Gov. Edmond G. Brown to serve on the 17th District Agricultural Association fair board where Sandy served for 13 years. Sandy was also a member of Nevada County Farm Bureau where he served on the board of directors for 9 years and served 2 years as president.
Sandy continues to enjoy training horses, running a few cows, and hunting and fishing. Sandy is an advocate of the outdoor lifestyle believing that the best lessons in life are taught by animals, dirt, and nature.