Hello, I’m Ellen Shepherd, a new GMR member as of August 2020.  I learned about GMR after seeing posts on FaceBook and then met a few members.  I’m so happy I joined this fine group of ladies.

My horse, Little Joe, is a 1998 model ... black and white pinto Foxtrotter gelding.  He’s more of the old time slow gaited stock and is a very kind boy.  My son-in-law, Scott, got him in a package deal with two Foxtrotter mares when he bought a wagon for the horse wrangler industry.  The seller told him he had to take the horses if he bought the wagon.  Little Joe was their breeding stallion and has 9 offspring.  Scott gifted him to me in December of 2012 and he was gelded shortly thereafter at 16yrs of age.

We have a huge 10yr old German Shepherd (Shooter) whom we rescued at the age of 6 months.  He’s a love bug who is OCD with his toys and knows them all by name.  And we have Taz, a 3yr old Lynx Point Siamese mix, also a rescue.

I’m married to Mike, a retired firefighter. We’ll be celebrating our 13yr anniversary in October.  We met through a mutual love of classic cars.  He had a ‘55 Chevy Belair hardtop and I had a ‘57 Chevy 210 Handyman wagon.  I have a son and daughter and 4 grandkids ... 3 boys and 1 girl.  Mike is originally from Maryland but moved to CA in 2005 to get away from the cold weather.  We moved from CA in Sept of 2018 to live a slower paced and more rural lifestyle. 

 It is such a small world ... after I was gifted Little Joe I wanted to track down his papers.  After much research I found the previous owners, received his papers, and realized his sire was a stallion I showed my mare against in the 80’s in “model” classes.

The GMR girls are showing me all the beautiful trails in the area and I was part of the gang at the recent campout at Little Elden.  I love trail riding and camping with Granite Mountain Riders! 



Ellen & Little Joe


Ellen Shepherd