This is fall at the ranch the middle of the driveway up to the entrance.
Tay worked as a chef for Bravo! an Italian restaurant for 3 years. Just quit to go full time at Loews’ while part timing at Maple Woods College.
Peter and Cindy’s son Taylor and his fiance, Alyssa.
Tay and Ike when they’re not trying to kill each other
Peter’s oldest, Taylor Morgan Leffkowitz.
Peter and Contessa.
This is brooke, one of my 5 grandkids from Cindys son and daughter. She is 15 here.
Herd protector, Reggie and his flock.
Peter and his Mom.
Isaac Leffkowitz, 17, and friend, MacKayla 18
Peter´s Mom, ”Omi”, soaking up some warm rays on a fall day.
Cindy and Peter´s Mom at the Lake House.
The Smoker Kings of Tall Pony!
Ike, 16, getting ready for a show with ”Pete”
Peter took , his heeler Chaka, to the mountains of Wyoming as the bear warning system. he certainly earned his keep.
We hosted taylors´ Homecoming dinner at the house. Parents acted at wait staff. Taylor and girlfriend, loren, in middle.
Still having family in New York gives Peter the excuse to visit his old neighborhood pizza joint with Cindy and the boys. Believe it or not, Joe still remembers Peter from the 60´s (Course, Peter has returned every year since he left NYC)
Isaac, Cindy and Taylor at cousin Alexis´ wedding.
Peter and Ike in Wyoming on their pack trip.
Peter and Cindy host Cindys family reunion every year. Anywhere between 150-200 people show. Peter gives wagon and horse rides for the kids.
Isaac being coached by our Amish blacksmith on how to remove a shoe. (permission granted to take photo)
Kevin (Peter and Cindys oldest), Sara Kevins girlfriend) and Isaac.
Our daughter Tami.
Isaac´s coach Verna Malcuit, giving him last minute instructions before his event.
Peter doing his rounds.
Our family belongs and participates in the Ft. Levenworth Hunt Club. We follow the hounds as they follow the never caught fox and coyote. We travel 20-24 miles in 2.5 hours on well conditioned high performance horses. Isaac is clearly the youngest member of the hunt and is serving an apprenticeship under the hunt master. That´s huge.
This is Bo, Peters´ brother-in-law. The ranch wouldn´t be a ranch without Bo. He subs in for Peters´ ranch chores 3 days per week when Peter is traveling or doing recruiter training. Bo holds the record for the greatest attitude known to mankind.
Peter´s Mom, Anita.
Cindy and Peter have a little hideout in St. John, VI, that they escape to when they can.
Peter and his sisters family together at Thanksgiving.
Peter and the boys breaking down and coming into town for breakfast on a wilderness camping trip.
Taylor Leffkowitz on a family camping trip to Tanneyville, Missouri (Ozark Mountains)
Peter riding Smoke, a Missouri Fox Trotter on a client trail ride to the Ozark Mountains.
At 14 and 16 they are still so tight. What a blessing.
Peter´s Mom, Omi and Cindy in a Red Lobster moment!
Isaac and Perry in both their first National level show. 2´6” jump. They both competed against professional riders and horses.
Peter in South Africa
Peter putting some training time on a young mare mule.
Falls´ a comin…The family getting ready to cheer Isaac on in his first national level show jumping event at the American Royal in KC.
Ed Grey on Shug and Taylor (16) riding Peter´s mule, Fidus. 4th of July Parade in Parkville, Missouri.
Peter, Cindy and Isaac participated in their little towns´ 4th of July parade in Parkville, Missouri. Since Peter´s shoulder surgery he has done away with the super large drafts he always had and has gone to a smaller Quarter Horse/Draft mix. A little easier to throw harness onto . They are both broke to ride as well.
Totally blessed…no other explanation.
Heading out to check the top of the 23.
Going home…it´s still just our home.
Peter´s pard, Ed Grey.
This is a 13 acre lake on the ranch.
Barns and Paddocks from the dam.
One of 3 ponds at the Tall Pony Ranch.
This is, from left to right, Brittany, Zoe, Brooke, Emily & Anthony.
Isaac and his sister, Ashleigh. Spring 05.
Ft Leavenworth Hunt Club. Peter, Ike & Taylor following the hounds.
Isaac & Peter making ready to follow the hounds, Spring 05´.
Peter and Shug in the St. Patrick´s Day Parade.
Peter and his buddy, Ed Grey, showing off Tall Pony Ranch stock at the St. Patrick´s Day Parade.
A collection of Peter´s mules going back to pasture after a student trail ride.
Peter taking some of the herd back to pasture.
Dean Silvers is Peter´s ranch foreman. He handles all non agracultural entities of the operation. Construction, maintenance, equipment repair and acts as a wonderful shop teacher for Peter´s boys.
We call her ”Omi”. She is Peter´s Mom. She floats in and out of the ranch during the year depending on the weather. If Peter learned anything about reading people, it came from this wise woman. 84 years young, a massage therapist for 50 years, Anita Leffkowitz only stopped working at 82.
Riding the perimeter
Stopping at the house to pick up a hot thermos of coffee before heading out to check fences for downed trees.
Cooling down after an all day ride.
Peter & Isaac spring ´04.
Ike saddling up the family pony, ”Copper”. We use him as a trail riding mount for Morgan students…..he´s bomb proof.
Peter will never live this one down. This stoneboat was an xmas gift from an Amish friend. Peter decided to redesign it with a beer holding camping chair. This worked until the front of the stoneboat wedged into a rock ledge as Peter attempted a downhill trail in the woods. He did a frontal ”wheelie” and was slingshot about 20 feet. Jesse panicked and bolted through the woods, ripping the stoneboat to shreds! Damaged pride and a long walk home, but nothing else.
All that snow will become hay in June—then again in August.
Dogs checking the fence.
This is what we call ”the runway”
Tall Pony Ranch 2004
Ol´ Jett´s getting too arthritic to carry weight anymore. Peter will take him along for exercise checking fences.
Tall Pony Ranch winter 2004.
Happy New Year! ´04 at the ranch.
We´ve never seen this thing this clean!
Pavlov was so right…..
Peter working a new team of draft colts, Butch & Sundance. They will do 10-15 ”reps” up and down the hilly ranch driveway to learn how to hold the weight going downhill. Walking downhill with a load is similar to having a child on your shoulders on a downward slope. It is a learned skill.
This is Josey thanking Peter for selling the last of her 13 pups!
”Omi”– Peter´s mom, Thanksgiving ´03 at the ranch.
One of the ponds on the property.
Back from winter hunt (Whitetail)
”Will not”, ”Will too”, Will not” (granddaughter Zoe)
Winter 2004—Isaac on Shug.
Taylor with 27 year old Jett, Peters first horse. He won´t let anyone ride him but Peter now. He has been given to all of the kids as their horse at one time. It seems as though he wants to finish his life with his original partner. Peter puts an hour a week on him pushing cows. It gives old Jett a sense of dignity.
One of Isaac’s ponys for sale.
Getting ready to bring some bass home for dinner!
Cindy with ”little bit”, the runt.
Kev with Josey´s pups. In one year this will be almost 700lbs of dogs.
Isaac, mulching trees to hold moisture in. The drought of ´03.
They don´t always fight!
Taylor–Fall ´03 at the lake.
On nice days—the boys do homework at the lake; on the dock or on the Pontoon.
Fall colors from the Dam.
Taylor & Isaac back home from chores.
Peter getting his quarterhorse, Peace, ready for Team Penning competition.
The boys heading out to check calves.
Isaac with a new mule pony to train.
Peter and Fidus warming up for the Platte County Fair mule competition summer 2003
The boys surprised Cindy with a paddleboat (equipped with Mimosa´s) for her birthday. The ranch has a 13 acre pond. July 2003.
Cindy Leffkowitz, left her career as a law firm administrator to help Peter create Morgan Consulting Groups´ Tall Pony Ranch. Her side of it has turned into a small catering ”dynasty” serving as many as 1700 guests in a year. Between Cindy and Peter, there are 4 kids and 5 grandkids. She makes everything seem so effortless, but we know better……
Peter´s 2 favorite redheads….Cindy and little Zoe.
Peter on ”Power”, Missouri fox-trotter mule.
Peter and his bud.
This black Percheron Draft horse is being broke for a handicap children´s riding program. This shot was taken 10 seconds after he was mounted for the first time. He ”rabbit hopped” twice, but never blew up. These are the type of horses used in the Rennissance Festival Jousting Competition.
Peter and Isaac getting ready to rodeo at the Platte County Fair.
This doesn´t happen too often.
This is our Dad when he´s tired but happy.
It was 14°F at 10 A.M. Time for the teams´ first break. They´ll stand unattended like that while Peter eats breakfast. When they´ve cooled down they´ll be watered and ready for round two.
Peter returning from feeding bales of hay.
Taylor prefers his dirt bike over horses. At 13, can you blame him?
He´s not much for seminar speaking, but at 11, Isaac knows almost as much as most veterinary interns and more than most adult horsemen. That´s a 2,300 lb. draft horse he´s taking for a walk.
Peter doing light chores with a team of colts he´s breaking to drive. Ultimately, he´ll sell them as ”stagecoach or wagon horses”, like you see in westerns.
In about 1 hour you won´t see anything but clean shavings aournd their feet!
How often do kids get a chance to identically experience their mom or dads´ work? After 4 hours in the sun, brush cutting weeds in a bumpy pasture, he in one field, I in another…..meeting up at the end of a day brings a quiet understanding I wish I had with my dad at the age of 12.
Peter, Cindy and their 3 sons…Kevin (29), Isaac (11) and Taylor (13)
Peter reunites with, Ed Wallace, his closest friend in High School.
She´s a 3 year old pony. We bought her at an Amish auction for $250.00. He´ll put 60 days of training on her and then he will sell her to a ”foo foo family” as he calls it, for close to $1,000.00. She´ll be worth every penny. He´ll pay me for her feed and put the difference into buying his next ”project”