Archive for November, 2011

Master Saddler – RICHARD CASTELOW

Thursday, November 24th, 2011

Richard Castelow’s road to becoming a Master Saddler could easily be chronicled on the silver screen. He joined the Household Cavalry Mounted Regiment at age fifteen and by the age of twenty, was selected to join the Household Cavalry Saddle shop in Knightsbridge, London.

After rigorous teaching and training under four different master saddlers, undergoing a sum total process similar in scope to gaining a PhD, Castelow was certified a Master Saddler in 1988. Quickly gaining an outstanding reputation, he was appointed as the first ever Master Saddler to Queen Elizabeth II, based at the Royal Mews, Buckingham Palace.

After four years with the Royal Household, Castelow moved to the
United States to use his knowledge and expertise for the benefit of American riders: “What I’ve done is I’ve taken the unique parts of French and German saddles to create an American saddle that is unique to the American market,” comments Castelow. (http://www.chronofhorse.com/article/richard-castelow-creates-saddles-fit-queen).

Where many saddle trees are made of plastic, a material that has very little flexibility, Castelow’s saddles contain five layers of laminated Beachwood to absorb movement. “When I design my saddles, I keep in mind that there are three moving objects, and my job is to eliminate as much movement as I can with the saddle to make the horse, rider and saddle move in harmony,” states Castelow. His dedication to mastering his craft helped him turn a natural talent into a phenomenon and those who ride a Castelow saddle never go back.

www.richardcastelow.com

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Pristine and Historic Idaho’s Gold Fork River Ranch Sells

Monday, November 14th, 2011

The Gold Fork River, near McCall, Idaho, is one of Idaho’s most scenic rivers.  The river flows through beautiful timbered mountains and forests until reaching Lake Cascade, south of McCall, Idaho.  This river is one of Idaho’s hidden gems, offering fishing for trout and land locked Salmon.  Elk, deer, cougar, bear and other wild game call the areas along the river home.  People living and visiting the area can camp. hike, fish, hunt, ski, snowmobile, ride horses and recreate.  The area is off the beaten path and a great place to enjoy the pristine nature Central Idaho has to offer.  The ranch is situated in Valley County. This is a land where the timber, rocks and mountains, and clean mountain streams meet the sky,” John Knipe said. Fur trappers were the first white men in the area but permanent settlement did not take place until the 1880’s when livestock ranchers moved into the Long Valley in Valley County, Idaho.In addition to fishing and wild game, the area consist of large amount of natural resources.  On of which is Gold.  Gold mined prior to 1958 in this county was mostly found and mined in lode deposits of antimony gold ore and reported to be about 324,000 ounces that was mined in these early years.

Knipe Land Company is proud to announce that they have just sold the Gold Fork River Ranch.  The ranch offers more than four miles of this pristine, alpine river flowing through the center of the ranch.  Topography on the ranch varies from timbered mountains, mountain meadows, to rugged rock canyons, dramatic rushing rapids on the river to slow flowing, ever continuous bending and winding river and waterways.  The ranch provides critical habitat and refuge for Rainbow Trout, Brown Trout, Brook Trout, Columbia Basin Red-banned Trout, Yellow Perch, and land-locked Chinook Salmon, which are more precisely called Kokanee Salmon. The ranch also provides pristine, natural habitat, not only for livestock, but also herds of elk, deer, and wild big game, like the cougar, bear, moose and other nature and wildlife.  The ranch consists of over 1,200 deeded acres of land and offers the owner over 8 miles or riverfront – counting both sides of the river.

Close to the ranch is a wonderful area attraction – the famous Gold Fork Hot Springs.  This is a mineral rich hot springs that is open year round.  The hot springs is open to the public, offering a spectacular setting and six different pools.  The area is renowned for mountain biking, hiking fishing, skiing and other year round recreation activities.  John Knipe, Broker for Knipe Land Company said “When it comes to recreating in this area, you are only limited by your imagination and your check book.” Area attractions include three ski hills, golf coureses, lakes for boating and sailing and fishing, ghost towns, national forest, numerous rivers and streams, alpine lakes to hike to and enjoy, and other natural resources found in a forested setting.

Knipe Land Company is one if Idaho’s oldest real estate companies, tracing its roots back nearly 70 years to 1944 when it first opened its doors.  The real company specializes in marketing and selling commercial farms. ranches for cattle recreation, family retreats and legacy ranches – ranches purchased by today’s generation and held by the family owners for future generations; as well as timberland, and recreation based real estate.  Professional natural resource management is also available including, farm management, ranch management and timber management and conservation.  If you are buying or selling or looking for land management – look no further than one of Idaho’s oldest and most trusted firms, Knipe Land Company.  Knipe Land Company and Knipe Land North, LLC, are licensed in Idaho, Oregon, Montana, Nevada, and Washington State.  Because Knipe Land can trace its roots back nearly 70 years, they bring a long list of satisfied customers ranging from farmers, ranchers, land owners, buyers, sellers, and ranging in size from Fortune 500 companies to individual owners.

John Knipe serves as President of Knipe Land Company.  He holds office as Past Regional Vice President of the National Association of Realtors – Realtors Land Institute.  Knipe is also Past President of the Idaho Realtors Land Institute.  Knipe is co-founder and President of the World Organization Land Federation.  He is a seasoned farm, ranch and land broker with agents and offices across Idaho.  Knipe is an Idaho native and he was responsible for successfully marketing the Gold Fork River Ranch. “Idaho offers over 80 mountain ranges including the Rocky Mountains, 26,000 miles of fishable rivers and streams and over 2,000 mountain lakes”, Knipe said. For more information on Knipe, the Gold Fork River Ranch or other ranches being marketed, readers are encouraged to go to:  www.knipeland.com.  Knipe also publishes The Range Writer Natural Resources Magazine.  Readership last issue was over 380,000 readers.  To request a free copy of this farm and ranch real estate magazine, call (208) 345-3163 or email the editor at john@knipeland.com.

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