Steve Quilt & Meranda Lee Ekman


Steve Quilt

Steve Quilt, 34, grew up around horses so it’s his lifestyle and there isn’t much he can’t do with or on a horse. He not only trains them but he’s an up-and-coming farrier as well. Around the corrals, he’s known as the guy that will “get on” for the sake of giving the wild horse it’s first test. Something that most guys won’t raise their hands for. Well known and respected in Nemiah Valley, Steve is one of the leading personalities in the famed Mountain (suicide) race that runs in rodeos every year, and is a competitive force to be reckoned with. You’ll find Steve mostly on one of his trusted self-trained ponies with his partner Meranda, making their way up the high ground or simply putting on the hours in the saddle for the betterment of the horse.

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Meranda Lee Ekman

Meranda Lee Ekman, 30, was literally born on a horse. She grew up around horses most of her life and there’s really no other place she prefers to be. She’s worked as a wrangler and cook in the area with Yohetta Lake Wilderness on trail rides and packed horses and equipment for big game guiding season. She loves being out with the horses and exploring new places on horseback as she gets access to and sees so much more from a horse. Meranda can often be found training her own horses under the watchful eye of her partner Steve, as they work closely together in the corrals. She successfully ran her number one steed “Jessie James” in the famed 2019 Williams Lake Stampede Mountain (Suicide) Race!

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