Welder Outfitting Services was established in 1988 by Shawn and Brian Welder. They began their involvement with horses, outfitting, and guiding in the 1970's, working on local guest ranches and working ranches on the White river. Over the years, Brian and Shawn have made careers managing and owning ranch and recreational businesses.
At 16 Shawn worked at Rio Blanco Ranch Co on the white river for his sister and brother-in-law learning about horses, ranching, outfitting, and guest services. After six years at Rio Blanco Ranch, Shawn enlisted in the Army (Infantry) and was honorably discharged in 1985.
Shawn went right back to horses and outfitting by managing the Ruby Ranch stables in the mountains of Summit County, CO for the next four years. During the winter months, Shawn earned a degree from the Colorado Mt College.
In 2000, after 12 years as a ranch manager and living on the Blue River for 16 years, Shawn relocated back to the White River to pursue the family ranch and outfitting business year round!
Brian Welder also gained experience as a young man working on in the recreational ranch business like the Rio Blanco Ranch. While attending Ft. Lewis College in Durango, Brian also gained experience working for Winter Hawk Ranch training horses.
After graduating, Brian returned to Meeker to manage Welder Ranch and also operated the horse program at Rio Blanco Ranch for many years. Brain currently owns and operates Maroon Bells Stables and Outfitting near Aspen, CO, during the summer and helps with the family outfitting during the Fall. Brian is still guiding clients after starting Welder Outfitting in 1988. Brian and Shawn always talked about forming an Outfitting business and when Brian graduated from fort Lewis College he moved back to Meeker to form Welder Outfitting.
Karl works in engineering for the Parks and Wildlife in the winter months and lives in the upper White River valley in the summer and fall. Karl with his wife Mona, operate and own Ute Lodge. Karl’s passion for hunting is well known. Many clients of Welder Outfitting stay at Ute Lodge.
As a child, JR found his calling being outdoors and in the mountains. For about 30 years, JR has been a professional skier employed by Deer Valley in Utah. His athletic ability and outdoor skills has served him well in his lifelong interest in hunting and skiing.
Colt started hunting as young kid and connecting with the outdoors at an early age led Colt to a life outdoors. Colt’s education and his background working for the Colorado division of Wildlife set his course to become an excellent guide. As an expert kayaker and endurance athlete, Colt has taken his guiding skills to a very high level.
Kolin has been helping with the guiding and horse packing since he was kid. At 21 years of age with many of years living in this high country, he knows it like the back of his hand. His fishing and guide skills keep him outdoors year round.
A wildlife biologist most of the year, Valerie spends more time in the backwoods than the other guides. Her wildlife surveys take her to remote areas throughout the western mountains, often with a horse (by the name of Buck).
David is a seasonal ranch worker but deserves as much credit as any Welder Outfitting guides. David takes care of the livestock including horses and his efforts have been a huge contribution to Welder Outfitting. His behind the scenes hard work supports the guides and hunters when they need it most.
Ethan was born and raised in Scottsville, NY. Like all good hunting and fishing guides, the outdoors runs in his veins. Ethan found his passion at a young age, grew up fly fishing and hunting, an in general has been an avid outdoorsman. His family has a legacy of hunting: His brother is an elk hunting guide, and his father is an avid big game and waterfowl hunter. Athletics, backcountry hiking, and being physically fit is his number one priority. He's well on track to becoming an expert hunting guide.
Meghan grew up on her parent's horse farm in PA, where she learned to ride at an early age and competed most weekends at hunter/jumper horse shows. After graduating from Ursinus College, her love of the outdoors and skiing brought her to Aspen, CO, where she has been for 9 years and a ski instructor for 5 winters. During the last 6 summers, Meghan managed Maroon Bells Guide and Outfitters for Brian Welder. Meghan helps out mostly with horses, packing out camps and game. Her love and passion for horses and the great outdoors is apparent in her work and attitude. Boozer is 11 years old and Meghan's loyal, best bud along with her favorite horse, Arthur.
There are many other crew members not yet listed here that make Welder Outfitting the great experience that it is.