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Cowboy goes global

Starting out saving an old horse, Jake Zielke has made a living cowboying on every continent on Earth that supports livestock


Mike Armstrong

Jake Zielke calls his dog over at Cal Herring's ranch outside of Encampment.

"I got a horse when I was seven," Jake Zielke said. "We more or less saved it from the slaughterhouse because it was old. The first year, I rode it bareback before I could save up enough money to buy a saddle."

Little did he know this first step would lead him to travel to every habitable continent -where has made his living as a cowboy.

The purchase of "Snowball" was one of Zielke's first steps in becoming a cowboy.

Zielke started his years in Estes Park, Colo. where his father was working as a brewer. His father, Richard, is currently the brewmaster at the Saratoga Resort and Spa.


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