Ted DeKowzan – Owner

DeKo Ranch, previously known as Clappsaddle Farms, was bought by Ted DeKowzan in 2016. Ted purchased the ranch from Wilbur Flachman, a retired newspaper/magazine publisher also known to his friends as Bufford T. Clappsaddle. You will still find Wilbur on the Ranch as he continues to board 20 of his Pack Horses there.

Ted DeKowzan was born and raised in Colorado. From a young age, he always had a love for animals and the western lifestyle. Growing up Ted would help on his grandfather’s ranch where he gained respect for the land and open space. During high school Ted would spend his summers working on a ranch in Elizabeth, CO. Part of his job responsibilities was to wrap the steer’s horns for others to rope. Rather than leaving at the end of his day Ted convinced the ranch owner and his friends to teach him to team rope. He was immediately hooked and roping had now become a lifelong hobby. Unfortunately, roping took a backseat while Ted attended college at the Colorado School of Mines. While attending college he managed a horse boarding facility. Ted was likely the only CSM student who would arrive to tests in overalls after a morning spent mucking stalls. Upon graduation Ted was desperate to become reacquainted with his true passion of team roping and immediately began competing again. Owning a ranch and a roping facility had become a lifelong dream where he could share his passion with new and old friends alike. Ted is very excited for the opportunity to share his passion with others and for the future of DeKo Ranch.



Outdoor Arena:  150 x 360 foot outdoor arena has a side alley and pens to accommodate cattle. The size of the arena allows for roping, reining, riding, barrel racing, cutting and more. A second round pen is located just next to the outdoor arena. All arenas and pens have excellent footing.



Indoor Barn: The barn is 50 x 120 with five indoor stalls with outdoor runs. The barn is set up for riding and has excellent footing.



Indoor Stalls: The indoor stalls are 12X12 with connected outdoor runs. Each stall has a separate heated Nelson automatic waterer and corner feeder.



Property: DeKo Ranch consists of 75 acres to explore.  Box Elder Creek meanders through the property and runs all year. The creek provides a picturesque setting for our boarders and guest to enjoy nature and trail rides.


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Horse grazing
Indoor stalls
Large view barn

Indoor Stalls

Our indoor stalls offer protection from the elements with attached runs for easy turn out. Stalls includes daily stall cleaning with wood shavings, twice a day feeding with grass hay, optional grain, automatic waterers, and access to all the facilities.

Sheltered Runs

Our sheltered runs provides shade, and protection from the elements. Rates for the outdoor runs includes cleaning, twice a day feeding with grass hay, optional grain, and automatic waterers and access to all the facilities. Seasonal Blanket service offered.


Shared Runs

Our shared runs offer a discounted price with shelter that provides shade, and protection from wind and weather. This includes daily stall/run cleaning, twice a day feeding with grass hay, automatic waterers, access to all the facilities.

Keenesburg Wild Animal Sanctuary

The world’s largest carnivore sanctuary – with more than 450 rescued lions, tigers, bears, wolves and other large carnivores living and roaming freely on 720 acres.

Colorado Clays

If you’re looking for a shooting experience that includes the regions widest variety of clay target shooting, including Sporting Clays, Skeet and Trap, or rifle and pistol shooting, come experience the very best shooting in Colorado

Barr Lake State Park

The 2,715-acre park has 12 miles of trails, including an 8.8-mile trail that circles Barr Lake. Fishing and boating are allowed in the northern half of the park. The southern half is a wildlife refuge, with several wildlife viewing stations and a nature center.

Bird Conservancy of the Rockies

Bird Conservancy of the Rockies conserves birds and their habitats through an integrated approach of science, education and land stewardship.

Pepper Pod Restaurant

The Pepper Pod, built in 1913 by the Peppers family, began as a modest cafe on old Main Street in Hudson. The Pepper Pod has been voted “Best Comfort Food” in Colorado on the AList!

Vintage Aero Flying Museum

The Vintage Aero Flying Museum houses one of the most historically significant and internationally recognized collections of World War I memorabilia in the world. Usually only open on the weekends so please call before visiting.

Coyote Creek Golf Club

Coyote Creek Golf Course is a beautiful 18-hole, municipal course, located in Fort Lupton, Colorado

Best Western Plus

Brand new Best Western Plus® Hudson Hotel & Suites is located just
minutes from the Ranch.

Horse grazing
Indoor stalls
Large view barn