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204 Cottonvale Road, Savannah GA 31405

Our 12 acre family farm is located right off of highway 17 in the Berwick area. Please call ahead before you stop by!

From downtown Savannah, take highway 516 to highway 17. Turn right onto 17 and continue to Cottonvale road, where there is a light, and a Walgreens on the left. Turn left onto Cottonvale and follow the road for a short while, and look for our signs on the left side of the road.

From 1-95 take highway 204 towards Savannah. Its about a mile and a half to the highway 17 junction. Turn right when you get off the exit, drive 3.5 miles, and look for Cottonvale road on the right (At the wanglers). Follow Cottonvale for a short while, and look for our signs on the left side of the road.



Crystal Mindedahl-Braden

Facility Manager and Riding Instructor

Crystal started competing in rodeos when she was five years old. Alongside her father while growing up, she broke and trained horses, worked cows and raised goats. In elementary school she participated in 4-H showing dairy cows and chickens. In high school she led guided trail rides through the Chattahoochee National Wildlife Forest in Blue Ridge, GA and averaged 100 rodeos per year. Crystal attended the Savannah College of Art and Design and completed her BFA in Theatrical Arts at Armstrong Atlantic State University.

Crystal has been a riding lesson instructor for twelve years. She worked as a barn manager and carriage horse trainer for Historic Savannah Carriage Tours for six years. Crystal has competed in national rodeos all over the southeast and has worked with world renowned trainers her whole life.

Rodeo associations she has competed with include Professional Cowboys Association, National Cowboys Association, Florida Barrel Racers Association, Florida High school Rodeo, Georgia High school Rodeo, National Calf Ropers Association, Central Florida Youth Rodeo. She also has shown western pleasure at the American Quarter Horse Association and Appaloosa Horse Show Association national breed shows.



Johnny Mindedahl

Ranch Manager and Retired Farrier

Johnny worked as a professional farrier for 35 years throughout the southeast. He has also been a professional horse trainer, cattleman, farmer and USDA livestock agent. He was a pro rodeo calf roper for 30 years and has cowboyed across the USA. He has held memberships with the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association, the International Rodeo Association, Florida Calf Ropers Association and several more. Johnny has shod horses for celebrities such as Ted Turner, country music stars like George Strait and has shod multiple world champion performance horses as well as Olympic competitors. He has worked as a large animal vet tech for 30 years alongside some of Florida's top equine veterinarians and helped develop the eggbar horse shoe.


Meet the Ranch Family



Originally from Iowa, Megan grew up rodeoing, riding on trails, and showing horses in 4-H. She moved to Savannah in 2005 to attend college. She drove carriages for Carriage Tours of Savannah for several years. She has a BFA in Graphic Design from SCAD and is currently the in house graphics and marketing designer for Orofal USA. Pam and Peaches are both Megan's horses!



Katie grew up in Savannah, riding at Norwood Stables and assisting with lessons and camps. She attended Mercer University and graduated with a degree in Marketing. She was the president of Mercer's intercollegiate equestrian team. She drove carriages for Historic Savannah Carriage Tours for several years. Silver is Katie's horse!

Katie is in the Marines and is stationed in Beaufort, SC.



Patricia Stevens has been a Remax agent in Savannah for over 20 years. She is an equal partner in the ranch and found us our beautiful new property. She and her husband Steve assisted in restoration and renovation of the grounds. Pippi is her favorite horse.


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