Telluride Real Estate Corp. Downtown Main Street Office
Jim Nerlin - Vice President/Broker Associate, Telluride Real Estate Corp.
Horse people are passionately in love with their horses. Their lifestyles are different then other people's because so much revolves around their animals......their care and feeding, riding, breeding, and showing. But there are many ways to play and work with horses, from competing to rescuing. Here's a sample of Telluride people and a thumbnail sketch of what their lives are like.
Jim and Peggy Nerlin Peggy Nerlin was not a horse person when she met her husband Jim, 27 years ago. He grew up on a working ranch near Red Lodge, Montana. She was a city girl from Orange County, California. They made a deal that if he would learn to play tennis, she would learn to ride horses.
It's worked out well. Although he can beat her at tennis sometimes, he says she's an excellent rider. They keep three registered quarter horses year-round on their 40 acres in Carstens Ranch, 30 minutes from town. They try to ride at least once a week for two to eight hours. Jim, who is a broker at Telluride Real Estate Corporation, is able to get more riding time by taking his clients out on horse back to look at property. A former team bull rider, Jim keeps connected by competing in team penning in jackpot rodeos in the area. He also helps an outfitter friend at summer and hunting camps.
"We do a lot of high alpine riding into the National Forest," says Peggy. The Nerlin's often take weekend trips with two other couples, camping out with their horses. Peggy is hoping to ride more now with her career change to appraisal work giving her a more flexible schedule.
"Riding horses is such a wonderful way to see the high country," says Jim, above timberline to places that you might never have gotten to otherwise.