Think Local: 2UW Ranch

2UW Ranch
(Photo courtesy of Mary Ubel)

Editor’s note: Before this article was published, Mary Ubel was no longer the coach of the Western riding team at K-State. We had this information wrong, and we apologize for the error. The online article has been updated to correct this.

Located 16 miles outside of Manhattan in Westmoreland, Mary Ubel runs a ranch built on a foundation of peace, faith and world champion-level horsemanship. Named after Walter Ubel, 2UW Ranch is run by both Mary Ubel and her mother. The ranch offers private lessons, horse training, rider training and ranch-living apartments.

Ubel earned both a bachelor’s and a master’s degree from Kansas State. She is committed to continuing her family’s ranch tradition; her vision was to help people, and this vision has come to life. 

In 2014, Ubel established the first K-State Intercollegiate Horse Shows Association Western riding team and coached the team as well. Over the years, she found success in the show ring and is an expert in training, grooming and coaching.

The ranch offers both Western-style and English-style equestrian lessons and provides quality training from two world-class trainers: Joe Ammann and Claire Haag. 

Ammann is a professional horseman and horse trainer with over 15 championship and reserve world titles. Ammann builds winning teams through advanced professional horse training and lessons with start-to-finish training programs. Haag has many accolades as well, including being named a top-10 finalist for the Practical Horseman of the Year award. 

Ubel’s trainers set her ranch apart, along with the strict boundaries and standards she sets during the training process. More information about 2UW and lesson scheduling can be found on 2WU Ranch’s website or by calling (785) 340-2297.