The Jeep Ranch
After wheelin' for multiple years in and out of Florida, Buddy had a vision to open up an off road park for Jeeps. It seemed like Central Florida was lacking in good places to go off road without getting tickets. After retiring from Law Enforcement an opportunity found me that he could not pass up. His goal was to build a park that would accommodate stock vehicles, but also allow modified jeeps to navigate harder sections, thus allowing everyone to see what was going on and enticing the stock jeeps to modify their rigs so they could try the modified sections once they made upgrades. He also wanted an easy going, family atmosphere that welcomes everyone. Since then he has built TJR with the help of others who share the same vision. We have so many guests that have never wheeled their rigs, but still feel welcome at TJR which means the vision has started to come to fruition due to our guests and staff for helping to create TJR. Thank you all for the continued support!
Realtor by profession, Holli has been a valued member of The Jeep Ranch since the beginning and is proud to be one of the Front Gate Wenches. In addition to Holli's gate wench duties, she designs most of the marketing material including the Events Calendar, Frequent Rancher Card and the website, as well as assists with overall organization to help make TJR run efficiently. Holli's Jeep is a 2004 Grand Cherokee aptly named "Gremlin". Every time something was fixed, something else would happen and she swore there were Gremlins in it. The name stuck.
Gordon bought his first Jeep in 2006 and still drives "Baloo" today as his daily driver. He intended to turn it into a trail rig but just couldn't do it. That's how "Dozer" came into the picture and has since become a fixture at The Jeep Ranch. Gordon is a certified professional SCUBA diver and a licensed surveyor in "real life". TJR is Gordon's happy place and he has been here since the beginning. He has done everything from trail maintenance to trail guide and an all around volunteer. He has proven to be an invaluable member of the TJR Staff as a Trail Boss and will help anyone who needs a hand. Gordon's beautiful wife, Lisa is a gate wench!
Monday through Friday Chris geeks out in his position as a Systems Administrator but on the weekends he's either playing in his Jeep "Mayday" or fixing whatever he broke the last time he played or fixing whatever he broke on his wife's Jeep. He is a father of two daughters, CERT trained and a certified SCUBA diver. Chris is another one of the original TJR crew and has the poison ivy memories to prove it. Since the early days of TJR he has been guiding people through trails and helping when people get stuck. Chris is always willing to pitch in where needed, proudly represents TJR and has more than earned his Trail Boss title.
Keith is a native of Illinois moving to Florida in 1979 and has lived in Polk County for the past 14 years. He is a Planning Manager at Disney World and will soon complete 30 years of service to the mouse! He is married to his high school love Julia. As Julia says “it only took him 35 years to propose”. Both Keith and Julia enjoy jeeping and have been volunteers at The Jeep Ranch in Wildwood since it opened. Keith bought his first and current Jeep in 2015 which was shortly thereafter named "Lumberjack" due to having to sacrifice a few trees to get out of a mud hole. It was clear that his new Rubicon was in desperate need of some modifications and the obsession began.
Dale has been involved in The Jeep Ranch from the very beginning, clearing brush, maintaining trails and moving rocks. He's known as “The Voice of Trail 1” at events where he gives directions and advice to newbies and veterans alike. After losing his first Jeep in a car wreck, he now uses Little Blue Jeep for fun and Phil for getting into trouble. He has worn many hats in his life, insurance adjuster, SCUBA instructor, bartender, boat captain and Marine Biology teacher, but it’s his Jeep Ranch Staff hat he likes the most. His wife Eileen and trail dog, Daisy join him at most events and TJR is happy to have their smiling faces as part of our Senior Staff.
Bottlefed as a baby, Oreo has a sweet temperament and has become an icon at The Jeep Ranch. His handsome face can be found in many family photos taken at TJR. He enjoys fresh grass, bananas and strolling around the ranch with his harem of bovine beauties. Oreo certainly has the life!
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