In 1977, Dan and Elaine Ramberg opened Woodloch Stable with the intent of “putting some food on the table.” Woodloch began with 22 stalls, a truck and trailer, and a handful of good horses. Over a 40-year period, Woodloch has grown to 98 stalls for boarding, training, and lessons, as well as two indoor arenas (one heated), 2 outdoor arenas, a new cross-country area, a one-mile track for exercising and leisure riding, and a larger outdoor stadium arena that holds many horse shows and rodeos throughout the year.
Dan Ramberg is a lifelong equestrian and one of the pioneers of modern, humane horse training. By age 16, Dan and his 12-year-old cousin, Karen Abraham, had perfected a three-horse Roman Riding act. It was one of the few such rides that used no bareback pads on the horses; no Roman Ride before or since has been as spectacular. Dan’s act included jumping the three horses through a fire hoop while Karen sat on his shoulders. For nine years, Dan and Karen exhibited at shows, fairs, and rodeos nationwide.
Well-known for his consistent and effective training and understanding of the way horses think, Dan is also an outspoken advocate for novice and challenged riders, and has been instrumental in helping develop legislation that allows the equine industry to thrive in Minnesota. He held offices in the Minnesota Quarter Horse Association, Western Saddle Clubs Association, Inc., and Northwest Saddle Club. He was instrumental in the organization of Dead Broke Saddle Club, offering opportunities and support for many young and beginner riders. In 2000, Dan was honored with the Minnesota Horseperson of the Year award by the Minnesota Horse Council. He is also in the Minnesota Quarter Horse Association Hall of Fame. Their children, Bill Ramberg and Cara Jones (nee Ramberg) grew up to become excellent horsepeople in their own right, and carry on the legacy of Dan’s teachings. Dan and Elaine live on-site to this day and participate in the day-to-day operations of the farm.
Woodloch is currently operated by Bill and Ingvill Ramberg, Dan and Elaine’s son and daughter-in-law, who are also accomplished riders and trainers. Bill and Ingvill live on-site with their three children: Marcus, Nikolas, and Maia. The Rambergs are proud to call Woodloch their home, and are passionate about sharing the opportunities to ride and own horses in the Twin Cities.