Both growing up on ranches in Eastern Montana, Cameron and Karly Meissner have always called Montana home. Daughter of Alf and Donna Idland of Richey, MT, Karly was raised on a dry farm where they also raise registered Angus cattle. After high school graduation Karly left for Bismark where she received a degree in nursing from The University of Mary. First working in Bismark and then at Glendive Medical Center, Karly now works on the Labor and Delivery floor at Bozeman Deaconess. Coming from a family with a deep history in barrel racing, Karly competes in local events as much as time allows.
Much like his wife Karly, Cameron was raised on a farm/ranch just outside of Circle, MT. His parents Sonja and the late Wes gave him his first colt to start which led him down the path to becoming a horses trainer. He spent many summers riding colts in the mornings, and driving a tractor, or fixing fence during the day. Cameron first learned about show horses in college at Northwest Community College. A never-ending desire to train a horse to be as broke as possible led him to reining.
Learning the business side of things at West Texas A&M, Cameron put himself through school working for local cutting horse trainers and breeders. Following college graduation, a very close friend helped him land a job with Bryant Pace. After a year in North Carolina, Cameron moved to Southern California to work for Craig Schmersal. Two years into being an assistant to the Schmersal's, Cameron was called home to help on the family farm for a short time.
Making the decision not to leave his home state, Cameron opened up business in March of 2006 at the Gallatin River Ranch Equestrian Center in Manhattan, MT.