La Joya Dulce came into being in 2013 when the Triple Diamond Ranch was split into three separate parcels. The split was fortunate for Kathie and Wayne – we could not afford the entire Triple Diamond, but when a single jewel became available, we were happy to land a sweet deal.
Wayne’s last name starts with J, Kathie’s last name starts with D, and Wayne’s law degree is a Juris Doctor, so the first instinct was to name the place JD Ranch. “Not poetic enough,” Wayne said. “The initials need to stand for something.” Many silly ideas were rejected. (Jaunty Donkey Ranch? No. Jolly Damsel Ranch? No. Jumping Dinosaur Ranch? No.) Then Wayne consulted a Spanish/English translation site and learned that "Joya" means “Jewel,” and “Dulce” means “Sweet.”
“You are my sweet jewel,” said Wayne to Kathie. So our ranch is La Joya Dulce, The Sweet Jewel. Our logo honors the Triple Diamond heritage by preserving one of the three diamonds.
There isn’t much left of an earlier part of the ranch history -- the property was once part of the Steamboat Llama Ranch. Our barn was originally sized for llamas, but we enlarged the llama-height doors to accommodate Kathie’s tall Saddlebred horses. And the llama logo formerly on the barn is preserved only on a grainy You Tube video.
Our gate once had three diamonds
Llamas that once adorned our barn are still on You Tube