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About the Rothing family

Rothing Family

Pete Rothing and family

As a child growing up in the suburbs of Chicago I always dreamed of living in the west and raising horses.  Probably not the dream of most city kids and certainly not the type of up bringing conducive to becoming a rancher.  In 1975, while attending college at the University of Montana, I enrolled in an outfitter and guide school in Hamilton.  Upon completion I saw an inkling of hope that, maybe, my dream could come true.

In 1976 I met an outfitter named Dwain Rennaker of Darby who took me under his wing and trained me for the next 3 years.  That experience gave me the confidence to pursue my dream.  For the next 5 years I worked for several different outfits to gain more experience.

In 1982 I bought our Linney  Road property for $6,000.00 down and a hope and a prayer.  I owned a dog, 3 geldings and 1 mare. All my worldly possessions would fit in the back of my pickup truck.  I bought a second dog and my first foal, “Cowboy”, was born to my 1 mare on the day I signed the papers on the property.  I continued building my herd and formulated my plan to start breeding Labradors while still working for other outfitters.

In 1983 I got my outfitter license, continued to grow my herd, plan my dog breeding, and booked my first hunters.  By 1987 I had 40 horses, a working outfitting business, my first stallion and a small band of brood mares, a good start on my dog breeding business with 7 labradors, and I met and married the love of my life, Tanya Howells, in a whirlwind romance.  We met in April, got engaged in June and married in September!

For the next 14 years, with Tanya at my side, it was a blur of hard work and prosperity.  With the help of family and friends we built the businesses and started our family.  We grew and sold the outfitting business; we bought the neighboring 65 acres; we grew the horse breeding to 10 stallions and 40 broodmares, we grew the dog business from 7 dogs to 30 and built a state-of-the-art kennel facility on our new property, Tanya gave birth to 4 beautiful children, we added a miniature Hereford breeding program and we built and moved into a new home on our new land.

Then, in 2001, we bought a load of hay from a local rancher that had botulism in it.  As the horses started dying the rancher told us “do what you have to do – that is what I have insurance for”.   With the help of Hardaway vet and the kindness and generosity of many good-hearted friends and strangers we fought 18 hours a day for 26 days to save our horse herd.  In the end we lost 19 horses.  But the worst was yet to come.

The hay seller’s insurance would not pay.  The hay seller went along with the insurance company.  Our horse breeding business was wiped out due to fear and rumors.  A lawsuit ensued and months became years. We borrowed from my family to stay afloat.  Our debt snowballed.  Then my Dad died.  My mother’s estate planners said the debt needed to be cleared up and it was causing strife amongst my 7 siblings.   Since we had no way to pay, and the lawsuit was not settled, we applied to do a family transfer of a small corner of the ranch to my mother in lieu of payment on the debt.  This is where it becomes really ugly.

To date we have endured a 4 1/2 year journey through the depths of corruption and outright depravity of Gallatin County officials in all branches and departments of this county government.  It is being driven by the commissioners but encompasses members of the planning department, environmental health and county attorney’s office. (See Gallatin County’s 10 most unwanted officials and politicians)

This website is an attempt to narrate our journey through hell at the hands of our county government in their attempt to deprive us of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness as guaranteed to us in the U.S. constitution .Our hope is it will awaken in others, as it did in us, the true danger we face from corruption in our own government—at all levels.

Sincerely,

Peter Rothing

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