Our Story

OutWest, Inc. is a family-owned and operated company in business since 2001.  Husband and wife team, Lloyd and Melissa Christenson, have created a family-friendy atmosphere where experienced, novice and youth riders alike can compete, enjoy success and have fun.  Lloyd is an accomplished horseman, having competed at the local, regional and national level -all before age 13. 

"When we first started OutWest, our vision was to create an environment that would build a community of horse enthusiasts and a spirit of family-friendly competition.  Our loyal customers and positive feedback is really a tribute to our commitment to that vision over the years.  I grew up showing and competing on horses, and it's very rewarding to have created a place in OutWest, which I feel captures the best of all those experiences of my youth."   -Lloyd Christenson, owner

Today, Lloyd is competitive in Ranch Rodeos, Ranch Sorting and Team Pennings, and has shown at the Region 3 AQHA event.  Melissa also enjoys Ranch Sorting and Cutting, while sons, Jacob (16) and Noah (15) enjoy Ranch Horse Shows, Sorting Leagues, Roping and riding with their friends at the arena.

Family-Friendly, First-Class Ranch Horse Facility

OutWest Arena is located east of Buffalo, MN on 75 acres.  Our event season runs May through October annually, with events including Ranch Sorting, Ranch Horse Shows, Versatility Shows and Clinics in our large 120 x 240 foot outdoor arena.  With plenty of parking, spectator seating, clean facilities and delicious concessions (including all natural OutWest raised beef hamburgers), our customers tell us they come for the cows but stay for the friendly atmosphere and fun.