Raynard McKenzie was born in Montana but left home at age 13, coming to Wyoming where his first job was with rancher Sandy Perriman, at Powder River. Raynard trailed horses from Powder River to Gillette for two springs. It was a 70-mile trip and took three days. His pay was one horse, each time. Raynard worked for many big cow outfits in the ensuing years, including the OW. In 1958, Raynard left Wyoming for a few years and went to Texas. He attended Toots Mansfield Roping School and wound up working for Toots Mansfield and shoeing horses. Raynard broke his leg, so he headed back to Wyoming. He then worked at Teepee Lodge above Big Horn where he shod horses and took out pack trips. He continued to calf rope. As he became known in the area, he was sought after by large and small ranches alike, because
of his knowledge of cows and horses, and his attitude. Raynard maintained he would do anything they asked as long as he could pursue his passion of roping calves. He broke and trained many horses throughout the years.