The Renner family came to Wyoming in 1897 and settled on Gooseberry Creek, south of Meeteetse. Chris was born on October 15, 1944, the youngest child of Clifton Adison (C.A.) Renner and Grayce (Fehyl) Renner. Chris has ranched his entire life, first on his father’s ranch – the CA Renner Ranch, and later his own ranch – the Hairpin Cattle Company. Chris finished high school in Meeteetse in 1963 and began ranching full time with his father and brother, Paddy. He married Barbara Perkins in 1965, and they have two children, Russell and Bobbi. The CA Renner Ranch included property spread out throughout Park County. This meant that Chris and his siblings helped their parents move cattle by horseback long distances several times a year. The cattle wintered on the family’s farm on Sheets Flat, located along the lower Greybull River east of Meeteetse. In the spring, they would move the cattle by horseback to the Gooseberry property, which involved taking the cattle through the town of Meeteetse.