As Good as Ever

Lloyd Hall isn’t letting a little thing like age get in the way of his ranch work.
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Lloyd Hall isn’t letting a little thing like age get in the way of his ranch work.
photo by Emily Cranson

Rancher Lloyd Hall confirms Newton’s First Law of Motion, which states that an object at rest tends to stay at rest, while an object in motion tends to stay in motion. Resting is not an option for this Colorado-born and bred cowboy. He is determined to stay in motion despite the continuing progression of his age.

After nearly a century on the planet, Hall has seen many changes and stages of life and has developed some ideas on how to be successful.

“Be honest and work hard,” Hall says, “If you like what you do, you’ll succeed and be good at it; if you don’t, you’ll probably fail. I love what I do and I feel I have been successful. You get what you work for. It’s been hard work, but it has paid off.”

Lloyd and his wife of 72 years, Edith, live on their ranch, which demands just as much attention and labor as it did when they were much younger. In fact, Lloyd still runs a 17,000-acre cow-calf operation and makes all maintenance and marketing decisions on the spread—responsibilities he’s held nearly all his life.

The Hall family originally came from Holyoke, Colo., and homesteaded the ranch in 1916. Lloyd was born and raised there. After marrying Edith, he lived in the house until 1949, when the couple moved four miles away after buying the neighboring ranch and adding it to the family holdings. Hall says he plans to stay just four miles from the place he was born for the rest of his life.

Both musicians and entertainers, Lloyd and Edith have played countless songs together. Until recently, the couple played several times a week at the local rest homes, singing to an audience that was generally younger than them. Edith accompanied Lloyd’s guitar both by singing and playing the harmonica. They even created an album together in their late 70s.

Four years ago, Lloyd suffered from a stroke, but has recovered beyond expectation to the amazement of neighbors and friends. Calling quits on ranching operations was not an option, and against all odds, he remains horseback and ready to work. And by no means is the top hand riding drag. He is generally in the middle of the gate, making the sort and calling the shots. After arriving to work on a different horse one day, someone asked what happened to his old standby mount, Christmas.

He remarked simply, “Old Christmas needed a break.” Even the horses can’t keep up with Lloyd Hall.

“Riding is what keeps ya alive,” he says. “But the main thing is, I love it. One of my favorite things in life is to teach an ol’ bronco somethin’. I’m glad I can do that yet.”