Three days living the dream

Two city slickers learn how to cattle ranch for reality TV

Farah Rose and Don Mears took a stab at their dream profession without having to quit their day jobs.

Saddleback Ranch employees trained Rose and Mears to be cattle ranchers for an episode of the Travel Channel's "This Job's a Trip!" reality show, which airs at 10 a.m. Sunday.

"They took people that always wanted to see what it was like to run a ranch," Saddleback Ranch owner Luanna Iacovetto said. "I think that some of what we do is pretty foreign and so far removed from their lives."

Rose is an office manager for a massage therapy studio in Ann Arbor, Mich., and Mears has been a computer technician for 11 years.

Jerad Iacovetto, Luanna's son, trained Rose and Mears to saddle and ride a horse, move and feed cows, drive a team, and brand and rope calves.

"They had a tough time when moving the cows," Jerad said. "It was a lot harder work than they expected. They thought they were going to be riding on a horse with a pillowed seat."

Saddleback Ranch also was the site of E! Entertainment Television's reality show "Filthy Rich: Cattle Drive."

Luanna said the shooting of "This Job's a Trip!" was a lot easier than the other show.

"These people really wanted to be here versus when the rich people's kids came," Luanna said.

"The best part was when you asked them to do something without them rolling their eyes or looking at you like a deer in headlights," Jared said. "Both of them said they wanted to come back without the cameras."

The show's crew filmed about 10 hours a day for three days to produce the one-hour episode. The Iacovettos have no idea what to expect when the show airs.

"It will be interesting to see what makes good TV when they were filming all day long," Luanna said. "The things I thought would show (on "Filthy Rich: Cattle Drive") ended up on the cutting room floor."

This was a once-in-a-lifetime experience for Rose and Mears. Rose said she always wanted to be a cowgirl, and Mears told Jerad about how he sits in a cubicle all day.

"That is hard to believe," Jerad said. "Mears said over and over again that this sure beats all the pictures in his cubicle."

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