Cheryl Summer

Cheryl Summer

Associate Broker
Licensed in WY, MT

Cheryl Summer is a Wyoming ranch property broker for Fay Ranches. Having spent her youth on the family dairy farm in the middle of Michigan’s “mitten,” the concept and practice of stewardship were deeply instilled within her. She learned principles she brings to her profession today: You don’t quit and go to the house until all the chores are done until every living thing that depends on you is well cared for, and until everything you are responsible for has been checked off. Rather than being a burden, the early mornings and late nights tending livestock, and planting and harvesting forged a strong bond with family and with the land.

Evolving practices of land stewardship and a keen interest in regenerative agriculture methods led Cheryl to attend a management-intensive grazing seminar with Jim Gerrish, where she learned, and then applied, rotational grazing methods with stocker cattle. She transitioned the row-crop production to a fully-certified organic farm, growing forages, small grains, and soybeans. With a breeding stable of thoroughbreds, training practices evolved from the old style of breaking colts to the more productive methods of imprinting and working with a horse.

Cheryl’s love for the land and livestock extends to wildlife. Spending all her free time in the woods practicing her tracking skills and birding led her to the field of Fisheries and Wildlife Management, then to Wildlife Toxicology. That specialization had her living on boats and working with Great Lakes’ waterbird populations. From there, research grants took her to Midway Island to work with albatrosses, studying the effects of global environmental contaminants on their reproduction.




Returning to a focus on agriculture, Cheryl joined a start-up tech firm, developing innovative risk management tools to hedge grain for producers and grain originators. This transition brought her to Kaycee and Johnson County, Wyoming, which has now been her home long enough to see both times of drought and times of plenty. Cheryl then went to work as a ranch hand to learn firsthand how to apply her knowledge of land and livestock to the rangelands of the west.

For Cheryl, licensed since 2007, the opportunity to work with people who love the land— whether it be the grass rangelands or the mountain elk country, gorgeous lifestyle ranches or a pivot irrigated hay farm—has been incredibly rewarding. Having been in the ranch brokerage business for the extent of her real estate career, Cheryl enjoys forging relationships with clients and helping them achieve their goals. She also applies her ethic of hard work, truth and honesty, putting others first, and attention to detail to every relationship.

Cheryl enjoys volunteering within her community and serves on the Wyoming Agricultural Leadership Council board of directors, which administers the Wyoming Leadership Education and Development program. She is a member of her local Search and Rescue unit and is active in her church. Free time for Cheryl is filled with hiking and exploring as many corners of the landscape as she can with Joe Henry, her awesome English Shepherd. She also enjoys helping the neighbors work cows, music, photography and travel.

1 Active Properties Listed by Cheryl Summer

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Thieves’ Den Ranch

Casper, Wyoming

This private Wyoming recreational gem encompasses 8,486± acres spanning 13± square miles with nearly two miles of secluded trout stream along Bates Creek. The recently built custom home offers stunning views from every angle, and practical amenities include a shop building, livestock barn, and airplane hangar. Enjoy exceptional big game hunting opportunities and fishing for rainbow and brook trout. It combines privacy, fishing, hunting, and a new home for an unparalleled recreational property.

2 Listings Sold by Cheryl Summer

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Vintage Ranch

Kaycee, Wyoming

This ranch offers modern amenities in the midst of a landscape and community reminiscent of the old west. Providing an inviting, relaxing setting for family, friends and associates this property is well suited as a family home or a corporate retreat destination. Flanked by the ‘red wall’, the valley is green with irrigated meadows and a year-round trout stream.

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Powder River Valley Homestead

Kaycee, Wyoming

This is a versatile property suitable for private and secure living, telecommuting or as a small farm and ranch enterprise. The beautiful, custom home is very private and looks out over irrigated hay meadows to see as far as the Bighorn Mountains in Wyoming. The property has two additional homes, a shop and an outdoor riding arena.

Articles Authored by Cheryl Summer

Social Capital in the Rural West

Welcome to the West! Maybe you have already been fortunate enough to purchase the ranch you have been dreaming of, or perhaps you are considering a move and searching for the perfect fit. You may already know that such an investment requires learning about water rights, mineral rights, river accretion and avulsion, carrying capacity, federal […]

Fay Ranches Sponsors Lisa Lockhart at the NFR, American Barrel Racer

Lisa Lockhart is sponsored by Fay Ranches Sales Agents: Kebi Smith, Neil Bangs, Cheryl Summer, Mike Konstant, RJ Patterson, John Anderson, Kimberly Lowry, Dixie Barry, Kevin Stowe. As a native of Montana being raised on a farm/ranch, the western lifestyle of being dependent upon the land and caring for animals is a value that was ingrained […]

Fay Ranches Sponsors Wyoming’s Cowboy: Cole Reiner, Bareback “Rookie of the Year”

Cole Reiner is sponsored by Fay Ranches Ranch Sales Agents: Neil Bangs, Cheryl Summer, Mike Konstant, Kebi Smith, RJ Patterson, Dixie Barry, Alex Robertson, John Anderson, Scott Hawes, Kevin Stowe. A note from Cole Reiner   Growing up on our family ranch just outside Buffalo, Wyoming, I’ve always been involved in the western way of life […]

Fay Ranches Sponsors the Inaugural Yellowstone Riggin Rally, Darby, MT

The Steiner Rodeo Family from Texas, Taylor Sheridan, and Bosque Ranch Productions brought the debut of the Yellowstone Riggin’ Rally to Darby, MT. The Rally hosted the top 24 Bareback Riders from the PRCA, a $30,000 purse, and nearly 2,000 fans. In attendance were the cast members of the Taylor Sheridan and Bosque Ranch Productions […]


By Cheryl Summer, Associate Broker, Licensed in WY, MT There is a well-worn phrase in the modern lexicon of the west: Legal Access. Fifth-generation ranchers know all about it, whether they are the grizzled kind or the kind that graduated with dual degrees in ag business management and range conservation. Sportsmen know about it because […]