‘Pioneer Woman’ Ree Drummond Talks ‘Tough Chores’ on the Ranch, Why ‘Blood’ Doesn’t Bother Her

by Keeli Parkey

In addition to sharing her many tasty recipes on her “The Pioneer Woman” show, Ree Drummond also gives viewers a look at her life on her family’s Oklahoma ranch.

Ranch work is hard work. And the Drummond family has a lot of ranch to work to do. According to Biography, Ree and her husband, Ladd Drummond, are the owners of more than 430,000 acres of land. This total placed them on the list of the top 25 landowners in the United States. So, they have a lot of work to do.

During a 2017 interview with Design & Living, “The Pioneer Woman” talked about the chores that are required on the ranch to keep it running. This topic came to light after the interviewer asked her about the chores she did on the ranch. The interviewer also asked her if there were any chores she just would not do.

In response, Ree Drummond said she will do what is required to do to keep her family’s ranch running smoothly.

“I wouldn’t say I do a lot of tough chores,” “The Pioneer Woman” said. “I leave that to my husband and kids.”

Ree Drummond Also Said She Will ‘Pitch In’ When Her Family Needs Her

However, Ree Drummond will step in when she is needed and do the work required of her.

“I will pitch in if they are shorthanded when they need me,” she shared in 2017. “That’s not my strong suit, but there’s nothing I wouldn’t do.”

In fact, “The Pioneer Woman” doesn’t mind doing work that would make many other people squeamish. She has her childhood to thank for some of this ability.

“Blood and things like that don’t bother me,” Ree Drummond said. “My father was a surgeon, so maybe that’s why. I seem to always be the gate opener. I give shots.”

She does, however, avoid some of the most physical labor on the family’s ranch.

“I don’t do the heavy-duty work where they have to wrestle the calves to the ground,” she also said. “I’m happy to leave that to those with experience.”

‘The Pioneer Woman’ Originally Wanted to Become a Lawyer

Doing chores on a huge ranch in Oklahoma was not what Ree Drummond had in mind before her life’s path led her to fame as “The Pioneer Woman.”

She was born in Bartlesville, Oklahoma. Her given name is Anne Marie Smith. As a child, she was referred to as “Ree” – a name that obviously stuck. She earned a degree from the University of Southern California in Los Angeles. After that, her career plans were to become a lawyer.

However, she fell in love with Ladd Drummond and returned to her home state. The rest, as they say, is history.