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Our Team

Greenhorns from all over come back because of the incredible service and long-time friendships they build on the ranch. None of this would be possible if it weren’t for the experienced wranglers and dedicated staff who continue to return to Greenhorn Ranch year after year. These folks make up the fabric that is Greenhorn Ranch and we wouldn’t be here without them. Here are just a few of the characters every Greenhorn should know.

Team Members


Director of Operations

Cynthia Carreon is our Wonder Woman! She keeps the Greenhorn running smoothly and handles Human Resources, Accounting, Housekeeping, Activities, Front Desk, Reservations, and is our staff wedding planner. She’s been a Greenhorn for twelve years and her organization and sense of humor keep the staff on their toes and laughing.


Head Wrangler

A lifelong horse woman, Lara grew up running barrels at rodeos and cantering along creek beds in the forests of ancient Appalachia. Since then, her equine experiences have taken her all over the world— from moving cattle with gauchos across the Argentine pampas, to racing bedouins through the Sahara Desert, to driving teamster sleighs in the snow of the High Rockies. Our new Head Wrangler has a fondness for exploring fresh terrain with her equine companions. After the days’ rides are done, you can often find Lara swapping stories around the campfire, as she loves to share her knowledge of horses and respect for the great outdoors with fellow adventure-seekers.


Assistant Head Wrangler

This is Chase Fine, our Assistant Head Wrangler straight from Southern California. Chase has been riding since he was five and for most of his riding career he has been a show jumper. Traveling worldwide to compete, In 2014 he was the Youth Jumper Zone 10 Champion in both individual and team gold. Since then Chase has worked at many Ranches throughout the United States honing his horsemanship skills and working along side some of the top show jumpers in the world. In 2019 Chase joined the Greenhorn team of wranglers and has been with us ever since. Now working as the Assistant Head Wrangler, Chase provides world-class instruction and guided rides with superior Greenhorn hospitality. When Chase isn’t with the horses you may find him Two-Steppin with guests in the Saloon!


Administrative Support Manager

Aya spent her formative years growing up on the east coast but fell in love with the beauty of the west coast. She loves the Greenhorn and is grateful to live and work at this hidden gem tucked in the Sierra Mountains. Aya says “my home is someone else’s vacation getaway!”. In her spare time she enjoys hiking all of the beautiful trails and exploring the lakes and rivers with her two children and her dog, Hawk.


Executive Chef

Raised in the small town of Quincy, not 15 miles from the Greenhorn. Brendan grew up on garden fresh vegetables and scratch cooked dinners.

While in college for automotive tech, ramen was getting old. As Brendan started cooking for himself and roommates, he realized a passion.

After years of hard work, and intensive study, Brendan brings his experience to the ranch. With a strong focus on local and farm to table, he and his team create classic and unique dishes to be enjoyed. With a solid focus on service and “the experience” our team will give you dining events to be remembered. Come experience some of the lost Sierra’s finest. We can’t wait to serve you.


Activities Director

Meet Scott! He’s 29 and is from central western Missouri and is an Eagle Scout. He has a background in communications and a masters in film-making from the University of Montana. Scott’s professional goal is to continue traveling the world and to continue bonding and capturing the stories of his fellow travelers. If you visit the ranch you’ll always know him by  wearing his fishing hat and his big smile, as he is always aiming to please.

I loved hanging out with guest and employees together in the afternoons before dinner. Waking up to the view of the lake in the morning from our cabin could never get old.