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 in Quincy, CA, 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.
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.
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.
Food and Beverage Director
Jamie West joins the Greenhorn as Food and Beverage Director. He’s is an Award-winning Chef and has worked in Private Clubs as well as Four- and Five-Star Luxury Resorts across the country. West’s journey includes positions at Montecito Club, The San Ysidro Ranch, The Ojai Valley Inn & Spa, Mayflower Inn, L’Auberge Del Mar Resort and Spa, and the Meadowood Resort in Napa California.
His focus is on the use of quality, seasonal ingredients and creative presentation. West works with local farmers, winemakers and suppliers to utilize the local bounty from our distinctive region of the North Sierra with influences from around the globe. This focus, along with his ability to develop his teams and his personal approach to guest satisfaction makes him a welcome addition to the Greenhorn Team.
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.