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.
Amelia has traveled the West following her passion for Equine related positions. From packing mules in the Eastern Sierras of California, teaching survival skills, chasing beautiful sunsets in New Mexico and Texas, or observing wildlife in Yellowstone National Park, Amelia has done it all on the back of a horse. You will be sure to catch the adventure bug from her as you explore the vast wilderness that Greenhorn Ranch has to offer. Beyond the thrills of new landscapes and expansive vistas, Amelia is passionate about teaching a deeper understanding of horses to our guests. “I work as an interpreter between two species. I passionately explore the horse-human relationship” she says. Whether it is your first time on a horse, or you have been riding for years, her patience, confidence and creativity will have you excited for your visit to the Greenhorn.
Assistant Head Wrangler
Kamren grew up in South Lake Tahoe and has always had a huge passion for horses. She started riding English disciplines when she was 7 until her late high-school years, when she switched her interest to the western world. In 2017, Kamren began her bachelor’s degree at Feather River College for Equine and Ranch Management. At FRC, she garnered hands on equine experience including breeding, training, vet care, and facilities management. Kamren is currently pursuing her Master’s Degree in Equine Education. Kamren joined the Greenhorn Ranch team in 2019, and as the Assistant Head wrangler, helps to manage our beautiful herd of horses, luscious pastures, riding classes and fun guided rides. Look to Kamren’s side and you may find her trusty side kick “Cooper” or her trusty steed “Dime”!
(photo credit: Feather River College)
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.
Guest Relations Manager
This is Chase Fine, our Guest Relations Manager 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 hospitality skills and working alongside some of the best ranch operators in the world. In 2019 Chase joined the Greenhorn team and has been with us ever since. Now working as the Guest Relations Manager, Chase provides superior Greenhorn hospitality. Look for Chase at the front desk assisting the sales team, feeding horses, serving whisky or two stepping with guests int he saloon!
Guest Experience Manager on Duty
Alie was born and raised in Northern California. She has a passion for the outdoors and Sierra Mountain living. For over a decade Alie has worked in many different roles in the hospitality field honing her skills. She has been a Guest Experience Manager with the Greenhorn for three seasons and has fallen head over boots with the Greenhorn cowboy way. Alie is instrumental in wedding coordination, special events and also holds the title of the Best Employee Square Dancer! On her days off, you can find her enjoying time outside with her husband and three Little Buckaroos.
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.
Born and raised in the area, Jacob is our go-to for any outdoor adventure. With a degree in Outdoor Recreation Leadership and a lifetime of outdoor experience, he has an incredible ability to ensure you’re never bored while enjoying our majestic scenery. Man of many talents, you’ll likely see him wearing several hats and helping wherever help is needed. From fly fishing and skeet shooting to food service and maintenance, Jacob can do it all with a smile on his face and charisma in every step.