Rob and Ashley F.
Rob and Ashley have been in the dude ranch industry since 2006, joining Red Horse in 2008 and becoming Ranch Managers in 2015. After leaving the Midwest, Rob and Ashley met each other at 4UR Ranch in Creede, CO soon after college. Their desire to explore North Idaho and pursue their passion for dude ranches, hospitality and the great outdoors with each other is what led them to Red Horse Mountain Ranch. The care and gratitude they exude at the ranch extends to the guests, staff and into the community. The Farmers love to see guests make amazing memories that mirror the ranch’s mission: reconnecting to the important things of a life well-lived. They are proud to hear the guests call the ranch home and family for the week. Among their other favorite things about Red Horse is the team who works alongside them and witnessing the lifelong relationships created. All this stems from inspiring staff to work their hardest and create the best version of themselves. Rob and Ashley have a strong family focus, too. In addition to working alongside their brothers each season, they were also married on the ranch in 2012. Their children, Lane and Gavin, were introduced to Red Horse’s outdoor adventures and are grateful their kids have the opportunity to grow up enjoying the ranch as home.
Originally from Idaho Falls, Idaho, Makayla spent her childhood around horses, ranch-handing for a cattle ranch and competing in rodeos during high school before obtaining an Equine Science degree from College of Southern Idaho. Makayla joined the Red Horse family three years ago, vetting and caring for, training, saddling and getting to know all horses in order to assign the perfect one to each guest. Her passion is simple and evident, “RHMR believes in sharing a life well-lived with others, and to me a life well-lived is experiencing horses in the great outdoors with the ones you love.” Speaking of the ones you love, Makayla’s boyfriend, Ranch Hand and Wrangler Jonah D., have known each other since they were 4 years old and enjoy spending time off ranch riding with their horses, fishing, camping and hunting with their two dogs while awaiting the summer excitement that brings the guests back to the ranch each year. Fun Fact: Makayla doesn’t like potatoes!
Jonah hails from Idaho Falls, Idaho where he grew up with horses and a love for the great outdoors. After gaining his degree in Environmental Systems, he joined the Red Horse family two years ago after hearing about the ranch from girlfriend Makayla. Jonah hones his skills at the barn as a Ranch Hand and Wrangler, specializing in saddle and leather repair. Outside the ranch, he loves riding horses, hunting, fishing, hiking and spending time with Makayla and their two dogs. He also ties flies for commercial fly fishing and aspires to enter graduate school to study Rangeland Management. Regarding his time at the ranch, Jonah says his favorite thing is “being given the opportunity to meet incredible people from around the world and show them a little piece of what we love to do.” Jonah’s favorite movie is Forest Gump, because “life is like a box of chocolates.”
Lauren, Kitchen Manager and Pastry Chef to the ranch, came from Lakewood, WA before gaining her culinary experience and education through the Western Culinary Institute in Portland, OR, a former Le Cordon Bleu school. She found her way to Red Horse through an internship requirement for graduation. Since Lauren had never been to Idaho, it seemed like an interesting place to spend a summer, and in her words, “I never left!”. One of her favorite things about being part of the ranch is the opportunity to meet new people and watching them fall in love with Red Horse Mountain Ranch, just as she had so many years ago. She also claims to have the best office view of the valley. Outside of work, Lauren enjoys spending time with her husband and two (soon to be three!) sons.
Andi has been a Coeur d’Alene, Idaho local for over 20 years and began her adventure at Red Horse as a kids program wrangler in 2010. After mastering her talents with the kids and horses, she moved into the office manager role which she still holds today. If you’ve visited the ranch recently, you’ll remember Andi as your go-to for booking needs, meeting you at check-in, and mom to everyone’s lovable fur child, Bodhi. Her favorite things about the ranch are developing close relationships with guests, many who are now as close as family. Speaking of family, Andi also loves the nature of the ranch- the staff is her second family! In her spare time, she still finds time to return to her wrangler days, saddling a horse or pulling clays. Outside the ranch, Andi enjoys music, cooking, traveling, spontaneity and meeting new people- a perfect fit for her role at Red Horse!
Mandy is a native New Englander who relocated to the Inland Northwest in 2016. Versed in insurance, television and the hospitality industries, she began working at Red Horse in 2018 before finding her niche as Marketing Manager in 2019. Introduced to the ranch by her cousin, Jimbeau, she was quickly adopted into the ranch family as one of their own. Mandy’s favorite memories about the ranch are making connections with people from all over the world and having some of the best colleagues, ones who share a simple life and being kind to others. Outside the ranch, Mandy enjoys traveling to National Parks, hiking, going to concerts and rooting for New England sports teams. Along with her fiancee, she is also awaiting the arrival of twin daughters this summer! Fun fact: Thanks to a 4th grade music teacher, Mandy can name all 50 states in alphabetical order.
Sarah joined the Red Horse family in 2015. Based out of Franklinville, NC, Sarah had extensive knowledge and experience training, owning and caring for horses for 16 years and more recently held a position as a Certified Dental Assistant. Working in an office setting, she found herself wanting to try something different. Not thinking she would be chosen for a position, she applied for and received a job offer from Red Horse as a kids program wrangler, put in her 2 weeks notice and drove solo from North Carolina to Idaho to start the summer season. Sarah fell in love with the ranch and has been a mainstay ever since, filling the role of Barn Manager. She fits right in with her passion for the forest, animals, plants and outdoor adventure. In her free time, Sarah adds hiking, camping, fly fishing and exploring nature to her to-do list. She loves showing her enthusiasm with guests who visit here so she can share the true beauty of Northern Idaho.
Jim B., aka Jimbeau, is the longest tenured staff member at Red Horse. Seeing the ranch change hands through the years, Jimbeau has played a constant role in the Property & Building Maintenance team. Jim’s upbringing as a New Englander provided him with numerous skills that helps the ranch keep up appearances and functionality. He is also known as the best bonfire maker west of the Mississippi. Of the countless memories Jimbeau has at the ranch, his favorites are meeting new people, making great friends, and guests expressing their sadness to leave because they loved their stay so much! Outside Red Horse, Jim loves spending time outdoors, hiking, camping, hunting and sprucing up his property in town.