A True Hero of Red Horse – Happy Birthday Jim

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One of the first days I was on the ranch I met with the staff of the old Hidden Creek. I don’t remember everyone, but a few interviews feel like they were yesterday. Looking back we were all so young.  Matt Majoros, said his goal through the transition was, “ to make sure the previous owners would be taken care of no matter what it took. I’m here to make sure they are covered.” Sarge, or Phil Bailey, showed up and handed me a folder of his entire decorated military career. I remember him calling me “Sir” and being about the most polite, genuine person I’d ever met. Then came in Jim. He’d been at the ranch for about 10 years, spending his 20’s fixing up the place and keeping it running. I remember Jim being skeptical, but cordial. I could tell he wanted to see what was going to happen to this place he dearly loved. 

Those first few years of Red Horse were tough. Looking back on it we had good intentions. But it wasn’t until about 2007 when you could really feel the pounding of hooves and we had found our trail. In what felt a blink of an eye, Red Horse was catapulted into the National Dude Ranchers’ Association and we kept adding more and more adventures to an already long list. Faces came and went. Blisters broke and huge projects happened. There were difficult days and some of the most amazing days of my life. 

I remember a moment this last season when the fishing boat went down and the jet pump had lost a seal. I brought the boat to the shop and started working on it. Jim pulled up, asked if he could help, and I'd never turn that offer down. He never left my side until the boat was back in the water. This was no easy task and we were there some late nights. 

Through all of it only a few constants were true. Jim was one of them. The effort, care, compassion, and quiet strength he’s given to Red Horse is without a doubt one of the most important factors as to why Red Horse Mountain Ranch is at the top of many lists. Tonight Jim celebrates a well deserved birthday and all of us at Red Horse, and Hidden Creek, tip our hats to an amazing individual. Happy Birthday, Jim. Thank you for taking good care of all us at the ranch.

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  1. Happy birthday, Jim! So many amazing memories and so grateful for everything I learned from you while at Red Horse. I was unwinding from my crazy corporate life and you opened my eyes to so many simple truths. A couple of memories coming to me at the moment are tagging along with you and Tim bow hunting and an incredible trip to Glacier with Rosie. I hope you had an amazing birthday! Thank you for making a difference in my life. All the best!
    Ginga

  2. Jimbo, man where do I start? Well first off happy birthday I hope is a good one for ya. I do have one memory that sticks in my head about you that will stay with me forever that I have to share. It was the all important Thursday wine dinner and Cory and I were standing out on the porch talking about the past week and how things were going as we did more often than not. Just as you came over and pointed out something on a cabin that needed fixed to Cory that you would only see, as you went back in the lodge to continue to help with wine dinner apron and all Cory turned to me and said “Jim is worth his weight in gold”. I’m not sure why that has stuck with me all these years but I can tell you that statement may have been said by our boss that day but it was felt by the entire staff throughout the entire season. Thanks for all you did to make RHMR great.
    Sam

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