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.
Jill Rivoli: General Manager
The first thing that stands out when meeting Jill is her true authenticity. One immediately gets the sense of connecting with a lifelong friend. Jill‘s expansive career has always led back to the core of who she is, a person whose passion is having a positive impact on the people around her and making a difference in their lives. As an Equine Assisted Learning facilitator, she has helped thousands of people in professional and personal self-discovery, growth, and connectedness. She founded her own EAL business New Perspectives, focusing on the wonderful insight that comes from learning with horses to facilitate personal development, leadership, team building, mindful living and healing. Jill’s mission has always been to help create meaningful experiences for those around her, wanting them to walk away thinking “wow, that was amazing!”. Her particular area of focus is building strong, effective teams. Jill’s career is varied and interesting and reflects her passion for living in beautiful places and for serving others; She’s been an archaeologist in Hawaii, director of multiple non-profit organizations focused on reading and youth development, she’s held director level positions at multiple resorts (Miraval, Carmel Valley Ranch, Alisal Guest Ranch and Resort), she’s managed the riding programs at Eagle Crest Resort, Black Butte Ranch, The Running Y Ranch, Sunriver Resort, Silver Falls YMCA, and the B Bar Ranch in Emigrant, Montana. We are proud to have her (and her dog, Cedar, and horse, Batman!) leading the way for the Greenhorn Ranch team.
Tyson Rael: AssistanT General Manager
Assistant General Manager Tyson Rael grew up in Yorba Linda, California. He was a professional fiddle player originally, and has played since he was eight, and toured with greats such as Buck Ford. Once in high school, he took an interest in horseback riding and began driving stagecoaches at Knott’s Berry Farm. He’s been at the ranch since 2009 and has worked in roles from maintenance to wrangler. When he’s not at the ranch, you can find him at the nearby hospital working as a certified EMT or working with the water district for the Greenhorn community. He’s also the chief of the Greenhorn Creek Volunteer Fire Department. Tired yet? He’s a new father to boot. He and his wife have dedicated their life to ranches throughout California. They began dating after working at Greenhorn Ranch together as wranglers in 2013. They were married at the ranch and had long-time Greenhorns as wedding guests.
Promoted to Assistant General Manager in July 2018, Tyson brings an incredible ability to lead by example to the ranch.
marty orenstein: Head wrangler
Whether you’re a seasoned rider or just climbing into the saddle for the first time, Marty will make sure you’ve got a comfortable seat during every ride at Greenhorn Ranch. With more than 40 years of experience as a wrangler, Marty has been a part of the Greenhorn Ranch family since 1979, when he first visited the ranch as a guest. Marty has done just about every ranch-related job there is, from shoeing and training horses to teaching lessons and preparing dinner at the Sunday cookout. One of the things Marty loves most about Greenhorn Ranch is that everyone gets a vacation, including mom and dad. “You can turn your kids loose here,” he says. Marty once dreamed of being a school teacher but didn’t love school quite enough. At Greenhorn Ranch, he says, he still gets to teach and everyone in his classes wants to be there. “I don’t think of what I do as work. It’s more like a year ‘round summer camp,” says Marty. Marty has lived in more places than just about any other team member, so make sure you ask him about living in the Philippines, East Texas, New York and Southern California.
Executive Chef Scott Burns
Raised throughout small California towns dotting the Sierra, Greenhorn Ranch’s new executive Chef Scott Burns’ passion for the mountain air comes alive in his cooking at the ranch.
Greenhorn Partners knew they found their man when he expressed his love for building community, for cooking with a purpose, and for bringing people together at one table. Scott blends fine dining with farm-to-table and historic ranch-style recipes to bring California ranch-style new meaning.
“The thing I excel at is using really high ingredients to make comfort food and taking a fine dining twist on them. I kinda get all over the place with some familiar flavors that feed our soul,” he said. “At the ranch, my goal is to not try to deviate too far from the dude ranch expectation. As much as we can, we’re going to try to utilize local products without trying to overthink it too much.”
Cynthia Carreon: Resort operations manager and wedding coordinator
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 ten years and her organization and sense of humor keep the staff on their toes and laughing. Her love for the Greenhorn Ranch is apparent in her passion and dedication to providing guests with the best possible experience that we can offer. One of her favorite experiences is the running of the horses, which happens in the background as couples say their "I do's”. Cynthia says "it's absolutely astonishing and I still get teary every time". Cynthia’s other passion is being a mom. She and her husband live near the Greenhorn with their three children.