Employees

Lisa Grossi

Owner / Major Holiday Specialist

Favorite quote: “ Knowledge is the eye of desire and can become the pilot of the soul.” Will Durant Oh

Favorite Movies: National Velevet and Seabiscuit because they are about overcoming adversity. Chariots of Fire is also a good one.

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Favorite cartoon: The news

Fondest memory: Creating “Renaissance School” in Oakland for “at risk teens”.

If you could be any animal, what would you be and why: A cat. No one expects anything from a cat.

First horse: A palomino paint named Banjo.

Favorite snack: Grapes

Favorite flower: Roses, but not red ones.

Favorite job on the ranch: Paying bills. Ha!

Famous last words:”…no matter how well scientists map the brain and uncover the biology of romantic love, they will never destroy the mystery or ecstasy of this passion.” Helen Fisher

Philip “Bunkie” Grossi

Ranch Technician / Aquatic Engineer

Hometown:
San Francisco

Fondest Memory:
Fishing “our” ponds and the streams of Montana with my Grandfather

Favorite cartoon:
Sponge Bob Square Pants

Favorite Lake in SW Montana:
Harrison Lake

What do you do on your days off:
Wakeboarding

Favorite color:
The tint on my aviator sunglasses when I am behind a boat wakeboarding.

If you could be any animal, what would you be and why:
the waterskiing squirrel on Television

Favorite quote:
“Don’t touch that! You’ll get your fingerprints on it.” -Mom and Kale

Jess Bumgarner

Crop and Land Manager

Home town Shelley, Idaho

Fondest memory: When I was a little boy I fell out of a tree and broke my femur. I was in a half body cast and got around on a scooter, which was really fun.

Update August 2005. Carrying Lisa to her car after she tore Her ACL.

Favorite Music: Country

Favorite Snack: Coconut Cream Pie

First horse: Smokey a black Quarter horse

Favorite movie: Tombstone

Favorite job on the Ranch: Trying to get the dump truck started with Fred our neighbor.

What do you do on your days off: Fish in our ponds, occasionally using the kids for bait.

Michelle Bumgarner

Barn Manager and Goose removal Specialist

Hometown: Bozeman, Montana

First horse: Babe a Morgan mare

Favorite snack: Pizza rolls

If you could be any animal what would it be and why: One of Lisa’s horses because of the love and care they get on a regular basis.

Favorite Place: Here. It is the closest thing to home and the prettiest place in the town where I grew up.

Favorite job on the Ranch: Chasing the Goose when I am graining the horses.

Favorite Music: Country

Favorite quote: That …..is ginormous. Tyrell invented that for the really big stuff.

Greg Jackson

Ranch Manager

Hometown:
Red Lodge, MT

Fondest Memory:
Returning home after 4 years in the Marine Corps.

Favorite Quote:
“there is always something keeping you from doing nothing”

Favorite Movies:
8 Seconds, Dances With Wolves

What do you do on your days off:
Hunt, prepare to hunt, prepare dogs and horses to hunt.

If you could be any animal, what would you be and why:
A Bald Eagle because of the good view, good fishing, and freedom

Famous last words:
“The map is not the territory”

Sir Jackson’s amazing bear tale

Tyrell Burklund

Goose terrorist / Barn Cat Midwife

Goose terrorist / Barn Cat Midwife

Born: Missoula, Montana

Favorite music: Any song by Clay Walker

Favorite Movie: Pure Country and Hope Floats

Favorite Memory: Fishing with my Grandfather around Sely Lake

Major: Animal Science

First Horse: A black Quarter Horse named Midnight

Favorite snacks: Snicker candy bars

What do you do in your spare time: Watch horse training videos, girls and having a beer.

Favorite job on ranch: Moving the manure pile, working with the foals, grooming the horses and giving Michelle a hard time!

Favorite Quote: You’ll miss 100% of the shots you never take. Wayne Gretzky

Krystyna Nelson

Weekend Barn Beautification Expert

Favorite Movie: National Velvet

Favorite Book: The Horse Whisperer

Favorite Job: Playing and sleeping with the babies

Favorite Place and Time: Riding in the hayfeild below Lisa’s house at sunset in mid summer.

Future Plans: Major in english equitation at Virginia Intermont then own a show barn and show hunters and jumpers on the east coast.

Hopes: to one day own my own horse and be selected to compete on the Olympic Team.

Ali Schultz

Horse Specialist / Barn Beautification Technician

Hometown:
Eau Claire, WI

Favorite color:
Montana sky blue

First horse:
Tulip, a flaxen chestnut Morgan mare (1991).

Favorite quote:
“Hell of a place to loose a cow.” Ed Abbey

Major:
Comparative Religious Studies, Biology Minor

If you could be any animal, what would you be:
either a butterfly or a mountain goat

Favorite cartoon:
Sponge Bob Square Pants

Favorite Montana Memory:
Camping on Windy Pass and watching the Harvest moon rise over the Absaroka.

Favorite part of job:
horse kisses, fuzzy foals, the meditative aspect of stall cleaning and grooming the mares to an impeccable shine.

Ruben Martin

Ranch Technician / Goose Specialist

Hometown:
The Hague, The Netherlands, Jakarta, Indonesia, Grand Junction, CO, St. Margarets Bay, Nova Scotia, Eureka, MT

Favorite snack:
Bugles

Major:
Computer Science and International Business

Favorite job on the ranch:
Supervising Greg

If you could be any animal, what would you be:
a bug on my windshield because he doesn’t have to pay for gas.

Favorite wildflower:
wild what?

If you were stranded on a desert island, what 3 cd’s would you want with you:
“The Waffle: Sounds Made in the Toaster”, “Ghandi: Where do I go now”, and “7 Wild Turkeys: Beware of the Dogs”

Famous last words:
“Can I pet the cute little mountain lion?”
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