At the Ranch: October 2019

There are many wonderful places in the world, but one of my favorite places is on the back of my horse.
— Rolf Kopfle

Attention BMREC Boarders and Customers


Quarterly Boarder's Meeting

We will hold our next boarder's meeting and potluck on October 22nd at 6:30 pm in the loft space above the BMREC office.

Bring yourself, something yummy, and any questions and concerns you may have.

We hope to see you then!


Keep an Eye Out for Our Annual Canned Food Drive

Stating in October, you will be able to drop off canned goods in the BRMEC office, which we will donate to the Castle Rock Task Force in November and December.

The drive will end in the middle of December.

Answer Our Poll

Do you listen to horse-related podcasts?


How to Make Perfect Braids

Tiffany Foster's top groom Caroline Holmberg is used to bringing perfectly turned out horses to the best arenas in the world. Find out how she solves one particular grooming problem as she shares her expert method for the perfect braid!

New Employee Corner

A big, hearty welcome to Ethan!


Before working here, Ethan worked for his father's construction business. With school starting in August, Ethan wanted to do something with fewer hours that would fit into his school schedule. His father recommended working here, and Ethan decided he would apply.

Ethan was raised around horses. His parents grew up with horses and bought their first horse when Ethan was eight. Since then, he has been riding and caring for their horse, which includes feeding and cleaning its stall.

Ethan's father recently got a new colt and watching their relationship grow and progress inspires Ethan to be around horses even more.

Ethan's hobbies include being outside: especially hunting, fishing, being around horses, and building. He also enjoys spending time with his family. He's considering going into construction, running a ranch, or being a hunting and fishing guide when he is older.

And, a warm welcome to Holly!

Holly, 25, is one of our newest Stall Masters. Currently, in grad school at Appalachian State University, Holly is working towards a Masters in Healthcare Management and Administration.


"I am passionate about medicine and helping people," she told us. "I left nursing school to pursue a career in administration where I could make a difference in how healthcare in the United States is delivered to the public."

Holly grew up riding horses in North Carolina. When she was old enough, Holly exchanged work cleaning stalls with a chance to ride one of the owner's horses. There were miles of trails to explore on the property, which is where Holly learned how to ride. She loves horses and finds being around them to be very therapeutic.

We asked Holly what she liked most about working at BMREC, this is what she had to say:

"I love working with and around the horses and getting to know the boarders," Holly said when asked about what she liked most about her work at BMREC. "I am very grateful for the opportunity to learn new skills like building fences and general maintenance projects that I would not have the opportunity to learn if it weren't for this job."

On top of working and school, she spends time with her stepson--when he isn't in school, that is. Holly's stepson is a big reason she applied here: she needed a part-time job while he was in school.

And of course, she does love horses. Holly says she and her stepson like to go on "nature walks." They collect all sorts of leaves, rocks, and the occasional bug--she could do without the bugs though. Holly is driven to help her stepson "grow into a happy and healthy man." She is an extremely active person in all the best ways if you ask us!

For fun, Holly likes to paint and play soccer. She even played soccer in college, and in the adult leagues after she graduated. She also enjoys reading and is currently reading When Breath Becomes Air, "an unfinished memoir by in-training neurosurgeon Paul Kalanithi who died of lung cancer in his 30s before finishing his neurosurgery training. It was published posthumously. It touches on facing your own mortality and dying while treating the dying."

Bob Pemberton