Steve is the heart of the Flying U. He works at the ranch 12 months of the year and cares for the horses over the winter months. He is a favourite of the guests for his compassion for animals, children and working tirelessly as our senior wrangler.
Victoria is the senior administrator at the ranch and is involved with everything from supervision of staff to reservations. This is her 3rd year and she has a passion for the herd and oversees veterinarian care and herd management.
Rudy is our ranch farrier and is involved with the care of the herd. Rudy lives across the lake at XH Buffalo ranch. This year he will also help out in the wrangling department.
Paula has a love for animals. She grew up in rural Ontario on a farm with cattle, sheep, chickens and a welsh pony. She has ridden English flat and jumping, western riding on range moving cattle, rescued and desensitized horses for rehoming. Paula has been working with the herd this spring and she is looking forward to matching our equine staff to our guest riders.
Brandon was a major part of our team involved with the care and feeding of the herd during the evacuation of 2017. He is now full time at the ranch working in maintenance and wrangling. He is a hands on guy and has the ability to fix anything.
Our head chef, Kim, is returning to the ranch for her 4th year! If Steve is the heart of the ranch, then Kim is the soul. You will often hear her talk about how the Flying U is the best place she has been. She has an overwhelming sense of care for our guests which is obvious from the first time you talk to her.
Tanisha Annett is a dedicated outdoor enthusiast who grew up in Squamish, BC. Her love of the mountains, nature and pushing herself to new limits led her to pursue studies in a broad range of areas including Olympic lifting, yoga and nutrition. She has an infectious passion for life and we expect that Tanisha will be a spark plug with our special events and school programs.
Angela knows all the horses by name and watches over everyone like a den mother. She became very valuable to us last summer when we had the horses in 100 mile house. She borrowed a small travel trailer and moved right into the fairgrounds with her partner and two children. We are so happy that Angela is back with us again this year as a full time wrangler!
Leanne Spurr is our second cook and baker here at the ranch. She is an excellent pizza chef and her devotion is making her legendary desserts. She works hard to do her part to make sure that the kitchen runs smoothly for 14 hours a day.
Debbie's family roots date back to the Cariboo Chilcotin gold rush. Her Great Great Grandfather was one of the first settlers from Pennsylvania. So working at Flying U with our old western customs and horses is like coming back to her heritage. She was a senior manager with Canadian Red Cross before joining our team. Her effervescent and energetic personality will be an asset to our guest ranch activities, awards ceremonies, guest welcoming and special events.
Courtney is a returning staff member for the third season. Usually works in Flying U office, but often seen in the kitchen, dining hall, housekeeping, and saloon. She is knowledgeable in special diets, due to being celiac and vegetarian herself.
Alexis is our saloon and special events beverage manager. She will also work in guest services.
She is a
traveler and has visited over 25 countries. She lives locally and is a proud mother of 2 boys.
Angela grew up riding and showing horses. Angela is joining the team at the ranch as our new housekeeper. She lives locally and is a proud mom of 4 and a grandmother of 1. She is already working hard on getting the cabins cleaned up and ready to go for our first guests arriving next week.
Matthew will be coming from Toronto to internat the ranch this year and help out at our Wild West Adventure Camp. He is an athlete and participates in school sports teams, is an avid golfer, played rep Ontario basketball and has mastered water skiing and wake boarding. He has exceptional customer service skills and loves meeting people and will be a smiling face around the ranch.
Ninon grew up in France where she rode and showed her horses. She is returning to the ranch this year as a volunteer while she completes her degree for Master of Arts in Sustainable Leisure Management.
Nala came here for a weekend visit 3 years ago with Jocelyn Lee, our marketing consultant. She had so much fun that she did not want to leave. Now she lives here full time as our "ranch dog". She is our official greeter, loves all other animals, guests and especially the children.