Meet Our Team
John Longhill – Executive Director/Founder
Nancy Spears – Board of Directors, Marketing and IT
Carole Weller – Board of Directors
Sarah McClain - Board of Directors
As a Colorado native Sarah grew up in the San Juans skiing, camping, hiking and riding horses. She and her husband recently moved to Summit County with their two children, Claire (6) and Ajax (4). She has been overwhelmed with the generosity and welcoming spirit of the community.
Sarah has a Masters degree in Urban Planning with a focus on Civic Tech and Community Engagement. Her technical skills combined with her lifetime experience with horses are a valuable asset to the Center. She enjoys teaching, being outdoors and working with animals.
Craig Robelen - Board of Directors
Craig and his wife, Lisa, were involved in boarding horses for the past twenty years on their ranch in Delray Beach, Florida, prior to moving to Breckenridge five years ago. Their two daughters were raised tending to the horses and riding from the time they were six years old through high school. Equine therapy was a natural part of their family life!
Craig ran a custom home building company for thirty years, so working around a ranch comes naturally. Hands on carpentry is one of his favorite pastimes, as well as fixing all sorts of machinery and buildings. In addition, Lisa both loves horses and ran a preschool in Florida, and she was a counselor for young adults and couples. All of these past pursuits fit so well with the BRHC mission.
Braun Horner – Ranch Caretaker
Patti Worthen - Board Member
Patti and her family bought a cabin not far from BLue River Horse Center 26 years ago. Over the years living between Del Mar, CA and Silverthorne, CO she realized Summit County would eventually be her permanent home. Raised in a small village on the coast of MA and early skiing in the mountains of VT started her love of water sports and the mountains. Careers included years as a pediatric Respiratory Therapist, realtor, investor, and portfolio manager, but being a mom and her volunteer work always felt like her most important time. Volunteering included 12 years as a guidance counselor for college placements, member of the Board of Directors at a small private school in Encinitas, CA, and training her dog for Alliance of Therapy Dogs. Love of horses, animals, and the experiences with her own family and the children at her CA school inspired her to volunteer at BRHC. The ranch experience; leadership classes, learning the skills to train horses, and spending hours in the beautiful valley is the perfect fit to guide her into a Summit County "retirement" lifestyle. She can often be found at the ranch, hiking and snow-shoeing with her dog behind her mountain cabin, kayaking, or feeding the flocks of birds who claim her cabin deck year round.