In January of 2016, Cornucopia Lodge and Pack Station came under new ownership and management.
Jeff and Sara returned to Cornucopia after an 8 year absence. Having worked for Cornucopia for several years in the the past, they are excited to reacquaint themselves with the area and it's residents (both 2 and 4 legged!). Jeff ensures exacting standards are met in all horse and outdoor related activities as well as keeping all the cabins and equipment in top operating condition.
While Sara insists that she's "just an old camp cook", guests are adamant that her food rivals the finest restaurants. In addition to setting a mean table, Sara also heads up the office, but, she still finds ways to spend an occasional day on the trail - either helping Jeff pack mules or leading trail rides. Together, Jeff and Sara ensure that guests have an unforgettable experience while visiting Cornucopia.
Also shown in the picture is Josie, who we lost in August. But... be sure and prepare for lots of puppy love from the new baby Border Collie, Pickett!
Little Miss Pickett
Mindy recently re-located from Bend, OR to join our amazing team! Best described as “adventurous”, Mindy has varied experience in the outdoor industry, in various locations including Vermont, Utah, Montana and most recently, Oregon. With a background in animal husbandry, landscaping, food service / hospitality and winter back country guiding, we are excited to welcome her to Cornucopia and are confident she’ll be a valuable addition. Mindy performs many roles including Kitchen / Dining, Housekeeping, and general backup for other staff.
Head Horse Camp Counselor
Olivia’s passion for horses began at the early age of three. She pursued this passion by gaining experience in a variety of disciplines including Eventing, Dressage, Hunt Seat, Endurance and Driving. She also has completed her C-2 certification in the U.S. Pony Club which strengthened her expertise in stable management, nutrition, conditioning, trailering safety, shoeing and veterinary skills. She added to these during her time as a Wrangler at a guest ranch in Montana.
After working as a nurse at a girl’s camp, Olivia determined that combining those two passions of horses and girls’ camps would be the perfect summer before she heads back to school to complete her goal of becoming a Nurse Practitioner. Already having obtained her BSN and CCRN in nursing and working as an Intensive Care nurse, Olivia is sure to be an amazing role model as well as an excellent Head Counselor for our Wilderness Horse Camp this summer!
Asst Horse Camp Counselor
Having grown up in Montana, Emily says she has been known as a “horse girl” her whole life. After high school, she spent multiple summers as a wrangler for several Montana and Colorado guest ranches. She says that nothing makers her happier than sharing her love for both the outdoors and horses with others and that her favorite ride was with teenage girls. She enjoys doing crafts with the girls and also helping them grow and flourish.
Emily has proven to be very enthusiastic and committed and we know she’s going to be a valuable addition to our Horse Camp staff this summer.
Housekeeping, Kitchen, Support Pin
Chynna is a key support pin in the construction of our Cornucopia Family structure. Originally from Tacoma, WA, Chynna has been in Pine Valley and Hells Canyon for almost 2 years and is extremely happy to be here!
Chynna is the right-hand girl for all of the lodge's tasks such as housekeeping, cooking / kitchen help, guest services and more! She even shovels snow and helps maintenance staff as needed.
We are very excited to have Chynna on board!