The Staff of Long Hollow Ranch – Your Dude Ranch Vacation Headquarters. We Are Here To Serve You
Long Hollow Ranch has a small permanent staff made up of the primary resident partner/managers, Dick and Shirley Bloomfeldt, a Ranch Events Coordinator and a Horse Program Manager.
Many hands make light work, and Long Hollow Ranch employs several other seasonal and part-time staff to make sure everything gets done around the ranch – including running the kitchen, housework, gardening, maintenance work, and wranglers. Our team often includes overseas work-study students and volunteers during the summer.
Dick was born in Longview and grew up in Kelso, Washington. After high school he attended Lower Columbia College where he met Shirley. A couple of years later they were married and shortly thereafter moved to Oregon. They have one daughter, Debbie and one son, Erik.
After 40 years very good years working in the paper industry, Dick retired and they moved to the Long Hollow Ranch to start a dude ranch operation in the spring of 2000. Dick has worked at most all of the tasks at the ranch over the years and currently works primarily in the financial accounting, marketing and customer relations areas. Dick agrees that the most rewarding aspect of the business is meeting and building relationships with the many friends we have made here from all over the US and the world.
Shirley spent her early years on a farm in Canada, learning to love the rural life. As an adult she married Dick in Longview WA, and they raised farm animals while working at their respective careers. After graduating from Seattle Pacific University in 1959, she began her 35 years teaching career. They also raised two children, one daughter, Debbie and a son, Erik.
At Long Hollow Ranch Shirley has spent her retirement years helping with the transformation of the old cattle ranch into its present day guest ranch status. She has cooked meals, cleaned rooms, decorated rooms, done tons of laundry, kept a large vegetable and flower garden and greenhouse every summer.
Shirley’s greatest pleasure at LHR is visiting and building relationships with the many guests from over 60 countries who have been coming for sixteen years now, many of them repeatedly. She loves the idea of people coming as strangers and leaving as friends.
Ron & Pat
Ron was raised on a dairy farm in Westby, Wisconsin. He worked first on the Burlington Northern RR as a bridge and building carpenter and crew foreman.
He felt called to go into the ministry, so attended Viterbo University in La Crosse, Wisconsin, Western Seminary and Multnomah Biblical Seminary in Portland, Oregon where he received a Master of Divinity Degree. Ron then began a year of residency at Providence Medical Center to become a certified Hospital Chaplain. He has pastored churches in Wisconsin, Washington, and Oregon while also working as a missionary to Niteroi and Rio de Janerio Brazil for 16 years.
Since retiring from full-time ministry Ron has been working summers here at LHR and part time as an Associate Chaplain for the St. Charles Medical Center in Bend, Oregon.
When Ron is not caring for the lawns at Long Hollow he is meeting and interacting with the guests. He enjoys developing relationships with guests that continue after they leave. He loves to serve people, listen to their stories and make them feel welcome.
Pat was born in La Crosse, Wisconsin and grew up on a dairy farm near St. Joseph Ridge. After high school she met Ron and they were married two years later. They have two children, Lisa and Tod, five grandchildren and one great granddaughter.
Pat was employed at the La Crosse Footwear factory for twenty years. In 1988 the Jacobsons moved to Oregon so Ron could finish his schooling. They lived in Gresham, Oregon where Pat was employed as Assistant Manager at County Club Estates Condos.
Pat has been assisting Ron in ministry since 1972 including accompanying him on mission trips to Brazil. Pat and Ron live in Green Valley, Arizona during the winter months. They spend summer at LHR where Pat cooks, does housekeeping, greets guests, and assists at weddings. She likes being at the ranch because it gives her the opportunity to serve people and make lasting friendships with people all over the world.
Rebecca came to Long Hollow Ranch with a passion for horses and the outdoors. After earning a BSc in Education from the University of Georgia, She then spent four years working on a horse ranch in Boulder, Wyoming where she learned more about natural horsemanship and training.
Rebecca has also been a wilderness backpacking and horsepacking instructor for an outdoor school, taking students on month long backcountry trips with an emphasis on Education and wilderness skills. She holds a medical certification as a Wilderness First Responder, which required eighty hours of training.
Rebecca moved to central Oregon for the beautiful mountains and outdoor recreation opportunities. When not leading trail rides, caring for, or working with the horse herd at Long Hollow, she can be found on nearby hike trails with her dog, Indie.