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, and the Equestrian Program Manager.
Many hands make light work, and Long Hollow Ranch employs additional seasonal and part-time staff to make sure the work of caring for our guests and caring for the ranch gets done around the ranch – including managing the kitchen, housework, gardening, maintenance and wranglers. Our team often includes International work-study students and volunteers during the busy season.
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.