Since she first worked as a wrangler for Big Creek Lodge in the summers of 2010 + 2011, at that time for the founders Joe & Sabine Hoessl, it was her dream to live here permanently.
In spring 2019 the time had come. Originally from Lausitz, she left Germany with a laughing and crying eye. Unfortunately, because of her age, she could no longer take her 30-year-old horse Daisy with her.
Cindy has been riding since early childhood and grew up with horses. Starting with vaulting, she later rode hunting with Daisy for years. Her motto in life:
"At full gallop into the next adventure." And she would like to take all our guests with her.
Coming from the vicinity of Dresden in Saxony, he has also been working for Big Creek Lodge since spring 2019.
Tino has studied mechanical engineering and is a trained car mechanic. He is the tough guy. Chainsaws, tractors and chopping wood is what gets him going. Whatever breaks down and needs to get repaired, Tino will take over and get the job done without delay.
Fishing, hunting and playing guitar are just some of Tino’s interests so whatever outdoor or off-road adventure you have in mind – he is your talk-to person and your entertainer during campfire evenings.
All our horses are just as happy out in front leading as they are at the back following. For the experienced rider they are all responsive enough to move up and down the line and listen to where you want to go, yet safe enough to quietly drop their head and follow with a novice or less confident rider.
Minimum riding age: 12 years. Maximum riding weight: 210 pounds / 95 kilograms
Our horses all get regular schooling in the arena to keep them as soft and willing as possible. In springtime this allows us to bring them back into work slowly and gently after their winter vacation. It also allows our summer staff to get to know there "team mates" and all their characters making your riding days as enjoyable as possible.
How it all began
A good thirty-five years ago, the former owners Joe and Sabine Hoessl from Germany settled down at the Spirit Ranch, in the untouched wilderness on the West Coast of Canada. What was planned as a temporary change in their lives became permanent, because they just had fallen in love with the beautiful place and the lifestyle in this remote location. To be distanced from the next town by 125km didn’t really bother them. It might be a disadvantage for getting supplies and stuff like that, but in order to escape the hectic of the city, it’s just what you are looking for.
After working shifts from dusk till dawn for four years, they left their old farm house, moved into the lodge and started the guest ranch business. Over time the Big Creek Lodge has developed more and more which finally lead to what we have today: A great place to visit!
In 2017, new owners took over and ever since they build upon that legacy.