People Who Make It Work

Silver Buckle Ranch is proud to employ a staff of highly trained and experienced professionals.

      Heather Tyrrell - Silver Buckle Instructor

Heather grew up horse-crazy in the city in a family of non-horsey people. During her childhood, she would save all her baby-sitting money for riding lessons. Eventually, she attended Oregon State University where she obtained a BS in Human Development and Family Sciences with a minor in Equine Science with the idea of some day combining her love of horses with her passion for mentoring children and youth. During her college years Heather also became the Head Assistant Director of the OSU Horse Center, and after school went on to professionally develop and manage different large-scale able-bodied and therapeutic riding stables around the Pacific Northwest.

                      Young Heather

                      Young Heather

Heather has ridden and competed under many top trainers throughout the years in different riding disciplines ranging from English Hunter/Jumpers, Dressage, and Eventing to competitive Western Pleasure and Reining. Heather believes every trainer and every discipline has something to offer, and takes joy in actively continuing her riding career.

Heather brings a great combination of horse and management skills as well as a passion for mentoring children and youth. Children love her fun, calm demeanor, while adults love her vast knowledge and sense of safety! Heather strives to give each student a strong foundation in riding and horsemanship so each student can grow and learn in a way that boosters their confidence and self-esteem while giving them a sense of accomplishment. 

She has a strong passion for meeting the needs of her community and is excited to be a part of Silver Buckle Ranch!

 


         Keri Gorman - Volunteer Coordinator

         Keri Gorman - Volunteer Coordinator

Keri Gorman's equine background began when she was six-years-old and first sat on a horse. As a youth in California, Keri volunteered at a therapeutic riding facility and competed in junior rodeo and jumping. She began starting young horses and helping challenging horses at 18 and spent countless hours in the saddle learning from them. 

                       Keri, age 12

                       Keri, age 12

Keri's professional career started as a marine mammal and bird trainer at Sea World. It was there that she gained invaluable experience in positive reinforcement and behavior modification to later incorporate into working with horses and humans. This experience led her to develop an award-winning program with at-risk youth and dogs at the Human Society of Southwest Washington. At the humane society, Keri also taught camps, managed a team of volunteers, and developed humane curriculum for the local schools. 

Keri is a Certified Animal Safety Representative with American Humane Society's Film and TV unit and applies this knowledge to the care and treatment of Silver Buckle Ranch Horses. Keri, who owns Silver Buckle program horse "Butter," joined Silver Buckle Ranch in the summer of 2014 as a volunteer and boarder.


Holly Bahr came to the Ranch in the Summer of 2016 as a volunteer and soon joined our staff as an instructor.  Holly is the lead for most of our Camps and Birthday Parties.

Holly Bahr with her 2 American Saddlebred horses:  CH TygerLuv of Silver Oaks (right) and Where Angels Fly (left)

Holly Bahr with her 2 American Saddlebred horses:  CH TygerLuv of Silver Oaks (right) and Where Angels Fly (left)

Holly as a young girl on her 38 inch tall Shetland pony named Skippy jumping over a 28 inch jump! 

Holly as a young girl on her 38 inch tall Shetland pony named Skippy jumping over a 28 inch jump! 

Holly's equine love began when she was 4 and got her first pony. In typical Shetland pony fashion, he taught her many valuable lessons when it came to horsemanship. She began showing this same pony when she was 8 in English and Bareback and competed at the local shows in Clark County.

When she outgrew her beloved pony, she rescued her American Saddlebred, CH Tygerluv of Silver Oaks ("Tyger") which began a 15 year (and counting) partnership with one of the most rewarding and special horses. Through him, she learned just how wonderful and powerful it is to earn and build upon the trust a horse can give. To bring a horse from zero trust to a fully trusting partner, through positive reinforcement, understanding and compassion, is something that has carried through while training her other horses. Their competing career before retiring him included multiple local show High Points, State Championship Titles in both 4H and High School Equestrian team, numerous State, Regional, and National Titles on the American Saddlebred Circuit in the Hunter Pleasure Division, which led to the coveted Championship Status (CH) that will forever precede his name. 

Holly currently shows her other American Saddlebred, Where Angels Fly ("Flyer") primarily on the breed circuit, but enjoys the local shows at the beginning of the year and hitting the trails around Battle Ground Lake. Her strong passion for helping the community and getting youth involved with horses, leads her excitement to be part of the Buckle Team. 


 

      

“I am writing to tell you of my positive experiences with Silver Buckle. At Catholic Community Services we work with troubled children that are very much at risk, many don’t have positive experiences in their lives and so they act out. In working as a counselor with this agency I have had the privilege of helping clients gain positive life skills. It is my strong belief that Silver Buckle is our best partner. The experience that the children have there is always positive. Watching them grow and seeing first hand the fundamental skills they learn; to care, clean and develop empathy for an animal that is far larger than anything they’ve experienced. And they learn to saddle and ride a horse, an experience that will be with them their entire lives. Staff is always attentive to detail, warm, personable, and never seem to be overwhelmed. Perhaps the most important element is their skill in bringing out the best in our clients. I wish all could experience the growth that occurs when one of our clients has the privilege to be chosen to go to the ranch.”
— Kathy Montgomery and Greg Andrews, Counselors with Catholic Community Services