Meet Our Echo Valley Ranch & Spa

Family

Founder

Norm Dove

Main role

President

Side roles

multiple

Where are you from?

England

How long have you been part of the Echo Valley team?

Founder

What’s your favourite activity at the ranch?

being there

What’s your best tip for guests?

Relax and take in your surroundings.

Founder

Nan Dove

Main role

Facilitator

Side roles

multiple

Where are you from?

Thailand

How long have you been part of the Echo Valley team?

Founder

What’s your favourite activity at the ranch?

connecting with nature

What’s your best tip for guests?

relax, and listen to nature

Operations Manager

Mike Christensen

Main role

Operations Manager

Side roles

wrangler, guide, and dog whisperer

Where are you from?

Denmark

How long have you been part of the Echo Valley team?

since July 2018

What’s your favourite activity at the ranch?

turning the horses back out to pasture at the end of the day

What’s your best tip for guests?

try to remember to just “be”

Chef

Jason Folk

Main role

Chef

Side roles

gardener and resident disk golf pro

Where are you from?

Regina, Saskatchewan

How long have you been part of the Echo Valley team?

2011 - 2015, again since 2020

What’s your favourite activity at the ranch?

playing with the ranch animals

What’s your best tip for guests?

the Canyon Connection tour

Wrangler & Guide

Taeko Ikehata

Main role

Wrangler and guide

Side roles

meditation teacher, spa therapist, and top sushi chef

Where are you from?

Japan

How long have you been part of the Echo Valley team?

2015, again since 2020

What’s your favourite activity at the ranch?

Horseback riding (more so spending time with the horses) and discovering our dynamic nature (plants, fruits, animals and beautiful scenery)

What’s your best tip for guests?

Horse Harmony and meditation walk at Copper Drop Springs

Guide

Darrel Nippard

Main role

Guide

Side roles

groundskeeping, maintenance, and resident teller of tall stories

Where are you from?

Newfoundland, Canada

How long have you been part of the Echo Valley team?

since 2011

What’s your favourite activity at the ranch?

target shooting

What’s your best tip for guests?

if it’s outdoors, it’s great!

Spa Therapist

Mihoko Tanemura

Main role

Spa Therapist

Side roles

gardener, kitchen helper, and known for having the best sense of humour (which is probably due to being married to Darrel)

Where are you from?

Japan

How long have you been part of the Echo Valley team?

since 1995

What’s your favourite activity at the ranch?

gardening and hiking

What’s your best tip for guests?

the nature trails around the ranch

Spa Therapist

Wanna Nuphan

Main role

Spa Therapist

Side roles

yoga teacher, gardener, and fearless explorer

Where are you from?

Thailand

How long have you been part of the Echo Valley team?

since 1998

What’s your favourite activity at the ranch?

I love all our activities

What’s your best tip for guests?

enjoy a spa treatment

Groundskeeping, Animal Care

Frank Nuphan

Main role

Groundskeeping, Animal Care

Side roles

gardener, and keeper of Lucky and Babe (the ranch pigs)

Where are you from?

Thailand

How long have you been part of the Echo Valley team?

since 2004

What’s your favourite activity at the ranch?

I love all activities

What’s your best tip for guests?

you have to try it all

Bookkeeper

Numchai Yaemphathee

Main role

Bookkeeper

Side roles

gardener, groundskeeper, and speed record holder for biking on the ranch’s runway

Where are you from?

Thailand

How long have you been part of the Echo Valley team?

since 1995

What’s your favourite activity at the ranch?

Biking and hiking

What’s your best tip for guests?

Horse Harmony and hiking

Groundskeeper

Numchoke Yaemphathee

Main role

Groundskeeper

Side roles

gardener, mechanic, and best tractor driver at the ranch

Where are you from?

Thailand

How long have you been part of the Echo Valley team?

since 1995

What’s your favourite activity at the ranch?

Hiking and biking

What’s your best tip for guests?

Mount Bowman Hike

Spa Director

Yalaporn Samavatana

Main role

Spa Director

Side roles

gardener, Thai chef, and always concerned everyone on the team eats enough

Where are you from?

Thailand

How long have you been part of the Echo Valley team?

since 1995

What’s your favourite activity at the ranch?

I love going to the gym and hiking

What’s your best tip for guests?

Canyon Connection tour, hiking, and spa

Guide

Roland Auer

Main role

Guide

Side roles

maintenance, guest services, and no 1 volunteer for tasting spicy Thai food

Where are you from?

Germany

How long have you been part of the Echo Valley team?

since 2020

What’s your favourite activity at the ranch?

hiking

What’s your best tip for guests?

take it all in

General Manager

Kerstin Auer

Main role

General Manager

Side roles

marketing, sales, and avid dishwasher

Where are you from?

Germany

How long have you been part of the Echo Valley team?

since 2012

What’s your favourite activity at the ranch?

taking pictures of the incredible sunrises and sunsets

What’s your best tip for guests?

Survival Spirit and Copper Drop Springs

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