Dreamhaven Ranch is a 501(c)(3) organization governed by a board of directors. Learn about Terry Thayer, president and Susan Thayer, executive director, under the “Founders” section.
Linda Davidson-Gafford is a Human Resources Manager currently for the Women’s and Children’s Alliance in Boise, ID. Her long history in non-profit management and operations has provided her the opportunity to experience many different aspects of business and non-profit administration from a variety of roles within those agencies. Linda has a great love for coaching and development and is often inspired greatly by those who around her who achieve their personal or professional goals and begin to tap into their talents and gifts and experience life to its fullest.
Linda was Chair for the Fresno County Employer Advisory Council for 3 years, and has been on several non-profit boards throughout her career. Linda has a passion for serving her community and considers volunteerism to be an important part of her business and personal life. Linda loves God, has faith in His plan for her life, and loves and embraces her roles as Mom, wife, Nana, Sister, Auntie, and daughter. Linda has a passion for children and horses and fell in love with DHR mission when her grandson came here for riding lessons to overcome some of his fears about animals and not having his feet firmly planted on the ground.
Darin is a horse trainer and farrier who graduated from Mission Farrier School in 2004. Darin has dedicated much of the last 15 years to working with horses, trying to improve their lives from the hoof all the way up.
A student of the Vaquero Traditions combined with principles of generations of the top natural horseman has served him well. He is a natural horseman in the respect that he trains utilizing the horse’s psychological being to get positive results, while maintaining a respect and dignity for the horse. He particularly likes helping fearful horses realize life is alright and can they can just relax. The goal being when he is done the horse should feel more confident.
Darin really enjoys giving back and helping those who could use a hand up. He says, “Teaching a child or person how to “fish” for their own bit of confidence and self-worth is priceless, yielding the greatest smiles. Horses are the same.”
Christine and her husband, Dan, have two wonderful daughters, Riley (19) and Danielle (14). Danielle, who has her own unique physical and social challenges, has been coming to Dreamhaven Ranch since it first opened, attending many of the horsemanship classes and summer camps the Ranch has to offer over the years. Christine and her family have also been long-time supporters of the Ranch and its important mission. With the support of Susan and Terry Thayer, and all the great staff and animal residents at the Ranch, Danielle has blossomed into a strong, happy and confident young woman with big plans for her future.
Christine is an attorney with the law firm of Perkins Coie, LLP, in Perkins Coie’s Boise office, where she serves as Senior Counsel and is head of the Boise office’s litigation practice and chair of the Boise office’s Diversity Committee. Christine focuses her practice on appellate law, employment defense and general commercial litigation. She holds a variety of leadership positions in both the state and federal Idaho Bar, and for the past 15 years has provided pro bono legal services to community volunteers who serve as court-appointed guardians ad litem for children brought into Idaho’s foster care program. Christine is a firm believer that it takes a village—and some amazing horses—to raise strong, confident and independent children who will grow up to be positive role-models for the next generation.