Dreamhaven Ranch is a 501(c)(3) organization governed by a board of directors. Learn about Terry Thayer, Treasurer and Susan Thayer, Executive Director, under the “Founders” section.
Linda Davidson-Gafford, President
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 of 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.
Debbie Wonch, Secretary
Darin Kindrick, Member
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 is 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.”
Bette Balzer, member
Betty is our amazing Ranch Camp lead. She leads our campers through camp each week with love and tenderness. Betty has been working with horses for the last 25 years and her favorite part of working with horses is the special relationship that can be built with such a strong animal. She helps with classes in the fall and spring as well as special events and outreach. Betty is loved by all who have taken any class or camp with her.