ABOUT THE OWNERS
Lessa and scott
Lessa and Scott are the owners and operators of Iron Oak Canyon Ranch, formerly Bright Valley Farms, in Rancho San Diego.
As Operations Manager, Lessa oversees the day-to-day running of the facility. She brings 20 years of equestrian experience, including 7 years of equestrian boarding facility, lesson program, and community show management experience. She’s an advanced rider in both Western and English in multiple disciplines and has done everything from jumping to barrel racing to driving draft horse-pulled carriages for weddings. She has been boarding her own horse at this beautiful facility since 2008 and is intimately familiar with it and its clientele, both hooved and human.
In addition, Lessa also has 10 years of exotic animal care experience including the San Diego Zoo and San Diego Zoo Safari Park, SeaWorld San Diego, and volunteer work with Project Wildlife, Wild Wonders, Joan Embery’s Pillsbury Ranch, and the California Wolf Center. She has an expert working knowledge of animal behavior and safe practices. She is passionate about horses, but also San Diego’s native wildlife and environmental conservation, and loves helping the public interact respectfully with animals and nature in ways that foster a lifelong curiosity and stewardship for their wild neighbors.
Scott has eighteen years of computer and information technology experience, most recently developing efficiency systems for data management at the San Diego County Superior Court system. His role at Iron Oak Canyon Ranch is supplementary, focusing on streamlining administrative processes, infrastructure, and facility maintenance. Scott enjoys both wood and metal working, as well as vehicle repair and maintenance.