About Us

Meet the Team

Our staff is committed to our mission of providing nurturance to the land, animals, and people of Blue Star Ranch. Our commitment to excellence is evident in the beauty of our facilities and the care we give to one another and to guests.

Dr. Trish Ring


Dr. Trish Ring is an accomplished educator, Certified Master Martha Beck Coach and a Certified Equus Coach, trained by Koelle Simpson.  She has blended her decades of work as a therapist, writer, professor, and coach into an integrated program of leadership development: the RingLeader Coaching program. Trish is a sought-after speaker, an avid traveler, and a philanthropist devoted to supporting women’s and children’s issues. Now you find her spending summers at Blue Star Ranch, sharing her skills and talents with clients, family, and invited guests. 

Carl Ring


Carl Ring is a mechanical engineer by training, as well as a successful businessman and entrepreneur. He is an accomplished inventor, a Coast Guard-licensed captain, a train aficionado, and a loyal alum of Georgia Tech. He’s also traveled the world, thanks to Trish’s wanderlust. Carl is at his happiest in the machine shop, riding around the Ranch, or creatively solving the latest challenge that Ranch life brings.

Christine Brouthers

Executive Director of RingLeader Coaching, LLC

Christine Brouthers is the Executive Director of RingLeader Coaching, LLC. Based out of nearby Atlanta, she is the point of contact for all special events and visitors for the Ranch. Christine has a BFA in Film and Television Production from NYU and an MBA from Fordham University in NY. Her creative background and business training bring an experienced eye to our unique property, and she always ready to talk about what’s happing at the Ranch. 

Cris Heston

Facility Manager

Facility Manager Cris Heston, his wife, Michelle, and two beautiful daughters are a wonderful addition to the Ranch family. Prior to joining the Blue Star Ranch team, Cris worked extensively in management and sales in the automotive and agricultural mechanical industries.  He is a self-proclaimed do-it-yourselfer and is most happy figuring out how things work. If something breaks, Cris will come running anywhere he’s needed with tools in hand.

Holly Tolles

Equine Manger

Holly Tolles is the Equine Manger. An avid horse enthusiast, Holly grew up taking riding lessons in western Pennsylvania and was lucky enough to have two horses on property throughout high school. She is an experienced English and Western rider and enjoys riding the beautiful Cashiers trails. She earned a Bachelor’s in Social Work from Juniata College in Huntingdon, Pennsylvania, with the intention of combining her passion for horses with the desire to help people.  She is excited to share her passion with Blue Star Ranch visitors.

Nicki Rogde

Assistant Equine Manager

Nicki Rogde is the Assistant Equine Manager at Blue Star Ranch and has worked for the Ranch since 2015. Nicki and her family have lived in North Carolina for ten years now and she couldn’t imagine a more beautiful place to live. Growing up in western Oregon, Nicki has been around horses most of her life. She still has a fascination and appreciation for their gentle, majestic nature and their transformative power for clients. She is blessed to be able to work alongside these animals each day and bring joy to the guests of Blue Star Ranch.