Meet The American Legend Mustang Team
CEO and Ranch Manager
Shane Harris moved to River Rock Ranch in 2014. In 2016 his dad told him about the wild mustangs that the BLM were managing and that he could purchase them. He thought "what would he do with a wild mustang?!" but that question later evolved into what American Legend Mustang stands for. "We do our part for wild mustang horses and burros. Each with a purpose to become a great trail horse, companion and we help find their forever home"
Non-profit Organizer/Staff Coordinator.
Aaron Harris graduated from Buena High School in 2014. He moved to Ojai from Ventura in May of 2018. With barely any horse experience or knowledge of horses but with a passion and love for animals he now has the tools and confidence in the work he is doing for wild mustangs and helping educate the public . He works as Non-profit organizer and Marketing and Event Coordinator with a goal to become a public speaker and being a voice for wild mustangs.
Wild Mustang & Horse Trainer/Internship Manager
Originally from Bakersfield, CA. She moved to Mountain Grove, Missouri when she was 5. Activities she enjoys is horseback riding, fishing, and hanging out with her dog Weiser. She started working with horses at 7 year old. Her first horse she rode was a 18.5 hand Percheron. Her grandparents saw her passion for horses and had her take riding lessons. When she was 9 years old, Samantha worked with a halflinger mixed with AQH named Crystal. She was a little crazy and would buck and kick at Samantha, because of past trauma and working with Samantha this horse learned to overcome her fears. Later in high school a teacher named Lynn Johns helped her find her passion for horses again and gave her a appaloosa named Meri. Meri at first was a little hectic but after three years of hard work Meri is now a very exceptional horse. She worked as a stable hand at a quarter horse ranch and at an English riding facility. She found out about our program on facebook on a group called Equine Job Board. In October for 2019 she participated in American Mustang Training Challenge in Norco, California with BLM Mustang Valkyrie. Her goals for working with ALM is to further her equine career, training of wild mustang horses, enter and compete in Mustang Makeovers and has an interest in Equine Therapy, among other equine opportunities.
Educational Programs & Volunteer Coordinator
Isolde Marx was born in Sacramento, and lived most of her life growing up in Santa Paula and Ojai, California. Currently she is attending Ventura College studying liberal arts. She found American Legend Mustang in November of 2018, starting as a volunteer and eventually getting promoted as Educational Program Coordinator and Health and Wellness Officer for the American Legend Mustang Summer Internship Program. Soda did four years of English riding when she was 8 to 12 years old. She loves working with the horses and the aspect of rescuing and rehoming them. She hopes to learn a lot about horse training and different horsemanship techniques as well as the management and business aspect of ALM including things like fundraising, website building, marketing and PR. Her current duties include volunteer coordinating, getting new horses from the BLM, innovating, planning fundraiser ideas, and hope to one day be able to devote all her time to helping Aaron and Shane build ALM in the business aspect and horsemanship aspect of the nonprofit!
Bruce Siben arrived in the Ojai Valley in 1995 and had an interest in horses and mules. His background trade was a finish carpenter. He befriended the late Tony Alvis a well known horse guide and gave tours into the Sespe Wilderness. Bruce was influenced so much by Tony that he began his own endeavour into the horse world. Determined with his new found passion of training and learning horse behavior he came to River Rock Ranch formally Collins Ranch in 1999 with his first animal, a mule. A horse boarder named Jood Lee who was a student of Ray Hunt introduced new ideas and teachings on horse behavior. Later in 2001 he got his first freeze branded mustang. In 2004 Steve Bosworth visited River Rock Ranch who was a talented Perrelli Advocate of his teachings taught Bruce more ways of training and insight to horses. Bruce discovered the work of Klaus Ferdinand Hempfling who was his final motivator in the direction he was going with his horsemanship and way of life.