top of page

Meet The Team

Kristi Hurley

Hi there! My name is Kristi & I am extremely passionate about living life to the fullest each & every day! I believe in seeing the good in every situation, starting each day with gratitude, filling each day with positivism, never taking one moment for granted, dreaming big, believing in my dreams, & having the power to create them!

Was I always like that? Heck no!!!  I was positive, but not like I am now!!!

My positivity came from surviving so many tragedies and traumas over the years. It was after many years of struggling, going from one tragedy to another, I knew there had to be a better way to live. I knew there was so much more to life and the hard lessons that I was learning, and I knew to figure it all out and that is when I became a full-time student to find ways to retrain my brain and shift my thoughts.

After many years of research, classes and training, I was able to shift my entire life, and I am so grateful that I did! Now, all of my dreams are coming true. I am able to share with children & adults the benefits of living life with gratitude, and all of the tools that have enhanced my daily life so much.


Through any tragedy there can be beauty. We may not see it for quite some time, but it will be there, you just have to learn to find it.  For me, on my journey, I found healing in being outdoors as well as being in the presence of all of my animals. This package of unplugging, being outdoors, and sharing time with animals became my basis of healing, not only for me, but so many others in my family.


This is where my dream of The Giggling Life Care Farm was created. I realized something beautiful was happening...and it felt truly amazing! I realized that all I had gone through in my life was for a reason, and it had finally all come together.


l love learning, & I love helping others who are struggling or have struggled, by giving them simple steps to overcome obstacles in their lives! I have a passion for teaching children how to live a life each day with gratitude, implement daily positivism into their lives, believe in themselves, be kind, be hard workers, be respectful, use manners, communication skills, learning to dream big, believe in their dreams all in a very simplistic way...through being outdoors and being with the animals.

I truly love what I do and am so grateful that it is so beneficial for ALL of us! I see amazing things happen here...I wish I could share all of them with you. It is MAGIC!

I watch children connect with animals, and I see such incredible changes by letting them form these relationships with them, they truly can help heal our souls...even when we don’t think we need it.  The animals help us to build confidence, learn patience, communicate, and so much more!

I wish you could all experience what happens here! It is fantastic! I invite you all to visit our little Care Farm!

So...a little about me & my crazy little life in Colorado:

I have been married to my pretty amazing guy for 29.5yrs (I am pretty sure I was 10 when we got married :))! It sure doesn’t seem possible, but time sure flies when you’re having fun!

I am a somewhat crazy mom of 4 pretty amazing kiddos ranging from 13-27 years old! I have 3 very handsome boys, one beautiful girl, and a beautiful daughter in law! My oldest son served as a Navy Corpsman for 5 years, and is now home and married! 


My other two boys are doing amazing! One is going to college in January and the other just bought a house and has an amazing career going already! My daughter enjoys showing her horse, showing pigs and sheep in 4-h and is an amazing co-worker with me out in the pasture!

I am very blessed to have this amazing family and together we camp, ride motorcycles, horses, paddleboard, boat, race in the desert, travel, and do all sorts of amazing things! I am very grateful to call this family mine!


I knew early on that I wanted to be able to help others in my life...but had no idea that this is how it would be! I wrote in journals as a child saying that what I do now would be my “Dream job”, and here we are! 

I went to college and received my BS in Behavioral Science & Psychology, then on to attain my Master’s Degree in Education. I was very fortunate to be a stay-at-home mom and work on the side as a substitute teacher. I also taught art throughout the district in San Diego, CA.


Over the last two years I went back to school for Equine Assisted Therapy and absolutely LOVE it! I see myself returning for more education soon...I am intrigued with how amazing this field is and want to become the best I can be. 

My dream is to help educate and support as many people as I can through these beautiful animals and healing space that we have created here!

Thank you for taking the time to can read more about my story in my blogs by clicking here!



Kristi Hurley


Shelby Schultz

My name is Shelby and here is a little bit about me.

I am a wife to a loving husband and a mother to two beautiful daughters. Being a mother is truly one of my favorite things! As a family we enjoy our time together with a golden doodle, and a very sweet bunny! Aside from being a mom, I love spending time outdoors and enjoying the fresh air with my family!

I consider myself very fortunate because I am able to combine my two favorite things, animals and children, here at The Giggling Life Care Farm. I love being able to help educate children and adults about animals, being outdoors, gratitude, and more!

I have been a client here at the Giggling Life Care Farm for almost two years now and am so happy to now be a part of our expanding team!

Ronald Pacheco

My name is Ron and my passion has always been working with horses. I have been lucky enough to work with them all of my adult life. I start and train horses that have not been trained or are in need of retraining up to the age of 20 years old.

I specialize in horses with problems and Mustangs, but can work with any breed of horse and can train horses in Western and English. 

I started to train horses in 1990 and have been giving riding lessons ever since. I am lucky enough to have given lessons in Western & English to students from 3-60+ years of age! I love watching people interact with horses, and even more so, I love watching their confidence grow as their relationships with the horses grow.


I am legally blind and I am very good at working the horses with energy, and it has become such a great tool to show and teach the kids. It goes to show everyone that no matter who you are and whatever difficulties you may be faced can still live out your dreams.

Ronald Pacheco

Ron’s Saddle and Leather Works LLC

bottom of page