The mission of Robinson Ranch remains firm; to provide comprehensive educational programs for under-privileged, disabled & able-bodied children and adults, utilizing horses to facilitate growth, learning and healing. Pursuing this mission enriches the lives of our students in a caring, safe, and challenging environment that will enable them to reach their full potential.
Robinson Ranch first opened its’ doors to students with special needs in 2000. Life-long horseman, John Robinson had a vision to work with Equine and special needs individuals and the journey began. Classes ran almost exclusively through DDD Services (Division of Developmental Disabilities) and consisted of mostly children and adults with mental/emotional challenges for the first several years. The word of John’s work began to grow exponentially; calls were streaming in from across the State with people asking if there were openings in the program or if they could assist in any way. In September 2008 John, Jerry Riggs and Fred Colbert had an idea to expand the program and service offerings. From this “meeting of the minds” the program grew to what it is today.
We currently serve an average of 40 students a week. More than 60 volunteers help our dedicated staff keep the program running on a day to day basis. This staff includes certified instructors, Therapeutic Riding Instructors in Training, a program coordinator, a volunteer coordinator, a marketing/fundraising manager, an equestrian specialist, a financial consultant, 2 part-time barn caretakers and a hard working maintenance crew. A volunteer Board of Directors continues to help shape the future and financial stability of Robinson Ranch.
As Robinson Ranch has grown and matured it has also become known within the industry for providing quality workshops, safe therapeutic & regular riding classes, instructor training and maintaining the industry’s highest standard level as outlined by Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship International (PATH Intl.). Robinson Ranch staff continually strives for education, high quality and a commitment to looking toward the futur
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We usually begin with a 1hr private lesson that allows you to learn equine safety, behavior, grooming, tacking up and then riding. During the riding portion I not only teach you proper body postion but I also provide an assessment that will lead to continued private lessons and/or putting you through our Horsemanship program.