Riding Star Ranch got kicked out of Punta Gorda, evicted from DeLeon Springs, and terminated from contracts in Pierson. Way too many horses died in her care and were very, very thin. The State Vet was visiting her often for lack of Coggins. She kept a filthy farm. Good luck on getting your tax donation receipt. At one time, she had 44 horses on 7 acres of pasture in 2014. She abandoned 2 stallions in 2014. The "rescue" is no longer operating, but she has not notified any regulatory authorities. Where are the detailed financial records separate her personal records from the "rescue" records? The "President" is a joke and is only about money.
Took six months to obtain donation receipt. RSR is now closed. Place was filthy with stalls not mucked and manure piled in the barn aisle way.
Riding Star Ranch
Posted: 2013-10-11 by
Fraudulent Horse Rescue-Florida
Riding Star Ranch
United States 32180
Phone: 941 626 6787
This horse "rescue" is far from what they claim. While they are an actual 501c3 it is amazing that they have been able to maintain this status. They have no records or books for the past couple of years. The money raised as donations goes to paying the owners bills, truck payments, and credit cards. She adopts out horses but never relinquishes ownership and states in her adoption agreements that she can come take the horse at any time without any reason.
You can find news stories about how badly they need money and how different storms has devastated them and caused her animals to lose weight. However, one storm does not cause horses to lose hundreds of pounds. Horses that were in her care for over 2 years were severely underweight and were still being ridden during trail rides multiple times a day. Horses have died in her care and she hides it from everyone. She still has dead horses listed on her website as available for sponsorship. She was kicked out of a property for not paying the landlord rent, forcing him to go into foreclosure. Luckily, other people at that ranch took over and saved him from losing his property. Then the property she moved to she was kicked out of for not obtaining a business liscense. And while warned he continued to operate and do trail rides daily.
She claims one of her horses came from Disney. This too is not true, Disney refutes this and assures they know where all of their horses are currently. This "Disney" horse was about 800 lbs underweight at one point and she had owned him for over 5 years. She had horses and ponies that had gone over 8 months without getting their feet trimmed. At one point she had 20+ horses on 4 acres and was not feeding them grain. Simply 2 bales of hay twice a day. Then blamed the weather as to why her horses were skinny. She does not routinely vaccinate her horses and often lets their coggins lapse. All she cares about is a dollar in her pocket. She has fooled a lot of people so just be careful if you come across her. She may seem nice and come across as though she is doing good for horses, but ask to see her books. Before you donate to her ask to see where the money goes. Although she'll probably lie which she does quite often. She has false adoptions on we website under "success stories" as well. This woman has made a career out of lying and taking money from people. So just beware and please everyone check into rescues before you give your money or precious horses to them! It is a sad world when people manipulate others just for a dollar. A rescue is supposed to be in it for the horses. Not the almighty dollar.
Riding Star Ranch is a great place to volunteer. We are all family up there the people make you feel right at home. It is great when we have people come out for trail rides they are so excited to ride and be with the horses it makes you feel good to see the people so happy.All the kids at the ranch are great we get things done as a team its so nice to work togeather. I would be up there 7 days a week if I could just being there with the horses makes my troubles go away. I love Riding Star Ranch.I wouldnt voluteer any were else. Robin
My experience at this ranch was wonderful, my husband and I rode the horses and loved the place. The people that ran the barn were very nice and the horses looked very well taken care of. The atmosphere was very pleasant and welcoming no matter what level of experience you have, there were several different activities going on and it seemed to have somthing for everyone. We went on a trail ride and the horses were very well mannered and I was completely omfortable riding mine, as was my husband who has very little experience. I think this place has a lot to offer and I definately reccomend this as a 'to do' in florida.
Review from Guidestar
My daughter is currently 10 years old and has always been a horse lover. I am a single mom and have always taken her to watch the horses at open fields in Punta Gorda, Fl . Until January of 2011, we had come across a flyer for Riding Star Ranch. My daughter, Kaitlyn began lessons in February 2011. She is very dedicated to these horses. In addition, her grades have come up in school to straight A’s. She strives hard to achieve in school so she is able to be with the horses on the weekend. Moreover, riding at Riding Star Ranch, has given her a goal to become a veternarian and own her own horse one day. While at the ranch, she is learning about horses and how to take care of them more than I ever thought she would. Kaitlyn’s dream is to become a teenager and volunteer at Riding Star Ranch to help with the horses. Although, we do not have a lot of money and struggle through these rough economic times, I strive to keep her with the ranch because it sets her expectations high for herself with something she loves to do. Kaitlyn has recently brought to my attention, how she would like to do “horse gymnastics”! I hope in the near future after going through this program of learning about horses and how to ride, riding Star Ranch will be around so she can get that experience too. The Staff at Riding Star Ranch has became her new family along with the horses. If she was able to be there 7 days a week, she would be. She enjoys helping there when she can, and would do anything if had to do with the horses (including cleaning out the stalls). Riding Star Ranch has given Kaitlyn great motivation to do good in school and to learn about horses, it also gives her the chance to learn responsibility along with keeping her active.
Riding Star Ranch was a great dream for Kaitlyn and I that had become true reality in February of 2011.
Thank you for taking the time to hear how Kaitlyn’s dreams have come true. Thank you Riding Star Ranch!
Riding Star Ranch is my reason for visiting Florida twice a year.
The ranch and stables are impeccably clean and the staff is wonderful. They take great care to match your riding abilities with the proper horse.
I am so looking forward to my next trip and riding adventure.
Review from Guidestar