Hope Ranch Inc

Rating: 5 stars   10 reviews


522 N 14TH St 233 Ponca City OK 74601 USA


The purpose of Hope Ranch, Inc. is to provide a ranch where an individual may find hope and renewal through the use of the Ranch and environment.


The students won medals and ribbons at the Special Olympics Equestrian and Unbelievable Horse Happenings Horse Show. The parents testify that their children are improving at home and school.

Target demographics:

special needs individuals beginning at age 5


Facility provides therapeutic riding to at-risk children and special needs adults. Each participant has individual instruction and is given chores to prepare and groom horses and has a time for bibile study. Training, riding and participation in riding events are a part of the curriculum, including participation in special olympics events.

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Rating: 5 stars  

The changes in the children even from the first day is AMAZING! The love at HOPE RANCH is contageous! No one leaves the property unchanged! God+Animals+Kids=Miracles!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

I have seen first hand the encouragement, love and guidance of Hope Ranch!

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Move me or Hope Ranch Closer to me, and a bigger Ranch!

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Rating: 5 stars  

I have been a volunteer at Hope Ranch for the past three years; it has become like a second home to me. I love going and spending my time with the goats, the horses, and especially the kids. It is a great thing the Shelton's have started in the Ponca City community and I would love to see it exist and thrive for a long time to come. When I first started volunteering, I have to say I did not know that much about kids with special needs, the Shelton's taught me what to do and were always very helpful when I had a question. Now three years later, I find myself answering the questions asked by all the new volunteers. I pride myself in being able to make pretty much anyone smile, but when I go out there I realize that the kids make me smile as much as I do them. On the mornings I go out to volunteer in the summer I always wake up with a smile on my face because I am going to do what I love to do, teach kids about the love of horses, and how horses can help in so many different ways. The love the Shelton's (and the horses) have for the kids is something special, and I would love to be a part of this organization for many years to come. I would recommend that everyone should come and visit Hope Ranch at least once to be able to feel the love and happiness that is shared there.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Summers and Falls of past 3 years

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

have more people come and share in the joyful experience

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For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Quite well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?


What one change could this group make that would improve your volunteer experience?

More people!

Did your volunteer experience have an effect on you? (teaching you a new skill, or introducing new friends, etc.)

Yes. Allowed me to make many more friends and introduced me to something I had never done before.

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Rating: 5 stars  

Hope Ranch is a wonderful place for young and old a like. The Ranch helps children gain confidence in all aspects of life. They learn responsiblities about the whole ranch: feeding animals such as dogs, pigs, goats, donkeys, and horses. Grooming and care of horses adds to the delight of learning to ride the animals. They also water plants and care for the fish in the fish pond. All the activities help the child to grow and be a responsible person. It's a great ministry to the city and area of Ponca City, Ok.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

I seen the children gain confidence in many areas of their development as a person

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Don't know of any changes

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Rating: 5 stars  

Horses never cease to amaze me. They connect with the children and youth at Hope Ranch with a depth of understanding and patience in a miraculous way. The children and youth learn to trust, some have never known trust. Confidence is gained where before obstacles hindered their paths. Hope Ranch is a "Can Do" place not an "I Can't" place. As a volunteer of four years I have been blessed to see this transpire. Smiles are abound and the horses enjoy the Hope Ranch experience equally. One morning Gallop, a favorite at Hope Ranch, was found standing at the hitching post, not haltered or tied, ready to enjoy her time with the kids. When Gallop's eyes look in mine, we know our prupose in life.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

observing the children and youth grow not only it stature but in confidence, trust and building relationships. Through the hard work and giving of volunteers, services have grown and Hope Ranch beautified. Hope Ranch riders competed in the Oklahoma Equestrian Special Olympics last year and will again this fall.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

I wouldn't change a thing. Because many of the volunteers are public school teachers our time to serve children and youth is more limited to summer and after school riding. Hope Rnach is in desperate need of a riding barn to protect the riders from the elements and the early arrival of dark in the fall and winter.

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Rating: 5 stars  

I am the mother of a special needs child that rides out at the Hope Ranch. it has been the best thing for her they say that horses can help heal and I truely feel that is true. As a parent I see the joy and relaxation that she has when she rides. I will always feel that the Lord gave the children and even the adults this place to help us all heal and becopme better people.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

my daughters confidence is much higher now and she is so much more comfortable with who she is

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

The only thing I would change is thst they be able to get more help in what they do.

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