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HOPE RANCH INC
July 27, 2011

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.

The Great!

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.

Ways to make it better...

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.

MY ROLE:
Volunteer & Volunteer-assist children gathering tack, putting on boots & helmets, with grooming, leading horses and instruction. .