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PANTHER CREEK INSPIRATION RANCH INC

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Centers to Support the Independence of Specific Populations, Human Services

Mission: Partnering horses with people with special needs to transform lives and help them reach their highest ability.

Target demographics: the community of Special Needs

Direct beneficiaries per year: families by providing over 2300 hours of Equine Therapy

Geographic areas served: Spring, TX

Programs: Equine Assisted Activities and Therapies

Community Stories

14 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have had the wonderful opportunity to volunteer at the ranch for several years. I continue to be amazed at the positive relationships fostered by the instructors and the horses with the riders and their families. The instructors are so capable and caring with the riders as well as the horses.

To watch the progress and self satisfaction of each rider is extremely rewarding for all involved. It is a pleasure to be involved.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Volunteering at the ranch has been one of the best experiences I have ever had. The kids are wonderful as are the horses....together they are simply amazing and inspiring!

The instructors are very professional, patient , kind, caring and encouraging! It's a pleasure to watch and learn from them.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I volunteered at Inspiration Ranch over the summer and my experience was amazing. Everyone at the ranch cares deeply about each client and their individual needs. The environment at the ranch is extremely welcoming and family-friendly. I plan to come back next summer as well.

Kendall Peterson

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am a volunteer at Panther Creek Inspiration Ranch and I look forward to lessons every week. Having been at the ranch for two years, I can genuinely say I have never met kinder people! Everyone I have met has an unyielding passion for children and animals, resulting in one of the most caring environments possible. Upon entering the beautiful facility, you will always be greeted with a smiling face whether it be from a volunteer, staff member, or rider. There is such an encouraging atmosphere at the ranch, being there only a short while will certainly help any person grow.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Panther Creek Inspiration Ranch (PCI Ranch) has a special place in my heart. I have experienced this beautiful place as a Mom and volunteer.
My child rode for 5 years at this ranch and has experienced kindness, guidance, nurturing, growth, therapy, friendships, and being included in a special kind of family. Yes, family is the word that comes to mind when I think of PCI Ranch. When my child first started riding, we had been given the diagnosis of non-verbal broad spectrum autism. It was on the pony, Bailey, that my child had to verbalize wants to make the pony have actions. It was empowering to see this interaction pull the words out of my sweet child. This child is now very verbal and talks, shouts, cheers, and to most seem to be just ordinary. I give PCI Ranch and the kind and caring employees a huge credit for this success.
For me, PCI Ranch gave me a place of calmness, acceptance, support, and encouragement. It is love that brings the volunteers to this ranch and to be part of the good results achieved by the riders. To see the smiles on the faces of the riders, makes a bad day good and a good day better, especially knowing you were part of making that happen is priceless.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have a love for horses and helping people, so why not give to the community while doing two of the things I love! Best decision of my life. Everyone at the ranch is radiating such a beautiful joy that you cant help but smile when you see them. They all love what they do & they all want to see the riders improve on not only riding, but life skills. Helping out here has been such a wonderful experience! I cant put into words how much I love the atmosphere. Truly is an extraordinary place.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have heard about Inspiration Ranch for quite some time now, as they hold their biggest fundraiser at our hotel. I am Exec Admin to the GM of a large hotel and rarely go into the events to check them out. When our Event Management and Sales Teams both talked about this organization, I started digging online to find out why they were so impressed. Not being completely sold, I contacted them to see if I could come and watch them in person, for one or more classes. I was given a tour and was so moved by their story, that I signed up to be a "side-walker" once a week at night. I have not done this long, but in the short time I have done so, I have been reduced to tears of joy and awe many times. Not only is this a place of faith, but it is a place of hope. To see these children react to the love, understanding, incredible patience and blessings they pour on them....well, it not only gives them their "happy" but it also provides all who are involved, with miracles, on a daily basis. From the children to the volunteers, so much healing and blessings that each child and parent hopes for ....well, it's both humbling and inspiring. To watch this and be a part of it, is my personal gift from above, and I continue to want to help more, each time I'm there. Amazing group of people, amazing causes, providing results that you just have to see!!!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I love volunteering at the ranch! Everyone involved is committed and passionate about what they do. The horses are wonderful, and they seem to know what each rider needs. I have seen so many positive changes in the riders as they work with the instructors and horses. This place is a Godsend for so many families.

Donna Powell

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

WOW! I LOVE Panther Creek Ranch! I have volunteered while working full time over the last 5 years and can honestly say this may be one of my joys in life! Working with kids is such a blessing. Working this the wonderful staff at the Ranch is another joy, they are the best people around! Great place, great culture and a great place to volunteer! Tom Mayer

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Great horse care and Love for both the animals and children. I've seen first hand the improvements the clients accomplish and believe the volunteers even gain more.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I help volunteer at the ranch and have absolutely adored the experience! Staff is so friendly and the environment is overall superb :)

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Client Served

Rating: 5

PCIR is my daughters' favorite place on earth, maybe second to nanas. They both love riding there. The entire staff and every volunteer is so patient and kid. While watching my daughters ride, my favorite part is seeing how excited the other kids are arriving at the ranch, waiting their turn, and finishing their ride. This place truly changes kids!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

As both a volunteer on the gala committee and a parent of a rider, I can't say enough about what a great place this is. It's staff and volunteers are wonderful and the therapy horses have done so much for my child's development and progress.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been a volunteer at PCI Ranch for over 5 years. I have seen this organization grow from a small uncredited program to it's current PATH Premier Accredited Center. The staff is excellent and are trained and certified through the Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship. When I go out to volunteer, I know it will be a good day. I have the support and encouragement of all the instructors I work with. They are dedicated to their clients and horses and really respect and appreciate the volunteers. I really enjoy the social interactions and fun that I have with the other volunteers, our clients and their families, the instructors and our horses. Yes, our horses have a sense of humor! They are wonderful creatures and I am blessed to be around them. Just thinking about my times at the Ranch brings a smile to my face. Not only an I giving back to others, I am receiving so much more than I ever expected! PCI is definitely a positive and integral part of my life!

Review from Guidestar