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Nonprofit Overview

Mission: To provide innovative, equestrian-centered programs for the culturally-diverse and disadvantaged population from the Reno/Sparks area with a focus on foster, at-risk, underprivileged, low-income, adopted, and behaviorally-challenged youth. Additionally, serve Veterans.

Results: We have graduated hundreds of kids from our Kids & Horses Education Program over the last 14 years! Many of these disadvantaged kids change their behavior disorders once they go thru the program! Have shared many ranch visits with fellow Veterans.

Target demographics: Disadvantaged youth and Veterans

Geographic areas served: Washoe County

Programs: Kids & Horses Education Program, which is an after-school (and Summer) educational and therapeutic program that helps change many behavioral disorders.

Community Stories

82 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Great way to help kids learn responsibility and respect of others while empowering them to care for animals themselves. Definitely impactful!

Client Served

Rating: 5

My son entered the program with the excitement of working with horses. He not only stayed with the wonderful program but has gone on and continued working with the same horses for Victory Ranch for the next year and half. He loves the experience he received from Victory Ranch.

Board Member

Rating: 5

Great program for kids. I fully support the Victory Ranch efforts.

R. Trigg McClellan, MD

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Both Douglas and Pat love horses and helping people. They have helped a lot of disadvantaged people with horse therapy already. It’s amazing that being with horse has tremendous healing power.
They run the organization with passion and discipline. They both work so hard! It’s one of the best nonprofits I’ve known.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Both Doug and Pat are 100% committed to Victory Ranch. Because their love for horse, and love for helping others. It touches me all the time.
They have very tight schedule, train volunteers, have classes, take care of horses and the ranch which is lot more work than one can imagine.
They take horses to children hospital, because children love horses, and the process is healing for them too. Doug and Pat would do anything to help.
And they really enjoy doing it, because they are doing the right thing, they believe.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

My granddaughter benefited greatly from her volunteering at Victory Ranch. Doug and Pat were so kind and the work they do with the kids is so special! It's a wonderful organization!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

A great cause worth supporting! Wonderful charity.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

You can't imagine how good this program is for these kids until you see them as buckaroos on graduation day.
I've lost count of how many sessions I've taught, but I remember each and every kid that has come through this program because they've had as much of an impact on me as I have on them.
Wonderful program.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 4

I love that Victory Ranch provides an opportunity for children to experience the joy of working with horses. This opportunity opens the door to hope, healing, peace, and many smiles that will be remembered for a lifetime.

Thank you Victory Ranch!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

What a special organization that helps children to learn about and care for horses. Pat and Doug Hutten are wonderful people who help and know the needs of the children in their care. Children are loved here.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I volunteered at Victory Ranch between the years of 2015 and 2017. During my time there, I worked with a close knit team of caring riders who helped groups of kids from different backgrounds learn about horses. Every year I worked with them always showed me how much they truly care about what they do. Watching Doug and Pat work with the children to develop trust in the horses is a truly incredible experience, and I can't recommend them enough.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I interned with Victory Ranch for 1 1/2 years and in that time I was allowed to see the great work that Doug and Pat are providing for the children and their parents. I learned that in the San Jose area, many of the children don't get a chance to go out into nature, let alone learn how to ride a horse! The children's time in the nature and with the animals really made a difference on their emotional and social well being. I was happy to see that former students continued to participate as volunteers even into their high school and college years. Doug and Pat took their passion and found a way to share it with those less fortunate and in need, and for that I am very grateful for the opportunity I have been allowed to share with them!

-Thomas

Volunteer

Rating: 5

There is a reason this amazing non- profit, Victory Ranch, has been a winner over the years- it’s the integrity, kindness, and deep respect that both Pat and Doug have for both students and the animals. Both parents and students can trust that their child will be taught by people who have respect for safety and knowledge of how to teach children. There is a trust that both Pat and Doug earn by their caring nature and deep sense of responsibility for all. I recommend Victory Ranch for all children. Thank you Pat and Doug for your dedication!

Kimberly Anne

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Victory Ranch is one of the best places I have ever experienced. They work with, not only, children who have had hard starts in life and have trouble connecting, the also work with Veterans.
I love everything about the work they do. I have had my former foster daughter in the program and it did wonders for her. She gained tremendous confidence in herself and improved in her performance in school and in her interactions with her teachers and peers.
I have also volunteered with their Veteran Program a few times. These people truly care about everything they do, and everyone they work so hard to help.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

This is a truly wonderful program. My foster daughter was shy around older men, and did not even speak to her male teacher before coming here. Now she has great communication with him as well as her foster father. She has opened up with the other adults at school as well and now everyone gets to see the funny, silly, quirky girl I have gotten to know over the past year and a half.
This program takes the children out of their comfort zone in a way that boosts their confidence and has them doing things they probably never thought they could do. My foster daughter is even looking forward to volunteering here, once she becomes of age.

Board Member

Rating: 5

It is so rewarding for me to see the many behavioral changes in many of the kids that come through our Kids & Horses Education Program! We are approaching our 14th year of serving the disadvantaged from our community!
I am proud as an Army Veteran to start our Homeless Veterans Ranch Visit Program last year.
Victory Ranch Inc. is a special family...all help and support is greatly appreciated!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Victory Ranch continues to carry out their mission of helping children and veterans.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Victory Ranch Inc provides children an opportunity to work with horses safely. Most importantly to boost the confidence in a child. All the kids really enjoy the Kids and Horses Education Program. The parents, guardians, case workers and therapist all witness the positive change in children. All the staff and volunteers are great, friendly and enthusiastic in helping these children. The experience for children and parents is very unique and precious. It is a great non profit organization.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Amazing organization! I've learned an amazing amount of information about horses through Doug, Pat, and other volunteers. And learned how to be a better communicator.

Board Member

Rating: 5

They do a miraculeous job with children with special needs. These children are in most cases economically challenged, and some get into situations where law enforcement gets involved.
A special applause to its founder , Doug.
Larry

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

My Foster Daughter really loved to attend the horse camp. She made new friends and learned a lot about horses. She came home happy about her experiences there.

Client Served

Rating: 4

My adopted daughter had never ridden a horse and I signed her up for a class. She quickly fell in love with horses and the workers at Victory Ranch. She learned how to take care of horses,by walking, riding and feed them. She also learned the importance of working with others to get task done.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Doug and Pat truly have huge hearts for the kids at their ranch. While focusing on safety and building strong bonds with horses, kids transform!

Client Served

Rating: 5

Victory Ranch Inc. is a truly special ministry and offers a unique service to the community. I have had three children go through the program, and my fourth can't wait! The owners of Victory Ranch Inc. are caring and compassionate towards their students and horses. They offer a 10 week course on horsemanship information and riding. When my oldest child attended, my youngest foster child was an untrusting, scared little girl. Doug invited her to walk in the stables with him, and she even let him pick her up to pet one of the horses! The smile on her face and the tears of joy in mine are something I'll never forget. She is a well-adjusted seven-year-old today. Both the volunteers and horses have a gentle nature that mentors, encourages, and values every person at the ranch. May Victory Ranch Inc. continue their service to the community for many years to come!

Kimberly130

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

There is no mistaking quality and caring! Both Doug and Pat Hutton give their all to the safety and nourishing of the children in the program as well as the horses on their ranch. The education program combines academic and experiential and the children leave their time in the program transformed. As both an educator and doctoral student who conducted research on the program, I can say that the both the parents and children rate them highly and observed true transformation in their children.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Doug and Pat and the wonderful volunteers at Victory Ranch truly care and put children first. I've witnessed first hand how children open up to the horses and have such excitement in their eyes to come to class. Amazing group of people.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

My two daughters were enrolled in this program and it was so wonderful for them. They teach respect for the animals as well as respect for themselves. They are gently taught in small steps and safety is their primary concern. Our family was greatly impacted by the great work of Victory Ranch.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Victory Ranch has continued to be one of the most positively impactful programs for children and families I work with. I have watched countless children with significant behavioral and emotionally needs transform through the program - by being with the horses and through the guidance provided by the Victory Ranch staff. Tremendous Program!

Client Served

Rating: 5

I have 2 children who participated in the Kids & Horses program at Victory. My children loved the interaction with the volunteers and the Horses. During the program, my daughter was able to concur her fear of the unknown. Learning to take care of the Horses and riding them helped her to build her confidence and feel better about herself. My son deals with Anxiety and working with Horses gave him a calm feeling. I reccommend this program for all children.

Laura309

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I volunteered there, the team is so genuine and passionate about their goals to help youth feel empowered while learning a cool new skill like taking care of/riding a horse.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Hi, I worked with Victory ranch doing a little bit of marketing work. Doug and the staff are so passionate, kind, patient, good-hearted, and amazing. The kids really do take this program seriously and gain so much self confidence through the process. This is such an amazing help to the local community.

Client Served

Rating: 5

My daughter was in a life "funk" and actually depressed; there was little that was givnig her any joy. I wasn't sure if she would be interested in the horses or not, but I overheard her telling her friends and other family members the cool things she was getting to do--brush and feed the horses, lead and ride them. Each week her demeanor improved a little bit each time. The best example I can give is that the first few trips down, she sat in the back of our van and groaned. Around the 4th or 5th trip, she moved up to the middle seat and sat up; by the last few trips she hopped in the front seat, "Let's go!" She now wants to go back and volunteer when she turns 14. She felt like she had a special connection with the horses and learned more than just how to ride them. She was a different person by the end than she was at the beginning.

Doug was very patient with the girls, who could be squirrlly and easily distracted. I would recommend this as a special experience that might give kids that "special" thing they need to work through a tough time or give them something to look forward to.

Client Served

Rating: 5

My adoptive children attended this program and they loved it. My god daughter also got involved and now volunteers there. It is a wonderful program and Doug and Pat are awesome people.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

It's an amazing opportunity for my girls!! Thank you so much for making this available to us!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Awesome program as always, great to see the kids go in and come out brighter than ever!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

It's amazing to see the progress the children make, coming like little shadows with no smiles, and leaving glowing, with bright expressions on their faces. For many of them, this is their first time getting close to a horse. It's such a great feeling when these kids open up to you, and being able to give them a reason to giggle and laugh no matter what situation they are in is extremely rewarding in itself.

Donor

Rating: 5

outstanding program benefiting those underprivileged children who would not have the opportunities except through the programs afforded to them by Victory Ranch and its' leader/ founder, Doug Hutton.
Larry E. Pelzner

Pamela F.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Love the help and support this nonprofit privides for youth!

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Awesome nonprofit that helps so many young people and animals!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Great way to give to the community and experience all the love, bonding and affection that horses provide.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I found victory ranch through a friend and I took the program and am now a volunteer. Victory​ ranch has helped me create better communication skills along with team work. And I have learned a LOT about horses and I'm still learning more every day as I go.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Victory Ranch was an amazing experience for my child. The people that run the organization are knowledgeable, caring, safety oriented and fun. They make the experience of learning about and riding horses so memorable.

Sam_60

Volunteer

Rating: 5

when i first started at victory ranch i was battelng depression. after the 6 weeks of the program i was feeling so much better about myself thanks to the horses as well as the amazing teachers Doug and Pat Hutton. i felt loved,accepted, and cared about. after the program i started volunteering and fell in love with the horses and belonging to the "victory ranch family".

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have worked as a rider and volunteer of Victory Ranch Inc and can say I have seen it change the lives of many youth in the area. This organization has a heart that cannot be ignored and a soul that can only be seen through the eyes of the kids and the horses they open up to.