History of the Ranch
Silver Buckle Ranch, originally established as the Silver Buckle Rodeo Club in 1977, began as a working rodeo program created to combat juvenile delinquency, substance abuse, gang involvement, and truancy among Clark and Cowlitz County youth through the promotion of rodeo events and horsemanship.
In 2000 Silver Buckle Ranch restructured, received 501(c)(3) status and officially changed from a working rodeo program to an equine-assisted activities ranch for youth by 2002.
Silver Buckle Ranch is now a non-profit organization that specializes in programs that help improve mental, emotional and physical health while nurturing personal growth in life skills. This is done through ranch and horse assisted activities. One of our core programs is Ranch HANDS (Ranch and Horse Activities that Nurture and Develop Skills). This program is for youth 5-18 years of age.
We also offer one-on-one riding lessons to help both mental or limited physical issues in youth and adults. To learn more about Ranch HANDS and other ranch camps, visit our Programs page.
Silver Buckle Ranch, a 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization, operates on 40 acres in Brush Prairie, Washington.
Brush Prairie is located in Clark County, northeast of Vancouver, WA.
The facility offers:
The facility is designed to accommodate year-round activities and programs.
Our arenas are available for rent for activities and events.
Our staff and volunteers are not the true miracle workers - the horses are. Seeing a large animal stand calmly while a small child is brushing them is heart warming. Horses don’t care what you look like or what your problems are. They do, however, respond to a child's behavior and as a result the kids will open up to the horse. These horses bring the real change in the children.
Many of our ranch horses are older and need a little extra care. You can help by picking up a donation next time you go by a feedstore. Listed below are general items that you can either donate towards or purchase to help offset our operating costs.
Do you have a favorite horse? Check out their stories and consider sponsoring a horse or contributing towards their special care. By sponsoring, you will help with providing hay, farrier, and other necessary expenses.
I can help with:
Domingo: Domingo is the cutest and nicest sorrel gelding you will ever find. Approximately 26 years old, he is still enjoying kids and beginner classes. Domingo is a Quarterhorse and stands about 14.1 hands tall. Domingo has been with us since 2009. Domingo was donated to us by Camp Berachah, a Christian camp between Tacoma and Seattle, where he was used as a trail horse.
You can help Domingo out with:
Meet Our Team
Carrie Dinsmore, Camp Director and Riding Instructor
Chrisy Parrish, LMHCA and CHA Instructor
Chrisy loves teaching new skills and helping children, adults and families see and reach their potential. She has seen the positive impact a horse can have on countless occasions, including in her own family’s lives. Chrisy is a Licensed Mental Health Counseling Associate and has worked in children’s and young adult’s residential treatment facilities for mental health. As a CHA certified riding instructor she has over 12 years of experience teaching horsemanship to children and adults in camping and horsemanship programs and has worked managing and directing horsemanship camps. She has had horses for most of her life where she has enjoyed learning and teaching the traditional ways of working with a horse through cattle work and ranch roping. Her passion is to help children, youth and adults work through emotional, behavioral, and relational struggles through the powerful healing and teaching aspects of a horse.
Facilities Staff: Ken Ayers
Ranch Staff: Our ranch staff takes care of all the program and boarded horses plus assist with the Ranch programs.
Diane Bendtro, Jamie Burnell
Lisa Williams - Contract Riding Instructor
Lisa grew up with horses since the age of 6 and at age 9 competed in 4-H and open shows in both English and Western pleasure, showmanship and gaming. She also competed very successfully in many open shows. Lisa worked at Royal Ridges Retreat in Yacolt, WA, for 4 years teaching lessons, directing the girl's overnight horsemanship camp, participating in drill teams, helped coach vaulting, lead trail rides and took small groups of people out on overnight pack trips near Mt. St. Helens. Lisa is a certified instructor with CHA (Certified Horsemanship Association). In 2004, she received her Master Level Instructor certification in English, Jumping and Western riding. That same year, Lisa got the privilege to ride and train with an intern of former Olympian and 3-day event rider, Bruce Davison. Lisa’s goal is to pass on what she learned to others. Helping riders with their equitation and helping them connect more with their horses is Lisa’s true passion.
Contact Lisa at: 360-901-8825 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Silver Buckle Ranch Board of Directors:
President: Jody Benson
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