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. Our main mission program 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 sessions to help both mental or limited physical issues in youth and adults. To learn more about Ranch HANDS and our other programs, go to our Programs page. (http://www.silverbuckleranch.org/programs/)
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, north east of Vancouver, WA.
The Facilitiy includes:
The facility is designed to accommodate year-round activities and programs.
Our arenas are also available for rent for activities and events.
We are not the miracle workers or the therapist - the "horses" are. Seeing a large animal standing calmly while a small child is brushing them is amazing. Horses don’t care what you look like or what your problems are. But a horse will react to their behavior and kids will open up to the horse. It is the horses that bring the real change out in the children. Many of our horses are older horses that also need a little extra care.
You can help us take care of our "Therapists" here at the ranch. Listed below are general items that you can donate towards to help offset our costs.
Do you have a favorite horse? Check out the stories of all our horses and consider sponsoring a horse or contributing towards their special care. By sponsoring a horse for a month, you will help with the cost of the horse's hay and farrier expenses.
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Meet Our Team
Cathi Wright, Program Coordinator
(Interim Ranch Director):
Cathi has over 24 years working in the educational animal programs field, managing and training a collections of animals ranging from dolphins to birds of prey, and mammals including porcupines and bobcats. Cathi spent 20 years working at the Oregon Zoo as Bird Show Coordinator. Cathi then spent two years in Bend, Oregon as the Wildlife Manager at the High Desert Museum. In addition to presenting animal programs, Cathi has also developed and managed volunteer programs working with animals. Cathi started at SBR in January 2009 as a volunteer and became staff by March 2009. Cathi has also been a horse owner for the last 20 years and currently has two horses and two miniature horses. Cathi manages the ranch along with teaching our Ranch H.A.N.D.S. program and lessons for limited Physcial Equine Assisted Activies and Equine Assisted Activities.
Email Cathi at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Facilities Staff: Ken Ayers
Wesley Jacobsen, Jamie Burnell, William Lilly
Lisa Williams - Contract Riding Instructor: Teaches Wednesday 10-3 and Thursdays 4-9 pm
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. I 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: email@example.com
Silver Buckle Ranch Board of Directors:
President: Jody Benson
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