OUR MISSION

Our mission is to positively impact lives through equine-related activities. Silver Buckle Ranch programs facilitate the learning and development of important life skills such as respect, responsibility, trust, citizenship, and compassion through horsemanship. 

history of silver buckle 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 programs based on ranch and equine-assisted activities. 

For many years, programs at the ranch were funded by the operation of Rodeo Bingo, located in Vancouver, WA. In compliance with Washington state gaming laws, proceeds from this operation funded programs and activities at the ranch and Silver Buckle was able to offer free programs to area youth. With the implementation of the smoking ban in Washington, bingo proceeds dropped precipitously. Silver Buckle closed the bingo operations, re-structured, and sold 20 acres to ensure a debt-free future for the ranch.  

Today, Silver Buckle Ranch continues to operate in Brush Prairie, Washington. Youth programs are funded through donations, fee-based lessons, classes, and camps, as well as arena rentals and boarding. 

“Your program has been an invaluable resource for our kids. Not only do they learn to communicate in a more profound way, but they also learn the joy and dignity of work. I have never encountered a youth who did not look forward to their weekly Silver Buckle session. That is no small feat considering the rest of the week many of them want nothing more than to play video games indoors. I have witnessed many a client flourish and make extremely strong progress toward their therapeutic goals while involved in Silver Buckle. What is more, the lessons stick with them long after the sessions are concluded. Thank you for everything.”
— Chad Francis, Support Specialist, Catholic Community Services