The Big Idea: to communicate the 'Father Heart' of God
I first got the inspiration for the Ranch whilst at bible college in Colarado. I was told about a ranch in Oregon USA (Crystal Peaks Youth Ranch) that used horses to help disadvantaged children. I was inspired by reading books on their stories and visited the ranch for an information clinic. Whilst there I met a couple from Colarado who ran a similar ranch project - Horses from Heaven. I worked at Horses from Heaven for a year, training the horses and working with the children.
I learnt from both these ranches about how such a project can impact children’s lives and it is my aim that the Father’s Heart Youth Ranch will change lives here in England.
Equine specific first-aider
BA (Hons) Degree in Equine Studies
Qualified horse riding instructor (BHSAI)
British Horse Society register of coaches
Bringing big laughs and loopiness to the Ranch
I first met Katie over 10 years ago at a riding school that I used to work in. I’ve worked with horses since leaving school, although I used to help part time after school and in the holidays with assisting riding lessons and with competition horses before then. I currently work on a variety of yards, including full and part livery, eventing and show-jumping yards and also in riding schools. I have my NVQ2 including exercising horses, my BHS Stage 2 and I am currently working towards my BHS Stage 3 and PTT test. I’ve worked at the Ranch for over 4 years, when I started off with caring for the horses and hens when Katie went away. However, at the start of 2016 I began assisting with children’s sessions, becoming more and more involved with teaching with visitors to the Ranch.