Our Programs

At Charis Youth Ranch, all the programs we offer have a simple purpose - to connect kids and young adults from all walks of life with our horses. While the connection is simple, it causes dynamic change and personal growth in each individual. Our horses are our greatest tool in working with kids. For the kids, our horses are shoulders to cry on, trust builders, wise teachers, mirrors, and inspiring. Often, a horse has a way of breaking down barriers and bringing out the individual where traditional therapy and counseling has failed. Each of our horses is unique and has a story, just like the kids we serve. Our rescued and rehabilitated horses connect with at-risk kids and families in individual and group equine interactive sessions. We love that in sharing each horse’s rescue journey, the children identify with their stories. As they compare their own passages through trials, trauma, abuse or neglect, a kinship is born. As horse and child mirror one another in brokenness, healing begins.

New Life Leadership

Training Up Equestrian Leaders

The New Life Leadership Program is a 12 month program running from January through December each year for kids ages 9-18. The peak of the program consists of an eight week Equestrian Leadership Program conducted from mid-June through the first week in August. The kids will participate in an age appropriate leadership-themed instruction, a chore for the ranch, horse time and finally journaling to reflect on what the day held. 

The horses along with the instructors shall be their teachers, helping them to learn Worthy Leadership also known as Servant Leadership. Some traits of worthy leadership are putting others before yourself, humility, courage, patience, kindness, compassion and clear boundaries. 

During our monthly meetings we will share updates about the ranch, fundraising and have a discussion related to servant leadership such as stewardship, having a heart of service, confidence building communication, maintaining healthy boundaries, conflict resolution, etc. The goal is to train up our youth to have confidence, courage, and self-respect which will serve them in their horsemanship, relationships and future endeavors. 

The max number of kids we can accommodate for NLL is 24. Sign ups are underway.  

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The New Life Leadership Program, or NLL, is a 12 month program running from  January through December each year. The peak of the program consists of an  eight week Equestrian Leadership Program conducted from mid-June through  the first week in August. Meeting twice per week on Monday and Wednesday  from 9AM to Noon, the kids will participate in a leadership themed instruction, a  chore for the ranch, horse time and finally journaling to reflect on what the day  held for them. The horsemanship skill will be relevant to the day’s instruction  and provide a hands on experience to solidify the teaching. The horses along  with the instructors shall be their teachers, helping them to learn Worthy  Leadership also known as Servant Leadership. Some traits of Worthy  Leadership are putting others before yourself, humility, courage, patience,  kindness, compassion and clear boundaries.  

Horses are honest and let us know how they feel about how we treat them or  lead them. They will respond with flight, fight or acceptance. They are always  looking for a Worthy Leader and will follow those with whom they feel safe and  respect. The equine instruction will consist of teaching these skills as well as  riding skills. We plan to attend two shows to watch and learn how it is done. We  hope to volunteer in the running of the show as well, but that is yet to be  determined. In August, equipped with our new knowledge and skills, we plan to  participate in the last show of the season.  

To give the kids an opportunity to demonstrate their leadership skills, we ask  that they help with our Rescue Ranch Bible School held the first two weeks in  June. This is a lot of fun for everyone and all of the kids really enjoy this  opportunity.  

January-May and September-December, we will hold a monthly meeting. It will  consist of updates on the ranch or volunteering, fundraising and we will provide  a discussion on a subject related to Servant Leadership such as stewardship,  having a heart of service, communication skills, maintaining healthy boundaries,  conflict resolution, etc. The goal is to train up our youth to have confidence,  courage, and self-respect which will serve them in their horsemanship, future  endeavors and relationships. 

As a part of teaching stewardship and volunteerism, we feel it is important that  each youth develop a heart of service. A heart of service is giving without  expecting a return. Charis Youth Ranch exists because of its many volunteers  who give by feeding and caring for the horses, maintaining the facility, keeping  the finances in order and helping with fundraisers. Without our volunteers, we  would not exist. One requirement to participate in the New Life Leadership  Program is to actively participate in one feeding shift weekly with adult  volunteers. Our goal is to provide mentorship, a service opportunity and show  what it takes to care for a horse, as well as have a lot of fun.  

The ranch conducts several fundraisers throughout the year. Our main fundraiser  is the Harvest Festival the second week of October. This is a carnival like  atmosphere with games, baked goods, food and horse activities. The general  public attends and our volunteers man the booths and help with planning, set up  aand tear down. Usually, the older youth get to help with pony rides and horse  painting, etc.  

Lastly, we have planned a fun outing or activity for each month the kids are not  in summer program. One very exciting outing is to the Buck Brannaman clinic in  May. There is a well known documentary entitled “Buck” about his story which  we will be watching in April to prepare the kids for the May clinic. This clinic is  already sold out but we were able to secure entrance for the youth in the  program. Kids 14 and up, under supervision, get to clean the stalls of participant  horses. We are hoping to get to meet Buck and have a photo taken. This is a  huge opportunity that not many horse people get so we are excited to provide  this fun and special activity. For more info visit www.brannaman.com 

A little about Buck: 

“For over 30 years, Buck Brannaman has been working with horses and their  owners and today is one of the world’s leading practitioners of handling horses  based on classical concepts from the California vaquero tradition; working with  the horse's nature, using an understanding of how horses think and  communicate to train the horse to accept humans and work confidently and  responsively with them. One of his stated goals is to make the animal feel safe  and secure around humans so that the horse and rider can achieve a true  union.”

The max number of kids we can accommodate for NLL is 24.  Six month commitment is required with a 30 day notice to quit.  This way we can be assured that funds will be there to pay clinicians, plan  outings and give us time to fill vacancies. All fees paid are nonrefundable.  

For 2021, the fee to participate will be $95 per month which will include our  monthly meeting, a monthly activity or clinic with the highlight of the program  being the eight week summer program. The bulk of the cost is for the eight week  program and in an effort to minimize the financial burden of paying a bulk sum in  May, we decided to mete it out monthly to make it more affordable to families.  

Participants are encouraged to fundraise for sponsorships to cover the cost of  the program. We will help you with some printed information you can share with  friends, family or businesses from whom you would like to request support.  

As a participant of the program, there is opportunity to take riding lessons on  property with our horses with a professional riding instructor. Anna Cummings  teaches English and Jumping, Lucia Ginten teaches Dressage and Courtney Carr teaches Beginner and Western Riding. These will be at an additional cost  determined by the instructor. We will be collecting the names of kids who wish  to pay for lessons and the ranch will schedule a day or two for the instructors to  come. 

If interested to sign up or for questions, please call 

Nicole at 970-481-1764 or Tracy at 970-988-2828

New Life Leadership Program Schedule 2021  

MARCH  

Meeting March 1. 

March 27, 2021, 1-3PM in the outdoor arena:  Pony Yoga with  Emma Englesby from Expanding Horizons Farm. Come out to the ranch and get your  stretch on. You will learn simple yoga poses to stretch those equine & equestrian  muscles & to build connection, strength, flexibility & balance for both you & your horse!  

APRIL  

Meeting April 5, 6PM 

April 16th, 5PM Buck The Movie: Buck Brannaman Documentary and Pizza 

“For over 30 years, Buck Brannaman has been working with horses and their owners  and today is one of the world’s leading practitioners of handling horses based on  classical concepts from the California vaquero tradition; working with the horse's  nature, using an understanding of how horses think and communicate to train the  horse to accept humans and work confidently and responsively with them. One of his  stated goals is to make the animal feel safe and secure around humans so that the  horse and rider can achieve a true union.” 

May  

Meeting May 3, 6PM 

May 21, 22, 23 9am-noon and 1:30-4:30: Buck Brannaman Clinic!  

JUNE  

New Life Leadership Program begins, June 14, every Mon and Wed 9AM-12PM Rockie Mountain Saddle Club Horse Show-Observe Only

JULY  

New Life Leadership, Monday and Wednesdays, 9AM-12PM 

Rockie Mountain Saddle Club Horse Show-Observe Only 

AUGUST  

New Life Leadership Program, Monday and Wednesday through Aug. 4th.  Rockie Mountain Saddle Club Horse Show-Participate!  

SEPTEMBER  

Meeting Sept 13, 6PM 

Farrier Clinic with Cody Franklin and Jake: Cody and Jake will demonstrate the parts  of the hoof/lower leg and talk about the importance of hoof care.  

OCTOBER  

Meeting Oct. 4, 6PM 

Barrel Racing Clinic with Hannah Montey 

Hannah will demonstrate the beginning techniques to learn barrel racing. Each  participant will leave with a beginning knowledge to practice with his/her horse.  

NOVEMBER  

Meeting Nov. 1, 6PM 

Movie Night. Pizza and Popcorn- We will watch a horse themed movie and just have  fun hanging out together. Horse movie suggestions welcome.  

DECEMBER  

Dec. 6, Christmas Party!  

We will have a fun Christmas Party to celebrate our Savior’s birth with tasty treats and  fun games such as White Elephant. Wear your ugliest Christmas sweater!



Grab your sunscreen and cowboy boots and saddle up for adventure with us at Rescue Ranch Bible Camp!

Located on a beautiful horse rescue ranch in Fort Collins Colorado this is like no day camp you have encountered before! Kids ages 5-10 will spend 4 days with us playing games, meeting rescued horses, and hearing about Jesus, the ultimate rescuer. This fast paced, fun, bible camp will take place in the sunshine and fresh air following all local safety regulations and health orders.  Our camp is church sponsored by Charis Youth Ranch and Wild Hope Ministries.  

2022 Signup Will Be Available Spring 2022

We offer opportunities for youth and adults to complete community service hours on the ranch. For safety reasons we will not schedule community service hours during our youth programs, but we will make every attempt to accommodate your schedule. Please contact us.