Reigning Grace Ranch is a place of tranquility and refuge on 15-acres in the beautiful Arizona desert. No traditional therapies can compare to the combination of our healing sanctuary for a unique mentorship and equine assisted experiential learning event. Home to dozens of mended horses with incredible stories, the ranch focus is to heal and empower children and families struggling with diversity with our rehabilitated horses.
By the grace of God I go, seems to be the mantra by which these two live their lives.
Christopher and Amanda founded Reigning Grace Ranch in 2009.
Together they have over 20 years of experience working with children, teenagers, and horses.
Christopher and Amanda Moore met when they were just 12 years old. Both traveled the country as professional competitive dancers, they became dance partners and a true friendship blossomed. The rest is history!
Amanda Moore started her career as a Secondary Education Teacher in the Deer Valley Unified School District. There, she taught for 10 years in the areas of Theatre, Stage Production, and Language Arts. In tandem, she and Christopher created an after-school theatre arts program in the community, The Vaudeville Youth Theatre Company, to incorporate children ages 5-19 into the performing arts. Just as Amanda & Christopher now do with the ranch, they had a tremendous impact, as their standard of excellence bred confidence and expression in the lives of the kids they touched.
Once Amanda resigned from the public education system she began searching for other ways to make a positive impact in tomorrow’s future. Kids.
So how on earth do you go from theatre to playing with horses?
By the grace of God I go, seems to be the mantra by which these two live their lives. As the years passed, economical changes and new experiences forced a new way of life. The couple found themselves in a place where they were growing apart and the financial strains of Christopher owning an IT company through the recession began to strain the marriage.
They had both grown up with horses and decided that in order to find what was really important again, get back to their organic roots, they would get back into the world of horses in hopes of healing a marriage. Shiloh and Patience, two Tennessee walking horse mares joined the Moore family in 2008.
They began to see daily miracles happen around these two divine animals. The grace in these magnificent angels became quite evident. Beautiful lessons were being taught about hope, love, perseverance, and about being authentic to what really matters in life. Soon after Patience and Shiloh entered into their lives, Legato, Lady, and Aria made their horse family complete. Deciding to move from the city, Amanda and Christopher made the move to the Rio Verde Foothills area of North Scottsdale. In 2009, they began to feel a calling to minister to youth again, incorporating the association of these majestic horses.
With much prayer, pondering, and hard work, Reigning Grace Ranch was born.
After the rescue and rehabilitation of several neglected horses (65 to be exact), Christopher and Amanda soon became a witness to what these amazing animals can do in a child’s life— change it profoundly! Together, Christopher and Amanda have been led on a crusade to redeem neglected, abused and slaughter bound horses and pair them with disadvantaged youth and families to mend broken hearts and instill hope.
REDEMPTION, STRENGTH & DISCOVERY
At Reigning Grace Ranch, we believe in second chances. We believe that if a spirit is placed in the right environment, given love and the correct attention necessary for growth, it will blossom into a successful member of our society.
With horses, it is no different.
Often time’s horses come to the ranch with prior stories. Sometimes these stories follow the horse allowing for their humans to judge or make assumptions, often negatively. The horse is painted in the light of someone else’s perception and this story will decide the fate of that horse. Often times, this story is disastrous and ends tragically.
When we rescue a horse, we want very little of the horse’s history. Sure, we ask for any information that may help us to rehabilitate the animal but no story to assume. To rehabilitate means to restore to its original state; not to carry the baggage of the past regardless of what it is or was.
Horses are prey animals, they are not predators and therefore think very differently from their human counterpart. Horses are also extremely social and family oriented. In a herd, a horse’s life depends on his relationship with the family. In a herd, there is acceptance, discipline, and confidence required to be a member. They are extraordinary communicators, and for a human to be in the presence of the herd is very beneficial for that human.
Placing these rehabilitated horses in partnership with children and families that are trying to heal from a traumatic event in their life is magical. The horse is powerful, beautiful and strong. It is honest and present at the moment and the lesson from a horse is that they will never forget where they have come from but they don’t carry the burden into the present because it would endanger the herd.
This is why this partnership of the redeemed horse and human is beautiful. It just works! Reigning Grace Ranch horses come from various situations such as rescue, donation, sanctuary and rehoming due to financial strain.
Why is it so important to strengthen our children?
Our children are our future. Every child deserves to be loved and children deserve to play no matter what their story or age.
To allow a child to grow into a functional and productive member of society they need confidence. They need to know that they are worthy, that they are loved, that they belong and that they matter. They need to know that their decisions make an impact on those around them and that they are responsible and need to be accountable for those decisions.
Here at Reigning Grace Ranch, we base all of our mentorship object lessons around traditional values such as:
Communication • Responsibility • Decision Making • Self-Awareness • Patience • Hope • Focus • Coping Skills • Leadership • Compassion • Kindness • Teamwork • Love • Respect • Accountability • Family • Honesty • Openness
We believe in meeting our children and teens right where they are. We foster play in a loving, safe environment.
We heard a child once say, “at the ranch, the world is not allowed in.” That broke our hearts on so many levels but it also created a joy in us that the child was experiencing something so different that there was and could be another side of this world if they chose to live it.
At Reigning Grace Ranch we mentor a wide variety of children and teens from divorce, self-esteem issues, eating disorders, high functioning autism, MMR, social awkwardness, the list goes on.
Today, our mentorship program at the ranch is for a duration of 9 weeks long, 90-minute sessions, once a week with an assigned volunteer mentor, horse, and child. Although Reigning Grace utilizes horses for the mentorship program, we are NOT an equitation program. The children learn how to ride if this is something they desire but there are a wide variety of activities that we do at the ranch that don’t include the horses.
The natural world of a horse is based on relationship. These relationships for a horse hold the herd together and assure survival. The family unit must have feelings of trust, respect, and confidence in the leader and a connectedness that is always present within the family unit. A family that plays together stays together. Not much different from us humans?
At Reigning Grace Ranch, we believe that the Family unit is essential and critical for not only our horses but our humans as well. We want to bring families together in an environment that promotes teamwork, love, respect, and leadership. We want to celebrate the family unit and teach life skills that can be taught directly by our herd of horses. Here we can learn how to play as a family, set clear boundaries, show respect for each other, set realistic expectations and goals. We want to approach these sensitive areas in a safe place, where the world is not allowed in.
Reigning Grace Ranch has spent the last 7 years developing our rescue program and children’s program. We are now embarking on the program to create Hope for the family!
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WITH THE HELP OF OUR COMMUNITY PARTNERS SUCH AS CORPORATE SPONSORS, PRIVATE DONORS, AND FAMILY FOUNDATIONS, WE ARE ABLE TO MAKE AN IMPACT FOR GOOD!
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