Peppers Ranch strives to provide as many supports and services to its community of foster parents and foster youth as are needed to ensure that every child has a pathway to success and a thriving future.
Our focus is teaching the children how to handle relational conflict, how to help others, ways to establish trust, bonding, determination, creativity, strong work ethic and spirituality.
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Peppers Ranch Equestrian Program
If you are a horse lover then you know that there is no better opportunity for personal growth than working with horses. Whether it is compassion and responsibility from tending to the horse’s needs or pride and independence from guiding a 1200 pound animal, we believe that there is no better teacher, or friend, than a horse. It is the goal of the Equestrian Program at Peppers Ranch to develop the horsemanship skills of the children while also developing lifelong qualities of responsibility, self esteem, independence and respect through their connection with the horse.
Since the beginning, horses have been a part of everyday life at Peppers Ranch. The goal of the horse program today is to develop the horsemanship skills of the children that call the ranch home while offering opportunities to grow and heal. We are working diligently to instill responsibility, self-esteem, independence, respect and so much more through each child’s connection with the horse.
The Equestrian Riding Program is designed to provide children the opportunity to grow and develop through various activities with horses. Activities include basic horse care, grooming, recreational and competitive riding. Our children are able to interact with the horses which exercises both “mind and muscle”. Research shows that children who participate in riding can experience physical, emotional and mental rewards. This improves balance, creates trust and develops a friendship between rider and horse. An abused child can bond with a horse when they are unable to bond with another person due to the negative experiences they had prior to coming to Peppers Ranch.
Children and families participate in the numerous equine related activities listed below.
- Basic horsemanship
- Introduction to horseback riding
- Horseback riding and Horsemanship
- Pony preschool
- “Mini” summer camps
- Family horseback riding
- Work days and equine exposure events
- Routine care and feeding of horses
Today, the McClendon Equestrian Center at Peppers Ranch North consists of an 8 stall barn, an outdoor riding arena, and a 20,000 square foot indoor riding arena – Callie’s Corral.
Side note: Horse lovers know that a special horse can change the course of your life. We were pleased to honor one of these animals when naming our indoor riding facility. Callie’s Corral will offer the benefits of the horse program to our community year round for years to come.
In late 2017 our community grew by 415 acres, just a few miles south and west of the original ranch. As Peppers Ranch II grows we will continue our work with children and horses to break the cycle of abuse and neglect with its large stall barn, trails, indoor riding facility and own herd of horses.
Amber Simmons, Equestrian Programs Director since 2014, is a proud alumna of Oklahoma State University where she earned a degree in Agricultural Communications and Animal Science. She and her family live in Guthrie, Oklahoma. Upon being introduced to the ranch, Amber quickly realized her passion for people and horses had a home. She is devoted to those in the foster care system, as well as those affected by the system, finding healing and growth through their connection with the horse.
Peppers Ranch Teen Board
In 2012, the Teen Board began as in informal board primarily made up of students from Heritage Hall in Oklahoma City. The Teen Board has since evolved now having representation from multiple high schools throughout Oklahoma County working together for a common cause!
The Teen Board of Peppers Ranch exists to assist in raising awareness and encouraging support of Peppers Ranch in meeting its mission to “break the cycle” of child abuse and neglect.
The Peppers Ranch Teen Board empowers high school students to use their energy and abilities to impact lives through volunteering of their time. These young leaders devote their time and talents to Peppers Ranch foster community as role models, youth mentors and developing future community leaders.
What We Do
We participate in a number of service projects and activities including:
- Monthly Birthday Buddies Club-At least one birthday buddy per year per board member
- Flower Planting and/or Organic Gardening on the Ranch
- Songs & S’mores
- Karaoke Night
- Summer Slip-n-Slide
- Peppers Ranch Horse Pals and Pepper’s Annual Horse Show (summer)
- Walk-A-Mile-Foster Care Awareness Walk
- Fall Festival
- Development and Execution of a Peppers Ranch Teen Board Fundraiser
Teen Board Requirements
The Teen Board is currently looking for new members, specifically students enrolled in the 9-12th grade who want to come together to give of their time and talents to shine the spotlight on Peppers Ranch foster community.
Every member must:
- Make or Renew a one-year commitment to Peppers Ranch community.
- Pay membership dues of $50. This non-refundable membership fee includes a Teen Board T-shirt.
- Be enrolled in the 9-12th grade.
- Attend at least 6 service events at Peppers Ranch for each year enrolled.
- Commit to serve at least 20-30 hours of community service for Peppers Ranch annually.
- Participate in the Teen Board fundraiser to be determined by board members and the Teen Board director and/or the annual Peppers Ranch fundraiser.
For more information about the Peppers Ranch Teen Board contact:
Becky Hahn, Program Director- Becky@peppersranch.com