Iron Horse Christian Youth Ranch is a non-profit youth ranch committed to providing an opportunity for horse education for youth, adults and individuals with special needs in order to benefit from the therapeutic qualities of horses combined with Biblical principles to develop character and confidence.
Chartered with The Boy Scouts of America Venture Crew. Crew #207
We instruct in safety, equine education and riding skills and teach horsemanship according to the Certified Horsemanship Association (CHA); we do not teach the "get on and go" type of instruction and classes. The initial classes will always include ground work, grooming and safety.
2014 NEW INFORMATION:
PERMISSION/APPOINTMENT IS MANDATORYTO COME ON SITE IF YOU ARE NOT CURRENTLY ENROLLED IN HORSEBACK RIDING LESSONS/MENTORING OR VOLUNTEERING AS WE ARE LOCATED AT A PRIVATE FACILITY AT NO COST TO IHCYR AT THIS TIME. THANK YOU!
NEW: EVERYONE PLEASE READ UPDATES ON THE WHITEBOARD IN THE INDOOR ARENA.
NEW: INSURANCE FEE INCREASE FROM BSA - $24 yearly insurance due by February for anyone attending any activity or boarding at the facility. (Applies to any type of gift certificate.) Youth 13 years and Adult only. A change in insurance for youth under 13 years of age will e updated soon as the BSA will not have the Learning for Life Program any longer available. This is mandatory and was due Feb 28 for anyone participating in any activity or volunteering other than the individuals doing Community Service from Front Range Community Service. Thank you.
NEW: REQUIRED TO COMPLETE THE IHCYR CHECKLIST AFTER EACH RIDE AND PLACE IN THE DONATION BOX FOR MONTHLY DRAWINGTO RECEIVE AWARD/PRIZES.
Spring and Summer Planning is here!
We will be offering time trail riding/ picnics at homestead park in Peyton and Black Forest parks as well as the
Latigo Trails including the Summer Show event. Sign up for these events on the clipboard in the indoor arena. Once you are interested we will need to have a meeting with parents to go over details and cost for trailering and leasing of the horses. Look for more information sheet and events as we get closer to springtime!
Saturday, March 8 CLOSED- UPDATE DUE TO CHANGE IN WEATHER FORCAST ( we were hoping for a nicer day today, it will not reach the 43 projected degrees until possibly late in the afternoon by 2:30 only lasting about an hour. ) for all mentoring, lessons/riding instruction. LEASING -OPEN. If any of the lesson students can ride during the weekday when we seem to be having better weather, please let us know. It has been a long stretch of cold weather on Saturdays.
Schedule: Leasing is available, and volunteering to feed, clean stalls and care for horses.
Private Lesson with Kristen Unholtz at 11:30 to 12:45 Horses - Misty and Ginger or Lexi or Bently.
Group Lesson with Natalie Marx - with assistance from Susan and other Mentors at 1:00. Horses -Misty, Lexi
Group Lesson With Susan Kamlan - Advanced class with assistance from other Mentors at 1:15/1:30 Horses Ginger, Bently,Coco
The weather forcast changed dramatically from last night - hopefully we will have improvement for our Saturday classes very soon! If you are available during the week day
for a class, please contact us by email or leave message at 719-243-0843/
Note from Susan:
My mom went to be home with Jesus on February 2, 2014. My Grandmother passed away on February 11, 2014. Thank you for your prayers for my dad, Leroy Walter. Both my parents volunteered countless hours, hard work to support the youth ranch from the very beginning. Mom had helped countless hours helping the youth ranch get started, working in the barn - painting, building, organizing paperwork and flyers, poster, business cards and Villa Sport photos and journals. My mom and dad also cared for my grandmother for the past 20 years. We thank you for your prayers, especially for my father.
Please check the contact page for temperature reading to see if we will be having our classes during the winter season. Classes during the week may be rescheduled on days when it is warmer.
The Volunteers are the life of the youth ranch! We hope caring for the horses and loving them is a blessing to you!.
Please email or text to set up an appointment email@example.com(719) 243-0843, we will text or email you for a fast response. Go to the Support and Volunteer Opportunities page for more information.
Compassion International Update- IHCYRwas presented an amazing gift from Compassion International the support of this incredible group of people has blessed us, encouraged us to continue what the Lord has begun.. He will accomplish. Thank you for your prayer support and selecting IHCYR for your fundraising in our community this past year! We are so very, very grateful and thankful... from all of us at IHCYR, BLESS YOU ALL!!!
HAY WAS DONATED BY SUPER FEEDS - 200 BALES! THANK YOU FOR PRAYING FOR US AND WE TRUELY THANK OUR MERCIFUL GOD FOR HEARING OUR NEEDS AND CARING FOR EVERY DETAIL AND TRUELY TO THESE AMAZING PEOPLE WHO PRAY, LISTEN AND LIVE THE GOSPEL OF JESUS CHRIST! I AM IN AWE OF OUR LORD AND ITS ALL HIM.. AN AMAZING FAMILY WHO LIVE WHAT THEY SAY ABOUT KNOWING GOD... GIVE GLORY TO GOD FOR HIS PROVISION AND HIS PEOPLE. PLEASE PRAY FOR THE FAMILY AT SUPER FEEDS AND THEIR NEEDS AS WELL. GOD KNOWS OUR EVERY NEED, PRAY, TALK TO HIM IN ALL THINGS.. HE WILL SHOW YOU HIS GLORY AND HIS POWER. THANK YOU, SUSAN
A HUGE THANK YOU to PIMA Medical school for your support on donating all the shots and wormer again this fall! We are so grateful for your time and wonderful partnership with your students and Dr. Kim and Anita! Your have been a tremendous blessing to the horses and their care for many years. We look forward to seeing you here every Spring and Fall!!
Thank you to the families and individuals who are leasing the school horses! All Leasing goes for the care of the horses and all the youth who volunteer their time to help Susan teach on Saturdays. Thank you to all the adults who also supervise on Saturday to ensure safety for our youth. All of the teaching and proceeds on Saturday are donated to feed and care for the horses, so a HUGE THANK YOU for volunteering all your time.
NEEDS: Coco,Freddy,Lexi, Bently - Sponsors or leasing
Danny - pony, Sponsor or leasing.
Lacy and GG miniature horses - sponsors
Committed volunteers to help feed, on a specific day of the week
Volunteers to check water and or clean stalls on a specific day
Fill our volunteer form, email or bring it to an initial training appt
Labor to move wood from the retaining wall and move the green fence.
Engine and tires for youth ranch feed truck
Donations for Hay and grain, farrier care ----THANK YOU SUPER FEEDS FOR THE HAY FOR THE SCHOOL HORSES!!!
Jesse Daniel Kamlan - In Memory and in our hearts forever! WE WILL BE HOME TOGETHER IN HIS TIMING. - I know how much you hurt and how great the pain is, this is all necessary to accomplish my purpose//this is all only for a little while...soon you will all be together. This life here is short compared to eternity...the separation will end...forever. Mom said she was sorry she got there first.. but said she would give you all a big hug for me.... I love you all and we will all be together.. in His timing... until then,.. I will try and pray to make every breath count.. to love, serve and do what He has me do.
Personal message from Susan: I want to thank everone for their prayers, coming to his service and your outpouring of love and care with your cards, gifts, meals and with all my heart, thank you. I miss Jesse so much, it is so deep and always will be.
My first son David was born April 1, died April 2, 1984. My third son Anthony was born July 8, died July 29 1987. Timothy James Wyson (Brian Wyson Kamlans dad), died July 20, 1989, Jesse was born July 2, 1992 and died October 27, 2011. I know they will all be there for the "Welcome Home", I miss them all here on earth. Jesse taugh me how to love richer and truer than ever before. I was so proud of him coming through so much, He had come such a long way , he truely was caring and came into his own of loving and was so kind to me and wanted to make sure I was okay. I miss him greatly, and thank you for the time for me to work through my pain. It is still very difficult and takes me time to deal with things how I need to.
Akina(Brian's first daughter), is an amazing blessing through all this. Her first thing said to me was " Grandma Giddy-up, Uncle Jesse has new skin", then weeks later she said "I hear God, Uncle Jesse is smiling". Thank you all for loving Jesse, being his friends,and loving us all. We all have memories of Jesse in different ways; his cooking Hamburgers on the grill by the barn,great food- he would make sure I would eat and bring me the most amazing things. His laughter or helping those of you with your horses,putting tack away, or getting horses out, your birthday parties in the barn. His loud music, skateboarding in the barn, light shows, his late night hours, his watering the horses and arena, cleaning stalls, moving hay - the two of his worst jobs because of his allergies - he would come and help anyway then suffer for hours in the house because of it. Jesse would feed the horses and all the daily things that would go on to help the Youth Ranch so Brian or I could have a break from all the daily chores and feeding that has to be done. Jesse was extreme and creative and kind, and for me, my son. I am thankful I was able to have the time I had, it still is too short. It is not up to me, he was and is a gift , I have to remember that to carry me through. Going it without him is the painful part, he made my life so much more complete and looked forward to many more years of laughter, incredible conversations and smiles and watching a young boy, turbulent teenage, to emerging into the young man who knew forgiveness and gave it to those in his life.. God knows the beginning to the end, and God does not change though our circurmstances do. It proves even more, life is fleeting here on earth and each day is a blessing with those you love, treat them well, respectfully, lovingly. It is what we are given, use your gift of today wisely to love more, forgive always, listen longer, do away with the shortness or anger , it accomplishes nothing and you will lose the gift of today. Jesse wrote something when we were in counselling in 2008, I will end with this of him, which seems appropriate. He drew a heart on one side darkly colored in, the other half had wings and open and flying underneath the heart was this writing "Negative Spaces cause a Lack of Beauty that can Never Be Replaced" - Jesse ....always and forever in our hearts and his love has changed me forever.PLUR Forever I miss you Jess, I can't wait until that day, when we will hug, and give each other those smiles, love you.. love you mom, always did here on earth and always will in heaven.....someday all the tears will be gone, this neverending pain and sadness of missing your brightness.... One day.... hopefully soon, I will try to remember what you taught me...share your love with your precious Hannah and baby girl,.Jesse Ruth. Mom
JESUS CAME TO GIVE US LIFE - THROUGH HIM. HIS BIRTH, DEATH AND RESSURECTION WILL GIVE US LIFE IF WE BELIEVE IN HIM AND SURRENDER OUR LIVES TO HIM - WE LIVE IN HIM.. IN HIS MERCY, GRACE AND LOVE.. AND THROUGH HIM DO WE MOVE. WE WILL PRAISE HIM FOREVER.. AND AS WE YIELD TO HIM, JUST AS WE DESIRE AND ASK OUR HORSES TO YIELD TO US.. WE ARE OF USE AND PURPOSE.. BUT WE MUST YIELD.. TRUST......IN JESUS CHRIST ALONE FIRST....Susan
"But as it is written, EYE HAS NOT SEEN, NOR EAR HEARD,NEITHER HAVE ENTERED INTO THE HEART OF MAN, THE THINGS WHICH GOD HAS PREPARED FOR THEM WHO LOVE HIM" I Cor. ch. 1 vs 9-10