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                   Public Charity 501(c)3

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A DIFFERENCE!

 

                                        

 

 

 

 

 

 

THE BEGINNING OF THE VISION:

If we can reach the youth of today, it is our future for tomorrow. This is the vision of Iron Horse  Christian Youth Ranch.  Susan Kamlan started IHCYR with a prayer for a mission field for youth in this community. Susan started with classes for Homeschool children to teach safety and quality horsemanship/riding instruction. The similarity of the relationship we can have with our Creator and the relationship we share with horses is a parallel in communication and yielding, and we wanted to share that relationship. We have been thankful through the past 15 years  to help individuals grow in these relationships as it is foundation for Iron Horse Christian Youth Ranch.

This vision developed into the non-profit organization in 2005. Through the years, it has continued through the lesson fees and with the support of individuals by volunteering, donations from Compassion International, the Animal Assistance Fund, hay donations and the small and vital donations from individuals

The ranch was started so that everyone would have an opportunity to interact with horses on an educational and spiritual level. Activities continue to include volunteer programs, free  equine education classes, CHA  riding instructors  to ensure safety, responsible care, clear communication and quality horsemanship. We believe this will help to prevent harm for both horse and rider. Teaching leadership skills, mentoring opportunities with adult supervision will accomplish the desire to build character and confidence to all individuals which will help our community and our country.  Susan has mentored many people through the years and believes IHCYR is a stepping stone for many to fulfill their own dreams and goals and lay the foundation for safety, horsemanship and understanding of horse their nature  and the beauty God has designed in our relationships between ourselves and Him - Amazing!

THE HORSES: 

We hope you feel IHCYR is a place you want to be part of, and over time the love, spirit, and community of the Iron Horse Ranch will become part of you.The horses come to the ranch in a few different ways. 

Many horse have come to us for care, training and rehab from injuries or mistreatment/neglect. Many of our special horses have been adopted  into their forever homes or have received their angel wings such as Ruby, Chief, Cimmy, Rocket, Gigi, Lacy, Redmond, Sterling and Buttons were some of the best teachers and beautiful friends to many.  They taught many children and adults to ride, and gave their love to us by making our lives better. 
All the people and families who enjoy the horses and instruction contribute to the care and quality of the horses.  This is done through the  user fees, leasing, sponsoring, donation, and fundraising programs.    

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

LADYBUG - Adopted

This is our precious Ladybug, who had been a part of the ranch for years. The ranch went through a season where we needed to find homes for some our horses and Lady was gone for a time and came back , unfortunately, underweight, and in poor condition and a halter had been left on her causing depressions on the bridge of her nose that you can still see today. Thanks to friends of the ranch, they cared for her and helped get weight on her and she is now a permanent part of the ranch and is a great help to many of the youth who love her dearly. She  was recently  adopted by a wonderful family who keeps Ladybug at IHCYR so she can continue blessing others.

 

Before                                                                                                                             Misty

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lexi - A chain was used on this horse to keep her nose down in training!  The scars were physically temporary but this type of inappropriate method had caused mistrust in this horse.     Adopted.                                                                          After                                    

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

                                                                                                           

 

Frodo - Foster home                                               

                                                                            Miss Kitty/Little Joe came from a sweet home.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jordi and Titan -both were gelded Jordie was Adopted and Titan is now back with us ,

He was adopted, but Sarah recently moved to California and was unable to take him with her,

so we will care for him and adopted him back.

                                                              

                                                              

                                                                                                                                 

 

 

 

 

 

GINGER:

Ginger's leg injury in the middle of healing. Her leg was cut almost

to the bone when she came to ihcyr. Ginger is now adopted and

in Arizona. Ginger was here for many years, trained to ride,

part of the school, in a lease and then adopted by the family

who was leasing her onsite. She was dearly loved, has wings.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

          

 

FREDDY - SWEET AND SENSITIVE!

 

 

                                                                                                                  MISTY AND LADYBUG -OH SO DECORATED!

Several of the horses remain in the School for the youth ranch.

Freddy, Misty, Lexi, Candy, Coco, Sunshine Rosey, Little Joe and Miss Kitty (Blondie) remain the current progam.

Ladybug is adopted and the Corby's want to bless others and allows her to be used  and it helps the horses in their training.

                                                                                                                                   

                                                                                                                                                   DEACON has a new family.

RASCAL - In his adopted home with Francine and Bill Althoff  at Armada Bay.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

               

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Abby and Sammy on the day they arrived at ihcyr. 

Abby was given  to Erica Bakko and her daughter

with no adoption fee.

 

 

 

                                                                                                                        

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

                                                                                        Candy - Pima Medical Institute Lab

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

    

 

 

 

 

                                                                                                FRENCHI - Kind and loving boy!

 

 

Jordi, Titan, Frenchi, Abby, Deacon, Sammy were taken in by ihcyr

in 2015 when the Lazy K  Ranch in Divide was sold and they needed

a place to go when all the horses needed moved. The horses were

spared  going to auction and  all needed training, various care.

The stallions tried to climb the pipe fencing after they arrived and were

gelded. Both Jordi and Titan are marvelous horses and adopted.

Titan is here at ihcyr and Jordi is in Wyoming

 

Precious Friends - our Horses we care for now, and those we have over the years.

  • Chief - Wings
  • Cimmy - Wings
  • Ruby - Wings
  • Rocket  Wings
  • Gigi, Lacy - Wings
  • Redmond - wings
  • Buster - different horse than the current Buster from 2017
  • Sheba - wings
  • PJ -adopted

  • Smokey - adopted

  • Freddy 22 yrs TB - Available for Lease

  • Misty 32 yr Arabian Mare- Sweet Girl has her wings, June 2019

  • Miss Kitty (Blondi), Little Joe - minis

  • Coco -Breeding Stock Paint Mare - in retraining from previous foster/possible adopted homes

  • Candy= Overo Blck/white Paint Mare - avail for lease

  • Rosey - orphan filly - needs volunteers to love on her

  • Sunshine - orphan filly - needs volunteers to love on her

  • Sammy  - Adopted

  • Rainbow - Adopted, Petals - wings

  • Black colt - wings

  • Buster - Adopted who was a state Park Trail horse 

  • Frenchi - donated to  a family -  Peyton, CO

  • Paul - Adopted

  • Ladybug - Adopted

  • Two Sock donated to Colorado Therapeutic
    Riding Center 
    - Co Spgs, CO

  • Willy - Adopted

  • Gus - Donated- Yoder, CO

  • Deacon - Adopted

  • Jeazebel - Adopted

  • Grulla Filly - Adopted

  • Kritter - Adopted

  • Morrow - Adopted

  • TB mare - Adopted

  • Frodo - Foster Care

  • Titan - Adopted

  • Jordi - Adopted

  • Abby - donated to Erika Bakko

  • Orion - Adopted

  • Steve - back to previous owner

  • Reign - Adopted

  • Appy Mare - Adopted

  • Rascal - Adopted

  • Ranger- Adopted

  • Preacher - (Genesis) Donated

  • Jenny - donated

  • 2 QH - donated

  • Sierra Rose - Mistys foal - Adopted

  • Ginger - Wings

  • Rascal - Adopted 

  • Ranger- Adopted

  • Preacher - (Genesis) Donated

  • Ruby - wings

  • Buttons - wings

  • Rocket - wings

  • Willow (Ariel) donated in June 2019 - Thank you Trish for this precious Arabian mare and the bale of hay you donated!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Board Meeting 2020  scheduled for  March and May. 

 

Board Meeting  2019 - We discussed classes, pasture rental, Compassion International, and the Donations to the youth ranch to help us continue care and to rent facility for Villa. Changes in class structure and free ride time. Pima Medical Institute continued partnership and the Equine Education classes for the community.  

A board Meeting will be held in August 2019 - date to be scheduled. 

Donation  of $1000.00 was made to IHCYR by Ronald, a member of Living Springs  Church in May, 2019, Thank you so very much!

CURRENT bank balance on  August 2, 2019-$ 28.03

 

Please email if you need a tax receipt for 2018 ihcyranch@yahoo.com

Board Meeting March 29, 2018 at office. 10:30am

jPrayer - Susan Kamlan  Devotional - keeping  what we do for heavenly purpose.

Update- May 15, 2018 activities and Villa will be at a different location due to recent events. The office will remain at the current location.

Financials: December 31, 2017 Balance 54.67

Present - Susan Kamlan, Janet Notsch, Pat Umholtz, LeRoy Walter voted on issues coming to a vote the day prior.

Old Business:  Cards were signed and will be sent to Erika ,Pete and Kristen.  Update on resource  center description and clarify  purpose for IHCYR education classes.

New Business:  All in favor to  change the number of Board members to min of 3 from 5. 

All in favor to have Annual Board meeting and members may call board meeting as needed throe to have on

ongoing discussions for taking in  Rescue horses and rescues in 2017.   Susan will continue to oversee care and labor

 for horses and  oversee volunteers.

Read resignation letter from Erika Bakko, thanking IHCYR and that time does not allow her to be as involved .

Update on Villa. schedule for Jan, Pat and volunteers.

Suggested to possibly do the smaller horsemanship days in the summer, Jan would like to volunteer.

Web update:  Simplified site, board minutes posted.

Voted on member roles for  Pres. and VP.  VP will oversee operations and help to update inventory list. In the event something should happened to President. VP of  Board will take over as President and manage oper

Meeting adjourned at 11:30

Financials: Prior years -   Dec 31, 2017 Balance: $194.85

Board Meeting: Updates  for 2017  - Voted to send cards to board members, thanking for service, to see where they  would like  to volunteer as they are available. Send out March 2018.

Board Meeting In April:

Present - Leroy Walter, Susan Kamlan,  Janet Notsch, Kristin Unmoltz, Erika Bakko, Fundraiser Info sent by Pat Umholtz.

Agenda:

Service is a passion

Update on Insurance and programs impact - IHCYR to offer Equine Education and Resource Center all /Riding Instruction done by private CHA Instructors and carry their own insurance.

Fundraiser information for Panera presented.

Volunteers for Camps/vs paid. - Volunteers for camps

Cards will be sent to board members to see if they would like to continue on the Board as some members have had life changes.

Financial update.

Meeting adjouned  - 1 hour in duration.

Agreed to meet as needed and Quarterly.  Updates- meet/discuss on regular basis with Janet Notch, Susan Kamlan on Thursdays.  Meetings monthly financial status .  Camps now termed day

long lessons for VillaSport 2018.

We  were meeting on a weekly basis with the board members who are actively involved in the daily operations and adoption/foster/leasing updates and care for the horses at IHCYR. Currently Erika Bakko began her own LLC, Kristen and Cassie have relocated to continue working on their OTA schooling and as Horse Leaders. 

 

We Meet Bi Annually or as needed with formal Board meetings. We are currently working on setting up a Board meeting in April or May, 2017 to give time for the Board members to get their relocation situated. Susan is Currently caring for all the horses and lessons/volunteers, stall cleaning oversight, Equine Education Class and all activities .  Pat Umholtz and Janet Notsch and Leroy Walter are supportive and available for direction and  communication in the operations concerning the care and needs of the horses and students and volunteers  in making decisions and policies.

Susan being the only CHA certified riding instructor was  mentoring Erika Bakko for several years here at IHCYR.   We wish her the very best in her New Business - Wildflower Equine Center with her Wildflower program.

Kesty Skuggs who was operating Chuckies Place at our location has also moved - we wish her the very best.

Many of the youth currently involved in IHCYR help volunteer and Susan has met with several individuals who are volunteering to help care for a specific horse by cleaning,  grooming and  in hand work with some of our rescue horses and Coco who is back for mental and weight rehab.  Frodo was also returned, as he was  in need of more work and time.

We currently have several horses that may need homes after our Villa Sport  horse camps.

Dr. Bob Bakko mailed a letter of resignation dated 7/5/16 effective 7/15/16 from the Board at IHCYR and wished us well in our future endeavors.

Congratulations to Pete and Meg on their new baby girl! that keeps them busy.

Susan has contacted Janet Notch by phone to keep her updated on the facility and changes. Her work schedule makes it difficult to always meet, and is faithfully our Prayer Warrior!! Much Appreciated!!

Patricia Umholtz has suggested a Butter Braid Fundraiser, and is checking on it, it may be best to wait for a n upcoming holiday to have the fundraiser.

Susan financially supports the horses at IHCYR through teaching, donations or loans to pay for expenses. - which at some time  will hopefully  paid back.

Lesson fees were increased to help pay for stall cleaning for the IHCYR horses and cost for care for the horses.

Susan is praying about and would like to offer free youth classes for children involved in TESSA - it has been on her heart for a long time - years and is hoping to get moving on that passion.

Many Changes in 2016 and moving into 2017!

OLD BUSINESS:

December 30, 2015

Attendance:

Susan Kamlan, Erika Bakko, Kristen Umholtz, Cassie Hollers,Dr.Bakko, Pete Candelaria 

Agenda:  Overall report and financial updates: Susan 

OLD BUSINESS: Things that went well in 2015- projects, fundraising, community volunteer day, harvest festival, fb page, full year with new web page, more students for lessons.

Things to improve moving forward -Foster program for horses.

Update on community service program.

NEW BUSINESS:  lesson costs, boarding costs for youth ranch horses, leasing fees.

Board roles and involvement.   Camps for 2016Villa camps and IHCYR camps- paid staff positions and volunteers

Discussion for more income/revenue streams,Grants.

Valentine's Day danceFundraiser for Mya, horse and sibling program, wildflower program CHA training, possibly holding a small CHA event at the barn.

Where can we shine brighter in 2016?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

                                               

                                                                  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Agreed to meet as needed and Quarterly.  Updates- meet/discuss on regular basis with Janet Notch, Susan Kamlan on Thursdays.  Meetings monthly financial status .  Camps now termed day

long lessons for VillaSport 2018.