Daystar Ranch, for over 25 years, has always believed in the kind of personal blossoming that can come about in an experience where people try and learn something new (young or old). Horses have always been such a personally revealing experience for so many people. The kind of things animals can teach us about being human (amongst so many other humans) is astounding. Animals, especially horses, can be healing, nurturing, freeing and empowering
That was the key idea that brought rise to the beginnings of Daystar Ranch, back in 1994. It was a vision that believed in experiential education, wherein we could inspire people to think about a much larger human family… connected in much a way a rider is connected to their horse…
“Daystar Ranch trainings and education provides enriching experiences with horses which help people learn, grow and heal.”
To provide educational Horses Encounters for Humanity to build capacity for cooperative action. We do this with horses and through authenticity workshops. A fun and powerful way to benefit from the relationship with horses which results in self-awareness, mutual respect and working together to promote the common good.
WHAT WE ARE
Daystar Ranch is a tax exempt 501c3 charitable organization founded by Kathy Rutan-Sprague in 2001 in Red Bluff, California. Daystar Ranch has 25+ years’ experience in relationship enrichment and servicing the community through horse encounter workshops.
HOW WE DO IT
Horse Encounters for Humanity – The first steps towards understanding how we approach our horses and how learning their language and behavior is key to understanding our relationships with them and each other!
WHO WE SERVE
– Youth 8+ and Adults in peer groups to strengthen relationship skills.
– Referrals and collaborations with service organizations.
– Community partners with like-minded vision, values and mission serving the common good.
= Business owners seeking team building, training and education.
– Coaches, innovators, educators, mentors serving people who are working to heal their hearts.
– At risk people with mental and emotional challenges.
WHAT WE VALUE
– Service to humanity and embracing the oneness of mankind.
– The noble station of a teacher.
– Building capacity for cooperative action.
– Mindfulness and authenticity.
– Networking with likeminded organization/partnerships.
– Developing a center for groups and visionaries to plan, learn and act together.
– Experiential education using horses to enhance learning about ourselves.
– Trustworthiness in all transactions with individuals, organizations and the community at large.
– Support for strong harmonious families through county social services.
– The development of social skills.
– Excellence in all endeavors.
– Universal education for all as a right and not a privilege.
Kathy Rutan-Sprague had a dream. She had learned so much from her horses about how she reacted to her world, both positive and negative, that she wanted to find a way to share those experiences. She found a few like-minded women who joined with her in creating a non-profit. And in 2001, they embarked on establishing the start of “The Dream” by becoming a 501C3 non-profit status organization and thus, were able to begin serving humanity.
Initially, they began serving people in the community who were interested in what they were doing. Afterwards they joined with a group called EAGALA (an organization that set global standards for equine assisted psychotherapy and personal development.) The dedicated EAGALA group provided therapy using horses and a licensed therapist. The Daystar Ranch group attended EAGALA trainings and hosted trainings as well.
Daystar Ranch was an active member of the Tehama County Health Partnership and subsequently won contracts from both Tehama County Mental Health and the Department of Social Services, served groups of clients and students for seven years, as well as five years for Salisbury Continuation High School to promote successful life relationships.
DayStar Ranch also worked with women and children from the Shasta Women’s Refuge (now One Safe Place) in Redding, a shelter for families affected by domestic violence. These women and children would come to a ranch in Redding, once a month for an afternoon, for a one- year program. Daystar Ranch also organized a one-day event for autistic children to experience the horses at different levels according to the children’s comfort levels.
In the Baha’i’ Faith, it is said that we live in an era where the teachings of the prophet Baha’u’lah are most relevant, which primary focus on helping humanity strive towards a peaceful unified world. (The challenge of the time.) While personally, members of the Faith dedicate their lives to becoming the most virtuous human beings they can be, guided by all the teachings of the many prophets.
In the Baha’i’ Faith, it is said that we live in an era where the teachings of Baha’u’lah himself are most relevant, which primary focus on helping humanity strive towards a peaceful unified world. (The challenge of the time.) While personally, members of the Faith dedicate their lives to becoming the most virtuous human beings they can be, guided by all the teachings of the many prophets.
The Baha’i’ Faith is responsible for shaping the moral center of Daystar Ranches and why we’re committed to the work that we do. We believe the work that happens on our Ranch, for example, carries with it a message that everyone is moving towards a better version of themselves, through trial and error, and that God could never be anything but lovingly supportive of that journey. In the end, we believe that most problems, like the Faith explains, can be resolved by recognizing the unity and oneness in everything, which is a key concept for any horse rider. After all, all horse lovers become good owners and riders when they learn to become good students and understand love and connection. The highest kind of love is divine love which is something we can show each other in the form of human virtues: the only knowable attributes of God in the Baha’i’ Faith.
If you, as our guest, have any questions or curiosities about the Baha’i’ Faith. We recommend (www.bahai.org) or to also watch the short documentary below.