Education’s Horse of a Different Color

When Amanda Moore was a high school teacher she would take her students outside whenever she could. She says they would get a much better grasp of the lesson when they see it hands on, instead of reading a book. Today, Moore’s class is the outdoors and students including those she used to be a math tutor to visit her at Reigning Grace Cattle ranch, a non-profit center filled with horses, donkeys, mini horses, one cow and, naturally, the requisite canine. Moore traded the typical teacher outfit for blue jeans, a “rodeo” tee-shirt and a baseball cap that says, “Born Free.” Nevertheless, Moore still has the presence of a teacher. Her clear voice motivates one to listen and take note.

On the day we visited, about half a dozen students with the special needs class from Water Fountain Hills High School were at the cattle ranch. She was teaching the power of words and the significance they hold. After taping placards to everybody’s back – students, coaches as well as Moore – the students were welcomed to move about and compose a word of description about the individual to whom the sign is attached. The next step was using a water-based paint to move a few of the words onto a group of equine signboards. The horses are incredibly still as the students and their English tutor use their fingers to compose and make use of their sides. Moore does keep in mind that not all the 50-plus horses roaming the close-by confine would appropriate for such a class workout.

Ruling Grace Cattle ranch rests on 15 acres just north of Rio Verde Drive, west of the Verde neighborhoods. It is a non-profit started by Moore and her other half, Christopher, 8 years back. Moore runs the cattle ranch with about 55 volunteers and no paid staff. The volunteers get about 18 hours of preliminary training to become coaches, a bridge between the horses and the kids who visit. Moore stated on weekends there are about 30 kids who come out to learn more about the horses and the hardworking western cowboy values the cattle ranch uses. The weekend visitors are kids who reside in foster homes and/or are thought to be “at risk.” Woman Scouts, Boy Scouts, Cub Scouts and Brownies likewise go to RGR to take part in activities to accomplish tasks or badge credits.

The horses at the cattle ranch show up from differing locations. There are rescue animals with some readily available for adoption. Others are boarders that come from a few of the cattle ranch volunteers. A few of the animals will live out their days at Reigning Grace. The Reigning Grace objective specified on the site is “Redeem the horse and kid; enhance the household; find the spirit.” Moore and her other half both grew up with horses and learnt more about the work that opted for keeping them. Throughout their college days and early the adult years they avoided horses, up until about 12 years back when they returned to the equine life once again.

As the cattle ranch counts on its volunteers for assistance their outreach can be restricted, according to Moore. “We can only work with as many kids as we have volunteers for,” she stated. The cattle ranch also counts on donors for financial backing. Individuals of the Verde neighborhoods have stepped up as both coaches and offering monetary aid. Water fountain Hills Rotary Club has likewise end up being a supporting company.