Blessed Growing Pains

We are solidly into 2019 and are adding new students to our Generation Ride riding lesson program on practically a weekly basis. Also, we continue to be contacted by new groups interested in our newly named Gates of Grace program for adult men and women who could benefit from our unique therapeutic equine programs. What’s more, as we plan for Summer 2019, we already have three times more camps booked than we did in 2018. We are humbled by God’s great blessings!

With this growth taking place so quickly, it can be tough to keep up. If you have been receiving our monthly newsletter (If not, use the form at the bottom), keeping in touch on Social Media (icons in the footer) or through friends of the Ranch, you know we are on the hunt for both more horses and more instructors to meet the growing needs of the kids, youth, and adults in our region. These growing pains have led to an incredible…


Jimmie and Buddy Blake


From the Horse’s Mouth

Let us then approach God’s throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need. – Hebrews 4:16

Hello, my name is “Bagr Blues Soda Pop,” but most people know me around the ranch as Badger. I was purchased for Stormwalker Ranch a few years back. I can still remember that my first day on the Ranch was Ms. Mindy’s first day as well. She and I grew close; she worked with me every day. Like any relationship, we’ve had our ups and downs. I tend to be a little reactive because of my lack of confidence. Over the past few years, I have gotten to know several different people here at the Ranch. They have all helped me with my confidence issues, and I am so grateful for each one of them.

Last summer, I got to be part of Stormwalker Ranch’s first ever overnight adventure camp. I helped Ms. Mindy and Mr. Byron in their round pen classes. I also got to be part of the Charter school program. Apparently, they think I am a good teacher in the round pen classes. Lately, my job has consisted of helping others with their issues. Recently, I have gotten to be part of the Gates of Grace program for the women’s groups. Let me just say, they help me as much as I help them as we all learn more about God’s love for us. When I think of my life at Stormwalker Ranch, I get a toothy smile.

Thank you for reading my story.


Jimmie Blake


Love One Another

I had to run an errand to Walmart the day before Valentine’s Day.  Apparently, everyone in town had the same idea, because the parking lot was absolutely packed. I had one purpose, to get the few items I needed and get out of the store as quickly as possible. I admit, I was feeling a little upset when I had to park farther from the door than normal. I jumped out of the vehicle and headed straight towards the door when I saw an older man walking, head down, with a backpack over his shoulder, walking slowly. After making it through the first set of doors and not making eye contact with anyone, he sat down on the bench looking hopeless and defeated. 

The store was very crowded. And, remember, I had to park what felt like a mile away, so naturally I quickly walked past him and went about my business. There were loads of flowers, candy, stuffed animals, and gifts everywhere. People were everywhere looking for that perfect gift for their loved ones. I quickly grabbed…


Viva la Volunteers!

Real friends are hard to find. So, if you are fortunate enough to find ones who are generous, selfless and always ready to help, you are truly blessed! At Stormwalker Ranch our Volunteers are not only our friends, but have become family.  Surround yourself with friends that bring out your best qualities, because good friends make life beautiful. So, we wanted to take this opportunity to express our love and appreciation to some friends who are dear to our collective heart!






  • Elayne: Thank you for all your knowledgeable advice and words of wisdom. “The heartfelt counsel of a friend is as sweet as perfume and incense.” – Proverbs 27:9
  • Sudi: Your steadfastness and service to others is a treasure! “The greatest among you will be your servant.” – Matthew 23:11
  • Kathi: Thank you for your precious morning prayers of protection and encouragement.  “Whoever brings blessing will be enriched, and one who waters will himself be watered.” – Proverbs 11:25
  • MaryJane: Thank you for following God’s direction to stop in and say, “Hi, I’m new in town. Need any help?” “God is not unjust; he will not forget your work and the love you have shown him as you have helped his people and continue to help them.” – Hebrews 6:10
  • Bobbie:  A military service woman and busy mother of two littles, thank you for giving us the very little, precious free-time you have. “Each one should use whatever gift he has received to serve others, faithfully administering God’s grace in its various forms.” – 1 Peter 4:10
  • Shilo: Your heart is so full of empathy. Thank you for being there for the wounded women that visit us every week. “For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.” – Mark 10:45
  • Karan: The preparer of lunches and snacks, thank you for the beautiful gift of sharing a meal together with our family of friends. “For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.” – Ephesians 2:10
  • Betty: Karan’s partner in the kitchen, thank you! We look forward to the delicious meals you love us with every week. “Feed the hungry and help those in trouble. Then your light will shine out from the darkness, and the darkness around you will be as bright as noon.” – Isaiah 58:10
  • Evie: Thank you for the times that you have spent with us! We always know we can count on you to  share your many gifts in service to others. “There are different kinds of gifts, but the same Spirit distributes them. There are different kinds of service, but the same LORD. There are different kinds of working, but in all of them and in everyone it is the same God at work.” – 1 Corinthians 12:4-6

To our Volunteers, thank you again! We call you friends because, Jesus calls us friends, not because of who we are or what we have done, but because of who He is!





Naomi – Barn Mom


Quincie Walls

This month, we want to share with you a member of our SWR family, Quincie Walls. Daughter of Doug and Naomi (Barn Mom) of Caney, KS and big sister to Tehya (aka Tater). Quincie has been taking riding lessons at SWR since 2014.

Quincie is enjoying her first year in FFA (Future Farmers of America) – a student organization for those interested in agriculture and leadership – and is the 2018-2019 Greenhorn President of her chapter. Their motto is “Learning to do, doing to learn, earning to live, living to serve.” Quincie is also on the horse and livestock judging teams and competing in various other competitions. This Winter she received 2nd place at the SE Kansas district FFA competition, reciting the FFA Creed. Each member of FFA choses an SAE (Supervised Agricultural Experience). No surprise to anyone, Quincie chose to work with horses! 

She shows horses at 4-H and in Cowboy Dressage competitions and is a member of both the Black Diamond V Ranch YEDA and IEA teams out of Pawnee, OK. The first weekend of April, Quincie will be traveling to Middle Tennessee State University to compete in the IEA Western Semi-Finals. Go Quincie!

Buddy Blake


Plugged In and Equipped for Every Good Work

“All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work.” – 2 Timothy 3:16-17

My horsemanship journey started as a very small child. Stormy, my black quarter horse mare, was my best friend for many years. I learned so many life skills through her: self-discipline, trust, focus, patience, communication, compassion and friendship. Our communication was a language you learn to speak with your horse that doesn’t necessarily involve words.  It comes from within, and if we learn to be quiet, our horses will teach us.  

Both a willingness to learn and humility are essential keys in horsemanship, not to mention working with people. There is always something to learn. There is always something to build on. A good friend of mine that trains horses once said…

Horsing Around

Lana DunlapArtist/SWR Rider

March Birthdays

  • Mar 03: Brock & Cayden – Happy 14th to 2 outstanding young men
  • Mar 03: Ruby – Happy 10th Birthday
  • Mar 13: Buddy – Happy Birthday Thank you for all you do at SWR
  • Mar 14: Ruby V – Happy 7th Birthday
  • Mar 14: Serynitti – Happy 6th Birthday
  • Mar 17: Ms. Kelley – HBD and thank you for always being there
  • Mar 19: KeleJane – Happy 15th Birthday, how are you 15 already
  • Mar 23: Hayden – Happy 14th Birthday
  • Mar 25: Claire – Happy 9th Birthday
  • Mar 25: Gavin – Welcome to double digits, Happy 10th Birthday
  • Mar 30: Macie – Happy 15th to our newest Barn Rat

Phyllis Scott
Executive Director


Preparing Our Footing

My greatest memory of our visit to the Spanish Riding School (Vienna, Austria) was the wonderful smell of the Arena Footing. No joke. When I googled “horse footing,” there were over nine million results. So, for those like me who did not previously know what was meant by “horse footing,” it is simply the ground upon which you are riding. On trails, it is the trail itself and all that comes with it. In an arena, oversimplified, it is the layers of “dirt” on the ground. The footing is one of the single most important elements of any riding program. It not only impacts the riding experience, but it has long term impact on horses as well.

If you have ever ridden in an arena or on a trail that is too rocky, filled with holes or ruts, too dusty, too wet, too hard, too deep, or too slippery, you know and can appreciate how important the right footing is for your riding experience, your safety and the safety of your horse. And not only in horsemanship, your footing is important for most sports – which is why millions are spent on ball diamonds and football fields – athletes must be confident in their footing…

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