Riata Ranch International
Riata Ranch provides a basic and thorough equine education and horsemanship for youth. It’s a unique concept that teaches valuable life-lessons of hard work, discipline, pride and respect from the back of a horse of which to date 3,500 students have been able to experience which is chronicled in a book about the program, titled “ Riata Ranch Cowboy girls – Life Lessons Learned on the Back of a Horse”
Riata was created in 1957 by late founder, Tommy Maier. Today Riata Ranch International is under the direction of Jennifer Welch who has been associated with Riata Ranch for 30 years starting as a young student and then becoming one of the four original trick riding performers in the late 1970’s, an international team leader in the 1980’s through the 1990’s and administrative staff for the last 10 years. Riata Ranch is a 501 (c) 3 non profit corporation dedicated to:
Empowering young people by building positive life skills, provide a safe and effective environment in which to learn and change lives by making good kids great citizens.
Arena, trail rides - $35/hr.
Lessons - $45/hr.
Contact: Jennifer Welch Nicholson, Executive Director, (559)303-0729