What Are the Necessary Skills for Operating a Ranch Successfully?

Collecting chicken eggs for arts and crafts during homeschooling at the ranch.

Ranching is thought of with a sense of romanticism and glorification about what it means to connect with nature. The experience of being outdoors and working with animals is exciting and filled with adventure. According to the US Department of Agriculture, over 2 million ranches are operating around the country.  Successfully operating a ranch requires different skill sets to have …

How Household Chores Can Teach Children Responsibility

Collecting chicken eggs for arts and crafts during homeschooling at the ranch.

As a parent, it is important to instill traits such as self-sufficiency, self-reliance, and discipline, so your children can grow up to be independent adults. Giving your children responsibilities at an early age can help them foster these traits. In our leadership programs, we understand the importance of responsibilities which is why we focus on teaching business skills to children …

The Benefits Of Learning Leadership Skills For Kids

Collecting chicken eggs for arts and crafts during homeschooling at the ranch.

What makes a good leader?  Leadership looks different with every situation, but in most cases, it involves the ability to face challenges, strategize, and find solutions. It encompasses many other desirable traits, which is why employers in the job industry look for candidates who will also make good leaders. At Graceful Oaks Youth Ranch, we help empower youths by offering …

2020 Empowering Youth Leadership Registration is now open

Empowering Youth Leadership Program at GYOR.

Empowering Youth Leadership Program Registration begins Saturday, January 11! This will be a super exciting season for students and families, as we are celebrating our 5-year anniversary and have some extra special things planned! This six-month leadership program begins in April and includes:• 25 hours of Horsemanship and Leadership Training • 30 hours of Business Management Experience• 15 hours of …

GOYR horse program update

Equine therapy with beautiful horses.

For our GOYR family, We are coming to the end of a wonderful summer and I wanted to bring you up to date on a topic associated with our equine (that’s fancy for horse) program – and ask for your help. As you know, we welcomed two new horses to our GOYR stables and both Shiloh and Wyndham are working out …

Congratulations to Shawn & Grace Havel!!!

Bride and groom wedding day at the ranch.

Congratulations to our own Grace Green on your marriage to Shawn Havel today! We couldn’t be happier for you both!!! Grace, you looked absolutely stunning!!🥂💝

Join us for Family Fun Night on Friday, July 12 6:30-8pm.

Family Fun Nights at Graceful Oaks Youth Ranch.

We’ve changed up our Family Fun Nights to make them even more FUN!!! *S’mores bar with different types of candy bars and treats! (We will no longer be serving dinner). *Fun Bible activity or craft. *Price is now $5 per child and includes horseback riding, archery, ranch games, and one s’more per family member. *Event now begins at 6:30. We …

New Program Manager at Graceful Oaks: Welcome Donna Smith!

Donna from Graceful Oaks Youth Ranch.

Please help us welcome Donna Smith to the Graceful Oaks team! Donna comes to us with some amazing experience both personally and professionally and will be our Empowering Youth Leadership Program Manager. A little bit about Donna: “Hi, I’m Donna Smith and I’ve lived in Firestone for 17 years with my husband, Dan. My two daughters, Lisa and Amy, are now …