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Group Publishing Youth Care Award!

We are excited to share that we have been blessed to receive the 2017 Group Publishing Youth Care Award!  This $1000 gift supports the opportunity for us to create pathways using Repurposed Materials between barns.  This will make Guided Hope more accessible to anyone needing more solid footing, walking canes, or wheelchair accessibility to enjoy our animals and family time together.  If you would like to volunteer to help with this project in the spring, please contact Kaarin Scoma at or 303-898-5567.  Thank you, Group Publishing!

(Pictured are Thom Schlutz, President and Founder of Group Publishing, Joani Schultz, Chief Creative Officer and Founder of Group Publishing, alongside Andrea Sutton, Guided Hope Board Member, and Brooke Danner, who is assisting us with our Roundup programs. )

By |November 9th, 2017|News & Announcements|Comments Off on Group Publishing Youth Care Award!

Board of Director Member Needed

Guided Hope has been blessed with five wonderful, committed board members, some of whom have been with us since our inception in 2012!  With the assistance of Ken Schuetz of Aligned Influence, we are fortunate to have a strong governing policy by which board responsibilities are clearly defined.   We are seeking a new board candidate who is interested in “Directing, Protecting, and Enabling” our organization. Our Executive Director, Kaarin Scoma, will continue with her responsibilities to “Lead, Manage, and Accomplish,” the goals of the board.  Please contact Kaarin at 303-898-5567 or for information or to recommend someone.    Thank you for prayerfully considering this important need!

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Time to put up hay!

Wow!  What an amazing summer we had!  We had hundreds of people join us as guests, ranch hands, and Wrangler volunteers!  Kids and parents alongside grandmas and grandpas of all ages got to work.  From spring arrivals of Nigerian Dwarf babies and fluffy chicks to the excitement of first time riders and returning families, we shared the chores and play together.  The Hope Trail is up and running!  Learning and fun await our guests with numerous interactive stations.  We look forward to sharing the season with you through pictures and stories in our upcoming newsletter.

The horses need hay!  We need help putting up 500 bales of hay this weekend.  Are you available on Monday, September 4th, at 1:00?  Join us for an hour or several.  All ages of Ranch Hands welcome.  Jeans, long sleeves, tennis shoes or boots, and gloves recommended.  (We have some available as well.)  Please let us know you’re coming. Call or text Kaarin at 303-898-5567.

If you can’t make it […]

By |September 1st, 2017|Volunteer|Comments Off on Time to put up hay!

Registration is Open!

Registration is open for our summer Roundups!  Our horses, barnyard friends, and volunteers are waiting for you!  The new Hope Trail will be open in June 🙂

Click here and apply now for your preferred dates.  We encourage all new and returning guests to sign up for at least three Roundups.

After your Roundups, if you wish you may return as a Ranch Hand volunteer. Or, if you prefer, you can jump straight to the Ranch Hand volunteer schedule weekly, bi-weekly, or monthly, Wednesdays – Saturdays to help with ranch chores.

Wrangler volunteers are needed.  Help us serve our guests!

Share the flyer attached below with others that may be interested!

Click to access Summer-volunteer-flyer-LR.pdf

By |May 25th, 2017|Hope Trail, News & Announcements, Roundups, Volunteer|Comments Off on Registration is Open!

Open Ranch Day Highlights!

Over 170 guests and volunteers enjoyed a day of fun in the sun together!  Although we had a snowstorm the day before, Praise God that Sunday afternoon was brimming with new and returning Guided Hope friends.  Kids and adults enjoyed horseback rides.  Baby goats got lots of hugs.  New chicks came out to play.  Llamas showed off their fiber.  Ace archers flew arrows.  Painters decorated barn boards and birdhouses for our new Hope Trail.  Not to mention cupcake decorating for Butterscotch’s birthday!  Many thanks to our amazing volunteers who gave their time and energy to keep everything safe and fun!  It was a blessed day.  We hope to see many families returning for summer Roundups!

By |May 25th, 2017|News & Announcements, Our Farm Animals|Comments Off on Open Ranch Day Highlights!
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Open Ranch Day! April 30, 2-4PM

By |April 28th, 2017|News & Announcements, Roundups, Volunteer|Comments Off on Open Ranch Day! April 30, 2-4PM
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Happy Easter!

Happy Easter!  He Is Risen!

We hope you enjoy a beautiful Easter celebrating with family and friends…and a favorite animal or two 🙂

By |April 14th, 2017|News & Announcements|Comments Off on Happy Easter!
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Welcome, Jet!

Exciting news! “Jet” has joined our herd! This beautiful, big bay is actually a registered Paint horse, just like Butterscotch. As a former rodeo queen’s horse, he has been around crowds of people and loves the attention. He is careful to walk slowly for a beginner, yet easy to trot. He is ready for kids and adults alike to work on their horsemanship skills… as long as they spend time giving him grooming attention  He has been busy serving guests this month and learning the ropes from Butterscotch, Scout, Zeta, and Smokey. Come and meet Jet!

By |April 7th, 2017|Our Farm Animals|Comments Off on Welcome, Jet!
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Butterscotch’s 30th Birthday!

It’s Butterscotch’s 30th Birthday!! We were blessed with this amazing horse as our first donation to the ranch when we started in 2012. He continues to be an incredible teacher to our GH kids. Although he is our tallest horse, he gives confidence to the smallest beginners when they first approach…calming any anxieties as they learn to groom, trust, and prepare for a ride. Yet, he has the experience and movement to put smiles on an advanced rider. Our Wranglers get their exercise keeping up with his extended trot! We are thankful that he continues to look and act like a horse half his age, and always has a heart to serve. Happy Birthday, Butterscotch! Thank you for the hope and encouragement you share with our guests. We love you and look forward to celebrating with you at a special Open Ranch Day on April 30th, from 2-4 p.m.! Stay tuned for details on Butterscotch’s upcoming birthday party 🙂


By |March 29th, 2017|Our Farm Animals|Comments Off on Butterscotch’s 30th Birthday!