Who We Are

Current Horses

Currently, the ranch supports between twenty-five and thirty horses. Some of our horses came from wonderful homes, and others were rescued from severe neglect, starvation and/or abuse. Because the ranch was founded, in part, as an equine rescue and rehabilitation facility, we acquire our horses in nearly every imaginable way. Since CPYR has no law enforcement abilities, we cannot confiscate horses in need. Consequently, the ranch purchases nearly all the horses it rescues. Their freedom is not free. To date, the ranch has assisted in over three hundred horse rescue operations.

  • Forrest


    Chestnut, Quarter Horse

    In 1998, a small man walked up the driveway of a fledgling ranch for broken horses and hurting kids. In the following hours, I learned the reason for Forrest’s visit; he came to share his own story of rescuing a volatile mustang that none of the previous dozen owners could handle. He’d rescued an untamable horse that—in turn— had rescued him.

  • Gideon


    Pony of America

    Truly, the Lord works in mysterious ways. After suffering the devastating loss of “Shonee the Wonder Pony,” we were all left to wonder "Lord... why?" How could anything good come from something so horrifically bad? Thankfully, it is in times like these that we get to see glimpses of how much God wishes to 'trade our sorrows for His joy.'

  • Halo



    In 2001 the ranch rescued what is, to date, the most rare horse in its history. The owner of an eight-month old Arabian stud colt called and asked for our help. The young colt kept escaping his dilapidated pens and had been seriously injured in the process. First aid attempts were complicated by the fact that a human being had never touched the young horse. Creative trailoring was necessary to move him to the ranch.

  • Hero



    On October 18th, Troy and I were contacted concerning the recovery of a small horse found wandering in the high wilderness of the Cascade Mountains. Evident by his halter and dragging lead rope, the bay Arab gelding was clearly not wild. Instead, while he was being transported to Bend Equine Medical Center for emergency treatment, he was kind and gentle, quietly submitting to those who were trying to care for him. Based on what little information that could be gathered, it was estimated that he had been wandering for several weeks.

  • Jacobi


    Welsh Cobb

    "Because he is a National Champion pony jumper, dozens have offered to buy him at a very high price. Yet, my love for him and his future well-being is clearly leading me to find a home for him on the eastern slope of the Cascades. My vet is convinced that the high, dry climate in your area might even cure our pony of his COPD-type symptoms..."

  • Jed


    Tennessee Walker

    Jed was donated to the ranch because of his prior owner's great love for him. Although she received many lucrative offers for his purchase, none of the potential buyers seemed to be right for her special gelding. So instead of selling him, she chose to contact the ranch and give him to our children's riding program. Jed's heart is so simple, honest and easy going that on his third day of official training he was already carrying a rider in a saddle.

  • Little Bear

    Little Bear

    Clydesdale Cross

    "I knew that if he could survive traveling 1000 miles packed into my trailer with 100 other PMU babies who were three times his size, he was meant to be yours." Virginia said as we made our way through her "new arrivals" corral. Over the years Virginia and her sister have rescued hundreds of PMU (Pregnant Mare Urine) horses and brought them down into a new life in Central Oregon.

  • Mazie


    Breeding Stock Paint

    "Amazing Grace," or Mazie for short, is not a rescued horse. Our dear friend—Richard Shrake—was down sizing his professional horse training operation and chose to donate this kind mare to the ranch. It was his hope to not only find a loving home for his equine friend, but also a place where her gentle, easy going personality and extensive training would be put to good use.

  • Paisley



    All I knew about this horse was that she was deeply loved by an owner who didn’t have much, and what little she had—was going away. The owner spilled out as much of the mare’s story as she knew. The horse was a tall, black bay, seven-year-old Thoroughbred. While the owner was away from home, the mare had injured her right hind leg.

  • Phoenix (Phoebe)

    Phoenix (Phoebe)

    Thoroughbred/Quarter Horse

    It was the winter of 2002. The Millican horse recovery would become the largest equine rescue in Oregon State history. Walking through unparalleled carnage, my eyes tried to take in what my mind never thought was possible. Evidence of the dead lay scattered in a tangle of dry bones at my feet. Numbness seized my soul as I drifted through the churning herd of more than one hundred and thirty horses.