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.

  • Alula


    Quarter Horse

    “Alula,” like so many of the people who come to this ranch, has had a past filled with both joy and sorrow. What we know is that this tenderhearted mare once lived a rich life before coming to Crystal Peaks. An elderly gentleman who loved her very much was in the process of training her. One day, he did not return from her corral. A short search by his alarmed family found him lying on the ground beneath his beloved horse. Alula was found standing over the lifeless body of the man she adored.

  • Amos


    Quarter Horse

    Rejected and nearly killed at birth by his mother, Amos was removed from her side and placed at a nearby goat farm. He didn’t receive kindness, nurture, protection or love from his mother. Likewise, from his equine ‘family,’ he received nothing but harm.

  • Bethlehem


    “Dear Jesus, please send us the right horse.” This was a portion of our prayer, during a season where many of our four-footed friends stepped across the retirement threshold into a much earned life of rest. Their faithfulness carried many a child into the loving arms of Jesus. Now, it was time for them to pass the baton . . . but to whom?

  • Buckshot


    Quarter Horse

    From the first moment Troy saw him, he knew that 'Buckshot' had to be his name. Kim met Buckshot after a friend had purchased him at a local auction as a six month old. It was at that time she offered to buy him, but he was not for sale. Several years later the same friend called and inquired, "Are you still interested in my beautiful spotted boy?" Kim's answer was a quick visit to her friend's house...with the horse trailer in tow.

  • C.L.C.'s Freedom (Ele)

    C.L.C.'s Freedom (Ele)


    Ele is the horse that started it all. She was named C.L.C.’s Freedom in honor of Curt, Lindsey and Cindy, the three compassionate souls who donated the finances to purchase her freedom. Troy and Kim could not have realized that when they rescued their first horse in 1995, Crystal Peaks Youth Ranch was soon to follow. No one knew that this young horse who had been beaten so violently by her previous owner that a vet was needed to sew up her face—would become the figurehead of today’s ranch.

  • Cassidy



    This amazing little equine came to the ranch as a blessing in disguise. Our program was in need of another solid lesson horse to accommodate our increasingly busy summer schedule. A call came from a youth camp in the area that was looking for a suitable home for one of their mares. This horse was described over the phone as a handful. “She spooks at everything and she doesn't stand tied.”

  • Covenant


    Arabian/Thoroughbred/Fox Trotter

    In 1995, Kim witnessed a four-year-old mare being beaten so badly that a vet was needed to sew up her face. After six months of vowing to make a difference for her, she was finally able to bring the battered mare home. Ele not only became the figurehead for future horses to be rescued by Crystal Peaks, she also became one of Kim’s dearest and truest friends.

  • Denni


    Quarter Horse

    I watched as each currycomb stroke produced a perfect halo of red horsehair. Like giant dandelion spores they drifted in the cold spring breeze across the ranch. The quiet respite gave me time to ponder the arrival of this new horse...

  • Eclipse



    Sired by the deceased Friesian stallion, “Galahad”, Eclipse was the last foal born to one of the ranches original mares, a beautiful black Hanoverian mare named “City Blues”. Imprinted at birth, Eclipse was started by Troy. Since day one of her training, Eclipse has shown great intelligence, boldness and an even gentle demeanor. While quiet in nature, her Friesian heritage is never far from the surface.

  • 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.