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Blue Rose Ranch, Inc.



Blue Rose Ranch, Inc.
30997 US Hwy 287
Springfield CO 81073
303-796-7739

Tax ID/EIN: 20-4541576
Year Founded: 2006
Last Updated 2017-02-20

Public Charity


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Why are we a Messenger?

The EQUUS Foundation has designated our organization as a Messenger. Click here to learn more about our horse care and use practices.

Messengers are organizations on the Equine Welfare Network that demonstrate a commitment to public transparency and accountability by their willingness to publish and share extensive data about their operations.

Equine Welfare Network Messenger

Primary Focus involving horses (Horse Welfare, Public Service, Sport & Recreation):  Horse Welfare

Our organization operates programs involved with horse rescue, foster care, rehabilitation, adoption and/or retirement.

Our organization's primary activity is equine rescue, adoption & retirement.

Our organization is directly responsible for the care of horses to provide its services.

100% of our total programs and services are horse-related.

Our organization conducts its horse-related programs at one facility.


Our Mission/How we are involved with horses:
Blue Rose Ranch is dedicated to the care and rescue of horses. We train and rehabilitate horses to the end that they can be successfully adopted to qualified persons with qualified facilities. We believe that working with horses promotes responsibility and self-esteem and have established youth riding and volunteer programs.

Horse-related programs:
Blue Rose Ranch, Inc. is a 501 (c) (3), Federal Tax Exempt, Public Charity that rescues, rehabilitates and trains horses for adoption. Blue Rose Ranch is located two miles north of the town of Springfield, CO and serves the Springfield and Baca County community in Southeast Colorado. Our organization is one of the largest and most effective horse rescue operations in the region. Blue Rose Ranch fills an important need by providing a large facility for up to 50 horses at a time, and by rehabilitating and training these horses. Since we began operation in June of 2007, over 200 horses have found new, forever homes through our organization. Blue Rose Ranch accepts all horses that are true rescues, i.e. those confiscated by law enforcement and veterinarians. Horses also come to Blue Rose Ranch because people have lost jobs, divorce, and other life issues. Blue Rose Ranch rehabilitates, trains, and attempts to find new permanent homes for these horses. Some of these horses will never be suitable for adoption, and find sanctuary at the ranch for life. We are successful in preparing horses for adoption for many reasons. The natural horse life we replicate at the ranch is therapeutic to horses coming from environments of abuse. We invest in training horses to increase their value. In addition, word of mouth, our visibility along Hwy 287, and partnerships with local newspapers and publications for advertisement enable our success. In addition to our primary mission of horse rescue, Blue Rose Ranch, Inc. provides outreach to the community. The ranch hosts and operates educational and riding programs for area youth, ranging from introductory seminars about horses to more advanced youth horse training and leadership programs. The ranch programs provide horses and training to area youth at no charge to the participants. Each volunteer/participant is required to work on the ranch in exchange for horse riding privileges and training. This provides an opportunity to develop life skills that are learned in the responsibility of caring for horses. The children that live in Springfield and surrounding towns are very much like kids who live in a large city. They have virtually no access to animals, farms or ranches, even though here they live in a very rural area of Colorado. We, of course, have the same problems with drugs and alcohol that all communities have. At the ranch, kids learn life skills and their self-esteem grows as they gain confidence around the horses.Senior citizens and adults are important volunteers in our programs. Many of our horses can no longer be ridden or have special needs. They thrive with individual attention from their special volunteer. The horses and walkers benefit from the exercise as the horses are led around the ranch. These adult volunteers have become great ambassadors to the horse rescue in our community.Blue Rose Ranch welcomes scout troops, church youth groups, and family groups to the ranch for education about horses and to experience fun with horses. We also have wonderful facilities including our Clubhouse and campfire site that groups are welcome to utilize. Blue Rose Ranch also supervises court assigned Community Service for individuals each year.

Non-horse-related programs:
All activities revolve around horses.


Volunteer Opportunities


Horse Walkers
If you like horses and are walking for exercise anyway, join us at Blue Rose Ranch on Saturday mornings. We have horses who can no longer be ridden and need attention. Horse walkers groom a horse, lead the horse around the ranch, and share special grain with these horses.

Youth Volunteers
Minimum Age: 8
Youth ages 9-18 are invited to join us at the ranch to ride horses, help clean the horse facility, and to care for the horses. 2017 Introduction to Horses Camp June 12-16.

Wish List Items


Indoor Riding Arena Contributors
Blue Rose Ranch constructed an indoor riding arena in January of 2016. We have an ongoing campaign to pay off the balance on the riding arena.The white rail fence lining the inside of the arena will display names in honor or memory of someone designated by contributors of $100. Please contact the ranch to reserve a plaque as part of our arena campaign.