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Blue Rose Ranch, Inc.

GUARDIAN PROFILE - Last Updated: 07/04/2018



Chief Staff Officer:  John M. Webb, CEO, President, Executive Director

Employees:   Full-Time:  1  Part-Time:  0  Volunteers:  30

Does your organization utilize a management company for management and administration? No

Describe your training process for employees and volunteers and the types of human resource documents used in your organization including job descriptions, evaluations, etc. Volunteers all receive "safety around horses" training, and are paired with experienced volunteers as they learn practices and protocols.
Volunteers also sign liability releases. Volunteers become familiar with documents used by the organization including adoptive home expectations and adoption papers, incoming horse transfer papers, our weight and conditioning policy for those who will ride the horses, and visitor policies and oversight.

Governing Body:

Board meetings per year:  6

Number of Board Members:  8  Number of Voting Board Members:  8

Board Compensation:

Is Board Chair compensated?  No  Is Treasurer compensated?  No

Are there any other Voting Board Members that are compensated?  No

Board Relationships:

Are any members of the Board or Staff related to each other through family or business relationships? Yes

If yes, provide the name, title, responsibility and family/business relationship of each Board and/or Staff member. John and Cheryl Webb are married and are the Executive Directors of Blue Rose Ranch. They receive no compensation or salaries from Blue Rose Ranch, Inc. Two additional board members, are married. They receive no compensation for serving on the board. All of our board members are passionate about our mission and are financial contributors to Blue Rose Ranch.

Board Affiliations:

Are any Board members or Staff associated with and/or compensated by another organization with a relationship or business affiliation to your organization? Yes

If yes, provide the name, title, responsibility and family/business relationship of each Board and/or Staff member, and the name of the related organization. Executive Director owns facility where programs are conducted.

Conflict of Interest:

Does your organization have a written conflict of interest policy and regularly and consistently monitor and enforce compliance with the policy, including requiring officers, directors or trustees, and key employees to disclose annually interests that could give rise to conflicts?  Yes

Additional Comments:
Financials are available for public on Guidestar.


1. What percent of your total programs and services are horse-related? 100

2. Describe your specific horse-related programs services or activities:
     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.

3. Enter the total number of facilities/locations where the horses used in the conduct of your horse-related programs are housed and cared for: 1

4. Describe your non-horse-related programs, services or activities you provide, including those involving other animals. N/A

5. Does your organization operate programs involved with animals other than horses?  No


1. Describe your equine management philosophies, practices, policies and operations with respect to the use of the horses in your program, including the rehabilitation and retraining (if applicable), ongoing training, schooling and exercising plan for each horse and your policy as to the number and condition of the horses accepted by your organization. 
     At Blue Rose Ranch, we are dedicated to the rescue, rehabilitation, and training of unwanted horses. Our mission is to find or provide foreverĀ homes for unwanted horses, and will also sanctuary horses, as necessary, to their natural or merciful death.Blue Rose Ranch operates 530 acres. On the ranch, each horse receives the highest standard of care including: all necessary veterinary care, farrier care, covered shelter, fresh water, feed (including special dietary feed as necessary), handling and training. Horses have ample opportunity to roam the ranch to just enjoy being horses.Blue Rose Ranch, Inc. has developed a comprehensive program we call Natural Horse Ranching. It begins with a natural approach to horse training which establishes trust and safety between horse and handler. We combine this training with natural horse life, where horses live and interact in herds, with the opportunity to roam and graze the ranch. This natural horse life creates an environment that is healing to horses who have been abused and neglected. These two combine to produce Natural Horse Ranching, which allows the horse the speediest and most lasting recovery to maximize the horse's potential.The rescue horses at Blue Rose Ranch are used in our Youth Riding Program, where horses that are newly trained receive needed hours to prepare them to be suitable for adoption. Our beginning riders learn to ride on some of the older horses under our care. Horses at Blue Rose Ranch love being around people, as here they receive a lot of attention and love from the volunteers, youth, and senior citizens who care for them. We have "happy horses" at Blue Rose Ranch. Our capacity at any one time is 50 horses. Over 200 horses have found new homes through Blue Rose Ranch since we began operation in 2007. We maintain excess capacity and have the ability to intervene in multi-horse rescue situations when needed.

2. Describe how your horses are acquired (adoption, seizure, surrender, donation, purchase, auction sale, retirement). 
     Horses come to us from many sources: ex-race horses and rodeo stock, those confiscated by authorities due to neglect, and horses where owners, for a myriad of reasons (divorce, illness, loss of jobs, etc.), find themselves no longer able to care for their horses.

3. Describe under what circumstances horses leave your organization. Please describe in detail your horse adoption/fostering practices and procedures including any recruitment initiatives you have to attract potential adopters. Please include your policies and practices with respect to horses that are no longer useful or manageable and horses that need to be retired. 
     Blue Rose Ranch operates on 530 acres. Our Canyon Ranch area has 320 acres of pasture, wells operated by solar, shelter and corrals, and solar lighting in the shelter area. Horses that are not manageable or that have been abused thrive at the Canyon Ranch as they live in a natural horse herd environment. For most horses, some time in this natural environment makes them ready to interact with people. The Canyon Ranch is also a great place for horses to retire. The Canyon Ranch is only 5 miles from our main ranch, and horses are under regular supervision. We find that older and lame horses have an important therapeutic use. These are horses utilized in our horse walking program, where adult and senior citizen volunteers brush, walk, and give special food to the horses.Horses that are foster-adopted continue to live at Blue Rose Ranch. Their "parents" foster as a way to support the horse rescue. We do NOT foster horses at other homes or facilities.We are very selective about adoption. We are looking for homes where people own land or have an established, boarding payment history, and also where the adoptive family is looking for a long-term commitment. We match horse ability and training to the adoptive family. We only adopt where the horse will have another horse companion.Our adoption contract states that should the adoption not be successful, the horse should be returned to Blue Rose Ranch. Follow-up visits are made to ensure the well-being of the horse.

4. For new horses, describe your initial assessment process for each horse (i.e. physical examination, test ride, health record, Coggins test, quarantine, veterinary consult, etc.). 
     Horses that come to Blue Rose Ranch are isolated while assessment is made as to their health. As a rescue, we seldom have a horse arrive with health records and Coggins. Horses are wormed shortly after arrival unless we know they have been wormed recently. If the horse has an injury, requires gelding, or needs the attention of a veterinarian, the horse is treated as quickly as possible. When horses are undernourished, a regiment of quality grass hay is fed. Once the horse is deemed sound, the horse is assessed in round pen handling, saddled, and assessed for training/riding status in appropriate steps. Our approach to all training and assessment is through Natural Horsemanship methods.

5. Describe your overall horse health care plan and how you assess and monitor the health of your horses on an ongoing basis. Include a description of your vaccination and worming schedule. Include a description of your health/veterinary care plan for at-risk animals, geriatric horses and horses with serious issues. 
     Blue Rose Ranch holds an annual "Horse Health Fair" where our veterinarian and assistant travel to the ranch to check all the horses. The horse rescue has a quality vet chute on site. All horses receive vaccinations, worming, and teeth checks. Horses in need have their teeth floated, and any individual issues are checked and treated during the Horse Health Fair. Every day throughout the year at the ranch, the horses are observed, and any health issues are treated by our staff. When horses need additional assessment and treatment, they are trailered to our vet, whose clinic is located 45 miles from the horse rescue. Our geriatric horses receive, as needed, senior feed and supplements.Our farrier trims hooves on a regular, rotating basis. Some horses need to be trimmed more often than others, depending on the individual need. We only shoe for corrective needs.

6. What is the euthanasia policy? Please include specifically under what circumstances your organization will euthanize a horse and whether your organization will euthanize a healthy but difficult horse for space: 
     Horses stay at Blue Rose Ranch until their natural or merciful death.We maintain excess capacity at all times. One of the operating cornerstones of our organization is sustainability. Locating in rural America, where land is more affordable, allows us maintain this excess capacity.

7. What is the breeding policy? Please include specifically if horses become pregnant while in your care, and if there is a no-breeding clause in the documentation your organization uses to adopt, donate, sell, etc. a horse: 
     Blue Rose Ranch is not a breeding facility. Stallions are gelded as soon as possible when they are accepted at Blue Rose Ranch. We have many mares, and the natural horse life we replicate allows the horses to roam in herds. We seldom have mares and foals at Blue Rose Ranch, and when we do it is because a rescued horse arrives with a foal, and this usually only happens one at a time. The mares and foals are kept together six to eight months. We do not adopt mares to new homes if their intended use is for breeding.

8. Does your organization provide horses to any facility to use in research or medical training? 

9. If your answer to Question 8 is 'Yes', please explain where and for what purpose horses are provided to use in research or medical training?  NA

10. Does your organization sell, donate or give a horse to an auction? 

11. If your answer to Question 10 is 'Yes', describe under the circumstances where you have sold, donated, or given a horse to an auction, or where you would sell, donate, or give a horse to an auction. NA

12. Does your organization place horses in foster care? 

13. If your answer to Question 12 is 'Yes', describe how foster homes are selected, screened, and monitored and address all the questions below for each foster home in the space provided: NA

14. What is the average equine adoption fee/donation received by your organization: $501 to $750

15. Adoption Fee Policies
  Adoption fees may vary depending on the equine level of training.
  Adoption fees may vary depending on the equine age.
  Adoption fees may vary depending on the equine health and soundness.

16. What is your position regarding varying adoption fees vs. one set fee:
  Our organization approves of this concept.

17. Provide any additional explanation to your answers if needed: On the uploaded PDF Vet Checklist, the Veterinarian Number listed for Dr. Murdock is his Colorado Certification Number. The AAEP identification number for Dr. Rusty Murdock is 87877.


This section must be completed for each facility/location where the horses used in the conduct of your horse-related programs are housed and cared for. For example, if the applicant is involved with horse rescue and utilizes foster care facilities, the applicant must complete this section for each foster care facility. If the applicant provides equine assisted activities/services to the public at more than one location, the applicant must complete this section for each location that horse-related services are provided. If your organization uses the facility of another organization, please enlist the aid of that organization in answering the questions.

Total facilities at which our organization operates horse-related programs: 1


Location 1 of 1
Blue Rose Ranch Main Facility

30997 US Hwy 287 Springfield CO 81073

1. Facility General Questions

1. Name of Contact: John Webb

2. Contact's Phone: 3037967739

3. Contact's Email: directors@blueroseranch.org

4. Does your organization own, lease or use a part of this facility? Lease

5. If not owned, provide the name, address, phone, email and contact person of the organization(s) and/or individual(s) who owns the facility: Blue Rose Ranch is owned free and clear by John and Cheryl Webb. John is CEO, President and Executive Director of Blue Rose Ranch, Inc. Cheryl is secretary and Executive Director of Blue Rose Ranch, Inc.
John and Cheryl Webb
30997 US Hwy 287
Springfield, CO 81073

6. If your organization does not own this facility, does your organization have a written agreement with the owner? Enter Yes or No.   Yes

7. If your organization does not own this facility, please provide the following information below: Start date and end date of current written agreement (term) and what is the organization's plan for the end of the written agreement? 
     The agreement between Blue Rose Ranch and The Webbs went into effect June 1, 2007. The property was purchased by John and Cheryl Webb specifically to be the perpetual home of Blue Rose Ranch. It is the intent that the land will always be used for Blue Rose Ranch Horse Rescue and Adoption. The Board of Directors understands this agreement.

8. If your organization leases or uses a part of this facility, please provide the details as to what services are provided by the owner and if and how the owner is compensated.. 
     John and Cheryl Webb receive no compensation for this lease. The property and services are provided with no compensation.

9. Does your organization operate programs involving horses AT THIS FACILITY that serve individuals with special needs, including but not limited to equine assisted activities and therapies? No

10. Enter the total number of instructors/trainers (full-time and part-time) involved with your organization's horse-related programs at this facility: 1.

2. Facility Horse-Related Questions

1. Enter the total acreage dedicated specifically to the horses: 515

2. Describe the number and type of pastures and paddocks, fencing, enclosures, stabling including barns and run-in sheds. The ranch facility has four large inter-locking corrals, one of which is also used as an outdoor riding arena. The other three corrals have multi-horse shelters that the horses have access to. Water is supplied via automatic waterer. This facility is also our incoming and hospital area, which consists of 6 loafing shed and paddock areas. An indoor riding arena was constructed in January of 2016. We have two tack sheds, a grain shed, a youth clubhouse, two round pens for training, a covered shed for large hay bales, an enclosed building for small bales, a tractor and shop building, a tire and ATV garage. The ranch office is located near the clubhouse. The ranch house is also on this property. The Canyon Ranch, located 5 miles from ranch headquarters, is pasture for the horses. There is a large multi-horse shelter, water powered by solar, corrals, and solar lighting around the shelter area.

3. Describe how you manage the use of your pastures/paddocks given the size and number of your pastures/paddocks and the number of horses you have at this facility.
     The horses roam the entire property and graze much of the year. They are brought into the corrals during the day for training and for the riding programs. If the weather is very inclement, the horses are kept in the corrals for safety, and we feed the herd with large bales. The horses are also kept in the corrals in the early spring when newly growing grass needs time to be established. Range management is important in our arid western environment. The horses are healthy as they can receive nutrition from natural grazing much of the year.

4. How many hours of daily turnout do the horses get? (Estimate or Average) 12

5. Describe the area where your training, riding and equine related activities are conducted, including what type of footing/surface is utilized and what factors were considered to determine the suitability and condition of the area for the activities conducted.
     The training areas, including the arena and round pens, are in good condition for footing. We do not train if there is mud or compromised conditions.

6. Is the facility in compliance with the Care Guidelines for Rescue and Retirement Facilities prepared by the American Association of Equine Practitioners (whether or not your organization is directly involved with rescue and retirement)? Yes

7. If no, please explain and specifically describe the areas in which the facility is not compliant. Not Applicable

8. If this facility is recognized as compliant with the published standards of another applicable organization, and/or accredited by another applicable organization, including any state licensure or registration process, please provide the details.
     We are in the process of application to GFAS. We have received site visits from major foundations who have funded our organization, including the Animal Assistance Foundation, the Sally Beck Foundation, and the Anschutz Family Foundation.

9. Describe the availability/accessibility of emergency horse transportation at this facility.
     Blue Rose Ranch owns two horse trailers (one is a 4 horse stock trailer and one is a six horse stock trailer) and trucks to pull the trailers. We utilize these trailers in horse rescue situations.

10. Do the horses have specific tack assignments? Yes

11. Describe the plan, process and/or procedures to insure appropriate assessment of tack and the use for saddle fittings, tack, blankets, etc.
     Our horse trainers and the Executive Directors of Blue Rose Ranch oversee the tack for each horse.

12. Describe the system used by your organization to help staff and volunteers readily identify each horse on the property.
     Every horse is known by name, and interaction with the horses over time ensures the identity by our regular volunteers. Younger and newer volunteers do not interact with horses without supervision.

13. Describe your housing plan and the turnout process/plan for horses normally stall bound.
     The Executive Directors determine the turnout of all horses based on range management needs and needs of individual horses. They also determine which horses need hospital care, and where each incoming horse needs to be placed and for how long.

14. Describe your feed, feed management plan and your guidelines for the use of supplements.
     Horses are most healthy when they have free-choice grazing. They seem to know what their individual nutrition needs are. When the horses are corralled, they are fed quality grass hay. We do have alfalfa hay for those who occasionally need added protein. Some senior horses need additional supplements, and we determine this based on how well they hold weight, and at the advice of our veterinarian.

15. How do you use the Henneke Body Conditioning Score to guide you in your hennekeing/exercising/use practices for each horse?
     We observe our horses daily and notice any weight loss. As a horse rescue, we are far more concerned with a horse being underweight. Because our horses spend so much time experiencing "natural horse roaming and grazing life", exercising takes care of itself for the most part. We do have a scale and track weight of horses.

16. Please describe your activities to limit or control the advent and spread of disease within your facility (Biosecurity plan). This should include but is not limited to your manure management and disposal procedures, your carcass disposal plan and your parasite control plan. Please indicate the role of your veterinarian in the development and implementation of your overall plan.
     Incoming horses are isolated to determine soundness. Manure is cleaned in the hospital area and enclosed areas daily, horses are wormed on a regular basis, vaccinations are given on a regular basis, fly spray is used in the summer months. Carcasses are disposed of appropriately and safely. Our vet has verified the quality management and practices of our facility.

17. Please describe your emergency preparedness plans that address weather related issues, fire safety procedures and/or any additional hazardous scenarios your facility could potentially experience.
     Fire mitigation measures have been taken. Hay is not stored in barns close to the horses. Corrals, incoming and hospital areas are built of metal. During inclement weather such as winter advisories, the horses are kept in the corrals with hay stored nearby and with large bales of hay available for free choice feeding.

18. Please describe the security in place at the facility or facilities to restrict public access and to keep horses safe. Do you have a security system and/or on-premises caretaker?
     The Executive Directors live in the ranch house on the property.

19. Provide the contact information for the individual or organization responsible for investigating abuse in the county where the facility is located, including mailing address, email address, and phone information.
     Baca County Sheriffs Department 265 E. 2nd St. Springfield, CO 81073 719-523-6677 bacadispatch@bacacountyco.gov

20. Other than the animal control authority noted above, provide the contact information for all local, state and/or national authorities with whom your organization engages to address issues impacting horse welfare, including mailing address, email address, and phone information.
     Colorado Unwanted Horse Alliance 13762 Colorado Blvd. Suite 124-202 Thornton, CO 80602 720-598-2842 info@counwantedhorse.org A Home for Every Horse 5720 Flatiron Parkway Boulder, CO 80301 303-253-6400 abodkin@aimmedia.com

Veterinarian Information

View The Vet Checklist conducted on 02/08/2018

Veterinarian: Dr. Rusty Murdock

Clinic Name: Boise City Animal Hospital    Street: Hwy 287 East Building #1    City: Boise City  State: OK    Zip: 73933

Phone: 580-544-2486    Email: boisecityanimalhospital@yahoo.com

Instructors assigned to this Facility
(see Instructor Section)

     1. Instructor: Haley Nevin

3. Facility Horse-Related Inventory Questions

1-a. Enter the total number of horses involved with your organization's programs that are currently housed at this facility: 42.

1-b. Enter the total number of horses housed at this facility: 42

1-c. Enter the maximum capacity of horses at this facility: 50

2017 Horse Inventory

1-d. Did your organization operate programs involving horses HOUSED AT THIS FACILITY during January 1-December 31, 2017? Please select Yes or No. Yes

40 2-a. Total number of horses housed at this facility involved with your programs on January 1, 2017.

           + 17 2-b. Total number of intakes other than returns including donated, purchased, surrendered or rescued.

           +  2-c. Total number of horses returned.

57 = Total of 2a-2c

           - 7 2-d. Total number of horses adopted during the year.

           - 4 2-e. Total number of horses transferred to another facility during the year.

           - 6 2-f. Total number of horses deceased during the year.

17 = Total of 2d-2f

40 2-g. Total number of horses housed at this facility involved with your programs on December 31, 2017.

            28 2-h. Total number of horses not retired including horses undergoing rehabilitation and/or retraining.

            12 2-i. Total number of horses permanently retired.

2017 Horse Care Costs

$     Feed (Grain/Hay).

$     Bedding.

$     Veterinarian.

$     Farrier.

$     Dentist.

$     Manure Removal.

$     Medications & Supplements.

$     Horse/Barn Supplies.

$     Horse Care Staff.

$     Horse Training.

$     Other direct horse-related costs not including overhead or other program costs.

$57550     2017 Total Horse Care Costs

$7820     2017 Total Donated Horse Care Costs

14500     Grand total of the total number of days each equine was in the care of this facility during 2017.

Average cost per day per horse: $4
Question 3 ($57,550 ) divided by Question 4 (14500).

Average length of stay for an equine: 254 days
Question 4 (14500) divided by total of Questions 2a-c (57).

4. Self Assessment

I. Facility & Grounds


6. Public-Related Questions
(required if programs serve individuals with special needs)

1. How many clients participate in the programs at this facility? 30

2. How many hours per week do you operate the horse-related programs at this facility? 40

3. How many weeks per year do you operate the horse-related programs at this facility? 50

4. What is the average wait list time? 0 Years(Weeks/Months/Years)

5. How many hours per day does each horse work? (Estimate or Average)

    Mounted:   Un-Mounted:   Total: 0 *Missing/Error

6. How many days per week does each horse work? (Estimate or Average) 3

7. What percent of your programs and services at this facility are mounted (vs. ground-based)? 50%

8. Provide any additional explanation to your answers if needed. Blue Rose Ranch invites youth to volunteer and ride in our supervised program. We average 5-15 kids each weekly session during the school year, and at two weekly sessions during the summer. We can always share horses if more than usual come on a particular day. The only limit we have is participation in our week-long "Introduction to Horses Camp" each June. Participation is limited to 25 to ensure a quality experience for both the participants and the horses.

V. Instructors/Trainers

     1. *Instructor: Haley Nevin

         *Facility Participation:

         Blue Rose Ranch Main Facility

Is the instructor certified by an organization that provides training in the programs, activities and/or services conducted by the organization? No

Please use the space below to share any additional information about this instructor. Haley is a student in the Lamar Community College Equine Management and Horse Training Program. The College is located 42 miles north of Blue Rose Ranch. Haley volunteers for our horse rescue. She helps to assess ability on incoming horses, helps with training, and she also teaches beginning riding for our young volunteers. Haley is an excellent rider, and has a great heart for horses at the horse rescue. She grew up with horses and has solid experience training horses.