Charis Youth Ranch Home of New Life Thoroughbreds

A nonprofit organization

CYR is a sanctuary for kids & horses. We currently have 24 rescued horses who are evaluated, rehabilitated & integrated into our equine assisted learning youth programs. It is because of our caring community & generous donors that we are able to care for horses & youth seeking a soft landing.


"Your program works. Through the caring staff, mixture of ranch work, teaching moments, therapeutic moments, outside air and beautiful country, the success of impacting our at-risk teens was always evident. Confidence is gained, behaviors are changed, and hope and inspiration are instilled."
~Development Coordinator at Turning Point Youth & Family Development

"Volunteering at Charis Ranch has been a wonderful growing experience for our family. Being a volunteer at the ranch since November 2018 has given us more than what we could ever give in return. Many life lessons can be learned at the ranch. Volunteering at the ranch has taught us that all living things deserve their own place in this world, resilience, patience, determination, grit and responsibility to other living things besides ourselves. Within the serenity of the property, We have also learned self reliance and creativity and to take a moment and appreciate just being alive and the beauty of the moment. A lot to place on volunteering but it's true: it's better to give than receive!" ~Tiffini Harris, Volunteer

"It has been so much fun to be in the NLL program. I have learned a lot, and have been open to so many experiences and events that I never would have found on my own"
~Alyssa Berg, Junior Volunteer


To provide a sanctuary for kids and horses. Our vision is to create a world where horses are not thrown away, but valued as ambassadors of hope and healing to kids who need unconditional love and acceptance.

Background Statement

Charis Youth Ranch was founded in 2009 with the rescue of 11 PMU horses from Winnipeg, Canada. Destined for slaughter, these foals, yearlings & one 2 year old filly were snatched from death and brought to the ranch to begin a new life. Of the original 11, CYR still has two, Trigger and Angel. From there, we began to rescue Off The Track Thoroughbreds and others who had found themselves at risk of being sent to slaughter. We have rescued from auctions, bidding against kill buyers, feedlots, & neglectful owners. We have also taken in horses surrendered by loving owners who were unable to continue their care.

From the beginning, we had the vision to partner our rescued horses with underserved youth in hopes they would connect through shared experiences. We believed the impact of the horses' stories shared with the youth could mirror their own experiences and bring about an environment to heal.

We currently have 24 horses and have had as many as 32 in years prior. Our volunteer army has grown to almost 100 loving and generous humans who partner with us to care for the horses, maintain the facilities and interact with the youth in our programs.

Charis Youth Ranch has served well over 200 youth in Northern Colorado. We have had partnerships with area nonprofits such as Turning Point Youth & Family Development, The Matthews House and area churches.

We are situated on a serene 15 acre facility in SE Fort Collins where we conduct our equine-assisted programs designed to demonstrate to youth unconditional acceptance, encourage self-esteem, teach communication & leadership & a heart of service.

Organization Data


Organization name

Charis Youth Ranch Home of New Life Thoroughbreds

Year Established


Tax id (EIN)




Organization Size

Small Organization


1851 Brightwater Drive
Fort Collins, CO 80524


PO Box 1074
Laporte, CO 80535

Service areas

Larimer County, CO, US


970 988 2828

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