River Ranch Educational Charities is a private nonprofit and an operator of the Texas Horse Park equestrian center just minutes from downtown Dallas, Texas. RREC or River Ranch was granted 501(c)3 status by the Department of the Treasury on October 17, 2003, by the Internal Revenue department.
River Ranch provides services to at-risk, underserved, and marginalized communities by offering various donation and scholarship packages including basic horsemanship lessons, scout badges, trail ride training, educational field trips and day camps, and also equine party packages depending on the client’s particular situation, ability, and experience. River Ranch’s charitable services are also offered to other non-profit organizations such as churches, schools, and other agencies that are also contributing their efforts to the betterment of those less fortunate.
It is truly amazing what an effect the animals and the outdoors have on the children and the effect the children have on us! River Ranch has had over 250,000 guests at their locations, served over 100,000 children and their families with free community and educational events, provided over 1000 scholarship services and donated over $1M in goods and services to those in need.
River Ranch believes in the healing power of what it offers and would love to have you experience it first-hand. Your donations will help provide more kids and families with the gifts that it has to offer. We hope you’ll join River Ranch on its mission!
The list of those that have received River Ranch’s support include: Anna’s House Foundation, CareCenter Ministries, Kiwanis Club of Pleasant Grove, New Millennium Fellowship, Strong Arms Church of Christ, Metropolitan Dream Center, Make A Wish Foundation, Orphan Angel, Samaritan Homeless Shelter, Texas Stampede Children’s Charity, My Possibilities Adults with Special Needs, ManeGait Gala, Birthday Blessings, Minnie’s Food Pantry, Especially Needed, Turning Point Rape Crisis Center, American Diabetes Assoc., Pegasus Autism, St. Jude’s, American Heart Association, Rocky Top Therapeutic Center and numerous local schools and individual special needs and underprivileged recipients.
Photos from the December 2022 Toy Giveaway event that River Ranch sponsored benefitting Anna’s House Foundation.
River Ranch Provides Scholarships In The Form Of Lesson Packages, Trail Ride Training Packages, Horsemanship Scout Badges And Day Camp Field Trips, And Equine Party Options.
To apply, clients will need to provide the following in order to qualify for financial assistance and/or special medical situation:
1) A letter explaining your income status, family situation, and/or special medical circumstances and how long you have been in this situation.
2) Proof of Dallas residency – copy of water, utility or phone bill shall be provided and kept on file. Name and address must match Texas State Driver’s License or I.D. card.
3) Proof of low-income status – proof of current participation in another qualified financial assistance program (WIC, CHIP, TANF, SNAP or Medicaid) or household income (a recent pay stub from your employer or a copy of last year’s tax return) will need to be provided and kept on file.
4) Proof of Medical Need status – a doctor’s letter and diagnosis of the special medical situation on the doctor’s office letterhead. We will also need the doctor’s contact information and office location.
EACH APPROVED APPLICANT WILL RECEIVE ONE OF THE FOLLOWING PACKAGES PER YEAR FREE OF CHARGE. EACH ADDITIONAL PACKAGE DURING THAT SAME YEAR IS PROVIDED AT A 20% DISCOUNT OFF OF OUR STANDARD PACKAGES. FOR THOSE PRICES, PLEASE REFER TO OUR ACTIVITIES PAGE. (SCHOLARSHIP SERVICE SPACE IS LIMITED. APPROVED APPLICANTS WILL BE ADDED TO OUR LIST AND SERVICES WILL BE PROVIDED AS SOON AS SPACE IS AVAILABLE).
8 – ½ hr. lessons per year (at least 7 yrs. of age plus proper capability)
8 – 1 hr. lessons per year (at least 7 yrs. of age plus proper capability)
*FOR INSURANCE-BASED, SPECIAL NEEDS LESSONS CONTACT EQUEST AT 972-412-1099 (Also located at the Texas Horse Park equestrian center.)
8 – 1 hr. trail ride training sessions per year (at least 12 yrs. of age plus proper capability)
Barnyard Petting Zoo Admissions
Pony Ride series (must be 3 years old and older and under 65lbs.)
Equine Party Discounts
2-hour Horsemanship Troop Badges – offered at discounted rates
Horsemanship Day Camp & Field Trip options – scholarship and sliding scale group rates