HopeWell Ranch was founded by Jodi and Ty Stuber in 2004 and received not for profit status in 2006.  We offer a free, therapeutic horsemanship program for children who are physically, mentally, or emotionally challenged.  During the summer months, we average 50 children in each of our no cost sessions. Each receiving a one-hour riding instruction or other interactive experience. We work with the entire family, offering support to parents, guardians and siblings as well as the client. Our services are limited during the school year due to weather constraints and school schedules. We do offer a Christmas party and children are able to come out to do arts and crafts, visit the horses, and sometimes ride in the winter months on milder days.

We have a newly developed Veteran’s Program, which we call, “Project Solomon”. The project is names after a horse on the ranch that gave his life to protect his herd from a predator.

We do offer a few fee-based services (EAGALA, private riding instruction, and cabin rental). We largely depend on donations. The ranch is led by a Board  of Directors consisting of five members.  We also receive guidance from a strategic planning team of local professionals.

Jodi and Ty Stuber

Jodi Stuber

Co-Founder, Executive Director

I have always loved horses. When I was 5, I wanted a white pony. When I was 12, I wanted a thoroughbred, and the Lord brought me one. When I was 17, I wanted a quarter horse, the Lord brought me one. I never thought this side of heaven, I would even have one horse, and now I have 17!

In January 2003, my husband and I found out we were having a baby. We had chosen “Hope” as her name. This child would be in addition to our two teenagers. However, she died in June 2003, five and half months in utero. During this tragic time, article upon article regarding healing through horses, was coming my way. I prayed and told God that I wanted that healing with horses for myself.

I began praying for debt free items related to horses: two helmets, a saddle and fence posts all arrived. In April 2004, I discovered the book,”HOPE RISING” by Kim Meeder, which tells a story of a woman in Oregon with a therapeutic riding ranch. She pairs broken children with broken horses and sees miracles happen. I cried through most of the book and shared with my husband what I was reading, and he said, “I think this is what you need to do.”

Essentially, that is how this ministry was born, in memory of Hope. Each child we serve is a way to keep her memory alive as well as give hope to so many hurting people.

Jodi has written more about the story of HopeWell Ranch in her book “A Journey of HOPE”! You can find information on getting a copy here.

HopeWell Ranch is an affiliate of the United Way of Isabella County.