Horse nonprofit Purpose Ranch expected to dissolve |

Horse nonprofit Purpose Ranch expected to dissolve

Christopher Rosacker
Staff Writer

For all intents and purposes, Purpose Ranch has closed down.

The last 14 horses that the large-animal rescue nonprofit cared for have been adopted out, said Trish Browne, cofounder and president of Purpose Ranch's board of directors.

The move came in the weeks after a late September meeting of the organization's board of directors, which voted to suspend operations and store assets.

"It was a great concept and I'm sorry it didn't work," said board member Nancy Mitchell.

The board is planning a December meeting to vote on dissolving those assets, said Browne, who chose to communicate with The Union through email.

"I doubt that we will re-open," she said.

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"Based on the lack of public (attendance) at prior board meetings, I don't see anything changing between now and December."

Purpose Ranch's mission was horse rescue and rehabilitation that included training members on how to give horses a purpose rather than sticking them in a field somewhere, Browne previously told The Union. Part of that mission included educating people about the responsibilities of good horsemanship and being horse owners.

In 2012, Purpose Ranch transitioned from the Rock-N-Horse Ranch — a nonprofit that Browne cofounded with Randall Gross — to the Fair Valley Ranch, located at 11780 McCourtney Road on the outskirts of Grass Valley.

With Purpose Ranch figuratively closing its barn doors and hanging up its saddles, the Fair Valley Ranch has reverted back to a boarding facility, said Mitchell, the ranch's owner.

But before all is said and done, Purpose Ranch has planned a equine therapy clinic, to be held on Dec. 6-8 at Fair Valley Ranch, Browne said. The clinic's goal is to help people become certified to offer equine assisted learning and therapy.

The board's meeting to decide on the dissolution of the nonprofit is scheduled for 6 p.m. on Dec. 10, also at Fair Valley Ranch, Browne said.

To contact Staff Writer Christopher Rosacker, email or call 530-477-4236.

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