On a horse, someone whose physical challenges prevent them from walking has legs to run. Someone whose physical or emotional challenges isolates them has a friend to trust. Someone who spends hours in therapy and special classes finds a fun way to master new skills and interact with people.
Turning Point Ranch is dedicated to enriching the lives of people facing physical, mental or emotional challenges through therapeutic horsemanship.
About the Ranch
TPR was founded in 1999 by a former Special Education teacher named Tamera Danel. In the beginning all the tack and the two horses were hers.
Turning Point is one of 900 plus Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship (PATH) International program centers serving more than 50,000 individuals with disabilities around the world.
YESTERDAY…..Turning Point began serving clients wherever we could borrow facilities including the Animal Science Arena at Oklahoma State University and a parking lot near the College of Veterinary Medicine. Unfortunately, our classes were bumped whenever those busy facilities needed to serve their own constituencies.
THEN….Through the generosity of Jack and Billie Hesser, Turning Point found a home for the next eleven years at the Starr Valley Stables. Stalls, paddocks, both indoor and outdoor arenas, an office and tack room allowed for expanding classes and services.
TODAY…Turning Point has a permanent home on 21 acres at 385 S Country Club road near 6th St. Iconic white rail fences border the property and the charming gray barn is becoming our educational center thanks to the generosity of the family of Kenneth Garrett, a longtime builder and property owner in Stillwater.
FUTURE….Plans include building a covered arena with donor assistance. Grants from Stillwater Rotary, Frontier Rotary and Rotary International are funding a Sensory Trail onsite. A grant from the Faye Allene Brown Foundation is funding the development of a Classroom and Office inside the existing barn.