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A Tale of 2 Ranches

We are proud of the process and effort it has taken to develop our  therapeutic riding program to what it is today, Promise Ranch Therapies & Recreation had made a forever home at  11892 Hilltop Road, Parker Colorado 80134.


The location has such a rich history and strong passion and we wanted United to maintain the respect of that history while starting strong with a fresh new identity. An identity that can be shaped into a powerful message, with meaning and lead to a wonderful future. 

Below we share the history of the current location and the history of Promise Ranch.


Promise Ranch
Therapies & Recreation

Initially started as Promise Ranch Therapeutic Riding in 2008, the organization grew year after year to understand that the horses and animals can provide far more healing opportunities than just mounted therapies. Promise Ranch expanded to include mental health programs, prevocational and supported employment programs. They began to host ranch based recreational workshops as well as began partnering with more organizations to serve a broader community with a neurodivergent and inclusive environment. In 2022, Promise Ranch rebranded to represent what it evolved into and was known as Promise Ranch Therapies & Recreation.

Praying Hands Ranch

Praying Hands Ranch was founded in 1987 by Carl and Shirley Hanson. They founded PHR with a great deal of faith and Christian principles. The Ranch grew from serving seven clients to over 50 per week. In the beginning all lessons were outside, but over time and with tremendous support from the community PHR included 2 indoor riding arenas and horses, donkeys, sensory gardens, sheep, goats, cats, alpacas, a bunny, and chickens. The small animals were also used in programming. The Hanson Family was actively involved in PHR for 35 years. Although the Hanson’s are no longer actively involved their legacy is honored. 

In 2023, PHR decided to change its path ... More on this to come.

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