Rancho de los Animales for the Disabled, Inc. is a 501 (c)(3) non-profit corporation.
Your donations are tax deductible.
Located in Arroyo Grande on the Mesa, you can find us at 2756 Green Place, Arroyo Grande, CA 93420
Call us at (805) 459-9083 or (805) 458-6000 to let us know you're coming ... we can arrange horseback riding, a group visit, birthday parties and private tours.
Beth Currier was a horse-loving girl in Los Angeles when she contracted polio in 1955 at the age of 12. Her doctor said she would never walk again, let alone ride her horse, but he didn’t know Beth.
She traded her wheelchair for the back of a horse two years later. Her horse became her freedom and brought back her mobility and upper body strength.
Her love of animals combined with her disability made her want to bring the joy of riding to all people who were told “they couldn’t.” By 1981 she moved to a 1 acre ranch in Nipomo, California and started giving free rides to the disabled. She soon outgrew the ranch and moved to an 8 acre parcel in 1983 where she now resides.
Slowly accumulating animals over the next 20 years, Beth now has a thriving non-profit organization (Rancho de los Animales for the Disabled, Inc.) (RAD) that not only provides therapeutic riding, but has a farm animal petting zoo, complete with Homer, her pot-bellied pig. She is set apart from other therapeutic riding groups in that she does not charge for the lessons. All she asks is that either the client or the parent volunteer to help around the ranch or with their riding lesson.
Beth has been an activist for the disabled for many years; 3 years at Allan Hancock College in 1978 as the first Counselor for Disabled Students and Assistant Coordinator of the Disability Resource Center at Cal Poly in 1981. She is also an advocate for Californians for Disability Rights, Inc., writing governors and senators, promoting access in our national parks. She also had the first Doberman service dog in 1984. She also has received the Service Organization of the Year award in 2003 and the Paul Wolff Accessibility Advocacy Lifetime Achievement Award in 2007.
RAD has an amazing workforce of volunteers; community service people from Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo counties, Bakari (helping at-risk youth to graduate), Cal Poly students, PathPoint (a workforce group for people over 55) and close friends. Beth is also working with United Cerebral Palsy - American Foundation for the Blind (UCP) and has plans to work with mental health and physical therapy professionals.
RAD is a learning facility for the disabled, not only for social skills, but for self-esteem, confidence and just plain fun. RAD has almost 1,000 people a year visit the ranch which she welcomes with open arms and provides all her services for free to the disabled. She also takes her work on the road, participating in Special Olympics every year, Casa de Vida, United Cerebral Palsy of San Luis Obispo, going to convalescent care centers, local schools and juvenile hall in San Luis Obispo. If all that wasn’t enough, she also collects vegetables from the farmer’s market and gives it to Union Plaza High Rise for the disabled and low income seniors.
Beth loves her work; her enthusiasm and positive attitude are infectious, but her biggest reward is seeing the smiling faces on the folks who were told they couldn’t.