Rock Ranch Horse Riding and Equine Therapy

In The News

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Harnessing a greater power

SilverLink, December 2020 - There’s a tranquil spot in the southwest corner of rural Minnesota. It’s a scenic stretch of countryside where visitors can connect with nature, soak up the fresh air and interact with some very special horses. Read Article

Dreams become reality

Rock County Star Herald, October 1, 2020 - A year ago, Dan and Marie LaRock dreamed about an indoor arena for the equine-assisted therapy and riding programs at their nonprofit Rock Ranch. Read Article

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Horsemanship is only the start at Rock Ranch

Farm Market News, August 17, 2020 - In 2016, Dan and Marie LaRock founded Rock Ranch northwest of Hills in Southwest Rock County as a 501c3 nonprofit organization geared towards teaching young people to ride horses. Read Article

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Rock Ranch Raises Funds to Raise Roof on Arena

Rock County Star Herald, April 2020 - Dreams of a Rock Ranch indoor arena are becoming a reality as builders lift the rafters into place this week. Read Article

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Rock Ranch Awarded Operation Round Up Funds

SVE Co-op Connections, Dec. 2019 - Rock Ranch strives to make a difference in the lives of others through therapeutic horsemanship, riding lessons, senior programming and mental health counseling. Read Article

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Hills nonprofit Rock Ranch Unveils Expansion

Rock County Star Herald, Oct. 2019 - The pairing of horses and humans at Rock Ranch is leading the nonprofit program on a path to expansion. Read Article

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More than just horsing


The Globe, Jan. 2019 - Using horses as her main teaching tool, LaRock teaches Rock Ranch students a strong work ethic, confidence, courage, patience, responsibility, social/emotional wellbeing and many other traits from atop a horse’s back. Read Article

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Grant expands Rock Ranch's mission to senior citizens

The Hills Crescent, Oct. 2018 - In its inaugural year, Rock Ranch near Hills taught 50 children horseback riding skills. As the ranch wraps up its second year, owner Marie LaRock is expanding her program to include senior citizens. Read Article

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Rock Ranch Offers Class Through Luverne Community Education

Rock County Star Herald, May 2017 - The adage, “There’s something about the outside of a horse that is good for the inside of a man,” was evident last week during one of Marie LaRock’s horsemanship sessions. Read Article