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Rock Ranch Horse Riding and Equine Therapy


A Haven for Healing

Sioux Falls Area Community Foundation, 2023 Annual Report - Welcome to Rock Ranch, where ropes and reins symbolize the power of trust, where the bond between humans and horses is unbreakable, and where healing begins with each hoof print.  Read Article

Mining for joy at Rock Ranch

Connect, Spring/Summer 2022 - Providing a joyful, safe, inclusive space for kids, families and seniors is a priority at Rock Ranch. The ranch provides horsemanship training, riding lessons, senior programming, and mental health counseling in a natural, faith-filled setting.  Read Article

Learn horsemanship and life skills at Rock Ranch

Edgerton Enterprise, January 31, 2021 - Rock Ranch, located west of Hills, Minn, is a place where good horsemanship is taught, alongside other valuable life skills. Read Article

Rock Ranch joins Arenas for Change

Rock County Star Herald, October 20, 2021 - Rock Ranch, located west of Hills, recently expanded its equine-assisted psychotherapy services (EAP) and joined the nationwide organization Arenas for Change. Read Article

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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

HoofNit with Dan & Marie LaRock

August 29, 2023 - Together they created a Faith based place to help people heal in so many ways. Rock Ranch is a non profit that has several programs designed in a welcoming environment. 

The ManDate Podcast

March 14, 2022 - ManDate takes the show on the back roads of beautiful Minnesota to meet up with Dan & Marie LaRock at the site of Rock Ranch. We were welcomed with open arms and a few hooves.

The History and Services of Rock Ranch

KDWC 99.3, October 5, 2021 - Dan and Marie LaRock of Rock Ranch are the special guests on this week's episode of the Tuesday at 10 Show. 

Tuesday at 10 Show - Oct 5, 2021KDWC 99.3
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