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Hi Folks!

Please click on the image below to read all about our June 4th, 2016 BBQ!

In addition to the information you’ll find on the flyer, we want to invite any of you musically talented people out there to bring your musical instruments for an informal jam session.

Hope to see you there!


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Happy Spring to all of you! There are lots of exciting things happening this year! Click the image below to read all about them. . .

Spring Newsletter 2016

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Drum Roll Please . . .




(Otherwise known as “Bart”)

Thank you to Brandi, Hannah, and Cody Johnson, and to Holly Potter, Tony McMullen, and Rachelle Wiggins for providing us with the winning name. And a huge thanks to the rest of you for voting! We have had such a fun time with this contest, and it’s all been because of you! We look forward to watching this horse help bring sight to many spiritually blind and hopeless kids. Stay tuned for further adventures. . .


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New Horse

Good work everyone! We have received lots of wonderful suggestions for this lovable horse over the past month. We wish every one of you could win! However, if we allowed that we would end up with a name like: 


I hope you can see how hard that name would be on everyone at the ranch! To avoid certain tongue twisting, and mind bewilderment, we chose three names that caught our eye, heart, mind, or a combination of all the above.

So now, without further ado: please cast your vote(s) in the comment box below (you may need to click on the “Read More” button to get there) and help us decide between:

  1. Bartimaeus (probably shortened to Blind Bart, or Bart)
    This is the name of a blind man in Mark 10:46-52. Bartimaeus was sitting by the roadside as Jesus was going by. He begged Jesus to heal him, and Jesus did so, saying, “Go your way; your faith has made you well.”
  2. Eli – “entrusted to care for”
    Eli is the name of an old priest in 1 Samuel. 1 Samuel 3:2 mentions that Samuel cared for him in his old age when his eyes were “almost blind.” Eli was a faithful servant of God who raised Samuel – one of the greatest prophets of the old testament. We also like the meaning of this name.
  3. Able
    This name comes from Philippians 4:13, ” I am Able to do all things through Him who gives me strength.” We thought this name and verse applied very well to the ranch, and particularly to this horse.

*Please remember that each family member can cast one (and only one) vote for their favorite name. Voting is anonymous – please don’t put names. For example: Say I am a household of 5 people (no pets voting please!). I would simply post in the comment box below and say: Five votes for “Eli” – or Three votes for “Bartimaeus,” two votes for “Able.” Please be honest when you vote. Only enter as many votes as your family is qualified to make.

We look forward to announcing the winning name at the beginning of next week. Thank you for all your help!

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We Have a New Horse!

~ And He Needs a Name ~

New Horse New PonyThis average-sized, gentle, 16 year old appaloosa came to us just a few days before Thanksgiving. When Jenny hopped on to give him a quick, bareback, walk / trot test ride, he was quiet, willing, and very gentle about placing his feet on the ground. He was donated by a trail riding outfit that could no longer take him in the mountains because he is going blind in both eyes. While his deteriorating eyesight means we will have to take a little extra care of him, he hasn’t let it stop him. He is friendly, willing to go where he’s asked and doesn’t seem to be fearful of things. We look forward to having him on our team next summer! 

Now you know nearly as much as we know about this horse and we need your help naming him! Because we believe names are very important, we like to have ones that in some way reflect the horse’s uniqueness, what BYR does, or that have to do with God. For example: “Snow” because the horse is white and God washes us whiter than snow when we turn our lives over to Him. Or, more simply, the very western name, “Ace.”


Rules for Contest

1 . Any family member may submit as many names as they would like between
January 1st and 22nd, 2016. Please include name meanings if you know them!

2. Submitted names must be clearly labeled with submitter’s name, age and means of contact. 
3. Suggestions can be made via mail, email, comment bar below (press the “Read More” button if you don’t see the comment bar), or Facebook. Please don’t make suggestions over the phone or in person (unless you are handing us a list).
4. Suggestions must be family friendly and appropriate.
From the submitted names, we will take a week to pick out our top three. Then we will post those here, and on Facebook for you to vote on.
They will be up for vote the first week of February (Monday the 1st through Friday the 5th).
Put it on your calendar!

5. Each family member is allowed one vote on the final three.
6. The winner will receive a BYR clothing article of choice!