Tammy Ray has had a love for horses for as long as she can remember. Finally, at age 13, her first horse was purchased and boarded at a nearby property, cementing Ray’s future with equestrian care.
Ray set out “an itty bitty sign” offering holiday horse rides during the winter of 2012 and was overwhelmed by the number of responses. Her six-acre property at the corner of Raceway and County Road 100 South soon became a full-fledged business in the fall of 2013.
City Ranch now offers riding lessons, boarding, weddings, birthday parties, and fundraiser events.
“We’re doing a fundraiser for American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life of Avon from 1 to 5 p.m. May 10 and all proceeds go to the Cancer Society,” Ray said.
There will be games, food and crafts for children and a horseback ride with a small donation.
“I have some local companies donating items for a silent auction too,” Ray said.
Ray is level one licensed and Pat Parelli is certified in natural horsemanship. Teaching riding lessons for more than eight years taught Ray how to work with children with a variety of needs.
“I have 13 nieces and taught all of them how to ride,” she said. “I don’t want to be one of those people that don’t let the neighborhood kids come up and pet the horses.”
City Ranch offers a volunteer program for all ages to learn about all aspects of taking care of the animals. Ray has volunteers that will “work mucking stalls or cleaning, just to be around the horses.”
The business is an excellent place for Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts to earn their equestrian badge and companies often benefit from Ray’s knowledge and willingness to travel off-site to local events.
“We’ve had zero accidents and helmets are available,” Ray said.
Riders are also welcome to bring their own helmets.
Volunteers and owners “really develop a bond” with the horses and their different personalities. Ray describes the horses on her property as smart, quiet, and fearless.
“I don’t do this for the money,” she said. “I do it for my love and passion for the horses.”