AMO — Tammy Ray has had a love for horses 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 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 S soon became a full-fledge business in the fall of 2013.
City Ranch offers riding lessons, boarding, weddings, birthday parties, and fundraiser events. “We are doing a fundraiser for American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life of Avon, May 10 from 1p.m. to 5p.m. 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 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. I don’t want to be one of those people that don’t let the neighborhood kids come up and pet the horses,” said Ray.
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 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 explains. 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, to name a few.
“I don’t do this for the money. I do it for my love and passion for the horses.”