The mission of Robinson Ranch remains firm; to provide comprehensive educational programs for under-privileged, disabled & able-bodied children and adults, utilizing horses to facilitate growth, learning and healing. Pursuing this mission enriches the lives of our students in a caring, safe, and challenging environment that will enable them to reach their full potential.
















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Robinson Ranch Special Olympics Equestrian Team

Robinson Ranch is associated with Special Olympics of Arizona (SOAZ). We have four coaches who are certified through the SOAZ State Office.   We use SOAZ’s requirements/policies to foster a safe, fun atmosphere for the Equestrian Athlete. The Special Olympics mission statement is “To provide year-round sports training  and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports for children and adults with intellectual disabilities, giving them continuing opportunities to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, experience joy and participate in a sharing of gifts, skills and friendship with their families, other Special Olympics athletes and the community.” For more information about Special Olympics in general please visit


Robinson Ranch began participating in Special Olympics in late 2010.  We currently have a team of four interested riders,  one head coach – John Robinson, three certified coaches – Sheilah Smiley, Kristi Kay & Tricia Henning,  three therapy trained horses and a handful of volunteers, Our goal for the Robinson Ranch team is to become the largest SOAZ Equestrian team in the State and to encourage each rider to become as independent as they are able and have fun while doing so.


With supervision, each rider grooms and tacks his or her own horse. Some riders require assistance when mounted, some do not. Some riders are walk only, some are walk trot, and others are learning to lope. Our riders are coached and will compete in showmanship at halter, equitation, and trail as well as the speed events barrel racing and pole bending.


New members are added to the team when class space and/or horses are available. Volunteer staffing is also necessary to provide a safe environment. To be eligible for the Robinson Ranch Special Olympics team, a rider must:


We are excited about participating in Special Olympics of Arizona Equestrian events and hope to acquire more athletes, sponsors and volunteers for this GREAT cause!!