Horses have long been known for their ability to provide a soothing atmosphere and unconditional love. That is why there are many organizations aimed at bringing troubled or disabled children, adults, and families together with horses to give these individuals a sense of peace, higher self esteem, and a sense of accomplishment. Chesapeake is home to one such organization, Blessings Ranch.
Currently located in the western Deep Creek area of Chesapeake, Blessings Ranch offers a peaceful environment for children and their families. The quaint 7.2 acre farm is currently home to a black Tennessee Walking Horse (Rochester), a bay Clydesdale cross (Obi Wan Kenobi), a gray Arabian (Cessna), a bay Chincoteague pony cross (Sacagawea), and two donkeys (Chihuahua and her jack, Little Buck). All are rescues, with the exception of Rochester, who is the first (horse) love of the president of the organization, Della Stokes.
The ranch is run by Della Stokes, and operates under the Otelia J. Rainey Foundation, which is a 501 3(c) not for profit organization. The ranch's equine assisted activities program takes advantage of the calming effects of horses to build self control and respect in a safe, monitored setting. The ranch has expanded it's program to include individuals, groups and families, with plans to adopt a disabled veterans program in the near future.
For more information about Blessings Ranch, how to get involved, donate, or volunteer, please visit www.raineyfoundation.org/