Our History

Halleck Creek Ranch was founded by Duane Irving and Joyce Goldfield with the vision of bringing children and adults with disabilities into the wilderness using the four strong legs of a horse. They created the program as a unique gift for these special riders so that they could experience the same joys as their non-disabled peers.

In addition to developing the therapeutic riding program, the founders were dedicated to creating unique and incredible experiences and events for people with disabilities, both on and off the ranch, many of which continue to be offered to this day. For over 32 years, the program was offered at no charge to the riders and their families. Both Mr. Irving and Ms. Goldfield received national recognition for their work.

With the help and guidance of the Marin County 4H office, they began the therapeutic riding program in 1977, offering two sessions to 12 participants every Saturday at the Irving Ranch in Nicasio. In 1985, prior to the division and sale of Irving ranch, an easement on the property immediately adjoining what is now Halleck Creek Ranch was put in place to ensure the continuance of the program’s trail rides. Shortly thereafter, the program grew to include additional trail rides each Saturday, as well as a weekday program offered four days a week. Halleck Creek Ranch incorporated in 1979, and is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, tax exempt corporation and a registered California charity.

Halleck Creek Ranch owns the 60-acre ranch located deep in the heart of the Nicasio Valley upon which it operates. The program has grown to operate five days a week, serving nearly 100 participants every week, providing more than 3,900 hours of programming a year.

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