What is the Annie Project?
The Annie Project was created to offer Dude and Guest Ranches a new option for retiring horses. The Annie Project was born in June, 2017, through the relationship between Drifter’s Hearts of Hope, C Lazy U Ranch and The Colorado Dude and Guest Ranch Association. You can learn more about The Annie Project here.
What ranches are Annie Project Partners?
C Lazy U Ranch, Vista Verde Ranch, Sylvan Dale Guest Ranch, Wind River Ranch, Bar Lazy J Guest Ranch, Badger Creek Ranch, Rawah Guest Ranch, Terryall River Ranch and Cherokee Park Ranch are Annie Project partners. We recommend staying with them for any dude/guest ranch adventures as they are committed to their horses’ futures! View all Annie Project Partners.
Who is the Annie Project’s namesake?
The Annie Project was named after a horse named Annie, who DHOH purchased from an auction in upstate Colorado. She bore the brand of a local guest ranch which began the partnership between the ranch and DHOH. That partnership is the foundation of the Annie Project, which has expanded to include nine ranches to date. You can learn more about Annie's story here.
I work at, manage, or own a guest ranch. Why should I become an Annie Project partner?
Annie Project partners get to know that their horses are going on to forever, loving homes. They receive free promotion on our Facebook and website, and are able to see who adopts the horse on the Facebook page as well. Additionally, as with all of the horses we adopt out, there is the security of knowing that the horse bears the DHOH brand, and DHOH holds the brand inspection for at least 6 months, if not indefinitely. So far, this program has helped over 40 retiring dude ranch horses find fantastic homes.
I am looking for a new horse. Why should I consider an Annie Project horse?
Annie Project horses are retiring from dude ranches, and the majority have experienced the hustle and bustle of ranch life. To date, the horses we’ve received have all been started under saddle, and the vast majority are well-trained. To work well in a guest ranch program, they have to be seasoned trail horses, which the vast majority are. We highly recommend considering an Annie Project horse if you’re looking for a proven trail horse, as we’ve found many of them to be just that!
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