The interconnection between individuals and animals provides benefits on a physical, emotional and spiritual level. Our dream is for our Ranch to provide a serene and caring environment where one can take a break from the busy day-to-day world to "pause and reflect".
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November 2016

Paws for Reflection Ranch now offers EMDR Therapy

What is EMDR?

Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing is a psychotherapy that enables people to heal from PTSD symtoms and emotional distress that are the result of disturbing life experiences.  Studies show that people using EMDR therapy can experience the benefits of psychotherapy more quickly than with other therapies.  EMDR therapy shows that the mind can in fact heal from psychological trauma much as the body can heal from physical trauma.  A study funded by HMO Kaiser Permanente found that 100% of single trauma victims and 77% of multiple trauma victims no longer were diagnosed with PTSD after only six 50 minute sessions.  EMDR therapy is recognized by the American Psychiatric Association, World Health Organization, and Department of Defense as an effective form of treatment for trauma.

EMDR Therapy is an eight-phase treatment.  Eye movements (or other bilateral stimulation) are used during one part of the session.  After the clinician has determined which memory to target first, he asks the client to hold different aspects of that event or thought in mind and to use his eyes to track the therapist's hand as it moves back and forth in the client's field of vision.  As this happens, for reasons believed by a Harvard researcher to be connected to the biological mechanisms involved in Rapid Eye Movement (REM) sleep,  internal associations arise and clients begin to process the memory and disturbing feelings.  The net effect is that clients conclude EMDR therapy feeling empowered by the very experiences that once debased them.   Their wounds have not just closed, they have transformed.

Paws for Reflection Ranch is proud to honor Ann as the September Volunteer of the Month. Ann is actively involved in several Ranch programs, including therapeutic horseback riding, and educational programming.  We are so grateful for all the many ways Ann helps out at the Ranch. Thanks so much Ann!!

95.9 The Ranch Radio
Interview with Paws for Reflection Ranch

Click on the MP3 Soundtrack below to hear the live interview!

19.3 MB

September 27, 2016.

Live interview on 95.9 The Ranch with Host Justin Frazell and Justin Bradley, owner JAG Metals, LLC, who is building our new covered riding arena and who has generously donated some of his Ranch Radio air time to Paws for Reflection Ranch.  We are very blessed and thankful for Justin's generosity that has provided us with this wonderful radio exposure of the ranch mission and our 4th Annual Round Up Fundraising Event on October 1, 2016.  

New Riding Arena
Groundbreaking Ceremony
July 13, 2016 

Paws for Reflection Ranch is pleased to announce the selection of JAG Metals, LLC in Weatherford, TX to construct our new covered riding arena.  We are so excited that our clients will never have to miss any therapeutic riding or equine assisted counseling sessions in the near future due to inclement weather, and the often resulting muddy conditions.    The arena is expected to be completed by late August or early September.

  Arena Progress as of September 7, 2016

 Arena Progress as of September 27, 2016

 Arena Progress as of October 1, 2016

Building exterior structure completed.  Next steps are building out the stalls and tack room, water line, interior fencing, gates, and sand for arena floor.


Sona Strickland 
We call upon Sona's many talents to help in the Ranch office.  Sona's to-do folder is always busting at the seams but she always manages to get it all done and then some.  We sure appreciate all that you do Sona!!!

 Brookshire's Grocery Supports Paws for Reflection Ranch

Kris Garrison (center), Brookshire's Midlothian Store Director, presenting $1000 Donation Check to ranch founders Melode and Stan Seremet on June 10, 2016.  
Thank you for your generous support!

1st Annual Veteran's Benefit 
Horsepower Poker Run was a great success!

We had over 50 motorcycles participate in our first annual Horsepower Poker Run to benefit our "Boots of Honor" veteran's programs.   Considering the morning weather was wet, we were thrilled with the attendance and based on the excellent feedback from the crowd we expect this event to grow every year.   The event raised $7000 that will be used to continue to provide counseling services to veterans and their dependents at no cost.  Many thanks to all our event sponsors, the band "Gypsy Voodoo" who donated their talent, and all volunteers and attendees for supporting our "Boots of Honor" programs that help us to serve those who have sacrificed so much to protect our freedom.

December Volunteer of the Month

David Stanton
David has been our Santa for the last 6 years.  He, is of course, the guest of honor at our annual Santa at the Ranch for Families with Special Needs.  David is so patient and kind to each of our guests.  He never knows who (2 legs or 4) will be next to sit on his lap to whisper in his ear.

Volunteer of the Month

Susan Simone
Susan (left) is a dedicated volunteer in our Therapeutic Riding program.  She enjoys the outdoors and loves interacting with both the riders and the horses.  Susan is also a member of our Fundraising Committee and helped immensely with our 2015 Round Up fundraiser.  We appreciate you Susan!


Kerri Albert
Kerri (center) is always giving of her time to help us at the Ranch.  She volunteers at every event, represents the Ranch at other community outings, and chaired our very successful 2015 Round Up fundraising event.  We are grateful to Kerri for her commitment to the Ranch. Congratulations, Kerri!


Betsy Hillyard
Betsy serves on the Ranch Board of Directors, is a dedicated volunteer in the therapeutic riding program, and helps out at every event.  We are grateful to Betsy for her commitment to the Ranch. Congratulations, Betsy!

Check out the article on our Boots of Honor Program in the Midlothian Mirror

See Cherokee featured in an article in Horse Illustrated

Do you love everything about animals?

Come meet other boys and girls who share your passion for animals and join in as your leaders teach you more about the animals you love!

New Horse Jumps Donated

Thanks so much to the Kaserick family for donating horse jumps for our therapeutic horseback riding program.  Elizabeth & Ashley designed and built the jumps to earn their Girl Scout Silver Award.  
The girls did an amazing job!

Donations from Employees of American Airlines

Cameron & Darcie Kennaley took up donations for the Ranch during the giving days at American Airlines. Thank you everyone for donating more than $300!

Santa at the Ranch for Families with Special Needs

These wonderful volunteers helped make our annual Santa at the Ranch event another success.  We had a record number of special needs families spend the afternoon making crafts, playing games, visiting with the Ranch animals, and of course visiting with Santa.  Thank you Everyone!

Bikers Against Child Abuse Holiday Party

The Ranch was honored once again to host the annual Christmas party for the Bikers Against Child Abuse and many of the children they are currently helping.  These fine people stand by the children as they face their abusers, giving them the strength they so need.  These folks do amazing work!

Our 2nd annual
Round Up Fundraiser was a huge success!  Our thanks to those who attended and gave from the heart.  Thanks also to the volunteers and staff that made this event so successful.  

Music by The Pontiax

Boots of Honor

Check out the story about our Boots of Honor Program on NBC 5

We had a great time showing our visitors from the Texas Veterans Commission Fund for Veterans' Assistance around the ranch! We are so grateful for this opportunity to serve more veterans and family members

Apache's Angels

A huge thank you to Apache's Angels. This wonderful organization is sponsoring 4 of our young riders. Thank you for all you do!

Boots of Honor

Our Boots of Honor Program is now specially funded through a grant from the Texas Veterans Commission Fund for Veterans' Assistance. Military veterans and their dependents can receive counseling, horseback riding and other services at no charge.

Tack Donation

A special thank you to Annetta Hughes.
Annetta donated this beautiful saddle in memory of her husband, Jerry Hughes. We are happy to say it is getting a lot of use in our veterans program.

Easter at the Ranch 2014

Easter at the Ranch was a great time of games, food and horseback riding. This year we had a separate egg hunt for siblings so everyone had a chance to get in on the fun! Thanks to all of our wonderful volunteers and to everyone that donated eggs!

And thank you to our sponsors: Albertsons Cedar Hill, Camp Wagalot, Cotton Patch Cafe, Dunkin Donuts, Edible Arrangements, Ellen's Amusement, Hockey Club Dallas, Life School Waxahachie, Red Oak Intermediate, Smoothie Factory, Soulmans BBQ, Starbucks Midlothian, T. Vitovsky, Waxahachie Junior Service League

The First Annual Ranch Riders Horse Show was a huge success!

Thank you so much to all of our amazing sponsors!

Therapy 2000

Soulman's BBQ of Cedar Hill
Big John's Nursery
Custom Workroom Services
The Flower Shop by Jane
Welcome Home Furniture
The Fergason Family
Leasing Impressions
Higginbotham Brothers Ace Hardware
Excalibur Printing
Metroplex Document Retrieval
Midlothian Feed and Supply
A-1 Piering Systems
Bingswanger Glass
Crescent Yoga Studios

    Welcome New Veteran Groups!


We are excited to have several new veteran groups coming out to the Ranch weekly to enjoy Therapeutic Horsemanship.  Pictured above are members of our Senior Veterans Group. Thanks to the Fort Worth and Dallas VA's for a successful partnership.


Donation from Students
of LaRue Miller Elementary

Thank you to the students, parents, and faculty of LaRue Miller Elementary (Midlothian ISD) for their generous donation of $450!!


                           Paws for Fun 2013
                       Campers & Counselors 


                        Horsin' Around 2013
                       Campers & Counselors


                                                            BOOTS of HONOR

In Honor of Mental Health Awareness Day, Paws for Reflection Ranch traveled to the Dallas VA.  We had the pleasure of meeting and visiting with many veterans who selflessly served our country.  We also were able to share a bit about all of the services in our Boots of Honor program with the Dallas VA staff.

               Such an honor to be in the company of greatness!


         Introducing Sheldon
  Sheldon, a Russian Tortoise, has joined
the Ranch Partner family.  He stays busy during the day exploring his habitat and doing his version of tortoise gymnastics.  Be sure to visit him the next time you are at the Ranch!

Kamp Kindness 2012

Campers had fun meeting all of the Ranch Partners at the Ranch during our first camp week. Each day brought learning, crafts, and crazy camp songs. With the help of our silly counselors, the campers had a week
they will never forget!



Boots of Honor Day at the Ranch


The Ranch hosted a family fun day honoring those who still serve or have served in the Armed Forces. Everyone enjoyed BBQ, games, and interacting with the animals. 


Pet Partners join the Ranch Team

Pet Partners are now part of the Ranch team participating in youth programming and special events. Their therapy dogs toured the
Ranch and met all the other
Ranch Partners.




Cherokee Joins the Ranch Partners


Cherokee, a 10 year old Paint Horse, was donated to the Ranch by  Amanda Neece, DVM.  He is a wonderful addition to our therapeutic riding program and welcomed addition to the herd.

Grace After Fire

  Grace After Fire hosted their Table Talk training sessions at the Ranch.  Grace After Fire provides outreach to women veterans by providing confidential peer support and direct access to appropriate trauma, mental health, addiction, and other support services.

Spring Comes to the Ranch

These Bluebonnets Taste Yummy!

Easter at the Ranch

Once again, t
he Easter Bunny made a special visit to the Ranch.  Games, refreshments, and an Easter Egg Hunt topped off the activities.  This event was sponsored in part by the Rocking H Ranch and eggs were generously donated by the Waxahachie Junior League. 


GALS Gives Back!

GALS brings Christmas to the Ellis County SPCA. The girls collected blankets, toys and treats for the dogs and cats at the shelter. 
Everyone enjoyed their visit to the shelter.



Santa at the Ranch


Guess who came to the Paws for Reflection Ranch? SANTA of course!!  Ready to take Christmas gift requests and to listen to the whisperings of all the good little girls and boys.  Guests enjoyed refreshments while visiting with the Ranch animals who were all dressed as Santa's helpers.  Thanks to everyone who made Santa at the Ranch a wonderful day. 




Barn Cat Branson


Welcome Branson, our new barn cat who was re-homed to the Ranch by the Galloway Family. He never meets a stranger (2-legged or 4-legged) he doesn't love. Come by and let Branson tell you what he has discovered on his latest adventure!

Birdhouse Builder


Have you noticed all of the birdhouses along the nature trail at the Ranch? They were lovingly painted by Bill Farrell of Florida and sent to the Ranch. We think they make a wonderful addition to the
trail and to the Ranch.


Fall at the Ranch


Fall at the Ranch - what FUN!! Pumpkins, scarecrows, hay rides, and cider made for a great time at the Ranch.  Our guests played games, had faces painted, rode horses, and ate goodies.
Looking forward to next year!


Fall Field Trips

What fun we had with all the kids that visited the Ranch during the fall field trips! Everyone learned about horses, explored the nature trail on a hay ride, visited with hedgehog Gizmo, and built scarecrows.


Agility Course Project


Sadie Jo and the Ranch were the recipients of a new agility course this summer.  Kyle Richardson chose the building of a agility course as his Eagle Scout project.  He designed the course, developed the specifications, and supervised the building of the stations.  Sadie Jo LOVES her new course and is eager to show off!


New Ranch Partner KOLA


Kola, a gorgeous 8 year old Pinto mare, became a new Ranch Partner in August.  She was generously donated by the Sandusky family (Mike, Arian, & Victoria Woodall).  Kola has a quiet regal beauty and a sweet nature.  She is currently training to be a therapy horse.  Be sure to visit with Kola the next time you are at the Ranch.


Girls' Animal Lovers Society

Lucy came to visit the GALS at Paws for Reflection Ranch. She was escorted by Lorna Hoover of the Rockin H Ranch, Kennedale, TX. We learned all about Blue and Gold Macaws and enjoyed playing with Lucy!


Horse Camp 2011

A week of nothing but HORSES! Talk about FUN! We had a great group of campers learning all they could about our equine partners.
Of course, everyone had lots of hands-on time while learning to
lead, groom, and ride.

When we said "Paint a Horse" - We MEANT it!
Thank you Charlie!



Medical City Children's Hospital

Tucker & Jesse James, along with Gizmo, Snickers, and Oreo, loaded up and traveled to Anna, Texas in June. Accompanied by Dana, Kali, Mandy, and Melode, they went to a camp for kiddos diagnosed with cancer hosted by Medical City Children's Hospital. What a great bunch of fighters! The children learned about all the animals and led the minis through their obstacle course. We all had a wonderful time and made lots of new friends!


Kamp Kindness 2011

Another fun-filled week of Kamp Kindness. Boy, was it HOT HOT HOT! Campers learned about horses, dogs, birds, miniature horses, hedgehogs, and rabbits. Each day had a different kindness theme: Nature, Earth, People, Animals, and Self.
We visited with special guests and their animal friends, were creative with arts and crafts, and sang silly songs. The end of the week was capped off with horseback riding.


Olyvia has Arrived!

Come by to meet Precious Olyvia, a visually impaired yearling, that has come to live at the Paws for Reflection Ranch. We are so tickled to have her! Olyvia brings a new perspective to the Ranch Partner team. She is confident and uses ALL of her abilities. What a wonderful role model for our special needs visitors!


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