Local non-profit provides opportunities for Veterans through equine therapy

Allegiance Ranch and Equine Rescue has been a home for those who share a love for both people and animals


Gloria Timmons

One of the horses from the ranch.

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For members of the Northern Colorado community, the Allegiance Ranch and Equine Rescue has been a home for those who share a love for both people and animals. Mead High’s Gaby Timmons’s family runs this organization — it was established in 2017. 

“Allegiance Ranch and Equine Rescue was born out of love for horses and heroes,” states their Colorado Gives page.  “Our mission is to help horses and heroes by offering a safe place for healing, developing a sense of purpose, and establishing meaningful connections between horses and humans.”

Co-founder Dan Timmons said the idea for the organization started naturally.  “We had purchased the property in Erie, were making plans to move, and knew we wanted to help horses and specifically wanted to find a way to intercept at-risk horses before they wound up in the slaughter pipeline,” said Dan. 

Dan wants to be sure that people understand his goal.

“[We want to] give back by supporting our military, veterans, and their families. That’s a big part of what we’re about at Allegiance Ranch. Even though I’m done with my Navy service, I am a firm believer that it is my duty to continue serving by supporting other veterans and their families.”

Gaby Timmons (‘22), a student at Mead, has helped build this organization from the ground up.

“Everyday I’m outside working with the 16 equines on property and volunteers that come out to help. I really enjoy just being out with the horses and being around them whether I’m cleaning stalls or even riding,” says Timmons. 

She has the opportunity to work and help out at the ranch when she isn’t busy doing her other activities at CDC (College Development Center).

Allegiance is always looking for volunteers. 

Gloria Timmons, another co-founder, wrote to us and shared that “Anyone can help!… We offer volunteer orientation for new volunteers monthly on the third Saturday of each month. We also orient new volunteers by appointment if they can’t make it on that Saturday.”

“If anyone wants to volunteer, all they need to do is contact us at 720.301.2533 or via email at [email protected] to get started. If they can’t help in person, we can always use donations to help care for the rescued horses. Donations of grain or gift cards to local stores like Tractor Supply help a lot!”

Volunteers can help with tasks such as cleaning stalls, training volunteers, feeding/grooming horses, writing grants, and running events and fundraisers throughout the year. 

With this in mind, it is also important to note that Colorado Gives Day is on December 10th. All of the donations given to Allegiance Ranch help the Timmons family to pay for supplies, food, and more.