MAKING A DIFFERENCE FOR KIDS, ONE HORSE AT A TIME

Ed Hogan, founder of The Hogan Family Foundation, has had a lifelong goal to help others. As the youngest of nine children and growing up poor, he was unable to participate in many activities that other children enjoyed. He decided at a young age that he wanted to make a difference in the lives of less fortunate kids.

Ed discovered his love of horses at the age of 64 after purchasing a pure Arabian stallion named Merlyn at a charity auction. Shortly thereafter, he began riding and showing Merlyn. Ed spent a great deal of time at the ranch where he boarded Merlyn. As he got to know the many hardworking people who lived and worked there, he saw many of the children in the remote ranch area did not have some of the advantages of other kids.

Ed decided he could make a difference in the lives of these children by providing a riding program that would help develop special skills, build their confidence and teach them discipline, responsibility, and compassion for animals. The Hogan Family Foundation purchased 22 acres in Hidden Valley, California in 2004 and began the journey to enrich the lives of disadvantaged children in the community.

The ranch was named Rancho St. Francis after St. Francis of Assisi, the patron saint of animals and the environment, and the founder of the Franciscan order. Today, Rancho St. Francis, Hidden Valley currently features the very successful St. Francis Ranger program and the Casa Pacific Equestrian Education Program, where children learn to ride and care for horses. Their riding abilities have earned many of them recognition in shows and competitions throughout the Southern California area.

The Foundation purchased a second ranch in 2007, located in Camarillo, California. Here, the focus is on the rehabilitation and care of horses that have been injured, abused or neglected. The Camarillo location is also home to older horses that can no longer be ridden. These retired horses have a place where they can live out the rest of their days in a safe and serene environment.



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