History of the Ranch
In 1999, while traversing Colorado’s mountains, Chalae Collard had a vision to start a horse ranch, recalling how her childhood horse, Tina, helped her navigate difficult times. This vision was rooted in her desire to provide children and families with a sanctuary during tough times, mirroring the hope and freedom she experienced through Tina and her relationship with Jesus. Despite not knowing how or when this dream would come to fruition, she trusted in God’s voice. In 2015, she actualized this dream, establishing Graceful Oaks Youth Ranch near I-25 and Hwy 52.
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The Founder of the Ranch
Chalae Collard, certified in Faith-Based Equine Assisted Philosophy (FBEAB), is the Founder and CEO of Graceful Oaks Youth Ranch. Inspired by her healing journey from traumas including domestic violence, PTSD, and sexual abuse, she founded the ranch to offer refuge and healing to women, children, and families. The ranch provides faith-based mental health and wellness programs, personal growth opportunities, and family-strengthening initiatives. From her childhood bond with her horse Tina, she learned about relationships, acceptance, and love, which inspired her work. Chalae has extensive ministry experience, developing and teaching Christian leadership skills to children and women, and contributing to a women’s mentoring program in Colorado. Her mission is to offer hope to those in a broken world and showcase the restorative power of God.
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Statement of Faith
Graceful Oaks Youth Ranch is a faith-based organization. Though the ranch is not associated with any particular denomination, the basis of our beliefs rise from the same Judeo-Christian values that our nation was built upon. The Founders and Board of Directors of Graceful Oaks Youth Ranch believe that Jesus Christ is the one true Son of God, Savior, Redeemer and coming King. We believe the Bible is the breathed Word of God, perfect in every word and without error. It is our greatest desire to serve God by the demonstration of our faith through action. Faith is demonstrated through “living example” to those we work with on the ranch. It is our highest honor to serve children and families of all backgrounds with the same loving grace that has so freely been given to us.
All of our programs and training are structured accordingly as a result of this foundation.
Even though this dream was rooted deep down in Chalae’s heart, she had no idea when this might occur or how to make it happen. Chalae only knew God’s voice speaking to her heart.
In 2015, Chalae followed God’s leading to turn this dream into a reality, and found the perfect ranch for Graceful Oaks Youth Ranch just 10 minutes east of I-25 and Hwy 52.